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Another Thing to Fall (Tess Monaghan #10)

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When private eye Tess Monaghan finds herself on a collision course with the makers of a TV series being shot in her native Baltimore, it's not only her introduction to the surreal world of televison drama, but also the beginning of a case that only a crazed scriptwriter could have dreamed up for her.
Paperback, 325 pages
Published July 1st 2009 by Orion (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
Aug 24, 2009 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 16, 2009 L rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 07, 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
Mar 03, 2010 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
Apr 06, 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
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
Jul 12, 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
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
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
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.
Jul 29, 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
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
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 05, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Stephanie Smith
Jun 06, 2015 Stephanie Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never get tired of Tess or Baltimore:)
Nicola Mansfield
Oct 26, 2016 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed in 2008:

Tess Monaghan is out rowing on the river when she inadvertently collides with the set of a TV Show. Once they find out she is a private investigator she is hired to work as a body guard for their young star. Seems she has been the target of a stalker in the past and now strange things are happening on the set, small fires and other small but annoying sabotages. Tess soon realizes there is a lot more going on and when someone is murdered her behind-the-scenes investigation starts
Pat Timpanaro
Mar 23, 2017 Pat Timpanaro rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was good, but not particularly memorable. I have read a lot of books by Laura Lippman and I think my expectations were high. The story is good, but I have read better things by her. I certainly recommend the book, but I was a little disappointed. The Baltimore setting is especially well used.
Jun 03, 2017 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess is called on to provide security for a manipulative underage starlet. Or is she keeping the starlet from wreaking havoc? This tv show may never get filmed , with all the mishaps afoot. And then there is a death. And a kidnapping. Kept us listening even though there were some overly broad generalizations about people sprinkled throughout.
Ellen Solomon
Listened to this a while ago-but don't remember how well I liked it.
Mar 26, 2017 Loretta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Not my favourite of the series, but still solid, and it didn't make me want to quit the series or anything. Just time for a pause before I tackle the next ones. It seems like there's only two left in this series, so I'll stretch it out a little bit.
Ok. Really like this series
Mar 08, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-reads
PROTAGONIST: Tess Monaghan
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
Phyllis Sommers
I was a little torn as to how to rate this novel. While I was propelled to keep reading by the suspense that was continually building, I was ultimately somewhat disappointed in the way it all came together. The ending seemed a little cliché and thereby somewhat anticlimactic. I decided on the higher rating, however, after reading the afterward and discerning that, in fact, the finale was actually akin to an real case.

Lippman's recurring character in several of her novels, Tess Monaghan, is back
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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 othe ...more
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