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Butchers Hill (Tess Monaghan #3)

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Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a p.i.-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it's not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess's greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there's a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy ...more
Unknown Binding, 288 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Avon (first published 1998)
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Elvan
Feb 07, 2015 Elvan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Now I understand.

I have enjoyed Lippman's standalone novels but was underwhelmed with the first two books in the author's Tess Monaghan series.

The evolution of a good writer into a great writer begins with book three, Butchers Hill. The plot(s) are complex and entertaining so the reader is kept guessing. Lippman continues to include Monaghan's eccentric Jewish/Irish family to lighten the mood but the slapstick humour is toned down from the previous novels. As we get to know the various family
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stephanie
Jan 17, 2016 stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to stephanie by: everyone.
actually, this was one of my favorite tess books so far. but what i love most about lippman is not just her characters, or her plots, or the setting.

it's little things like this:

"You made his day," the doorman said.
"By taking his soda and scaring him with my dog?"
"By letting him do something for someone else. Nobody wants to be on the end of the receiving line all the time, you know. Howard smuggles bread out of here every day, just so he can feed birds, just so somebody will need him."
Sure en
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Christy
May 02, 2009 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Private investigator Tess Monaghan’s first official client is Luther Beale, known as the Butcher of Butchers Hill. Five years earlier, Luther was imprisoned for shooting a young boy vandalizing his car, and Luther wants Tess to find the children who witnessed the shooting so he can make amends to them. Almost immediately, two of those children are found murdered and the police target Beale as the killer. Tess’s second case, which becomes a parallel investigation, involves a sophisticated fundrai ...more
Nancy
Jan 05, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I enjoyed the first Tess Monaghan novel that I read, but I loved this one. It was not only an entertaining story with great characters, but it provided me with a reader's special bonus--it left me something to think about.

As a private detective struggling to establish a new business, Tess calls on various members of her extended (and quirky) family to assist with two different invigations which both involve teenagers who have been touched by the child welfare system. Her bickering but supportive
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Book Concierge
This is book 3 in the series featuring Tess Monaghan, former reporter and now PI in Baltimore. Tess has opened a new office and her calendar is empty, except for two appointments. The first involves looking into an old shooting involving minors; the second a woman's desire to find a child given up for adoption 13 years previously. When two of the minors Tess seeks turn up murdered, police attention focuses on Tess and her clients. What I really like about Tess is that she doesn't rely on men to ...more
Laura
Mar 05, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the installment of this series I was waiting for. After a disappointing second entry, I was afraid I'd have to walk away from Tess Monaghan - there are just too many good books to read to waste time with ones I don't like - even plenty of other better books by Laura Lippman. But she transforms a character who was barely likable by the end of the second book into one with depth, direction, & daring, with a complicated family history & an interesting future ahead of her. Now I'm l ...more
Annika De
Dec 27, 2015 Annika De rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was really, really good. Thanks for the book Rene!
Donie Nelson
Oct 03, 2015 Donie Nelson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
boring
Sharon
Jun 13, 2016 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Accidental PI, that about covers it. Tess has made the move, opened her own PI office, shingle and all, in Butchers Hill. Joined by Esskay, her not so discriminating greyhound, she's hopeful that she can make the rent, hopeful that is. Then she scores her first client, Luther Beale, the Butcher of Butchers Hill, seems prophetic and a little dicey. He is just out of prison for the murder of a boy, he says he wants to make amends and help the other children, the ones who testified against him. Hmm ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Butcher’s Hill, by Laura Lippman, B-plus. A tess Monihan mystery.
Produced by BBC audio books America, narrated by Deborah Hazlett, and downloaded from Audible.
In this book, Tess has taken the big step and started her own private eye firm. In this book we deal with her first two clients. Her office is in Butcher’s Hill, a not-so-good neighborhood in Baltimore. A man named Luther Beal shows up at her door. He was accused of vigilanteism and of shooting one of the boys who kept vandalizing his prop
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Kathy Davie
Dec 09, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Third in the Tess Monaghan mystery series based in Baltimore and revolving around a private detective just starting out.


