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Another Thing to Fall: A Tess Monaghan Novel Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2012

3.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
Book 10 of 12 in the Tess Monaghan Novel Series

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Hollywood comes to Baltimore in bestseller Lippman's assured 10th PI Tess Monaghan caper (after 2006's No Good Deeds). When Tess literally stumbles onto the set of Mann of Steel, a big-budget TV miniseries shooting in her neighborhood, she finds herself hired as a bodyguard for Selene Waites, the show's 20-year-old hard-partying star. Flip Tumulty—the show's writer and son of a Baltimore-born Hollywood mogul—tells Tess the set has been plagued by vandalism and he fears for Selene's safety. Tess soon uncovers unsettling photos of Selene and learns they were taken by Wilbur Grace, a stalker who later hanged himself. When one of the crew members is murdered, Tess suspects someone may be trying to shut down more than the TV production. While the excitement level may not match that of other recent entries in the series, fans will appreciate the author's usual authentic local color and intricate plotting. 15-city author tour. (Mar.)
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“A juicy whodunit.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Tess--funny, smart, empathetic as hell, and a colorful, irreverent storyteller makes a wonderful companion for this tale, in which disturbing vandalism and a stalker are just the harbingers of much worse problems,” (Seattle Times)

“Lippman is incapable of writing an un-compelling mystery,” (Baltimore Sun)

You get everything in this book. There’s a really good mystery which is almost secondary to the interaction of the characters - Hollywood’s penchant for confusing illusion and reality is beautifully done - and the witty dialogue, full of smart film references, is totally believable. (Toronto Globe and Mail)

Like lunch at Atwater’s, Tess’s latest leaves you fully satisfied but looking forward to next time (Kirkus Reviews)

“After last year’s acclaimed What the Dead Know, Lippman is back on home turf with the 10th installment of her popular series about Baltimore P.I. Tess Monaghan.” (People)

[a] welcome addition to Tess Monaghan’s adventures and an insightful look at the desperation that drives those grasping for a shot at fame and those who will do anything to keep it. (San Francisco Chronicle)
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Product Details

  • Series: Tess Monaghan Novel (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; Reissue edition (May 29, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062070932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062070937
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Fred Camfield on March 29, 2008
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For a woman who was fired from a job as a spear carrier in an opera (absolutely no acting talent), Tess surprisingly ends up working for a TV production company shooting scenes in Baltimore for a new series. Tess stumbles into the job by accident, or maybe I should saw rows in, when she blunders into a scene while rowing on the river.

The production company is having problems, including a problem with the wild child they have playing the female lead - someone that they think needs a bodyguard/babysitter. There are also lurkers and acts of sabotage on the sets. Eventually there is a murder, actually a couple. I did not really like the novel when I started out, mainly because it was hard to draw characters together. As the novel progressed, I became more drawn into the story (this is one you have to stick with).

Some regular characters are used in the story, including Tess' friend Whitney whom she has known since college, and Tull from the police homicide division. There is also Lloyd (whom you might remember from the previous novel "No Good Deeds") who stumbles into an important clue in the case, and a new character, Mrs. Blossom, whom I would hope to see in future novels (a student from a class Tess teaches on Monday evenings, who turns out to be a prodigy).

Laura Lippman draws on some of her real life as background for the novel -she is married to a TV producer - so the story is well researched. While I did not consider it an outstanding five star novel, I do consider it a solid four stars. I think some reviewers have tried to rate it too much based on past novels by the author. Hey, every novel by an author will not be her best novel (only one can lay claim to that). Novels should be rated based on their own merits - it may not be the best but it is still good.
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Last year when I "found" Lippman's books I read all of them in a 5 day time period. Was ready to get a visible "I Love Laura Lippman Books!" tattoo.

When I saw she had released a new book I was the first in line at the store.

While it read quickly, it just did not have the usual flair Lippman's books usually exude for fast-paced action, great dialogue, and Tess' moments of sef-realization and compassion. Several times character descriptions/actions were inconsistent.

Will still say Lippman is in my top three - however, this newest book is not up to Lippman's previous writings. No offense Laura - you have taught us thru experience to expect only the best!
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I like Lippman's earlier work; this and number nine drag until Tess gets fully involved. Don't write from the point of view of the other characters, LL, please. I couldn't work up any interest in Ben, Flip or Greer and their pages and pages of indirect thought. The sub plot with the two stars was utterly unbelievable. The numerous pages on the production unit and the making of the series felt like fillers. The author describes in an epilogue being married to someone connected to producing 'The Wire'. It is an odd example of too much knowledge slowing down a book, rather like writers who over research. I am particularly disappointed and miffed because I read the sample chapter, and enjoyed it. The rest of the book didn't measure up to it.
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I have now read ALL of the Tess Monaghan series by Laura LIppman. You can enjoy any one (this is #10 of 11) of the books alone, but I think they work best as a series, chronicling the life of a Baltimore reporter (as the author was) to the establishment and expansion of her own private investigation business, and the tribulations of life as a single, female investigator. If you are from the Northeast of the U.S., there is much to enjoy in the author's insightful interpretation of life in Baltimore and environs. If you are not from the Northeast, these tales of life in Baltimore can be educational as well as entertaining. And, who can resist (she asked...) a well written series about a female detective?

All in all, the Tess Monaghan novels are witty and entertaining......and move quickly.
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Private investigator Tess Monaghan rows for pleasure and exercise on Baltimore's Patapsco River. One day, while paddling down the river and paying more attention to the music pouring through her headphones than to her surroundings, she encounters a police boat zipping toward her. The boat's wake topples her own, sending her into the river. Her rescuers inform her that she has ruined a scene being shot by "Mann of Steel," the television series that is filming locally. When she tries to apologize, she is met with hostility by Flip Tumulty, the show's executive producer, and by Greer, his assistant.

But when Flip discovers that Tess is a private investigator, he insists on hiring her as a security guard for the program's temperamental and not-too-bright young star, Selene Waites. Tess knows there have been problems with the show's filming; locals are protesting and activists are up in arms. However, she is surprised to learn that there has been a suicide that just might be linked to the series. The victim, a local man who had no known connection to "Mann of Steel," had many photographs of Selene in his home when he died.

Flip confides that he worries about the young actor's vulnerability. He states that without Selene, there would be no show, catching Tess by surprise since she thought the lead actor was the now middle-aged and portly has-been teen star Johnny Tampa. (Tess doesn't admit to Flip that, in her adolescent years, she had a major crush on Tampa.) In a desperate attempt to avoid getting the job, Tess jacks up her fee and demands that her boyfriend's teen protégé, Lloyd Jupiter, be hired as well. But the next thing she knows, she and Lloyd are both signed on.
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