A Tess Monaghan novel
January 18, 2011 / ISBN 006193836X
by Jo Rogers
life and career as a private investigator had come to a sudden,
screeching halt. The last thing she or her boyfriend, Crow, had
expected was a pregnancy. Yet she was not only pregnant, she was
lying in bed with preeclampsia, forbidden to get up except to go
to the bathroom. She was also allowed one shower a week, sitting
on a stool, not standing up. Tess had taken an active part in her
business, including surveillance stakeouts. Now, the closest she
could come to the great outdoors was looking out the window.
While she was looking out that window she first noticed the girl
in the green raincoat. The girl was in the park across the street
from Tess’s sunroom, walking her dog, a frisky miniature greyhound.
She came every day at the same time, obviously after work, when
the other dog walkers came to exercise their pets. Yet, she never
interacted with the others. She was always on her cell phone, either
talking to someone or warding off anyone who might want to strike
up a conversation.
Then, one afternoon, Tess saw the dog run past alone, going the
opposite direction the girl took to go home. She didn’t see
either of them again. Tess had a feeling something bad had happened.
She set a private investigation going to find the girl and her dog.
The Girl in the Green Raincoat is a well-written mystery
with a somewhat surprising ending. Ms. Lippman leaves a trail of
clues to the killer, but if you don’t interpret them correctly,
you’ll miss the killer. The characters are normal people who
make sometimes costly mistakes. Read The Girl in the Green Raincoat
and enjoy a short but great mystery.
Note: Contains violence, profanity, sex