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Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
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Nov 27, 11

bookshelves: chick-lit, contemporary, detective-pi, drama, mystery, 2011_read
Read from November 26 to 27, 2011

** spoiler alert ** For me, this is a tough book to review. I liked it, and I might have really liked it... I just can't quite decide which. The story was engaging and intriguing. I didn't want to put the book down.

But somehow, I felt as if I'd walked into the middle of a story and not the first in a series staring Tess Monaghan. Some of the characters didn't feel fleshed out to me. And the ending seemed almost too tight, too neat. And I have to admit that I've never liked when someone agrees to keep something covered up. Pay, the guilty parties might - literally. But is that good enough?

But Tess is interesting, and it appears as if she not only has a "real job" as a PI for a lawyer, but she might also have a love interest -- or another casual lover, as Jonathan was for her. Tess, herself, unsettles me, because she settles. More than one person in this book (book 1) nails her on that. And while Tess did kick into gear, it still feels as if she's just getting by. I'm sure the shock of witnessing Jonathan's death and almost being killed herself, as well as what she discovered along the way, is enough to unsettle a person. But I'm hoping that Tess M becomes more than a dramatic and more capable heroine than say, Stephanie Plum. At least with Plum books, I can giggle my way through and let pass how inept Steph is, how much I abhor her fixation with Ranger and on-again-off-again with Morelli, and how silly the "mysteries" are that Step gets herself into.

I'll try the next Tess book and see what the verdict is...
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