Baltimore Blues

Baltimore Blues

eBook - 2006
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Until her paper, the Baltimore Star, crashed and burned, Tess Monaghan was a damn good reporter who knew her hometown intimately -- from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill. Now gainfully unemployed at twenty-nine, she's 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 everyday, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety -- and his noontime trysts with Rock's fiancee -- make the case front page news...and points to Rock as the likely murderer. But trying to prove her friend's innocence couls prove costly to Tess -- and add her name to that infamous ever-growing list.



Topical Term: Women detectives
Women journalists
Electronic books
Publisher: Pymble, NSW ; New York : HarperCollins e-books, 2006
ISBN: 9780061193583
0061193585
9780061193606
0061193607
Branch Call Number: eBOOK
PS3562.I584 B35 2006eb

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Oct 27, 2019

This is Lippman's FIRST novel in her Tess Monaghan stories, published years 1997 thru last book in year 2012; set in Baltimore; contemporary times, but before cell phone usage.

12 total in the Monaghan SERIES.
Several of those series titles had multiple nominations for excellence, during the same year.

The 2nd in the series is title Charm City (Baltimore's nickname).

Good read; Tess's unpredictable sense of direction while investigating the murder of a friend's fiance's coworker was part of the intrigue of the plot.
I'd give this first novel 3 stars.
This will be a worthy series to follow, read, enjoy, speak of to friends who read mysteries.
The setting in Baltimore is a refreshing insight into its local color, history, character, importance.

Lippman has been nominated for the top of the line awards for mystery writing, times more often than many other crime fiction authors. She's a winner, for sure.

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63shsailor
Aug 14, 2019

Neither this book (#1 in the series) nor "In A Strange City" were as well written as "Every Secret Thing" and "What The Dead Know". I found myself fast forwarding through some of the sections in this audio book. The last 2 titles were Anthony Award winners for Novel Of Year, but are stand-alone novels not part of this series.

I like the Sue Grafton series much more where the characters are believable and mostly based on reality. The final culprit was especially bizarre (unbelievable) in "In A Strange City".

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 23, 2018

Tess Monaghan is a young woman searching for herself. But as long as she's searching for herself, she may as well do what she really loves & use her reporter skills to search for answers to a friend's murder. Just as you would expect, she seems to be failing in a major way until the big clue breaks near the end of the story. But just when you think the story is over & details are about to be cleaned up, a quick turn of events takes your recently settled stomach back in to overdrive.

It was a good mystery, but I've decided that I am definitely partial to more dated period pieces, those that are set in years prior to 1970. I did enjoy all of the intertwining of various people & groups & the setting of the story in Baltimore, MD. I liked that the primary investigating character was a single woman that doesn't have everything figured out. She is forced to rely on the help of several friends, both old & newly acquired ones. I like that she finds the strength she needs to conquer weaknesses & fears when she ultimately is faced with them.

Age recommendation: 16 & up (sexual scenarios, profanity, suicide, infidelity)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

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rgally
Jan 13, 2011

likeable character, good plot with a twist. A good if not great read. Will keep going with the series

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 23, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: impending murder, murder, suicide

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 23, 2018

Sexual Content: sexual scenarios, infidelity

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 23, 2018

Violence: murder, suicide

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jandt_mcmurray
Apr 23, 2018

Coarse Language: profanity

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Apr 23, 2018

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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Mar 10, 2018

How do I start being sexual, much less homosexual, at age forty-two?

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