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Charm City [Mass Market Paperback]

L Lippman
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Oct. 1 1997 Tess Monaghan Mysteries (Book 2)

As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon "Wink" Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting fro him--until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. It's a surprise even to the Blight's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink--who's found in his garage with the car running.

Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. But it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets, and to realize that this situation is really more about whacking than hacking. It's just murder in Baltimore these days--and Tess Monaghan herself might be next on the list.

As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound shes minding for her uncle. Its a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon Wink Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybodys rooting fro him--until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. Its a surprise even to the Blights editors, who thought theyd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink--whos found in his garage with the car running.

Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. But it doesnt take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets, and to realize that this situation is really more about whacking than hacking. Its just murder in Baltimore these days--and Tess Monaghan herself might be next on the list.


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"Both entertaining and unexpectedly touching. More Please." -- -- Baltimore Sun

About the Author

Laura Lippman was a newspaper reporter at the Baltimore Sun for twelve years. Her Tess Monaghan novels -- The Last Place, The Sugar House, Baltimore Blues, Charm City, Butchers Hill, and In Big Trouble -- have won the Edgar, Agatha, Shamus, Anthony, and Nero Wolfe Awards, and In a Strange City was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel Every Secret Thing. Lippman lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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2.0 out of 5 stars An Uneven Read July 15 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I picked up Laura Lippman's "Charm City" because several of her mysteries had been nominated for awards and the locale was Baltimore--a city I have some knowledge about.
Perhaps this book, the second in the Tess Monaghan series, is not up to the level of Lippman's other offerings. For me, the mystery didn't work that well for several reasons. One was that Tess, the ex-reporter, and now an aspiring P.I, though without a license, seemed to be living rather well for one without, one assumes, much of an income. Her youthful boyfriend/lover Crow, a rock star, just didn't come across as much of a personality--though I admit that perhaps due to age I have my biases toward rock stars and their lifestyles.
Other points: the writing is sometimes ok, sometimes a graceful sentence; but mostly the prose seems jumpy and inconsistent. The plot holds some interest, though it takes most of the book to juice up interest. Mystery types also will be put out with the third-person narrator voice, and the lack of a logical ladder of evidence that would permit one to deduce the identity of the culprit.
Ms. Lippman does have Tess trip around many familar Baltimore spots, and her descriptions of what Tess eats indicates that the author enjoys food.
Perhaps another in the series might be a better read. But based on "Charm City," I think I'll look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jan. 31 2002
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This is my first Tess Monaghan novel and I feel left out. After having finished this novel I felt I might have enjoyed it more if I read BALTIMORE BLUES first and learn the main character as well as the supporting members.
Tess is a former reporter who is now working as a private investigator. She is hired by a newspaper to find out who hacked into their computers and filed a story that was not meant to be published. It involves the checkered past of Wink Wynkowski, a basketball promoter, who is trying to lure a professional team to move to Baltimore. Shortly after the article is printed, Wink is found dead of an apparent suicide. She does her best in trying to find answers to this death as well to other related ones that occur later on in the novel. She will be surprised to what she discovers.
Tess is also investigating an assault case on her uncle. He leaves her a greyhound that everybody is looking for. The Greyhound storyline was a bit disturbing. We learn about illegal dog racing as well as other activities that would shock just about anybody. I do not wish to spoil it for anyone but it was very troubling.
The author piques oneï¿s interest in learning about the problem some of these greyhounds have after leaving the track and later being adopted by a loving family. Ms. Lippmanï¿s love for dogs is evident in these pages.
I liked reading about Tess and plan to do so in the future, however, I plan on reading her first novel, BALTIMORE BLUES before going any further. Tess is a no nonsense kind of person who knows how to zing people. My favorite scene involved Tess and a cameraman arguing at a health club. If this is what to look forward to on the following books, well, sign me up.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good read but not the award winner I expected April 16 2001
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It's hard to express in words just what is missing in the Tess Monaghan series. I like Tess - I just don't love her. The writing is good - but not great enough to be noteworthy. The side characters are ok (they were more interesting in the first book) but certainly lack the pizazz of, say, the side characters in Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. There's some humor but somehow it only makes me chuckle, not laugh out loud.
This is the second book in Lippman's series. It's probably not necessary to read the first in the series to understand this book. The first book, Baltimore Blues, is both better and worse. This book has much stronger plotting between the saga of the planted stories about the basketball promoter and the tale of Esskay, the retired greyhound. At the same time, Lippman's use of Baltimore as a setting is almost invisible. Baltimore was such an interesting part of the first book.
I'll probably keep reading this series, but less out of affection for Tess than simply because all those critics and award committees must be seeing something worthwhile. Maybe with another episode, I'll see it too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unappealing main character, poor writing Nov. 13 2000
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From the beginning, I did not like Tess, the protagonist of this mystery. She is too hostile and lacks a real sense of humor. Also she is too knowledgable about newspapers and life in general for being only 29. What I liked least about this book was the writing style. I never really got to know Tess because the book is in 3rd person. The "narrator" knows a lot more than Tess does and for pages at a time we are not seeing the story unfold through Tess's eyes but rather through this narrative voice. The entire scene where Tess's "rival" Rosita is being fired is told this way and that's when I lost interest and stopped reading. I didn't care about the newspaper mystery, or about what happened to Uncle Spike. The book was overly long, filled with hours of driving around. The dog was poorly detailed. I love dogs and didn't care at all about this one. Most of the other characters were "stock" as well. For better mysteries involving older woman-young lover try early books by Judith Van Giesen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent sophmore effort
I enjoyed BALTIMORE BLUES, the first volume in this series. I think it's here, though, that Lippman's heroine Tess Monaghan really comes into her own. Read more
Published on Jan. 26 2004 by Simon Crowe
4.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up!
This is a very good sequel to Baltimore Blues. Although the mystery itself isn't the best I've read, the characters are very intriguing and the writing is excellent. Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001 by Kristin Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writer
You do not need to like mysteries to love Laura Lippmann's wonderful books. The characters are well-drawn. Read more
Published on June 19 2001 by Wayne L. Winston
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book...
I enjoyed Baltimore Blues a little more, but this was still a great read. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
Published on April 27 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful Baltimore Mystery
Charm City tells a story that moves and engages your attention. There are good (and bad) characters, an intricate plot, and an only-in-Baltimore subplot. Read more
Published on Jan. 27 2000 by Harriet and the Mystery Book Discussion Group
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay...
... but nothing special. It sort of reads like a first draft. There are plotholes and inconsistent things that should have been caught and fixed. Read more
Published on Dec 6 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars great read for a fan of mystery, baltimore or urban america!
Laura's done it again! With a mix of great writing, creative plotting and wonderful scene-setting, Laura has come up with a winner. Bravo!
Published on Nov. 18 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars great read for a fan of mystery, baltimore or urban america!
Laura's done it again! With a mix of great writing, creative plotting and wonderful scene-setting, Laura has come up with a winner. Bravo!
Published on Nov. 18 1998 by jmorgan113@aol.com
2.0 out of 5 stars Merely Mediocre Mystery
For some reason, this book has garnered plenty of attention and praise. However, I found it just an okay read. Read more
Published on Aug. 23 1998
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