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Baltimore Blues (1997)

von Laura Lippman

Reihen: Tess Monaghan (1)

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Unemployed at twenty-nine, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent-including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety-and his noontime trysts with Rock's fianc♯-make the case front page news ... and points to Rock as the likely murderer.… (mehr)
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Wow was this good. I knew this would be right up my alley and I was right. I will obviously be reading all of these in order. Journalists writing great thrillers is for me! ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
So far not too impressed
  wbcthree | Sep 14, 2020 |
Tess Monaghan, formerly a reporter for the defunct Star, reluctantly accepts a job from fellow rower Darryl Paxton ("Rock") to find out what his fiancee is doing when she makes excuses for not seeing him. Tess takes to following the young lawyer, Ava, a woman she has met and does not much like. She soon discovers that Ava has other interests, and makes the unusual move of meeting with Ava to encourage her, strongly, to tell Rock about his rival.

Then it all goes wrong. Ava had been seeing Michael Abramowitz, a notorious lawyer, and Abramowitz turns up dead shortly after Rock had gone to see him. No surprise - Rock is the number one suspect. And Tess is hired by his new lawyer at lower rates, as much to keep her reined in as to do any real investigative work.

Tess, of course, does not do well following orders. What kind of fictional detective does? She chases all over town, on her own time as well as the lawyer's. Her belief in Rock was a strong motivator.

This isn't a mystery where all the clues are laid out and the reader is challenged to discover the murderer. Lippman likes to keep us guessing and wondering. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. But maybe not. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Wow. What a crazy ride! I loved reading about Tess, her family, her uncle (who may not be a uncle) and having this whole thing set in Baltimore. Lippman manages to make Baltimore come alive and you get to see the many sides to Charm City. I really enjoyed Tess too since we don't just get her off and running in her new freelance career as a PI. Lippman introduces some great characters, Tess's aunt Kitty, her ex Johnathan, her rowing buddy Rock, and her best friend Whitney.

"Baltimore Blues" has Tess Monaghan still dealing with being unemployed after being let go from the Star. She still dreams about going back to a newspaper and becoming a reporter again, but for now works in her aunt's bookstore and for her uncle at a state agency. When her friend Rock asks her to follow his fiancee and get some answers on why she is acting so weird, she does so, cause being broke is not that much fun. Following her around, Tess realizes there is more than meets the eye with her. When his fiancee tells Rock that a lawyer she is working with has forced her to sleep with him, he goes and confronts the man. When the lawyer is found dead, fingers point to Rock, and Tess is hired to work alongside his lawyer.

Tess is such a mess and I love her. She has a weird family and lives above her aunt's bookstore. She has an on and off relationship with an ex, but also finds herself thinking of someone who works with her aunt named Crow (I am also reading books with characters having terrible names). Tess is in a rut and her investigating to help out her friend seems like the best thing she can do. She seems to be drifting through her life.

Tess's aunt is pretty hilarious, but sketched thinly. I did love Tess and her relationship with her friend Whitney and how they pushed/pulled each other though.

We don't get to really see the different Baltimore's here though. Lippman addresses that in her third book (Butcher's Hill) and I was happy to see it. I maybe laughed at Tess talking crap about how bad D.C. was compared to Baltimore (it's funny cause it's true). ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Baltimore Blues, a Tess Monaghan mystery, by Laura Lippmann
Narrated by Debra Hazelette
Audiobook by Blackstone audio, 2006.

Not a bad novel. (I could have sworn I'd read this novel about 10 years ago, more or less; but while listening to it these past two days, not a single detail was familiar. So either I'm mistaken, or I've read SO many books since then, I have zero recall now. I think I will vote for the mistaken choice.)

The narration was good, enough to keep my thoughts from drifting off to other things. A little outdated, but I prefer this. The author's prior experience as reporter for 20 years really shows in all her detail, and knowledge of his things work, and what reporters are like, how they think. I loved that.

3 1/2 stars, and maybe I will read more of this series. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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Unemployed at twenty-nine, Tess Monaghan is willing to take any freelance job to pay the rent-including a bit of unorthodox snooping for her rowing buddy, Darryl "Rock" Paxton. In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety-and his noontime trysts with Rock's fianc♯-make the case front page news ... and points to Rock as the likely murderer.

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