By Laura Lippman
Tess Monaghan has ultimately made the circulate and frolicked her shingle as a p.i.-for-hire, whole with an place of work in Butchers Hill. probably it isn't the simplest tackle in Baltimore, yet you gotta commence someplace, and Tess's greyhound Esskay has no difficulty taking marathon naps at any place there is a roof. Then in walks Luther Beale, the infamous vigilante who 5 years in the past shot a boy for vandalizing his vehicle. simply out of felony, he says he desires to make reparations to the children who witnessed his crime, so he wishes Tess to discover them. yet as soon as she starts off snooping, the witnesses commence demise. Is the "Butcher of Butchers Hill" at it back? love it or now not, Tess is embroiled in a case that encompasses the powers that-be, a heartless process that has destroyed the lives of youngsters, and a bad path of cash and lies prime all of the as far back as Butchers Hill.
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Extra info for Butchers Hill (Tess Monaghan Mysteries - Book 03 - 1998)
No reason to rush. Tull’s curiosity would eventually get the better of him. He had an avid interest in her little business, in part because he had played matchmaker between her and his retired colleague, Edward Keyes. Tess suspected the switch to private detective was a change he might make himself one day, if the commissioner ever made good on his threat to rotate him to other departments. Homicide was Tull’s calling. As long as he was allowed to practice his vocation, he wouldn’t leave. But he was distracted just now, his eyes sliding over to the recreation pier across the street from the coffeehouse.
Dorie laughed knowingly. “Sure you do, Tess. ” “He’s a buddy, nothing more. I like him. ” It wasn’t often that Tess got the last word with Dorie, but when she did, it was sweet. Fleeting, but sweet. Tomorrow, there would be a sarcastic email on her computer, a subtle reminder of just who needed whom in this relationship. At her apartment that evening, Tess opened up two cans for dinner—ravioli for her, Pedigree for Esskay. Having read somewhere that single people shouldn’t stint on the niceties, she took the time to put the ravioli on a plate and made a salad with a mustard vinaigrette from the pages of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn, one of the two “cookbooks” she owned.
Susan was. ” Tess found a steno pad in her desk drawer and took some notes. Mary Browne’s officious manner made her want to seem more businesslike. “Thirteen. ” “No contact at all? ” “My mother died last year. I suppose that’s why I want to find her. ” Tess turned on her Macintosh, which sat on a computer table next to her desk. “I explained rates and expenses when you called. You’ve already been to see Tyner, so all I need to do is put you in my files. I have a form here with your name, address, and phone number, but there are a few other things I need to get started.