“I am being held hostage,” Tess Monaghan whispered into her iPhone. “By a terrorist. The agenda is unclear, the demands vague, but she’s prepared to hold me here for at least two months. Twelve weeks or eighteen years, depending on how you look at it.”
“Nice way to talk about our future child,” said her boyfriend.
Thus begins Laura Lippman’s novella The Girl in the Green Raincoat. Tess Monahan is on bedrest, and she’s not thrilled about it. Unused to rest or dependence on others, she is forced to amuse herself, people watching from a chaise lounge with her cell phone and laptop nearby when a girl in a green raincoat walks by with her dog, who is similarly attired. She catches the attention of Tess, who notices the next day the dog running free on its leash, no owner in sight. Tess runs her own investigative firm, and her curiosity is piqued. In modern Rear Window style and relying on the Internet and a few friends as well as her own keen nose for the truth, Tess delves into the background of a very unlucky man and his equally unlucky (and dead) wives.
Originally written as a serial in The New York Times, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a fun, fast-paced read and a perfect introduction to, what I understand is, a great series. Plus, I just love the idea of a serial. It’s a quaint notion – to sit and read a novella through a series of publications, waiting for the next installment, anticipating it.
Have you read this or any other Tess Monaghan? If so, which should I pick up next?
jenn aka the picky girl
Read this one: immediately / asap / when you get a chance / if you’re bored
*And yes, I may have held off on this review just so I could post it on St. Paddy’s Day. Green IS my favorite color, after all. To see some of my favorite greens, check out last year’s post.
Don’t take my word for it….