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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,559 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laura Lippman Narrator: Deborah Hazlett Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Tess Monaghan Series Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781482977158
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Tess Monaghan has finally made the move and hung out her shingle as a PI-for-hire, complete with an office in Butchers Hill. Maybe it]s not the best address in Baltimore, but you gotta start somewhere, and Tess’ greyhound Esskay has no trouble taking marathon naps anywhere there’s a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the notorious vigilante who five years ago shot a boy for vandalizing his car. Just out of prison, he says he wants to make reparations to the kids who witnessed his crime, so he needs Tess to find them. But once she starts snooping, the witnesses start dying. Is the Butcher of Butchers Hill at it again? Like it or not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that be, a heartless system that has destroyed the lives of children, and a nasty trail of money and lies leading all the way back to Butchers Hill. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Dialogue is on the mark, accompanied by lively observations about female entrepreneurship, adoption, foster home rackets, and quirky Baltimore natives and neighborhoods. A bittersweet, perfectly plausible ending winds things up.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This trip around Baltimore and its environs and through the darker side of the welfare system is well worth the fare.”

    Mystery Magazine Online

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Courtney | 2/17/2014

    " I love the Tess Monaghan series. This wasn't my favorite but is an enjoyable, fast read if you like the character. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 1/25/2014

    " Nice, quick read. I can usually pick out the murderer pretty fast but this one had me guessing. I recently got hooked on Tess Monaghan because she's running a serial in the New York Times Magazine, and while I'm waiting impatiently in between installments, I had to go back and read all the earlier books. I have family in Baltimore so it's fun to read about all the places I've been or have heard about. There's a lot of interesting, colorful characters, hopefully some of them will return in later books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penelope West | 1/25/2014

    " In the continuing series of Tess Monoghan by Laura Lippman, we find Tess trying to solve another case. This is a contemporary series, and falls into the only genre of today's world that I read. I get a kick out of Tess's attempts to figure out whodunit. Laura knows her setting well, and it is one place where I don't get too terribly lost when she tells about getting around the city, for I've been there. I enjoy the real feel to Laura's stories as she shows the trial and error that goes along with truly solving a case. She can sure give you the chills as the story unfolds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 1/23/2014

    " this book was ok. I had read some of her books in the past and remember liking them more. I didn't really like any of the characters except for the detective and maybe her family... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jules | 1/21/2014

    " Not the best of the Monaghan mysteries -- a bit less engaging than the others, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kit | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting mystery. The family stuff was done well but the race relations elements were a little too pat for the most part. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 1/18/2014

    " Decent murder mystery/thriller. Lippman is a good go-to for quick and entertaining reads. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Jacobs | 1/12/2014

    " This book is even more outlandish than the last two, but Lippman gets a pass by turning out much stronger prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laureen | 1/8/2014

    " The Tess Monaghan series is great! What a fun character! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 12/29/2013

    " The ending felt too forced but I still enjoy listening to this series. Honestly not sure if I would enjoy reading them though...... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynette Barfield | 12/26/2013

    " Laura Lippmann Tess Monahan series which is what I classify as light mystery or suspense. I enjoyed the characters and storyline, interesting reading that didn't require a lot of attention. Just right for a change of pace. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colleen | 12/18/2013

    " This series features a journalist-turned-private investigator named Tess Monaghan. Set in Baltimore, I enjoy the numerous local references. While not particularly intense or cryptic, the mystery involved has enough twists to make in interesting and the snapshots of family life are entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/14/2013

    " Pretty good, though I saw the end coming. Nice mention of Something Else in Mt. Washington. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 11/10/2013

    " I really enjoy these books as a good lite read. Great for vacations. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 10/17/2013

    " Lippman writes readable books that are based here in Baltimore, so I know these places! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pugugly | 6/23/2013

    " this is by far the best laura lippman book. I was so engrossed that I read it in 1 night. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathy | 5/10/2013

    " Really more like 2.5. This is a new mystery series for me, and i'd hoped to really take to it. It held me and some of the plot twists work well, but the tone is a bit too flippant/trite, the characters a bit too two dimensional, and the resolutions too neat for me to be enthusiastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jan | 12/4/2012

    " This was slow to start, but I finally got into the plot - which was quite convoluted. I like Tess' character and look forward to the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe O'c | 11/5/2012

    " Excellent; Continuing character: Tess Monaghan; Tesser opens up her new PI business and gets two cases - one a repentant man who wants to make amends to kids whose lives he impacted and the other a woman looking for the daughter she gave up for adoption "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 8/14/2012

    " Really enjoy reading books by Laura Lippman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Pressel | 5/9/2012

    " I love Lippman. I love reading about Baltimore. This was a good mystery- it had a happy ending!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz DeCoster | 5/6/2012

    " This series is my new catnip - engrossing mysteries, intimate details of Baltimore, interesting characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/11/2012

    " A little too neat and coincidental, but an easy, interesting read with a good sleuth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen Draughon | 3/7/2012

    " Good read. Lots of Baltimore background. Start with Baltimore Blues before this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 12/23/2011

    " Another great one! I have a feeling that I am going to be saying this about all of her books..... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/9/2011

    " The best book in the Tess Monahan series so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lani | 5/14/2011

    " I think the series is wearing a little thin for me, or maybe it's just that I have a headache today while finishing the book. It seems like she introduces supporting characters only to toss them out after the next book. God only knows what will happen to Esskay! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vfields | 1/19/2011

    " Tess has finally hung out her shingle and she has all the right fears and anxieties that make her very fun. She’s no Janet Evenovich and I hope she never tries to be. Two baffling cases fall into Tess’s lap in one day and she is forced to deal with some very confusing people. Good as always. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn J. | 1/17/2011

    " Interesting mix of characters and some nice plot twists that kept me guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/8/2011

    " Lippman is improving! All of the characters, Tess included, make leaps forward in complexity. Race issues are elevated beyond the sound bite level. The plots are more involved. If you are considering reading all of Lippman's books, I advise skipping the first two and starting here. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 1/5/2011

    " Lippman writes readable books that are based here in Baltimore, so I know these places! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 9/24/2010

    " I am reading this series (a cozy-type mystery) set in Baltimore which showcases a strong female protagonist who is just starting a new career as a private investigator. She had been a journalist with a Baltimore newspaper. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessie | 9/23/2010

    " Somewhat better than #2, but I think the author is still finding her way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mickey | 7/21/2010

    " This series is easy to listen to. I like the characters. Tess has attitude when she needs it. She doesn't put up with any bs. But she has her soft side, and it works. This one was sad for a while, and I hate when so many people die. However, it ended pretty well. Jackie did the right thing. "

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About the Author
Author Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. She began writing novels while working full time and published seven books about “accidental PI” Tess Monaghan before leaving daily journalism in 2001. Her most recent books have all been New York Times bestsellers, and her work has been awarded the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards. She has also been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Baltimore Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association. Ms. Lippman lives in Baltimore.

About the Narrator

Deborah Hazlett’s audiobook narrations include Phillip Margolin’s Lost Lake and Laura Lippman’s Baltimore Blues. She is a classically trained actor whose favorite roles include the title roles in Hedda Gabler and Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune. She earned her MFA from the University of South Carolina and lives and works in New York City.