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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,940 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: April 2007 ISBN: 9781482976816
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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 exposé 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Both entertaining and unexpectedly touching. More Please.” 

    Baltimore Sun

  • “In this series, subplots and minor characters are as diverting as the main event, which makes an accomplished character actor essential. Hazlett, who is that and more, does it all with panache.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 1/22/2014

    " This was a great follow up to Baltimore Blues. It contiunes the storyline of Tess being a private eye. It was interesting to read about how her past life interrupts her new life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spider | 1/18/2014

    " audio cd book, narrated by Deborah Hazlett. 2nd book in this Baltimore based series with the female journalist turning private detective. What can I say- I love visiting B-more, even if only in a book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/15/2014

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Tess Monaghan; Tess tracks down unscrupulous reporting that leads to murder and suicide, while hoping her uncle recovers from a beating and tells her why he left a greyhound in her care "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judy | 1/13/2014

    " I am enjoying this series from the beginning. I have read most of the later books but like finding out how things got started with Tess and her group. The Baltimore setting is interesting, and the author describes it in an honest way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail | 1/12/2014

    " very good - set in Baltimore "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 1/10/2014

    " It was a good mystery. I wasn't too surprised at the ending. It was a little slow at times. Laura Lippmans first book "Baltimore Blues" was better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 1/9/2014

    " A so-so mystery about a suicide/murder in Baltimore. May appeal to those who live in the Baltimore area as there are numerous references to the city and its peculiarities. The author was a columnist for the Baltimore Sun for many years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul Wilner | 1/5/2014

    " I liked this a lot, and I didn't necessarily expect to... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/3/2014

    " I found this rather hard to get in to and until the end I just kept trying to find something that really would catch my interest. I liked the first book in the series better and may try #3 some time. Tess is really messed up, but manages to "get her killer". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naomi | 12/28/2013

    " This is my first and last Tess Monaghan book. For some reason, I really don't like LL series, although I enjoy her stand alone books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gjbates | 12/18/2013

    " This was again and okay story like the previous Tess mystery. I'd give it 2.5 stars. I didn't like the way Tess broke up with Crow. I like Crow, so I may try one more Tess book before giving up - the fourth book where Crow comes back into the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 AngelaGay Kinkead | 12/7/2013

    " Liked it but haven't raced to read another. Instead I have discovered the "religious women" sleuths to be more fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susie | 11/30/2013

    " I really like Laura Lippman's insights into the newspaper/journalism world. They really add something to the mystery series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/30/2013

    " 2nd in the Tess Monaghan series. Believable character & plot. Enjoyed this as much as the first (Baltimore Blues) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 7/18/2013

    " I like Tess, the character in this series. She is spunky, clever, and far from perfect. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pauline | 4/12/2013

    " Average read. Don't seem to be taking to this series but seeing as I read this one and the last in wrong order I will give it some more time and read the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 3/29/2013

    " Always a good read. One of her earlier novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 3/15/2013

    " Decent audiobook - glad I didn't read in book form. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 2/24/2013

    " I love the main character and typically like this author, probably because she writes about places I've been in Baltimore. However, this mystery story line did not interest me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 1/3/2013

    " Baltimore and its people beyond the Inner Harbor coming to life once again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TJ | 4/17/2012

    " Good read. Nothingspecial "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 11/5/2011

    " Eh. 2.5 stars. It was fine, but missing something I can't really put my finger on. I'm not soured to Lippman or anything, just not my fave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 11/3/2011

    " More violent. Wish Tess would stop listening to boys. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarah | 8/29/2011

    " Worst book I have ever read by Laura Lippman. Baltimore more like baltibore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lacy | 5/17/2011

    " Pretty decent mystery novel. It jumps all over the place, but manages to mostly come together at the end. I definitely feel like the more I read these Lippman mysteries, the more I get to know the city of Baltimore, so that's cool, I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 4/6/2011

    " I love this series! great characters "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " convoluted plot & relationships, very suspenseful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 3/18/2011

    " This was a great follow up to Baltimore Blues. It contiunes the storyline of Tess being a private eye. It was interesting to read about how her past life interrupts her new life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lulu | 3/12/2011

    " I really enjoy this series. I'm going to stop listening to it and start reading!

    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 2/27/2011

    " LANGUAGE!!! Again the bad language. About every other book she writes - why??? The stories are always good but I can do without the language. A couple of good twists save the story and make it a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 2/22/2011

    " I am enjoying this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 2/11/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book, I love whodunit with a twist. No matter how many times I thought I had it figured out who did it ... I was wrong. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rita | 1/31/2011

    " Good second book to the series "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shan | 1/17/2011

    " I just love that Tess Monaghan! So plucky, so prickly. Unsurprisingly, a number of delightful new supporting characters (chief among them Esskay the greyhound) are introduced. The final scene is perfectly bittersweet -- fortunately Tess has a few more books in which to work out her love life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bronwyn | 12/30/2010

    " I really enjoyed this book. It is the second in a series about Tess Monaghan, an ex journalist for defunct Baltimore newspaper and now a budding PI.

    There were 2 crimes to solve in this story, one was who bashed up Tess's uncle and who murdered a local businessman. "

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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.