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Preview — Charm City by Laura Lippman
Charm City (Tess Monaghan #2)
As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon "Wi...more
Laura Lippman comes highly recommended but two books into her Tess Monaghan series, I'm just not feeling it.
First off, astute readers will notice my teaser differs fr ...more
For me the only bright light in the novel was the introduction of the less than bright rescue greyhound Esskay. It says a lot about a book when the only memorable ...more
Tess is back in action, and after wrestling through this for about a quarter of the book and Tess becomes the caretaker of a greyhound for her Uncle who is in a coma, I began to wonder if anything exciting would happen. Then a newspaper files a report it had not intended to be reported, Tess is hired as a consultant to discover who was behind this ...more
The primary theme is one of betrayal. Betrayal of one's ethics and of friends. Using and manipulating friends to help is one thing; doing it to achieve one's personal goals is another.
A preponderance of the latter weighs very heavily in Charm City from a battering of journalistic ethics, making that career leap, destruction of lives to maintain past sec ...more
Old friends like Rock, Tyner, Whitney, Feeney, Spike, and Tommy show up. You definitely get more insight into Crow, Kitty, and her parents. There is an addition to the great cast of characters too Esskay the Greyhound!!
The beginning is a little slow passed, a murder doesn't happen until page 100. The story does stay interesting though, even early on because there are a ...more
Tess is working as a PI in the office of a lawyer, Tyner Gray. Gray is also her trainer when she gets back to rowing in the summer, and a good friend. He tosses investigative jobs her way but doesn't have enough work to keep her going full time. So he's delighted when a contract job comes along.
Baltimore's only daily newspaper, the Beacon-Light ("Blight" to many) is covering the story of "Wink" Wynkowski, business tycoon, as he makes a bid to buy a basketball tea ...more
At the center of this mystery is Tess Monaghan, former reporter fo ...more
The mystery was fun, intriguing, but it wasn't really what kept me reading. I am just so into these characters, now. And Baltimore, of course, is the second main character in bo ...more
After this, I really don't know. This wasn't actually much worse than the first one, but the things that annoyed me about the first one still annoy me here, and maybe I'm in a worse mood today.
First, the writing is really bad. There are lots of bizarre similes. Odd redundancies. Confusing sentences.
Second, there's something about the attitude towards affirmative action that ...more
*Spoiler in this paragraph*
Our heroine is an archetypal detective who fell into the job after nothing else clicked, exercises everyday for hours, and eats like an elephant. She gets a ne ...more
When “Wink” Wynkowski announces bringing a pro basketball team to Baltimore, people of Baltimore are excited. But a nasty piece of article in local newspaper Beacon-Light kills his plans. Unable to save his crumbling business empire without Basketball deal, Wink commits suicide. Editors at Beacon Light hire Tess to find out who published the article. Was it ambitious young reporter Rosita Ruiz? Or Was it somebody else? And did Wink really commit suicide?
Six months after the even ...more
Here it is, from page 105:
"Do you have a boyfriend?"
"Sort of. I mean yes, yes I do. In fact, his band is playing tonight so I have to go do the band member's girlfriend thing. Stand in a crowd and ...more
E' uno dei brani preferiti da Tess Monaghan e, anche se non riflette il libro, lo trovo buon interprete della Baltimora, signora decadente e a tratti violenta, che fa da contorno ai romanzi di Laura Lippman.
In questo romanzo, seguito di un interessante Baltimora Blues, Tess lascia l'incarico di giornalista per intraprendere la carriera d ...more
what i do know, i think, is what i love most about lippman's series - this isn't just a thriller with serial characters. this is a novel that happens to have a wicked twisting plot inside it. never, really, do i feel like the characters suffer for plot purposes - something that is all too common in this genre.
not to mention that tess is an actual person in these books, with a metabolism, and the type of person that wonders where her kid ...more
This story centers around a possible ...more
Cons: There are actually two different mysteries going on -- the murder and why Tess's uncle is beaten up over a greyhound. The ending attempts to tie them together but the tie in seems rushed and a bit weak.
Overall this is a good read despite the cons.