On bed rest and housebound, detective Tess Monaghan gets concerned and starts an investigation when she stops seeing a stylish woman walking her dog.
I do love Laura Lippman, who sets her stories in Baltimore, where I was born and raised, but haven’t lived since 1991. Reading her books is at once nostalgic and fresh, and I enjoy trying to figure out the geography and have a thrill when I recognize a reference.
The Girl in the Green Raincoat was a satisfying entry in the life story of Lippman’s recurring character Tess Monaghan, but I found the mystery itself to be a bit thin. I loved the emotional and character development, though–Lippman came up with a nice psychological angle on a familiar crime trope. Yet I was wishing it were 50 pages longer so we could get a few more twists and turns.