The Girl in the Green Raincoat

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The Girl in the Green Raincoat

When a high-risk pregnancy forces, private investigator, Tess Monaghan to complete bed-rest, she will stop at nothing to solve a crime. In a Rear Window-like turn of events, Tess watches her neighbors from her bedside window. Each day, she observes the dog-walkers and learns their routines, especially that of the girl in the green raincoat. One day, the girl in the green raincoat is a no-show, yet her dog is. Immediately, Tess is suspicious and goes right into PI mode. The mystery of The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman begins.

Lippman wrote a short, yet highly entertaining, story about murder, mystery, and family. I loved the inclusion of Tess’s pregnancy. I’ve read many murder/mystery stories about a strong and kick-butt leading lady, not to say I didn’t with The Girl in the Green Raincoat; however, Tess did this all from her bed. Her mind is very focused, sometimes too much. Tess did have the tendency to think about the crime more than her impending motherhood, but it kept the plot real.

At times, I did feel like this book was monotonous and too one tone. I would have enjoyed more dynamics with the plot and characters. Some parts and chapters dragged and I had trouble staying with the flow, but I did enjoy them overall. These parts popped up when Lippman introduced a character, or when she tried to write a detailed scene for one solo character. Two examples: Tess’s father. Although I enjoyed the back story, I was bored and left unsatisfied. Another example is Tess’s friend Whitney. I did like Whitney, but some of her scenes were slow paced and I found them unnecessary.

In the end, the shocking plot twist and the great character of Tess made The Girl in the Green Raincoat a fun book to read. I suggest anyone who has an afternoon free, and wants to be a part of solving a mystery, pick up Laura Lippman’s book. 

Book Blurb for The Girl in the Green Raincoat

In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is under doctor's orders to remain immobile. Bored and restless, reduced to watching the world go by outside her window, she takes small comfort in the mundane events she observes . . . like the young woman in a green raincoat who walks her dog at the same time every day. Then one day the dog is running free and its owner is nowhere to be seen. Certain that something is terribly wrong, and incapable of leaving well enough alone, Tess is determined to get to the bottom of the dog walker's abrupt disappearance, even if she must do so from her own bedroom. But her inquisitiveness is about to fling open a dangerous Pandora's box of past crimes and troubling deaths . . . and she's not only putting her own life in jeopardy but also her unborn child's.

Previously serialized in the New York Times, and now published in book form for the very first time, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a masterful Hitchcockian thriller from one of the very best in the business: multiple award-winner Laura Lippman.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2011 4.00