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Another Thing to Fall (Tess Monaghan #10)

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The California dream weavers have invaded Charm City with their cameras, their stars, and their controversy . . .

When Tess Monaghan literally runs into the crew of the fledgling TV series Mann of Steel while sculling, she never expects to be hired to serve as bodyguard/babysitter to the young female lead, Selene Waites. But the company has been plagued by a series of dist
Unknown Binding, 340 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by HarperTorch (first published 2008)
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With three critically-acclaimed standalones ( To the Power of Three, Every Secret Thing and What the Dead Know) now behind her, Laura Lippman returns to the Tess Monaghan series with Another Thing to Fall. Those of us who have been following Tess's adventures for years should be grateful, and I am, but I wish I could have liked this book 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
Oct 02, 2011 jo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
another book with a mentally ill (bipolar?) woman. they are everywhere. i'm gonna keep track.

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 som
Mar 21, 2009 L rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Here's the thing. Tess Monaghan is a nearly-normal human being, which is rare for women characters in the mystery genre. She is unswervingly loyal to her city, Baltimore. She is somewhere between being a kid & getting close enough to see middle-age. She is a realistic weight. She occasionally fumbles something, but she never does "the stupid girl PI thing." Ok, so she gets up before dawn to row; every character has a flaw, right? So, I can't resist a Lippman book.

On top of that, this one has
Jul 08, 2008 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2008
The tenth entry in Laura Lippman’s Tess Monaghan series finds the Baltimore-native reporter-turned-private-eye rowing her way into the production of the television mini-series Mann of Steel. Tess is hired to provide security for young starlet Selene Waites (think Paris Hilton only with acting ability) due to a series of disturbing incidents plaguing the fledgling series.

At first Tess chalks Selene up to a ditzy Hollywood type, but events quickly show that Selene is cleverer than she lets on. Whe
Oct 21, 2010 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery fans, people who like reading about television and/or celebrities
I finished this book on Tuesday, and this morning (two days later) I woke up thinking, Wait a second- did that [plot point] make any sense? Unfortunately, I already returned this book to the library, so I can't read back and figure it out. I'm going to give Laura Lippman the benefit of the doubt here, because I've found that she's earned it in the past.

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
Jan C
Jun 26, 2015 Jan C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, library, balto, audio, 2015
I really like the Tess Monaghan books. I like most of the standalones, too.

Here, she gets involved backstage with a tv show being filmed in Baltimore. All sorts of havoc is going on. And, of course, someone gets killed.

What was funny in this book was how she treated writers of tv shows. Wonder if she'd been looking in the mirror. She was one of the writers on The Wire, her husband's television show which was shot in Baltimore.

Loved when she said "It's worse than surveillance" when she was ask
Tom Arthur
Having read all the previous Tess Monaghan books, it was good to get back and visit with Tess and all of Lippman's associated characters. That's what I enjoyed most about the book . . . revisiting the cast of characters. Tess becomes involved with a TV production being shot in Baltimore after wandering into the midst of scene shooting while sculling in the inner harbor. This is her entree into being hired by the production as a babysitter/body guard for the show's starlet. Her job expands as the ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Another Thing to Fall, by Laura Lippman, b-plus narrated by Linda Emond, produced by Harper Audio, downloaded from A.

This is the latest in the Baltimore PI, Tess Monaghan series.
Publisher’s note:
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.
Jul 19, 2010 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All Tess Monaghan wanted was a morning of sculling. But while rowing at sunrise, she literally runs into the cast and crew of Mann of Steel, a TV show being filmed right there in her beloved Baltimore. After being pulled out of the water, she expects to be scolded for ruining their shot. Instead, she is offered the job of watching their young star, difficult to manage star, Selene. Seems there have been some incidents on the set that lead the producer to believe that someone is trying to get to ...more
Apr 08, 2008 stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes thrillers, people familiar with baltimore
Recommended to stephanie by: a.
okay, i don't know if it's just because the last two books i read were so disappointing, but i think i've found a new favorite writer in this genre. true, she's not as twisted as karin slaughter, she's not as medical tess gerritsen, and she doesn't have weird but somehow believable things with the paranormal going on like iris johansen. but she wins big time for having a completely lovable, strong, believable female protagonist.

i love the baltimore setting, and i love that i know lippman isn
Jul 15, 2008 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who has just watched the latest season of THE WIRE
Recommended to Jennifer by: Laura Lippman's earlier work
This latest mystery, featuring Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan, finds Tess having to deal with a lot of Hollywood types, who are in town to film the first few episodes of a new TV series, Mann of Steel (sort of a Life on Mars premise featuring a steelworker instead of a cop and traveling much further back in time).

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
Vanessa Delamare
Aug 05, 2013 Vanessa Delamare rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I read a thriller, I do not like having to wait half the book for something to happen ... and this was the case. The majority of the book is a credit to the film limitless knowledge of the author who lost us in her endless quotes. There is little action and no suspense, because the majority of the book consists of discussion about films or TV shows. The private detective does not investigate the murder, leaving it to the police, even if she eventually finds the culprit in a (very) few pages ...more
Jan 04, 2009 Maya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-2009
I picked this up based on my reading of Lippman's standalone work, and found it entertaining but not, to my mind, as good. My main problems were that I felt the deaths were dealt with a little too lightly, and that the text was too heavily larded with insider references, both geographic (the book takes place in Baltimore) and industry-related (the action relates to the production of a TV series). There's a vague whiff of trying too hard, in my opinion.
Still, I'd go back and read earlier books i
Aug 03, 2009 becky rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
mystery is not my genre but this was a very easy read- not that that makes this a good book (as you can see by the 2 stars it received). i guess this book disappointed me because it wasn't something you could solve even if you were extra clever. you had to wait for the information to be revealed which doesn't really make it a mystery, right? its more of a story that they tell you how it was solved.

