Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Girl in the Green Raincoat - Laura Lippman- Review & Giveaway

I'm a big fan of Laura Lippman. I've enjoyed her last two books which were stand alones, but I was thrilled to see that The Girl in the Green Raincoat featured her recurring character - PI Tess Monaghan.

The Girl in the Green Raincoat finds Tess exactly where she doesn't want to be - sitting still. And for a very good reason. She's in the last trimester of a difficult pregnancy. Camped out in the sun room of her home, she whiles away the time watching out the window at the local dog park. She becomes fascinated by a woman who arrives at the same time every day in a green raincoat with her greyhound. Until the day when it's just the dog - trailing his leash...

Unable to get up and out herself,  Tess sends her partner Crow to corral the dog. What seemed like a simple search and rescue to return a lost dog turns into
something more. Attempts to find the girl in the green raincoat leads to a trail of crimes that Tess slowly pieces together from her bedroom. Think Rear Window.

This novella originally appeared serialized in the New York Times two years go. Once I discovered this, it explained why each chapter seemed to have a little story within the story. We get extra glimpses into the character's lives. Tess's doubts about her relationship and impending motherhood make the character even more realistic. I have always enjoyed the character of Whitney, Tess's best friend - we get to see some of her emotional make up this time around. I can't wait to see more about Mrs. Blossom, who is running the agency while Tess is laid up - she is a character just waiting to be fleshed out.  Lippman's characters are engaging, the plots believable and the dialogue witty - I love the way Tess's mind works.

For fans of Tess this is a must. I can't wait to see where Lippman takes the storyline next. For those new to this series, you may want to start with an earlier book to get a sense of the characters and the background. Now that's not to say you wouldn't enjoy this easy, one sitting read - you definitely will - but I know you'll be hunting down the rest of the series!

Read an excerpt of The Girl in the Green Raincoat. You can find Laura Lippman on Facebook too.

Thanks to Harper Collins Publishers, I have TWO copies of The Girl in the Green Raincoat to giveaway. Let's make this one open to everyone, US, Canada and international. Simply comment to be entered. Ends Sat. Feb. 12/11 at 6 pm EST.

Check out what the other stops on the TLC Book Tour think of The Girl in the Green Raincoat.


106 comments:

Misha said...

I am a huge fan of Laura Lippman and have been dying to read this book.
Thanks for the giveaway!
Misha
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Linda said...

I have never read anything by Ms. Lippman, but this novel sounds intriguing - love the comment re. Rear Window. Hope I can win this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

bermudaonion said...

I haven't read any of Lippman's work in a while, but need to get back to it. No need to enter me.

Marna said...

I am new to Ms. Lippman, and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to read her work. I will start with an earlier work , as advised, to familiarize myself with her characters but I cAnnot wait to read The
Girl in the Green Raincoat!

Book Bird Dog said...

Would love to win this mystery!

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Here's my book review and giveaway: Delirious

Susan said...

Your comment about Rear Window got me, too. That's one of my faves, for sure. Would love to win and read this one! Thanks for the chance.

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debbie said...

This is a new author for me, I would love to read her book.
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Kay said...

I have meant to read this series for a while. I've enjoyed her stand alone books.

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Shirley said...

I'd love to read this new novella by Laura Lippman. My first introduction to her as an author was her book "Another Thing to Fall". Thanks for the giveaway!

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PoCoKat said...

Love Love Love Laura Lippman...would love to win this!!!

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Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I love reading Laura Lippman. I'd really like to do it for free.

Heather said...

I'd love to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!
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Mystica said...

Thank you for the giveaway specially for opening it to all!!!!

Kerry said...

I've heard really good things about Lippman but have yet to read any of her work. I'd love to win a copy:

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Anonymous said...

I've heard such good things about this book - would love to read it.

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Amy said...

I loved the one Laura Lippman book I've read and plan to read more! Please enter me in your giveaway!

Thank you for hosting this contest!

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buddyt said...

The story sounds intriguing and Rear Window has long been a favorite Hitchcock movie of mine.

Please enter me in the giveaway.

Thanks

Carol T

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pinkflipflops said...

i read about this book yesterday and it sounds really interesting!

holdenj said...

Love the Rear Window aspect of the story.
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gcpeach17 said...

I am not sure if I have ever read any of Laura Lippman's books, however the name is familiar. Please, enter me in a chnace to win this book. As simple as it sounds, I love the name of the book.

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a real librarian said...

Thanks for the giveaway!!

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Laura C. said...

Sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.

Laura C. said...

My email is
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Pam (@iwriteinbooks) said...

Man, literally in the last 24 hours, this books has popped up EVERYwhere! I think, honestly, I have to have it. ;O)

Cozy in Texas said...

I have read one other book of Laura Lippman's - she's is a great writer. I'd love to be considered for the giveaway.
Ann
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moonsword said...

Thanks for the review...I haven't read any of her books so I appreciate the suggestion to read the earlier ones. I will definitely check out Laura's site!

Martha Lawson said...

She is a new to me author! This book sounds terrific, I'd love to be entered to win. Thanks

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edmontonjb said...

I've never read this author but this book sounds great

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Marjorie said...

I have never read a book by this author and I would love to start with this one.

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Sarah said...

Thank you for the chance to win:)

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Ada said...

I haven't read anything by Laura Lippman but I'd love to! Thanks for the opportunity!
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missreneer said...