My Take
It was slow to get started but I was soon deep in the two cases Tess pursued. One on a baby put up for adoption by a young but ambitious woman who turns out to have very unexpected connections to the Weinstein side of Tess' family. The other reopens the case of the Butcher of Butchers Hill unveiling a cauldron of corruption.

It's some nasty stuff that has torn up peopl
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Terri
Sep 01, 2015 Terri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming?

Although Tess is not terribly sentimental, she has a heart and so do her clients. This one brought tears to my eyes and touched me like no other book of it's kind!
Judy
Dec 16, 2015 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It helps when reading a new protagonist that you read books close together. I enjoyTess Monaghan, and was glad to see Eskay is still with her. I'll continue reading Lippman's books.
Zack! Empire
Feb 22, 2016 Zack! Empire rated it liked it
Shelves: prose-novels
An enjoyable book. I liked that there was two mysteries running simultaneously, though it was a bit silly that the main character, Tess, has no clients one minute, then two cases the next. I liked that the two cases were very different, and didn't ended up crossing over, which is what these kinds of stories usual have happen. I have to say though, the way one case is resolved is pretty disappointing.
The character of Tess is pretty interesting. I liked how human she was. When she runs into some p
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Quinn
Nov 01, 2015 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Another well-written Tess Monaghan novel. Tess is a private investigator in Baltimore. Lippman gets the tone and locations down just right, and because she knows the neighborhoods, they become a contributing part of the story.

Years ago, an African-American man living in Butcher's hill was tormented by a gang of kids who vandalized cars in his neighborhood. One night, fed up with the police not responding to his calls, he decides to take on the matter himself. He goes out, confronts the kids (ra
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Tamara
Review originally posted: Traveling With T

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

As I stated in my recent review of CHARM CITY, I’m going back in time with Laura Lippman and reading her earlier books. It’s slightly weird, after feeling like I know Tess, to go back and read her beginnings- but it’s a good weird. For the most part.

In this one- Luther Beale walks in and hires Tess. He’s out of jail after doing time for killing a kid who was vandalizing his possessions. What he presents to Tess sounds pretty s
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Iblena
Aug 10, 2015 Iblena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hace tiempo que no disfrutaba tanto leer de una novela de detectives y Un asesino en Butchers Hill, es una de esas novelas que vale la pena leer: Un personaje protagonista irónico a la vez que critico muy interesante, con una historia bien contada e hilvanada y absolutamente coherente.Laura Lippman introduce acertadamente dentro de la trama la realidad social de un Baltimore cambiante - no siempre para mejor- y lleno de contrastes en la que habitan aunque en distintas orillas wasp(blancos sajone ...more
Venkatraman Ramachandran
To say the story was meandering along during the first half would be an understatement. Initial 3/5 th of the booked seemed confusing and unrelated to itself or anything and It took an eternity to finish reading this part. The latter part seemed much better comparatively and was definitely not dull.

Few portions towards the end somehow managed to create the writer's interpretation of a detective's pursue yielding results. Conversation here and there seemed to generate interest in the final stage
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Lavender
Very enjoyable private detective story, where Tess Monaghan is hired to locate several foster children for reparations of a long ago crime, and also to locate a woman's child she put up for adoption years ago. Solutions are discovered, which change many lives in the present, including Tess'.

Explosive secrets come to life, which once unburied, wakes up a long-hidden killer. Third book in the series.
Darla Lomax
Just discoverd Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series a month or so ago. This is the third - working my way through them. Based in Baltimore, Tess lost her job as a newspaper reporter when the paper sold and in this third book she has just opened her own detective agency.
Lynette Barfield
Laura Lippmann Tess Monahan series which is what I classify as light mystery or suspense. I enjoyed the characters and storyline, interesting reading that didn't require a lot of attention. Just right for a change of pace.
Judith
May 31, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it
Third in the Tess Monaghan series.

