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Charm City (1997)

von Laura Lippman

Reihen: Tess Monaghan (2)

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PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.… (mehr)
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A great beach read. A copy of this has been floating around our house for a long time so I grabbed it for vacation. Second read of Lippman, first being one of her later books which I enjoyed.

For me, this was a tour of remembrances of Baltimore; so many nooks and corners I’d not thought of for a while, which I enjoyed.

A somewhat simple detective story. And all neatly wrapped up by the end. I liked Tess and I will likely back track at some point and read the first in the series.
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  jimgosailing | Nov 18, 2021 |
Excellent book. Really good character development and plot twists along the way keep you guessing throughout. Plus it is cool to recognize the areas in Balto from when I lived/visited there. A great read. ( )
  lhaines56 | Oct 31, 2020 |
The second Tess Monaghan mystery.

Tess is working as a PI in the office of a lawyer, Tyner Gray. Gray is also her trainer when she gets back to rowing in the summer, and a good friend. He tosses investigative jobs her way but doesn't have enough work to keep her going full time. So he's delighted when a contract job comes along.

Baltimore's only daily newspaper, the Beacon-Light ("Blight" to many) is covering the story of "Wink" Wynkowski, business tycoon, as he makes a bid to buy a basketball team and bring it to Baltimore. The city is interested in having a team and it looks like it will build a stadium for it if it happens. Citizens are divided, but it is looking like a sure thing.

Then two reporters develop a story about Wink. The story reveals some shady business practices and shaky financing, along with more personal issues. The management team says no to running the story, saying they believe at least some of the sources should be revealed. The main reporter, Tess's friend Feeney, is crying in his beer one night. So imagine her surprise when she sees the story on the front page the next day.

Tess is hired by the newspaper to investigate the end-run around the management decision. How the article actually got into the paper. She is given a small office on an upper floor, and sets off to interview everyone who could have been involved.

Meanwhile, Tess's uncle Spike has been beaten badly, is in such bad shape he is unable to explain what happened. What is clear, though, is that he wants Tess to take a rescued greyhound home with her. Reluctantly, she does. Esskay, the greyhound, is friendly but looks scraggly and very thin. Tess is not interested in having a dog but she's as compassionate as the next person and does take good care of it, with a lot of help from Crow, her bf, Kitty, her aunt, and others.

And meanwhile again, Tess finds that she is being followed, obviously, by some mean-looking men in a car. What is their interest? Does it have to do with Wink? Or the greyhound? Or something else?

Tess's relationship with Crow takes a dive when she tells him she is not ready for anything long-term. She wants to keep him at arm's length. He takes her at her word, and she starts to regret it. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Dealing with the fallout of the death of her ex in book #1, Tess is finally pushing to become a private investigator. Seeing someone new (Crow) she feels a bit more centered, but not by much. Her family still drives her up the wall, her boss (sort of) who is pushing her to get off her butt and set up her own office. We get to see Tess pounding the pavement to figure out the mystery behind two cases and come to a decision about her love life.

When her uncle ends up in the hospital, Tess is left caring for a dog he recently got and trying to figure out why mysterious men in cars are following her and her family. On top of that, Whitney talks her up to the editors at the Beacon Blight to hire Tess to figure out who is behind a story going to press that was killed.

Tess having a background in newspapers definitely helps her out here. She manages to use what she knows to go back and look at the sources/writers of the newspaper story that was supposed to get killed. Tess also manages to piece together what her uncle was up to and why people are looking for something he hid. Tess we find out in this book used to have an eating disorder and we get why she's so focused on working out every day if she can. I already knew she rowed in college, but finding out there's a reason why she was into working out and having bulimia made me feel for her.

I thought Tess and Crow were pretty meh. There was foreshadowing all along how that was going to end up. He just seems to be there for her to stomp all over. I would have gotten fed up too. I also would have gotten fed up with him wanting more than I wanted to give, so they both cancel each other out. Tess's second love interest didn't do a lot for more either. Never a fan of love triangles in books, but this one didn't really bother me so much since Tess at least did the right thing by not jerking two guys around at the same time.

The setting of Baltimore is played up here a lot and you hear all about Charm City in this second book. It's funny that I live so close and I have been to Baltimore just once. Tess via Lippman talks a lot of crap about those who came in and tried to gentrify Baltimore and the white and black flight from certain areas. ( )
  ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
Narrated by Deborah Hazelett. ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
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PI Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball to town--until a devastating expose appears in the Baltimore Beacon Light. The newspaper's editors thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found dead in his garage. Tess is hired to find the unknown hacker who planted the lethal story.

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