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The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
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Aug 06, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

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 far off eiither. Unlike other serial characters (where the pressure of a book a year tends to make the author forget the very things that made the character so interesting), Tess continues to be who is she was in the first volume: a reporter turned investigator with home-town roots, a sense of nostalgia for the past and a desire to create an independent yet ocnnected future. Throw in family, boyfriend, best friend, neighbors, dogs, and now a baby - and she shifts, rather than chnages. So well written, I like that I always can look forward to a TM book. Even when they are slim.
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