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The Girl in the Green Raincoat (Tess Monaghan #11)

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“Lippman is a writing powerhouse. ”

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New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman—winner of the Edgar® Award and every other major literary prize given for mystery and crime fiction—embroils Baltimore p.i. Tess Monaghan in the strange case of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Originally serialized in the New York Times, The Girl i
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Published January 18th 2011 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 2008)
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May 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, spring-2016
Private investigator Tess Monaghan is confined to bed rest during the end of her pregnancy. To pass the time, she sits on the sun porch watching her neighbors. She notices a dog running free, but the dog's owner--a girl who always wore a green raincoat--never showed up again. Tess is suspicious about the young woman's disappearance, and she enlists the help of her friends to find the missing dog owner.

The book first appeared in the New York Times Magazine as a serial novel. It seems to be a humo
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This novella was a quick and fun read! At only a 158 pages, there is so much to enjoy about this book - stories within the story. The ending is quite a surprise and there is nothing to give it away early which is great and not a surprise from a writer like Laura Lippman.

"The Girl in the Green Raincoat" is perfect for a day if you are going to be on a train or a plane. If you are the passenger in a car and can read this is a great choice. Your trip will be so much more pleasant with this book as
Feb 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, reviewed
I came across Laura Lippman while googling for authors similar to Tana French. In an effort to accept the fact that I've already read all of French's currently released books, and she's probably not going to move up the release of her next one even if I ask really nicely, I thought I'd attempt to locate an author with a similar style. If you're in a similar situation this review might help you. Based on this novella alone it is hard to say that Lippman does compare to French; perhaps one of her ...more
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Baltimore PI Tess Monaghan is bed-bound and bored, so she takes to watching the people in the park across the way. She notices a young woman in a green raincoat, with her miniature greyhound, also outfitted in a matching green coat. Then one day the dog is running loose and the girl is nowhere to be seen.

In a plot reminiscent of Hitchcock’s Rear Window, Tess gets her boyfriend Crow, BFF Whitney, and sometimes partner Mrs Blossom to begin investigating. Crow an
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotta admit that I'm not thrilled that my girl Tess popped out a kid. This is not an affront to women with kids, so please do not take it as such, but rather a fear that one of my favorite characters will suddenly start talking about eating placentas, green baby poop and breast pumping (ew, ew, EW). I am still worried about the future of this series but if the author keeps handing the narrating functions to Whitney (I love her and I normally don't love ultra wealthy characters...but she's so f'd ...more
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I won this as a Goodreads First Reads. This is the second book by this author that I have read. I read I'd Know You Anywhere last year, and was left somewhat disappointed. Same here. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't the best book ever either. There were some errors, which is a big pet peeve of mine. It was a veru short book, less than 200 pages and somewhat large print, and a very quick read. It was perfect for this time of year, being snowed in and all. I really like the plot of this book: a p ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At this point, any new work by Laura Lippman is an automatic must read for me. Novel, short story, novella, short essay, anything.

So, when "The Girl in the Green Raincoat" arrived, even though I had a long list of other books demanding my attention, I just couldn't help but take a peek inside the covers of this one. One sentence into the story and I was hooked.

This novella, originally published in the New York Times Magazine, finds Lippman's Tess Monagahan confined to bed rest for the final tw
Rebekah Scott
Confined to bed rest in the third trimester of her pregnancy, private investigator Tess Monaghan is more than a bit stir-crazy. The highlight of her day is often her ten foot waddle to the bathroom, and although she is used to staying in one place for long periods of time for surveillance jobs, this forced inactivity is unbearable.

