Another Thing to Fall (Tess Monaghan #10)
The California dream weavers have invaded Charm City with their cameras, their stars, and their controversy. . . .
When private investigator Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series "Mann of Steel" while sculling, she expects sharp words and evil looks, "not" an assignment. But the company has been plagued by a series of disturbing incidents...more
On top of that, this one has...more
also, i think laura lippman is having a hard time. she pretty much says so here .
i have always found her fascination with little girls and the horrors little girls endure/perpetrated a really dark side of her writerly personality. in this book there's a whole entirely-irrelevant-to-the-main-story motif having to do with men who love children too much. it gets to the point that it creates some...more
In it, Tess is brought into the world of television production (with which Lippman is familiar because of her husband's involvement with The Wire). It's...more
Lippman's recurring character in several of her novels, Tess Monaghan, is back...more
This book is solid. I don't usually read series, but I read the Tess Monaghan books when I need a mystery and the library I'm visiting doesn't ha...more
Another Thing to Fall is entertaining, with its takeoffs on Hollywoo...more
Critics agree that for Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, this 10th installment is quite good, if relatively lighter fare than her recent stand-alone work. Lippman, a former reporter who is married to David Simon, the coproducer of the HBO series The Wire, knows Baltimore's unique urban traits and culture, and it shows in her detailed settings, convincing dialogue, and generally nuanced characters. If not all possess as much depth as Tess, however, the Hollywood actors add compelling flair. One rev...more
A tv show is filming in Baltimore and Tess gets hired to watch the bratty star, Selene Waites after a series of accidents/fires have happened on set.
Tess learns some film trade secrets and becomes disillusioned by the industry, while Lloyd gets an unpaid-intern gig and falls in love with the industry.
Tess of course can't JUST watch Selene, she needs to know who / what is behind the fires on set. There is the us...more
This one centers around a fictional TV set. I loved the look behind the curtain - but didn't get enough of my fa...more
Since I have just "met" T...more
Laura Lippman was a journalist, and it shows. Good writing, good character development, and the ending ties up the ends without being contrived.
I also like that the main character is not movie-star sexy, toot...more
Another Thing to Fall offers a fascinating insider look into the making of a TV series in Baltimore, along with an eccentric cast of characters, both locals and Hollywood types. Lippman's wry humor, fully fleshed out characters, rotating point of view and intriguing plots make her one of my "go to" mystery...more
Still, I'd go back and read earlier books i...more
This is the first of the Tess Monaghan stories I have read and I will be reading the rest. Things that distinguish Lippman's stories for me are her elegant, unflashy prose and he...more
Ms. Lippman, who is married to David Simon, a producer for the HBO series “The Wire,” seems to have wanted to share what she has learned about what goes on behind the scenes in filmmaking. Thus she devotes most of her attention to this information, and the mystery aspect doesn’t hold up very well. Nevertheless, her books in this series area bit like friends and family: sometimes they’re fun, sometimes not so much, but they’re still your friends and family.
Evaluation: Not the best of the series.
SETTING: Baltimore, Maryland
SERIES: #10 of 10
Tess Monaghan has a flourishing PI business going, so she can be picky about the assignments that she takes on. When approached by the producers of a new TV show called "Mann of Steel" and asked to serve as a bodyguard for the female lead, Selene Waites, she initially says no. However, when they offer a significantly higher fee than her usual rate, she decides to accept. A 20-year-old spoiled brat should be no matc...more
Tess literally rows into a shot while sculling on the Patapsco and before she knows it, she's been hired to babysit one Lindsey Lohan-type actress, Selene Waites. It seems that strange acc...more
At first Tess chalks Selene up to a ditzy Hollywood type, but events quickly show that Selene is cleverer than she lets on. Whe...more
This is the latest in the Baltimore PI, Tess Monaghan series.
The California dream weavers have invaded Charm City with their cameras, their stars, and their controversy.When private investigator Tess Monaghan literally
runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she expects sharp words and evil looks, not an assignment....more
i love the baltimore setting, and i love that i know lippman isn...more
so what's the fun in that? i guess you get to go for a ride with a believable PI into a world that...more