This sounds like such a great read.
Thanks for the great giveaway :)

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Sarah said...

I love Laura Lippman--thanks for the giveaway! sarahjunie at gmail dot com

Ruthie said...

I've heard such good things about this book! Please enter me, thanks.

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psnyder said...

Love to read & this book sounds awesome!! grammypenny@frontier.com

McKim said...

Sounds like one of those books that would be great to read on a cold winter night in front of the fireplace.

Amber said...

This looks like a great book - please enter me!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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littlelatina said...

I love her I'm dying to read this one. I hope I win!

Nicole C. said...

I would love to read this book.

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Desmond said...

Count me in!

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Janice Crespo said...

Your review put this book on my "want to read" list - I love exploring new authors and this one would be new to me! Thanks for the chance!
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caroltennis said...

Hope I win but if not I will see if this is available for download onto Kindle


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linett said...

I have read most of Laura Lippmans books and have loved them all, thanks

Dorte H said...

Don´t enter me as I got a review copy and reviewed it recently. I just wanted to say that it was my first Laura Lippman - and an absolutely delicious story!

Highly recommended!

Mike said...

Amazingly awesome

leeshinyoung said...

I haven't joined any giveaways yet. this is my first time...I think this is a good way to start.

Heather J. @ TLC Books said...

I didn't realized that this book was originally serialized ... something about that makes me even more interested in reading it.

I'm so glad you enjoyed it - thanks for being a part of the tour!

(no need to enter me)

Charleydog said...

Please enter my name in the giveaway for the book. Thanks!

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Andria said...

I would love a chance to win. Thank you.

Meredith said...

Sounds like a great mystery! Please enter me!

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Jessica M said...

I've been looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

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Judy H said...

Please enter me in the contest.

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shanaelyse said...

Love Laura Lippmann! Would love to win!

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ktgonyea said...

Looks like a great read :)

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winnie said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Please count me in!

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Sandra said...

I love a good mystery and this one sounds very good. Thanks for the great giveaway!
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Misusedinnocence said...

This sounds like a really interesting read! I'd love to give it a try!

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Anonymous said...

What a great contest!

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Katy F. said...

Sounds like fun!

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Swedish said...

This would be my first introduction to Laura Lippman, but based on the synopsis I think I would really enjoy this book! I love the thrill, mystery and unknown aspects of this book. Please accept this as my entry. Thank you!

Aliya D.
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lgm52 said...

I like Laura Lippman and this sounds great! Count me in!
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Ms. Dawn said...

This looks like a great read.

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Lisa said...

Would love to win!!

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Maureen said...

It looks like a story I would enjoy.
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clenna said...

I can't wait to read this book!

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I would love to read The Girl in the Green Raincoat :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

I've never read this person before, but I read an excerpt and love the movie Rear Window. And Love mysteries period. So I would like to read it

clynsg said...

This sounds like a pretty good one to add to my TBR pile. But you are right--I always like to start with the first of connected books.

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

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Anonymous said...

I have not read any books from Laura Lippman, but would love a chance. Thank you for the chance.

Cynthia at
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nfmgirl said...

Sounds fascinating! Please count me in. Thank you!

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Anonymous said...

I love a good mystery--so please enter me.

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Jeannine said...

thank you for all these awesome giveaways


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vmkids said...

thanks for the contest looks like a great read

sarirose said...

I can hardly wait for this book to come out!

Christina said...

Christina - xristya@rock.com- This book would be perfect for my niece Sarah to read (and me too)!

Graciegreen said...

Verrry interesting...

Candie L said...

Please enter me in your contest

Thank you

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Rhonda said...

I enjoy a novel with a mystery element. I would like to see how this unfolds
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rockymountain_brown said...

Looks awesome! My wife loves her!

Nancy said...

It sounds good. Looks like I have a new author to try out...thanks!

Melissa B. said...

Reading the description gives me chill bumps!

Cheryl (Tx_Sweetie) said...

I have never read this author but I'm adding her to my list! thanks

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Jenn S. said...

Sounds interesting. Would love to read it.

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Nickolay said...

What a great sounding book! Thanks for the chance

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fatseal said...

This sounds amazing, i would love to win this!

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Anonymous said...

I would like to read Ms. Lippman!

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thatlittlehouse said...

I'm definitely a fan of Tess and would love to win this!

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Becca said...

Sounds like a great read...hope Im on of the two winners! Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book.
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Sarah said...

Sounds like a good read - mysteries and dogs are both dear to my heart.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I've read the rest of the books in this series.

Erin T

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Renee G said...

Would love to read this book.
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susansmoaks said...

i love to read
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dvice12 said...

This looks great

purango said...

It sounds like a very interesting book. I would love to read it. Thanks. garrettsambo@aol.com

kathy pease said...

Thank you for the great giveaway please count me in :)
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Jim said...

i love a good book

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Pamela S said...

Sounds like a great character driven mystery. I'd love to read it! Thanks.

Heather W said...

Never heard of this one but sounds very good!
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amp said...

I have heard so much about this book I am dying to read it!


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Diane52 said...

Ok, I read an exert and now I want to read more...
Thank you
Diane Baum
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Atreau said...

This sounds like a great book!

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/\Heather/\ said...

Have never read her. Sounds good, though.
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Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.
Thanks
Debbie
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