Needing a distraction from the tedium, Tess begins to watch the world pass by. Sitting on her sun porch, armed with her binoculars, Tess watches the daily dog walkers,
Dec 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book reads like an homage to Hitchcock's "Rear Window". Tess Monaghan, private detective, is put on bed rest during a complicated pregnancy. She amuses herself by observing the world outside her window, especially a stylish young woman in a celery-green raincoat who walks her dog every day. When the dog appears on his own one day, Tess is convinced something bad has happened to his owner. With some help from her not-bed-bound friends and associates, she discovers the woman's identity. When ...more
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman was one of my favorite books that I read in 2011. I picked it for my book club pick for the month of May as I thought the other mothers in our group would enjoy it as well. The heroine, Tess Monaghan, is a private detective on bed rest for the last few months of her pregnancy. A girl in a green rain coat walks her dog each day in a park outside of Tess’s window. The girl intrigues Tess a la Rear Window, even more so when the girl goes missing and h ...more
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read, 2011
I won this novella as a first read and I usually don't have any preconceived expectations, but with all the hype about the author and being a serial from such a prestigious newspaper as The New York Times I was expecting more from Laura Lippman. While the mystery was engaging at first, the story comes to be more about pregnant PI Tess Monaghan's trepidation over her impending motherhood and her insecurities about her relationship. Although I didn't become invested in the characters, I enjoyed th ...more
Alice Bola
Jul 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm pretty sure I found a new literary friend. She has moxie, a good sense a humor, animals love her, and trouble finds her wherever she goes, even when she is bedridden with a high risk pregnancy. Her name is Tess Monaghan and she is one of Baltimore's finest private detectives.

I found Tess engaging. I was definitely interested in getting to know her, to find out what path she took that lead her to become a private investigator. I enjoyed the zany cast of characters with my favorite being Mrs.
Joni Daniels
Aug 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all the Tess Monaghan books and even if this one was slim, I devoured it like all the stories that came before. Lippman's Baltimoe is now mine - so I love it when she tips her hat to local venues that I know - and her descriptions ring true. Baltimore is almost a character in this series - and it changes as the town and the character changes. Tess and Whitney's relationship weaves a strong thread through these books and while Tess's instincts are never exactly 'right on' they aren't fa ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
A good plot's worth revisiting from time to time, which is what Laura Lippman has done in The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Ms. Lippman pays homage to two classics, the film "Rear Window" and the novel The Daughter of Time. Tess Monaghan, PI, is confined to bed for the last two months of her pregnancy. Bored and restless, she takes to watching passersby in the park outside her window. The girl in the green raincoat who walks her greyhound fails to show one day. But Tess sees the dog tearing throug ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-novels
I found this book at Half Price Books for $1 and thought it looked interesting. I am glad it was a short book, because I almost gave up on it twice during the 158 pgs. I haven't read anything else by Laura Lippman for comparison, but was annoyed by all the extra effort that was put into using her vast vocabulary and non-stop references to other books, movies, people and current events, most of which were not very well explained. I just felt like this "novella" was trying too hard. The author pri ...more
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Laura Lippman's wonderful PI character Tess Monaghan finds herself confined to her bed on doctors' orders due to unexpected complications of her pregnancy. What happens next is right out of REAR WINDOW: a woman who Tess is used to seeing out her window every day disappears, leaving her neurotic Italian greyhound running free. Tess resolves to solve the mystery from her sickbed, all the while dealing with the abandoned canine, worrying about the impending delivery and terrified at the prospect of ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a quick ( for me) fun read. lots of memorable quotes and one liners. My favorite?
"And it was an accident! My boyfriend has super sperm! It defeated a diaphragm and spermicide. This is a zygote of Destiny."
Craig Pittman
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nifty little novella that manages to pack a lot of action into a few pages. Laura Lippman's tough-gal detective Tess Monaghan is in the final trimester of her pregnancy and has been put on complete bed rest by her doctor. So she starts watching out her window and becomes intrigued by a woman in a green raincoat who passes by every day walking her dog -- especially when the woman disappears and she spots the dog running loose with its leash dragging.

