Book Review and Giveaway: The Girl in the Green Raincoat – Two Winners

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“I am being held hostage,” Tess Monaghan whispered into her iPhone.  “By a terrorist…..”

So begins, The Girl in the Green Raincoat and you instantly get the impression this is going to be a GOOD book!  In the third trimester of her pregnancy, Baltimore private investigator Tess Monaghan is under doctor’s orders to remain immobile. Bored and restless, reduced to watching the world go by outside her window, she takes small comfort in the mundane events she observes . . . like the young woman in a green raincoat who walks her dog at the same time every day. Then one day the dog is running free and its owner is nowhere to be seen. Certain that something is terribly wrong, and incapable of leaving well enough alone, Tess is determined to get to the bottom of the dog walker’s abrupt disappearance, even if she must do so from her own bedroom. But her inquisitiveness is about to fling open a dangerous Pandora’s box of past crimes and troubling deaths . . . and she’s not only putting her own life in jeopardy but also her unborn child’s.

Previously serialized in the New York Times, and now published in book form for the very first time, The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a masterful Hitchcockian thriller from one of the very best in the business: multiple award-winner Laura Lippman.


Laura Lippman is a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun.  Along with Baltimore, she seems to have a fondness for Chicago and I read a few funny stories about my hometown while researching her biography!  She also values her privacy – and her personal life – good for you, Laura.

According to her Facebook Fan Page, Laura has written fifteen books and received numerous awards for her writing.  Laura’s work has been awarded the Edgar®, the Anthony, the Agatha, the Shamus, the Nero Wolfe, Gumshoe and Barry awards. She also has been nominated for other prizes in the crime fiction field, including the Hammett and the Macavity. She was the first-ever recipient of the Mayor’s Prize for Literary Excellence and the first genre writer recognized as Author of the Year by the Maryland Library Association.

My first thought when I first saw the book was,”Hmmm, a short one.”  Because I love to read and I’m a fairly fast reader, I was a bit disappointed.  I like long books and series of books because after I fall in love with the characters, I always want more!  In reading, The Girl in the Green Raincoat, however I was not disappointed at all and I’m going to look for more Tess Monaghan novels as soon as I can.  I don’t know why I haven’t run across these before – I loved this book!  Laura Lippman is a master of painting a scene with words.  I felt like I was “seeing” this book – not just reading it.  She very skillfully tells you what is happening and what it looks like, without you even knowing she’s doing it.  Here’s an example:  “All summer long she had looked forward to sitting in this addition to her bungalow; watching the leaves change, warming her back at the two-faced fireplace connected to the living room.”  One sentence and the reader not only “sees” the scene you feel it.
My favorite thing about The Girl in the Green Raincoat and Laura Lippman is Laura and Tess’ smart, sense of humor.  They are like that friend that you love to be around because they make you laugh and surprise you with the depth of their humor.
My advice?  Read this book, you’ll love Tess Monaghan AND Laura Lippman.


Lippman is a writing powerhouse.” ~ USA Today

“The publication of a new book by Luara Lippman… is always a cause for celebration.” ~ Chicago Sun-Times


Enter here to win a copy of The Girl in the Green Raincoat.

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1. Please go to and tell me about one of her other books.

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Leave one comment for each entry. Contest ends February 9th at midnight EST. Two winners will be chosen by and notified by email to the email address provided in the winning comments. The winners must respond within 48 hours of the notification email, or another winner will be chosen. See my Giveaway Rules page for further information. Sorry, this contest is open to US residents only.

Disclosure: I was sent two copies of The Girl in the Green Raincoat.


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    I’ve never read any of her books, but she sounds great! A book from her site I think sounds interesting is The Sugar House.

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    She wrote The last Day of School. I read a lot but haven’t read one by this author yet. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway

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    Wow, she’s written quite a few books. A lot of the books sounds really good, but, I think I’d like to read By A Spider’s Thread.

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    I really want to read I’D KNOW YOU ANYWHERE. The summary sounds great!

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    What the Dead Know is about two sisters kidnapped years ago and then a woman involved in a hit and run claims to be one of them.

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    the book Baltimore Blues is the first Tess Monaghan novel and it’s inspired by a time of recession (just like now!)

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    Martha Crutchfield says:

    The Girl in the Green Raincoat sounds like a good book. I have never read anything by this author.

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    So glad you liked the book! I agree that Laura Lippman is great at setting a scene. Really helps you lose yourself in her books. :)

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    “To The Power of Three” is about 3 girls who’ve been best friends since 3rd grade. On the last day of high school one of them brings in a gun. All 3 are shot and 1 of them is killed. Who did it? Why?
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    I can’t believe how many awards Laura has won…amazing! “Every Secret Thing” won an Anthony and a Barry Award and has a truly compelling plot about 2 young girls and detective Nancy Porter.

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    Another book by Laura Lippman is “I’d Know you Anywhere” about a woman who’s simple life is changed when she hears from her kidnapper (from when she was younger) as he tries to make ammends while he’s on death row.

    It sounds very interesting!


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    Hira Hasnain says:

    I have read Laura Lippman’s work before, I read “What The Dead Know”, and it was quite the psychological thriller – although some of the underlying issues were quite dark. Ultimately, it was a fast-paced, thrilling read, and I would love to read “The Girl in the Green Coat” by Laura Lippman! :)

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    Linda White says:

    In “Every Secret Thing” two girls were banished from a birthday party and on their way home they find a baby in a stroller abandoned. Doesnt say what happened to the baby but its kind of a mystery but it does sound like something went wrong.

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    I’d Know You Anywhere was published in August, 2010. I would like to read that book since it sounds like a suspenseful thriller.

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    The Sugar House was nominated for best P.I. novel by the Romantic Times. it was also cited as one of the best mystery novels of the year by the Washington Post, the London Times, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel and
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    LL also wrote I’d Know You Anywhere.

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    Ed Nemmers says:

    I like the title “By A Spider’s Thread”!

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    CherylS22 says:

    “Baltimore Blues” was the first Tess Monaghan novel & was nominated for a Shamus for best first novel.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Leanna Morris says:

    I’d like to read In Big Trouble…sounds enticing!

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    i would love to read What the Dead Know

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    Huge Laura Lippman fan here. One of my faves? The Power of the Three, a disturbing chronicle of 3 best friends whose lives are torn apart by violence in one hellish morning. Laura captures the human psyche in all its amazing, startling, and disturbing glory better than almost any author I have read and I read ravenously. Check out I’d Know You Anywhere, her book that came out last summer. It’s a dark, harrowing story of a woman who survived being kidnapped 15 years prior and the man who tries to draw her back in as his execution nears. It’s my favorite work of hers and sure to enthrall! Thanks for this contest.

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    Diane Baum says:

    Baltimore Blues is another one of her books

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    The Sugar House sounds like a good one!

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    Nancye Davis says:

    Laura Lippman also wrote “Like A Charm”

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    Baltimore Blues Looks interesting

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