The Girl in the Green Raincoat: A Tess Monaghan Novel by Laura Lippman (Avon; $11.99; 176 pages)
Tess Monaghan is private investigator confined to her home on bed rest in the third trimester of her first pregnancy. While longingly watching the world go by outside her window, Tess becomes intrigued by a lovely girl wearing a green raincoat who takes long walks with her dog at exactly the same time each day. Then one day Tess witnesses the dog running outside her window, leash attached, the owner nowhere to be seen.
Tess’s investigator instincts heighten full force into the possibilities of what could have happened to the owner and is determined to get to the bottom of the story. Ignoring the advice of her cautious boyfriend Crow, she plunges into an investigation that leads to a string of crimes and deceit. Her obsession with this girl in the green raincoat and her unruly dog creates a delightful storyline including murder, mystery and more. Her vibrant characters, descriptive dialogue and an unpredictable ending make it a story you can’t pass up!
A review copy was provided by the publisher.