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The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
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Feb 14, 2012

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This book was serialized in the New York Times so comes late to book form. In this book Laura Lippman's Baltimore based sleuth is pregnant and forced to spend time in bed due to medical complications. She learns to her dismay that 30-somethings are considered a bit old for motherhood. So she watches the dog walkers from her sun porch and considers how her investigation business must change with a new addition to the family. And wonders if she and Crow, the steady boyfriend, should get married. Or maybe, she reflects, he doesn't want to get married. She refuses to jinx the birth by deciding upon a baby name, preparing a room for the baby or having a baby shower. The hormones rise up and riot, making her moods shift from elation to worry.

Meanwhile a missing dog walker who always wears a green raincoat and a lost Italian Greyhound create the plot for this amusing mystery. Like Josephine Tey's hero, the case must be solved from the confines of a bed and if you don't know who Josephine Tey is then get on Wikipedia to find out because literary references abound in this delightful little novel.

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