Before long Tess has unleashed her best frien
Moshe Mikanovsky
A simple detective story, non-committing, good to pass the time and clear the head between other, more serious, books.
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Is a quick read and I have started liking this Maryland based writer. I loved her reference to Helmand Restaurants's kaddu bowrani appetizer as I have tried that there.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laura Lippman is a good writer. Since she has won just about every major award in crime fiction, and many of the minor ones as well, clearly I am not in the minority in this evaluation. The present work shows that her reputation is well-deserved.
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was originally written as a serial in the New York Times magazine and is now being published as a standalone novella of about 200 pages. Many authors in this situation try to expand their magazine piece to the length of a
Colleen Turner
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Tess Monaghan, the plucky private investigator many fans of Laura Lippman have come to love, is back in The Girl In The Green Raincoat, originally serialized in the New York Times but available now in book form. Our heroine finds herself immobilized and forced into bed rest after learning her surprise pregnancy has become high risk due to preeclampsia. Not one to lie down without a fight, she feels trapped by her body and her well-meaning band of
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review from first reading (February 15, 2011)

I have to admit to a bit of prejudice when it comes to authors (film-makers, whatever) taking a beloved story and redoing it or working it with a twist. Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind? Not so much. Rebecca's Story as a continuation of Rebecca? A little better. Mixing Jane Austen characters with zombies? No way, Jose! So when I started seeing Laura Lippmann's The Girl in the Green Raincoat popping up on various blogs, I was fascinated, intr
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Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would have finished this last night had I not been so tired! I hadn't read a Tess Monaghan book in a long time, but it was good to get back to her and her family - Crow and Lloyd and Mrs. Blossom and Whitney Talbot. I loved the Rear Window element to this book: Tess, on rest at 7 months pregnant, sees a woman walking a dog and both wear green raincoats. Then the woman disappears, leaving the dog behind. What happened?

She discovers that the woman's name is Carole Massinger (though at one point
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, 2016, novella
This author proudly admits "stealing" from 'Rear Window' and The Daughter of Time; and I admit, that is what drew me to this novella (that, and its $0.99 price from BookBub). Since this is my first time reading Lippman, I broke my rule about reading a series in order - there are a bunch more Tess Monaghan books that come before this one. This novella was originally published in the New York Times, which gave it a bit of credibility in my eyes.

At first, it was charming enough, with references to
I needed a book with a color in its title for my 2016 reading challenge and I can always find time for a whodunnit. I haven't read any other books in the series, but that didn't seem to matter. I might try some of the other books. Entertaining and thankfully clean murder mystery. Could have used a few more suspects.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was a fun book. I don't think I have read any other mysteries featuring Tess but she did seem familiar so maybe I have. Hmmmmmmmm

I felt for Tess who was on "bed rest" because of a high risk pregnancy. I went through that myself when I was pregnant with my boys and it's not fun. It was easy to see how she watched people out of her window and made up stories to go with them. Especially being a PI, she can easily insert trouble with the way her mind works.

The story mo
Mar 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery, Thriller, Adventure fans
Recommended to Darlene by: I don't know
This is the mystery book. I do not know how it came into my hands. It just appeared. I had let it sit on the shelf for a while and then finally decided that I could try with very good lighting and short reading times, that I could read it.For someone with good eyesight this may actually be a short read. But for me it took longer. I liked that the spaces between lines made it easier than most paperbacks. In fact, this is the perfect book for a summer read, or plane ride.

It was fun, even though t
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was a slight departure from the Tess Monaghan series in that this book was a novella. Despite its smaller size, I found it a solid read. I loved Lippman's Hitchcockian twist reminiscent of Rear Window, which finds Tess laid up on bed rest due to a difficult pregnancy. A mystery unfolds as Tess spies a girl in a green raincoat walking a dog in the park outside her window. The mystery was intriguing and nicely done, but just as enjoyable was the glimpse into Tess's l ...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 othe ...more
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“In the Realm of the Senses for May? Or something by Peter Greenaway? You have to understand, to Lloyd, film is film, it’s all about technique,” 0 likes
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