The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman
In her third trimester of an unplanned pregnancy, private eye Tess Monaghan is held hostage at home by doctor’s orders. During her time in bed, she watches people walking their dogs in the park across the street and notices that a young girl in a green raincoat walks her dog with a matching raincoat. One day, Tess only sees the dog running, green leash flapping in the air and her P.I. instincts immediately kick in. With the help of her boyfriend, Crow, and her friends, Tess tries to solve the mystery of the disappearance of the girl in the raincoat, and ends up stumbling a dangerous path of unsolved deaths and crimes.
This book caught my attention when I first read this review by Jen at Devourer of Books. I think it was the mention of the similarities between this novel and Rear Window that had me quickly request this book at my library. This book is definitely Rear Window meets Stephanie Plum (the Janet Evanovich series). Tess is sassy, stubborn and not afraid to go where she is not wanted, or in this case, send friends and co-workers in her stead. This book also reminded me Dashiell Hammet’s The Thin Man. There is the funny rapport between Tess and Crow, but there is also a good element of surprise and twists towards the end that really make you rethink who the bad guy is. Its a classic who-dunnit that’s a light, fun and easy read. I actually read it in one sitting on a rainy day at home.
This book is a good stand alone read, although it is part of the Tess Monaghan series. If you want to start from the beginning (or just want more of Tess), be sure to pick up Baltimore Blues to first meet Tess.The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman William Morrow, 2008 ISBN 9780061938368 158 pages Book 14 of 2011