In Butchers Hill we find Tess has moved. She has her own office and her own pad. She's starting to take in money. She is still tied to Tyner Gray, friend, attorney, rowing coach, who signs a contract with each client Tess accepts, giving her some protection through privilege laws.

Tess is involved in two investigations in this novel. First, the case of Luther Beale. Beale is fresh out of prison for shooting (and killing) a young boy who, with his buddies, had be
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Megan Baxter
This was a pretty good mystery, marred by a hasty ending. But after reading that dreadful Patricia Cornwell book a week or so ago, this was just the palate cleanser I needed for that genre.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
Peggy
Dec 15, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tess Monaghan is a former newspaper reporter turned private eye. She has just hung out her P.I. shingle when she gets her first two cases. Little does she know how they will impact her and her family. One case involves a long ago murder of a poor boy in foster care. One case involves finding a baby long ago given up for adoption. Tess is smart and resourceful if not experienced. But she is unprepared for the danger the past murder dredges up and unprepared for the long hidden hurts in her own fa ...more
Lynn Pribus
Maybe a little more than three stars, but I'm wary of star "creep" which devalues five stars. Three means I liked it and I did. I've tried to get into Stephanie Plum a couple times, but Evanovich doesn't do it for me which is too bad, since she had quite a series.

But Tess Monahan (a Weinstein on her mother's side which makes for quite the family gatherings) has a plain-spoken manner and gets into interesting situations. There are two parallel, but unrelated, plot lines in this one. The audio per
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Bethany
Jan 22, 2014 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? I really enjoy reading these books. I like Tess, the mysteries are engaging, and the ages turn themselves. I ended up really liking Jackie, tough nut that she was--I really appreciate how Lippmann writes women, period. They're always strong, complicated, individuals, and I am all over that. And Tess's family! Her mother, her grandmother, her dad. I love hem. Also, I would be remiss no to mention baby Layla, because she broke my heart, and I was super invested in her. Probably jus ...more
Marca
Jul 23, 2014 Marca rated it it was amazing
This book follows Tess Monaghan at the beginning of her career as a private detective. One of her first clients is Luther Beale, nicknamed the Butcher of Butcher Hill because he killed a child in his neighborhood years ago trying to stop vandalism. Luther, now out of jail, wants Tess to find the other children, now in their late teens, in order to help them financially. Luther indicates that he has paid his dues and he now wants to give back. Tess starts looking for the children, but friends and ...more
Janice
Apr 08, 2010 Janice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book, the fourth in this series, and mostly enjoyed it. In the midst of trying to solve the five year old murder of an eleven year old child, Tess encounters other children who are caught up in, or trying to escape from, the foster care system. Tess also learns new disturbing history about her own family.
What I did not like about this was the author's use of the story to bash the people who work in the child welfare system. While I do know that there is the possibility for corru
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Emily
May 19, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Butcher's Hill is the beginning of Tess Monaghan's private investigator business all on her own. Well, she has a silent partner and Tyner to help, but she is doing it on her own. Yay, Tess. Her first customer is the Butcher of Butcher's Hill. He was recently let out of prison after 5 years for killing a young boy who was a neighborhood hoodlum. He wants Tess to find the hoodlums friends to see if they need any money and to apologize to them.

Her next client, Mary Browne, wants help finding her lo
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Jen
Butchers Hill is the third book in the Tess Monaghan series. Tess has moved into her own "shop" and acquired two clients: Luther and Jackie. Luther is paying Tess to find a group of teenagers who were friends with the boy Luther was convicted of shooting. Jackie wants Tess to help her find the daughter she gave up for adoption thirteen years ago. On the surface, both cases appear to be pretty straight forward. O.k., Luther wanting to find the friends of the boy he shot is kind of weird, but all ...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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