This is Lippman's 8th book in a series that features Tess Monaghan, private investigator in Baltimore, Maryland. Tess is a complex and interesting character, who learns from her mistakes and changes as the books go by.
In this one Tess is hired to find the runaway wife of a man who withholds from her the facts she needs to do her job. He can't even face them himself. But, since the wife took their three small children with her, Tess persists.
This is as excellent mystery with appealing characters. I think you will enjoy it.
Excellent mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Complex characters, scary and disturbing plot involving three innocent children. A very good read.
Great plot and a wonderful subplot as Tess sees more of the Jewish side of her heritage in her client, an Orthodox Jewish furrier whose wife has disappeared with their children. Kitty and Tyner move forward in their relationship while Tess ponders hers and Crow's. As always, I highly recommend this series.
The action in this book consisted mainly of Tess obtaining information, or misinformation, from her client, going off to do other things that only sometimes related to the case, then coming back for more. The tedium of this, combined with way too much background on orthodox Judaism and a rather choppy presentation, did away with most of the suspense or interest for me. Also, Lippman did a rather awkward job of providing background information that would ease first-time readers like me into the series, so I was left with the feeling I was missing a lot. Not a series I'll pursue.
P.I. Tess Monaghan is hired to help a wealthy Orthodox Jew find his young wife who has vanished, taking their three children. He believes her to have been a devoted wife and mother, but who is she on the run with, and why? And will he believe the secrets that Tess has begun to uncover?
I really enjoyed this book. About a mother who left her husband and took the kids with her. It really is a twisted plot when the father hires a investigator to find his family.
Maybe because I'm an Orthodox Jew from Baltimore I found this book to be particularly unrealistic in its details. A true-life Mark Rubin would never have married without a lot more information about his future wife and her background (I got the distinct impression she was not even Jewish); his house would have been filled day and night with well-wishers following the disappearance of wife and children (everyone from rabbi to neighbors would have been there offering food and prayers).
But then what do you expect from an author who maintains that even koshers Jews from Baltimore eat crab (that's a near-quote from "Butchers Hill")? It's an insult even to suggest it.
A real gem of a book! My favorite Tess Monaghan so far....
Mark Rubin claims he and his beautiful wife had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without warning, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished. The police can't do anything because all the evidence indicates she left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to private investigator Tess Monaghan.
Tess doesn't know quite what to make of her client, a wealthy Orthodox Jew who refuses to shake her hand and doles out vitally important information in grudging dribs and drabs. But the deeper she digs, the more Tess suspects that the motive behind Natalie's reckless flight lies somewhere in the gap between what Rubin will not say and what he refuses to believe. An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unravel, as memory begets rage, and rage leads to desperation -- and murder. And suddenly the lives of three innocent children are dangling by the slenderest of threads
I love this series, and not just because Baltimore is my favorite city. This is the most suspenseful and chilling of the series.
One of my favorites! Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
Lots of twists and turns in this suspense novel.
A very satisfying thriller.
Wonderful author. I love her character "Tess Monaghan" in this series. Mystery and suspense.
A story of love, deceit, and betrayal.
This book took too long to read, I could not find myself getting invested in the characters and their outcome. Would read a few pages and could easily put down and not care what happened next. I did not read the books before this (as it is 8th in a series, which I did not realize) but really don't feel that I missed anything. I won't be reading any more in the series if there are more as I am just not captivated by it. I have read stand alone books by this author and found them very good, so I am not sure why this series just made me feel blah! I wouldn't recommend it if you hae alot of reading on your TBR! Just ok if that.
This is a Tess Monaghan novel I read two years ago and didn't like according to my book notes. Now, I read it in February and enjoyed it a lot. The plot was quite interesting and kept me reading.
Haven't been too fond of the other Tess Monaghan of Baltimore stories but this one was intriguing about an orthodox Jewish family. And the darker side of love - manipulation, lies, kidnapping and obsession. Good read. I had to take it with me to finish at a doctor's appointment - didn't want to waste time on a stale magazine in the waiting room when I had this adventure to finish.
Mark Rubin, a wealthy furrier, is looking for his wife, Natalie, and his 3 children. The police wont help because the couple remains married and Natalie has the right to move her kids without his permission. So Mark hires Baltimore PI, Tess Monaghan.
Mark is an Orthodox Jew who married a gorgeous woman 12 years his junior. They have an incredible home; Natalie has credit cards for the shores where she shops. Mark is a controlling man and rather sharp in his business practices. He also neglects to tell Tess critical details that might help her find his family. Tess is aided by the fact that the oldest son, Isaac, is trying to contact his father.
Natalie has run off with Zeke, an ex-con. They make ends meet by robbing banks and welfare fraud. Tess has joined an Internet PI group of women called the Snoop Sisters. They brainstorm solutions and are the legs (to tend to matters) in their locale (spread over the US). Tess sends them photos of the children and Natalie.
