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The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura Lippman

The Girl in the Green Raincoat by Laura LippmanReviewed by Teri Davis

Many pregnant mothers-to-be find the last months tiresome, especially is they have preeclampsia.
Tess Monagham, being an older mother and now confined is definitely bored. She is accustomed
to an exciting life with running a private investigating agency.

While daily gazing at the neighboring park, she notices a woman in a green raincoat frequently walking her dog. One day she notices that the dog is running lose and the woman is nowhere to be seen. Tess begins her own investigation as to her supposed disappearance. Who is the woman? Why is the dog running free?

Tess is fortunate to have employees who are extremely efficient and enjoy the investigation as much as their boss. They are constantly keeping her informed about the developments while also constantly checking on her needs. When Tess decides to temporarily keep the dog at her house, she discovers that adapting a new dog to her household is not the easiest task, especially without being able to move around much.

Originally this story was serialized in the New York Times Magazine and has finally been combined into this novella. With similarities to Hitchcock’s Rear Window the character Tess takes the part of the crippled Jimmy Stewart in this haunting tale.

The story was engaging though not as strong as her full length novels. For the loyal Lippman readers, the reoccurring characters of Mrs. Blossom, Tess’s assistant, Dorie Starnes, her researcher, Whitney Talbot, her long-timed best friend, and Crow, her artistic lover, are all true to character. If you have not read previous Lippman novels, it would be difficult because the story depends on understanding the character development in the previous novels. There is a short reacquaintance with the characters, but with the shortness of the story, there is not much time allowed for the characterizations. The shortness of this novella made it less intense and much lighter reading than usual. I enjoyed the book, knew the characters well, and thoroughly enjoyed the ending twist. Read the rest of this entry »

I’d Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

Reviewed by Teri Davis

I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura LippmanWhen a child has been kidnapped, usually they are killed. Occasionally, one of the kidnapped children manages to live through the harrowing experience. Logically, this victim cannot easily return to their former life. They also are always questioned by the community. Why are they alive? What did they have to do to live? What type of deal did they make with the monster? These lingering questions about why this child survived when others did not continue in the minds of the survivors and the victim’s families.

After spending many years in England, Eliza Benedict moves with her husband and children back to the general area where she lived both before and after she was kidnapped. She left her former life as Elizabeth Lerner behind when her parents moved to a nearby community after her return and the trial. Since that time, she took the name Eliza and was happily hidden by taking her husband’s name and being a full-time mother and housewife. Naturally, it is easier then to live in England, but now her husband’s job has returned them to the states. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Sentences by Laura Lippman (Review #4)

Reviewed by Julie Moderson

lifeThis novel by Laura Lippman is about relationships and how people see things from different perspectives. What one believes and what really happens may be two very different things.

The main character in the novel is Cassandra Fallows and she thinks that she has come up with an idea for her next best seller. She went to school with Calliope Jenkens who was hovering around Cassandra and her group of friends. She was an acquaintance, not a friend and it takes Cassandra awhile to figure that out. Calliope Jenkens went to jail for seven years for refusing to speak about what happened to her infant son. Read the rest of this entry »

Life Sentences by Laura Lippman

Reviewed by Patricia Reid

sentencesWhen Cassandra Follows, best-selling author, decides to investigate a mystery involving a childhood friend she discovers that things are not always as they seem and that memories sometimes are not exactly as they really happened.

 Cassandra hears a news story about a missing baby and the reporter links the story to a similar incident years ago in Baltimore, Cassandra’s hometown.  A woman named Calliope Jenkins served seven years in jail for contempt of court.  Calliope refused to answer questions as to the whereabouts of her son.  Authorities assumed the child was dead but could not prove it and Calliope was not talking.  Cassandra realizes that Calliope is one of the girls that she attended school with and decides that Calliope will be the subject of her next book.

When Cassandra returns to Baltimore and tries to investigate, she runs up against a dead end every place she turns.  Her former friends either do not want to talk to her or are upset with her about references to them in her previous book.  Calliope’s present location is either unknown or no one is willing to reveal it to Cassandra.

Cassandra starts her own investigation and eventually not only finds Calliope and the story behind the story but also finds out a few truths about her own life.  Life Sentences is a complicated book that goes back and forth between the present and the past.  Cassandra’s investigations lead her to understand the relationships with her mother, father and stepmother revealed in her memoirs were not actually the facts.

 Life Sentences is an intriguing book that kept me reading.  If you pick up Life Sentences to read and expect to find a traditional Laura Lippman novel, you will be very much surprised.