Saturday, January 19, 2008

Charm City by Laura Lippman

This is the 2nd in the Tess Monaghan series. I admit, I didn't read the first but I was able to follow with no problems. There were some references to things that happened in her life but I don't feel like I missed anything by reading them out of order.

Tess used to be a news reporter until the newspaper closed down. Now she works as a private investigator. There are a couple different story lines to this book. First is that her Uncle Spike is attacked and in a coma. Tommy, a man who works for him at the bar, tells Tess he has something that Spike wants her to watch over. It ends up being a retired greyhound. Tess knows that Spike didn't just run a bar, he was also a bookie. She wants to know how the greyhound fits into his attack. Things get worse when she realizes some strange men are following her and bothering her other family members.

The other story line is that a story is run in the only newspaper in town, that shouldn't have run. It is about a very popular man, Wink, who is trying to bring a basketball team to Baltimore, her city, but that he doesn't have the money, there was abuse in his first marriage, and over-all things are good for this man. Tess is hired by the newspaper to investigate who put the story in the paper, since the editors had all rejected it. Soon, another story about Wink is published and he is found dead in his home. The police rule it a suicide, but was it?

Overall, I enjoyed the story. I don't think it would have taken me as long to read it but I have had a cold and would read about 2 pages at night and then fall asleep. haha! I tried to make up for it by walking on the treadmill at lunch instead of doing weights - 1)because I wasn't feel too good and wanted a light workout and 2)I could read. haha! I enjoyed the characters, I liked Tess and her Aunt Kitty. I'll probably try to get my hands on the first in the series and then continue from there. There are several books already published in this series.

new author/mystery/ 308pgs

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