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Butchers Hill (Tess Monaghan) Kindle Edition
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All PI Tess Monaghan has to do is find some witnesses - that is, until the witnesses start dying . . . From the author of SUNBURN and LADY IN THE LAKE
Winner of Agatha Award for Best Novel
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- ASIN : B00S46USSG
- Publisher : Faber & Faber (13 January 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 476 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 357 pages
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In this, book three of the Tess Monaghan series, Tess opens her own PI agency with the help of her mentor/friend Tyner and a retired PI who lends her his name and status while he dashes off to enjoy his golden years.
What makes this book so good are the following things:
1) the two basic intertwined stories (Tess' search for children who'd witnessed a shooting some years before, and her search for the daughter a client gave up for adoption);
2) the extra glimpses we get into Tess' family life (that is, the way that her grandmother, et.al., are interwoven into the story; the whole concept of family is important throughout the entire novel);
3) the new detail we get about Tess herself (her previous battle with bulimia, etc.);
4) the way Baltimore continues to be a character in Ms. Monaghan's novels; and
5) the way this book sets up what will come in the next one [(In Big Trouble)by this, I mean that Tess personal life gets a LOT more attention here, and that leads directly into what becomes her most personal "case" in book four].
Some characters cross over from book two, and some you likely loved are missing. I particularly missed Crow because he seemed such a good balance for Tess in book two. However, the clients Tess takes on are strong enough characters to fill this novel with energy and make you want to know more about them.
In "Butcher's Hill," Lippman has Tess juggling two cases, which means two separate storylines for us. Lippman does a marvelous job balancing the two stories without neglecting or overdoing either of them. While both cases where underwhelming for my taste, I enjoyed watching Tess develop into a stronger, sharper, independent woman while she still struggles with her own flaws. I was pleasantly surprised at the turn of events at the end of the book, although I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I think the case involving Luther Beale seemed a bit rushed at the end and I feel like it could have ended a little more gracefully.
I'm very pleased with Lippman's books and her further development with Tess. I look forward to reading more!
The Last Saint