Baltimore Blues

Baltimore Blues

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
Unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan accepts an assignment from a suspected killer who would have her engage in unorthodox snooping in order to clear his name.


In a city where someone is murdered almost every day, attorney Michael Abramowitz's death should be just another statistic. But the slain lawyer's notoriety—and his taste for illicit midday trysts—makes the case front-page news in every local paper except the Star, which crashed and burned before Abramowitz did.

A former Star reporter who knows every inch of this town—from historic Fort McHenry to the crumbling projects of Cherry Hill—now-unemployed journalist Tess Monaghan also knows the primary suspect: cuckolded fiancé Darryl "Rock" Paxton. The time is ripe for a career move, so when rowing buddy Rock wants to hire her to do some unorthodox snooping to help clear his name, Tess agrees. But there are lethal secrets hiding in the Charm City shadows. And Tess's own name could end up on the ever-expanding list of Baltimore dead.

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A tenth anniversary edition of the author's first novel finds an unemployed journalist accepting an assignment from a suspected killer who would have her engage in unorthodox snooping in order to clear his name. By the author of By a Spider's Thread. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2007
Edition: 1st William Morrow hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780061210020
Branch Call Number: Mystery Lip
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 24 cm


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Apr 23, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: impending murder, murder, suicide

Apr 23, 2018

Sexual Content: sexual scenarios, infidelity

Apr 23, 2018

Violence: murder, suicide

Apr 23, 2018

Coarse Language: profanity


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Apr 23, 2018

Tess Monaghan is a young woman searching for herself. But as long as she's searching for herself, she may as well do what she really loves & use her reporter skills to search for answers to a friend's murder. Just as you would expect, she seems to be failing in a major way until the big clue breaks near the end of the story. But just when you think the story is over & details are about to be cleaned up, a quick turn of events takes your recently settled stomach back in to overdrive.

It was a good mystery, but I've decided that I am definitely partial to more dated period pieces, those that are set in years prior to 1970. I did enjoy all of the intertwining of various people & groups & the setting of the story in Baltimore, MD. I liked that the primary investigating character was a single woman that doesn't have everything figured out. She is forced to rely on the help of several friends, both old & newly acquired ones. I like that she finds the strength she needs to conquer weaknesses & fears when she ultimately is faced with them.

Age recommendation: 16 & up (sexual scenarios, profanity, suicide, infidelity)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

Jan 13, 2011

likeable character, good plot with a twist. A good if not great read. Will keep going with the series


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Apr 23, 2018

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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Mar 10, 2018

How do I start being sexual, much less homosexual, at age forty-two?


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