Hush, Hush

(Tess Monaghan, Bk. 12). 9 CDs. 10 hrs. Harper Audio. 2015. ISBN 9780062372352. $39.99. Playaway digital. F
Tess and boyfriend Crow are maintaining their romance while balancing jobs and family and coping with their precocious three-year-old daughter, Carla Scout. With her PI firm short on clients, Tess agrees to check security arrangements for Melisandre Dawes, a child killer found not guilty by reason of insanity, who is filming a biopic of her life, her trial, and her attempt to reestablish relations with her ex-husband and her two teenage daughters. A couple of subplots unrelated to the murder of the ex-husband further muddle the main plot, making the overall effort seem strained. An excellent reading by Jan Maxwell saves the audio. Characters developed earlier in the series seem shallow in this tale, and it's difficult to empathize with several new ones.
VERDICT Despite this books' problems, the author's fans will want to hear it; recommended for adult mystery fiction collections. ["Strongly recommended for fans of Lippman's previous books, as well as readers who enjoy stories about female private investigators": LJ 1/15 starred review of the Morrow hc.]
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