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The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel Paperback – January 18, 2011
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Tess Monaghan, in her last trimester of her unexpected pregnancy, has suddenly become bedridden until her child arrives, a little as yet unnamed girl that she and her boyfriend have taken to calling "Fifi La Pew". Bored with things being as they are, Tess begins to take notice of things outside her window, and the comings and goings of people from the park down the street. One of these people is a young blonde woman, dressed in a celery-green raincoat, leading her greyhound on its leash, also wearing a matching celery-green dog coat. The timing is like clockwork every day for days and days, both seemingly unattached to each other temperamentally, and the girl always talking on her cellphone, not paying attention to her dog as most pet owners do. Something just seems "not quite right" to Tess about this duo.
Then, the dog shows up, loose on its leash, tearing around frantically without its owner anywhere to be seen. Neither show up again outside, and Tess begins to run with her curiosity...
What follows is one of the best little books that I have read for a while, totally intriguing and thoroughly entertaining, that will also hold you until the very end as it did me. There is plenty of mystery, plot twist(s), shady characters, etc., and also plenty of sub-plot avenues that deal with "people's regular lives outside of this mystery" that give insight into the characters and their situations.Read more ›
This twist on "Rear Window" originally appeared in serial format in the "New York Times Magazine". I didn't realize this and was a little disappointed in the short length, but the story is very good. Since the story was published one part at a time, the author intended each chapter to be a mini-story of its own, all connected by the overall story and also the common theme of love. This is a clever technique and I think it was successful. It kept the story moving at a fast pace and each chapter offered unique observations and insights into the characters. As Tess investigates the disappearance of the girl in the park, she hears stories from friends, family, and acquaintances about their varied experiences about love including love at first sight as well as friends gradually falling in love.
I have read all of the prior books in Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, so I was already familiar with the main characters of Tess, her longtime boyfriend Crow, and her best friend Whitney. I enjoy the character of Whitney, both her humor and outspoken personality and she has a large role in the investigation of this book since Tess can't leave her home. Crow is as sweet and loyal as ever and even more patient and mature. At first Tess's mood and doubts over being a mother and her future with Crow was a bit wearisome. Luckily, her mood picked up and so did the book.Read more ›
Tess is spending her third trimester on bedrest under doctors' orders. She's desperate to distract herself from her fears of motherhood. Her assistant, Mrs. Blossom, is keeping her cases alive--but the hours weigh heavily on Tess as she watches the world from the sunporch of her Baltimore bungalow. One of the regular dogwalkers is a young woman in a green raincoat with a little greyhound on the lead--until one day the woman doesn't come back from her walk and the dog pelts by with the leash trailing. What happened to the woman? This is a mystery Tess is determined to solve, and she'll have to do it from her place by the window--thus the inevitable references to Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, "Rear Window." This proves to be a dangerous pastime for Tess, even if she doesn't leave her bed.
Author Laura Lippman's writing and P.I.Tess Monaghan's appeal as a character are never in question, having been demonstrated in ten previous full-length books.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was a novella. I liked it because it had such a good sense of humor.Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Souders
A story of a woman stuck in a room and what she observes out the window. Or thinks she observes. Some interesting twists and some predictable ones. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Florida Kayaker
I couldn't quit thinking about this book while reading it when I had to put it down. And, I wasn't expecting the actual story. I LOVED this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amy Dorsey
It was good but a bit of a light weight - not enough twists and turns but I enjoyed it.Published 10 months ago by Police Service Tech
Not one of Laura Lippman's best -- but a good read for a rainy day.Published 11 months ago by Jane Maule
This was a solid good read. Not the best Laura Lippman book I've ever read, but definitely not a waste of time.Published 11 months ago by Cindy