Monday, January 24, 2011
The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
Tess is 35, with a high-risk pregnancy, put on bed rest with at least two months to go. As an active private investigator, she's anxious and antsy already on her first day of confinement. Once Crow brought her binoculars, she could lay on the sun porch and watch people, particularly the people walking their dogs in the dog park across the street. She immediately focused on a miniature version of her own greyhound, walked by a woman in a green raincoat every day. But, on the sixth day, when the greyhound ran through the park without its owner, Tess' perspective changed. What happened to the woman that her dog was running without her?
Tess might be bedridden, but she's still as curious as ever, determined to solve the mystery. Despite Crow's admonitions that she needed to keep her blood pressure low, she set an investigation in motion, recruiting her employee, Mrs. Blossom, and her best friend, Whitney Talbot. But, when the investigation snowballs, Tess makes a mistake that could be tragic.
The Girl in the Green Raincoat succeeds on so many levels. The author's notes pays homage to Lippman's inspirations. She also said the serialized format gave her the opportunity to allow other characters to tell their stories, Mrs. Blossom, Tess' father, Whitney. So, don't hesitate to pick it up, even if you've never read a previous Tess Monaghan book. And, if you've read everything, welcome to a new stage in Tess' life.
Laura Lippman's website is http://www.lauralippman.com/
The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman. HarperCollins, ©2011. ISBN 9780061938368 (paperback), 158p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.