Book Reviews of The Last Place (Tess Monaghan, Bk 7)

The Last Place  (Tess Monaghan, Bk 7)
The Last Place - Tess Monaghan, Bk 7
Author: Laura Lippman
ISBN-13: 9780380978199
ISBN-10: 0380978199
Publication Date: 10/1/2002
Pages: 352
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 14 ratings
Publisher: William Morrow
Book Type: Hardcover
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reviewed The Last Place (Tess Monaghan, Bk 7) on + 404 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
An excellent entry into the Tess Monaghan series. Lippman improves with each book. This is an intricate, interesting story with believable characters that are not the ordinary everyday serial killers that I get so tired of in the bestsellers.
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Helpful Score: 1
Absolutely excellent. Possibly the best of the series. Tess investigates 5 seemingly unrelated homicides at the request of a Baltimore non-profit and discovers they have her in common. I was expecting this one to be difficult to tie up without a lot of allowances by the reader, but it wasn't. Lippman is consistently a 5 star author with this series.
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Helpful Score: 1
Another strong entry in the Tess Monaghan series. Intricate plotting and for me, a satisfying conclusion to the story. I think each book gets better and better.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am a fan of Lippman's Tess Monaghan series, which take place in Baltimore. This is a swift and tense read.
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Helpful Score: 1
I liked this book because it explored and captured the areas around Baltimore so perfectly. Tess Monaghan is a thoroughly believable and likable character.
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Excellent. I'd recommend this to anyone.
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This book has a hilarious beginning. Tess Monaghan finds herself in some personal legal issues as she investigates 5 homicides supposedly related to domestic violence. This book has very excellent and exciting ending.
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Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed--five unsolved homicides, seemingly unconnected except for the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence. Tess Monaghan agrees to review police documents on each case, and the PI uncovers a psychopath.
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Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed over the past six years-five unsolved homicides, seemingly unconnected except for the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence. In hot legal water - and court-ordered therapy - Tess Monaghan accepts an assignment with a local nonprofit organization, agreeing to review police documents on each case for inconsistencies and investigative blunders. But curiosity is leading the disgraced p.i. off the paper trail as she follows scant leads and intuitions into the most remote corners of Maryland - where a psychopath can hide as easily in the fabric of a tiny fishing community as in the alleys and shadows of Charm City. Because a single common thread to five senseless murders is beginning to emerge with shocking clarity to tie the loose ends together into one bloody know - and the link is Tess Monaghan herself.
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Five deaths in Baltimore area unsolved; Tess, in trouble after taking vengeance into her own (and Whitney's) hands to get a teen chaser off the internet, works for Whitney's foundation to "see if the cops did their job"....and finds a single common thread, of course, to solve all five...
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five lives have been destroyed over the past 6 years. a common thread emerges to hook all 5 together with tess monaghan at the center.
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Five unsolved homicides in the Baltimore area.
Tess Monaghan to the rescrue!
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Five lives in the Baltimore area have been brutally destroyed over the past six years - five unsolved homicides, seemingly unconnected except for the suspicion that each death was the result of domestic violence. In hot legal water - and court-ordered therapy - Tess Monaghan accepts an assignment with a local nonprofit organization, agreeing to review police documents on each case for inconsistencies and investigative blunders. But curiosity is leading the disgraced p. i. off the paper trail as she follows scant leads and intuitions into the most remote corners of Maryland - where a psychopath can hide as easily in the fabric of a tiny fishing community as in the alleys and shadows of Charm City. Because a single common thread to five senseless murders is beginning to emerge with shocking clarity to tie the loose ends together into one bloody knot - and the link is Tess Monaghan herself.
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Tess Monaghan is a very likeable female private eye. This is an earlier story (2002) which has her solving some unsolved homicides. If you know Baltimore at all, the book is even more meaningful!
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This review applies to the audio version.

#7 Tess Monaghan mystery set in Baltimore. Whitney, Tess's good friend, sends some work her way from a consortium of non-profits that she is on the board of. They're researching police techniques in the rural areas around the city in hopes of finding some fuel for their fire: more funding for domestic violence prevention. If they can prove that the rural police messed up and need more education, they hope to lobby the legislature for the funding.

They hand Tess five unrelated, unsolved homicides from the outlying areas and ask her to see how they were investigated. What ends up happening is that the cases aren't quite as unrelated as they thought. Tess hooks up with a former cop out on disability who had obsessed over one of the cases, and they are allowed to assist the state police peripherally when they bring the evidence of the serial killer to them.

I have to admit that the mystery itself was rather easy to figure out--the clues were just dangled in front of you and I kept wanting to smack Tess because she didn't see certain things. Then again, she was a bit distracted--having had to go into court-ordered anger-management therapy after she (and Whitney, although Tess never implicated her friend) tracked down a guy who seduced Whitney's teenage niece in an internet chat room. (Apparently the use of Nair on the entire body warrants assault. LOL)

Still a very enjoyable visit with Tess and Crow, the dogs and her friends, even though I was at least two steps ahead of them all the way. And I think I'm finally getting used to the narrator's (Barbara Rosenblatt) voice, which I found annoying as hell at first.
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Very interesting book. Keeps you going right to the end.
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Good read