The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

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.

3 thoughts on “The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman”

  1. So I guess this would work for a long plane trip? I am just looking for something that would keep my eyes in the book instead of the window 🙂

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