HUSH, HUSH by Laura Lippman

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Tess Monaghan Novel (Book 12)

When Tess’s friend and old boss Tyner Gray hires her as a security consultant for his client, Tess can’t refuse. Not even when said client is Melisandre Dawes, the woman who left her two-month-old baby to die in a hot car while she sat and waited nearby.

It’s been more than ten years since the trial. More than ten years since Melisandre was judged not guilty by reason of insanity. But even her verdict and the time that’s passed have not erased the emotional response Baltimoreans had to her case. And though Melisandre left Baltimore in the wake of that tragic event, her return – supposedly to reconcile with her other two daughters, on film no less – has garnered a heated response from the locals.

That’s where Tess and her new partner, Sandy, come in. Initially they’re meant only to ensure that Melisandre’s new condo is safe as it can be. Then Melisandre finds herself the prime suspect in yet another murder investigation and the PI duo are tasked with proving the woman’s innocence. That’s easier said than done, especially when Tess is convinced Melisandre Dawes can’t be trusted.

This is the twelfth book in Lippman’s Tess Monaghan series. Tess is a favorite amongst mystery/thriller fans, but she’s been on break since the 2008 serial “The Girl in the Green Raincoat” (released in print in 2011), so her return comes with great anticipation. Fans can relax, though, as Lippman and Monaghan are in top form.

One thing has changed for the PI, though, and that’s the new role of mother in addition to her long list of accomplishments. Tess’s toddler daughter, Carla Scout, is a charming addition to the series and Tess’s own fears and concerns associated with being a parent make her even more relatable than before.

4/15 Becky Lejeune

HUSH, HUSH by Laura Lippman. William Morrow (February 24, 2015). ISBN 978-0062083425. 320p.

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