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The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel (Tess Monaghan Novel, 11) Paperback – January 18, 2011
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- ASIN : 006193836X
- Publisher : William Morrow Paperbacks; Original edition (January 18, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 158 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780061938368
- ISBN-13 : 978-0061938368
- Item Weight : 4.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 0.5 x 5.3 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #848,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tess is pregnant and on bedrest for the remainder of her pregnancy. She’s antsy, bored and chafing at all the restrictions put upon her. From her window she notices a woman walking her dog at the same time every day. One day Tess spots the dog running free and suspects that something may have happened to the owner.
Tess investigates as best she can with her limited mobility, but she needs to enlist the help of her friends when it comes to the leg work. Her instincts are spot-on, but is it wise to get tangled up in a dangerous crime when you’re basically a sitting duck?
This story was definitely “Tess Light” – the mystery was mostly just window dressing. All the series regulars pop in for cameo appearances: Crow, Whitney, Mrs. Blossom, etc., and there’s a lot of ruminating on the complexities of marriage and long-term relationships.
I have to admit I was a wee bit disappointed in this story. The full-length novels were gritty and atmospheric and this story was pretty vanilla in comparison. I did enjoy re-familiarizing myself with these characters and am looking forward to the next full-length novel. As a quick read it was OK, but lacked the depth of a typical Tess Monaghan Mystery. “Tess Light” about sums it up.
If you’re new to the series this is not the place to start! Do yourself a favor and start with the first book, Baltimore Blues: The First Tess Monaghan Novel . You won’t regret it.
But then one day, the woman has seemingly disappeared, leaving behind a frantic dog. In her quest to discover what has happened, Tess makes phone calls, and then, when the police seem unfazed by her report, she turns to her laptop to search through the records. She discovers that the woman is Carole Massinger, who was married to Don Epstein, and that this wealthy man has lost previous spouses and a girlfriend to mysterious deaths.
Is Carole dead or is she missing? And is her disappearance connected to the deaths of the other Epstein spouses?
Tess enlists the assistance of best friend Whitney, along with colleague Mrs. Blossom. Then she discovers other intriguing facts about the deceased wives...they were all fairly isolated, and nobody seems to really "miss" them or push for answers to the seemingly obvious questions. A few other facts she uncovers seem suspicious and worrisome.
But what Tess learns next will completely throw her theories out that rear window. Will her discoveries lead to her unfortunate demise? What, if anything, can she do to save herself and her unborn daughter?
A compelling mystery with humor and colorful characters that the reader will want to connect with over and over, The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel , was definitely a five star read for me. It was a quick read with great descriptions and dialogue. I would like to follow Tess in more of her adventures.