so what's the fun in that? i guess you get to go for a ride with a believable PI into a world that
Sep 03, 2010 Johnvano rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I heard Lippman was a great writer who really got the city of Baltimore, so I picked up this mystery and found her very similar to Janet Evanovich. I was hoping for more. Her protagonist, series headliner Tess Monaghan, gets involved with a Baltimore TV production and solves the mysteries it has attracted. Tess maintains a tongue-in-cheek narrative, but this is nowhere as good as Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar narrative. The resolution seemed superfluous, the author more intent on characterization ...more
May 11, 2011 Jill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Stephanie Smith
Jun 12, 2015 Stephanie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never get tired of Tess or Baltimore:)
Feb 09, 2010 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I made the mistake of reading 2 Laura Lippman books back to back and out of order. It was a bit much. But, in saying that, these books are enjoyable for what they are, mystery fiction. This one spoke from the "bad guy's" perspective quickly, which is a bit different from the norm for Laura. I did not enjoy that as much as her norm. She can go off on tangents as well, which happened in this book a bit frequently. But overall enjoyable.
I really liked this installment of the Tess Monaghan series. Once I had time to sit down and read more than 2-3 pages at a time, I really got engrossed in the story. Literally, Tess has a run-in with a Hollywood production in her hometown of Baltimore and ends up providing security/babysitting service for one of the stars. There are pranks and mischief on set and a couple of murders and Tess gets involved in it all. Good story.
Lippan's heroine is Tess Monaghan,private detective.Her adventures are low keyed with just enough twists to keep you interested. Not a lot of blazing guns and Rambo action.
Tess is decidely intellectual and true student of the cinema.Of course this background helps her solve some of her cases. Her settings are Baltimore City and County.She happens to be married to David Simon, one of the writers of the Wire.
Aug 06, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

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Sep 21, 2014 Julia Brumfield rated it it was ok
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Lisa Anne
Apr 19, 2014 Lisa Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Lippman was another author who came highly recommended by friends . . . who evidently I need to stop listening to :-( I gave this book more than my usual 50-page-rule: I listened to the first two audio-disks and was beyond bored. She is clearly an intelligent author, had done her research, the characters were well developed (if not overly so), but there was just not a single thing that interested me about the story . . . I couldn't even get to the point of the murder . . . I just completel ...more
May 08, 2016 Jovdb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another Tess Monaghan novel, but not the best one.

Tess is asked to "babysit" a badly behaved star of the movie being filmed in Baltimore.

Everyone seems to have secrets that they are protecting because it doesn't show them in a good light and, in the movie business, image is everything. Tess has to discover what is going on behind the scenes to find the murderer. In the end, it is a sad story, drawing on the stereotypes of that particular industry - everyone out for themselves.

I do like the comme
(2.5) This book is proof positive that baby boomers just shouldn't write dialogue for people between the ages of 15-30. It was tough wading through the bad dialogue surrounding the Selene Waits character. And even when there was a payoff for Just no. Lotta meh feelings in this book, including a dull mystery. I usually rate Lippman's books at least a 3 or above. Baltimore folk need to stick together. But I just can't do that in good conscience. Fortunately, as someone who has read the re ...more
May 04, 2014 Vicky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably a 3 and a half. This is not a crime author I read regularly, but have enjoyed the ones I've read. Downloaded this one from the library as needed something to read on the plane. There are two main characters: Tess and the city of Baltimore. And since I know Baltimore through friends and childhood connections , I do enjoy the descriptions and opinions about the city. In this one, the story involves murders of members of a film crew making a TV series in Baltimore. Lippmann has bona fide c ...more
Apr 21, 2016 JodiP rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was the first in this series that I read. I am very pleased with it as the characters and the situation seemed fairly realistic. I also like the humor, which is wry and sometimes sarcastic. Lippman does a great job of creating complicated characters with just a few lines. I am looking forward to reading the whole series from the beginning. Of note, I know I tried to read one of Lippman stand-alone books a few years ago, and just couldn't get into it. Therefore, this was an even more pleasan ...more
Baltimore private detective Tess Monaghan finds herself learning more than she wants to know about filming a television series. Scriptwriter and producer, Flip Tumult (son of a Hollywood legend) puts her on the production's payroll after he drags her out of Patapsco River where he almost mowed down her scull. Not that she is anxious to bodyguard the spoiled star of the TV series, but in return Flip agrees to take on Lloyd, Crow's young friend, as an assistant to the writers.

Selene probably doesn
I loved the cover of this book (and don't think I don't feel badly about finding a drowning girl on a book cover oh-so-intriguing), but there's reeeeally a pretty big stretch to connect the cover to the actual book. I mean, it makes sense, but only in a very tentative way that has absolutely nothing to do with the mystery.

Still, I liked the mystery. I missed Crow, the dogs (really, the dogs!), and that sense of Baltimore that makes these books what they are. Sure, there was Tess, and Tess was go
Aug 22, 2012 Lori rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
I really enjoy the Tess Monaghan series and this book, although not nearly as good as the last one, was still worth the read. Tess gets caught up in the goings on of a TV series filming in Baltimore and the inside look into the "biz" was really appreciated. The mystery was ok but not as strong as some of the other books in the series as there was just too many people involved in underhanded doings this time around that it got a bit messy. However, as with all books from this series, the secondar ...more
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Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at The (Baltimore) Sun. She began writing novels while working fulltime and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her work has been awarded the Edgar , the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other ...more
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