Saturday, October 06, 2012


Author:  P.J. Tracy
Genre:  Mystery, Monkeewrench Crew #6
Published:  2012
Personal Rating:  3.5/5 (good)
Format:  Book
Yearly Count:  82

From the ARC Back Cover:

The Monkeewrench crew is back--and better than ever--in this electrifying new thriller.

On a sailboat ten miles off the Florida coast, Grace MacBride, partner in Monkeewrench Software, thwarts an assassination attempt on retired FBI agent John Smith.  A few hours later, in Minneapolis, a fifteen0year0old girl is found in a vacant lot, her throat slashed.  Later that morning, two young men are found in their home several blocks away, killed execution style.  The next morning, three more men are found savagely murdered int he same neighborhood.

As Minneapolis Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link the three crimes, they discover that there have been similar murders in other cities around the United States.  Piece by piece, evidence accumulates, pointing to a suspect who shocks them to the core, and a motive is uncovered that puts the entire Midwest on high alert and Monkeewrench in the direct line of fire.  Before it's all over, Grace and her partners, Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, find themselves in the middle of a shocking collision of violence on a remote northern Minnesota Indian reservation, fighting for their lives.

I felt like I was on a small, reading-roller-coaster with this edition of the Monkeewrench crew.  Sometimes I was on a high with intrigue and other times I was on a low, because the high wasn't maintained.  My thought kept falling back to "Why?" in several situations regarding the climax, and those whys were never answered.

The characters themselves were not themselves either.  I did see glimpses of them, but overall it just wasn't the Monkeewrench crew I have known for years.  Despite all of that, I enjoyed it (sometimes a lot!), but hope for more of the past in the future.

My thanks go to Putnam Books and LibraryThing for sending me the ARC.


  1. I listened to this one but haven't written my review. I did like it more than u but not her best.

    1. Diane ~ I felt like they (the authors) didn't work in harmony because the plot felt choppy. I'm still glad I read it though.

  2. I have never even heard of this series!! Have I been living under a rock?

    1. Staci ~ By no means! You've just been devouring other genres. :)

  3. Oh, dear. It's been over a year since I read Shoot to Thrill (which I loved) and I've been anxious to get my copy of this new release. Maybe this will be one we don't see eye-to-eye on? ;) I'm glad John Smith is back. ;)

    1. Les ~ I've enjoyed, but haven't been thrilled with this writing duo's books. This one definitely had me intrigued ... in parts. I hope you LOVE it! :)


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