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One True Love

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3.5/5 (4 ratings)
Length:
34 pages
27 minutes
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Released:
Feb 3, 2009
ISBN:
9780061846434
Format:
Book

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A trade paperback collection of 16 short stories, some new, some published before, all together for the first time, featuring Tess Monaghan, New York Times Bestselling author Laura Lippman’s acclaimed private eye

For the first time together in one collection is a mix of brand new Tess Monaghan short mysteries as well as previously published, award-winning short stories.

Split into three parts—Girls Gone Wild (seven stories about girls behaving badly); Other Cities, Not My Own (four stories about places outside of Baltimore); My Baby Walks the Streets of Baltimore (four stories and a profile)—the inimitable Tess Monaghan, along with some old friends and new faces, is back solving crime.

Publisher:
Released:
Feb 3, 2009
ISBN:
9780061846434
Format:
Book

About the author

Laura Lippman was a reporter for twenty years, including twelve years at the Baltimore Sun. Her novels have won almost every prize given for crime fiction in the United States, including the Edgar, Anthony, Nero Wolfe and Agatha awards. She lives in Baltimore with her husband, the writer David Simon who created hit TV series The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street.

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One True Love - Laura Lippman

One True Love

From the Short Story Collection

Hardly Knew Her

Laura Lippman

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ONE TRUE LOVE

His face didn’t register at first. Probably hers didn’t either. It wasn’t a face-oriented business, strange to say. In the early days, on the streets, she had made a point of studying the men’s faces as a means of protection. Not because she thought she’d ever be downtown, picking someone out of a lineup. Quite the opposite. If she wasn’t careful, if she didn’t size them up beforehand, she’d be on a gurney in the morgue and no one would give a shit. Certainly not Val, although he’d be pissed in principle at being deprived of anything he considered his property. And while Brad thought he loved her, dead was dead. Who needed postmortem devotion?

So she had learned to look closely at her potential customers. Sometimes just the act of that intense scrutiny was enough to fluster a man and he moved on, which was the paradoxical proof that he was okay. Others stared back, welcoming her gaze, inviting it. That kind really creeped her out. You wanted nervous, but not too nervous; any trace of self-loathing was a big tip. In the end, she had probably walked away from more harmless ones than not, guys whose problems were nothing more than a losing card in the great genetics lottery—dry lips, a dead eye, or that bad skin that always seemed to signal villainy, perhaps because of all the acne-pitted bad guys in bad movies. Goes to show what filmmakers knew; Val’s face couldn’t be smoother. Still, she never regretted her vigilance, although she had paid for it in the short run, taking the beatings that were her due when she didn’t meet Val’s quotas. But she was alive and no one raised a hand to her

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  • (4/5)
    Loved the story it showed the growth of two people
  • (2/5)
    A Simple & Predictable Love Story****SOFT SPOILERS**** One True Love by Barbara Freethy is a predictable love story centering on the shared tragedy and reunification of a divorced couple. My free copy was chosen based on the many 4 and 5 star Amazon reviews. The writing was passable and I didn't let the typos & poor editing affect me as they seem common with e-books. The whole tragic premise of the dead baby was just not appealing to me. I found the side plot of Maggie's need to get away from her children and subsequent adventure more interesting. The romances I enjoy are usually combined with history, the paranormal or mystery, so that might be one reason I found this book tame. The pace was quite slow, particularly at the start. Once the "hunt" is in full swing, about 2/3 through the story, the pacing is much better, then slows down to the denouement. The reactions of the main characters to events and to each other were somewhat overblown. As the story progresses, Nick and Jeremy became less plausible and were written more like a woman wished a man would respond. I found the obvious ending to be sappy. Perhaps straight romantic fiction isn't a genre that I find all that exciting.
  • (3/5)
    This was the final book in this series and I would encourage everyone to read these books in order in this series, because it will really help you get to know the 3 ladies in the series better. I would also like to give high praise to the people who designed these covers because they did a really good job and they all went well with each story.Copper's friends Audrey and Willow have both found love in the town of Thunder Ridge and Copper has found a good teaching position close by. But when the schoolhouse catches fire, Copper suffers a serious injury trying to rescue some of her students. The only doctor who might possibly help her is in another town far away. The wagon train, led by Josh Redlin is headed to Colorado and they will take Copper with them until they come to the fort the doctor is at. The problem here is that Copper and Josh can't ever seem to get along so it makes life very interesting. But the more Copper sees Josh in action, the more she sees who he really is, and some of her weaknesses also comes to light. She comes to depend on him and in the end she will need to trust him completely; will she fail the test?This was lighthearted at times, but also had alot of tragedy and sadness in it. We can't understand why some very bad things happen to some folks, but our trust must be in a God who we know is good. Heartache, death, love, friendship and alot of "conflicts" between Copper and Josh make this a good ending to a really good series.
  • (4/5)
    The entire Belles of Timber Creek series was fun to read. Following along the journey of three quirky, but lovable, opinionated and adventurous friends. This book is the final book coming after Twice Loved and then Three Times Blessed and it was a great way to fully get to know Copper. From the first chapter of the first book I knew that Copper was my favorite and was eager to hear her story. Now that I have, I'm glad to have read this series as it was a great time in a triple romance....more The entire Belles of Timber Creek series was fun to read. Following along the journey of three quirky, but lovable, opinionated and adventurous friends. This book is the final book coming after Twice Loved and then Three Times Blessed and it was a great way to fully get to know Copper. From the first chapter of the first book I knew that Copper was my favorite and was eager to hear her story. Now that I have, I'm glad to have read this series as it was a great time in a triple romance.This book has so much more than the rest of the series in a way of Biblical lessons for me. Learning to let go and let God as well as true forgiveness of one's self are true hard lessons. In this story they are shared in a very vivid light. I highly recommend the entire series as well as other series and books from author Lori Copeland.*Thanks to Kendra of HarperCollins for providing a copy for review.*