I found this to be one of Lippmans best stories; it is a page-turner with mounting suspense. The plot races to a stunning conclusion.
A very suspenseful book. Another in the Tess Monaghan series and I think one of the best. Mark Rubin claims he and his wife had a flawless marriage. Yet she and their three children left suddenly. Mark can't understand why and hires Tess to find them. What are the secrets he is hiding. Is he just not talking or doesn't he really not know why she left. You get scenes from what both sides are doing but the reasons do not become clear until almost to the very end. And as always murder is involved.
In this 8th outing of Tess Monaghan, she is hired to find a mans wife and three children. Mark Rubin tells Tess that he has a perfect marriage. Tess doubts this in a perfect marriage, why would a wife flee?
Mark has already been to the police, who blew him off because it is obvious that Natalie left by choice. Mark is a problem; he rigid and controlling. At first Tess looks upon Mark as the reason Natalie left. As she gets to know him, Tess realizes there are reasons for Mark doing the things he did in relation to Natalie. However, she learns quickly that Mark is not being totally truthful with her. Why?
Tess turns her attention to the beautiful Natalie 12 years younger than her rich, charming and successful husband. The more Tess digs, the stranger the story becomes. It soon becomes clear that Natalie didnt just decide one day to leave.
Isaac Rubin, the eldest child, is resourceful and clever. He wants to get back to his father and is constantly looking for ways to let his father know where he is.
Crow, Tess significant other, is not in this book; hes with his parents his mother is having chemotherapy for breast cancer.
This is a very satisfying mystery. All of the characters are well-developed and theres a steady stream of action. Tess is also using her network of female investigators to good advantage. This Internet connection adds an interesting twist to Lippmans book.
From Publishers Weekly
Tess Monaghan is back. After last years haunting standalone novel Every Secret Thing, Lippman returns with her eighth installment in an award-winning crime series. This time out the determined reporter-turned-private detective agrees to help a handsome but off-puttingly rigid Orthodox Jewish furrier Mark Ruben find his missing wife and children. Monaghan was recommended to the uptight furrier by her Jewish uncle, who spent years working with Ruben in a volunteer program that instructed Jewish prisoners in Jewish rituals and traditions. Ruben makes Monaghan feel as if she knows nothing about being Jewish, even though her mothers family is Jewish. He also makes her feel as if she knows nothing about commitment. About the only thing that makes her like Ruben is the cash hes willing to pay her up front. As weeks go by, Monaghan uncovers a tangle of lies and dark plans that reveal that Rubens gorgeous young Russian Jewish bride is anything but innocent. Yet much to Monaghans amazement, nothing seems to dim Rubens faith in his own tradition or to rock his sense of his role and responsibilities as a husband and a father. Lippman delivers a smart, fast-paced, nuanced story that features a well-drawn supporting cast, including the endearing if dangerous city of Baltimore itself. Lippmans bad guys never become as interesting as her good guys, but there are some captivating touches here, including a criminal who studies the plots of crime novels in prison. Lippmanns many fans will be thrilled." Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --
Interesting, twists and turns, lots of Jewish customs and explanations-main characters are strict Jews.
Enjoyed this mystery by Laura Lippman which featured Baltimore detective Tess Monaghan. Thsi mystery reminded me in part of Faye Kellerman's mysteries which offer the reader a look at the customs and traditions of Judaism.
Another great Tess Monaghan mystery!
A great mystery/thriller. Mark Rubin claims his marrage is perfect...then his wife and kids vanish. Tess Monaghan is a private investigator that is hired by Rubin to find his wife. As Tess digs deeper, she finds that Mark Rubin is keeping secrets, and his wife's leaving is somehow buried in what he won't say and what he won't believe.
Author has an interesting way of building the storyline! Enjoyable mystery. Kept my attention! :)
Very good and quick read. Much better than her last book.
A really good mystery. This is the first book I've read by Laura Lippman, but it won't be the last!
Laura Lippman never fails to satisfy. Her mysteries are always rich and layered, her characters complicated and human.
I love Laura Lippman - this is her 8th Tess Monaghan novel (9th total) and, although it's so cliche, she REALLY DOES get better and better with each new book!
I like Laura Lippman but with this book I found that I could not get into the characters! I did not feel any sort of attachment to them and their story and I found I was forcing my way thru this book just to finish it.
Mark Rubin claims he and his beautiful wife had a happy marriage; yet, one day without warning, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished. The police can't do anything because all the evidence indicates she left willingly. An intricate web of betrayal and vengeance is already beginning to unravel as memory begets rage, and rage leads to desperation...and murder.
Another good mystery- had me on the edge of my seat!
A story of deceit, love and betrayal. Mark Rubin claims he and his beautiful wife had a flawless, happy marriage. Yet one day, without warning, Natalie gathered up their children and vanished. The police can't do anything because all the evidence indicates she left willingly. So the successful Baltimore furrier turns to private investigator Tess Monaghan.