Sunday, May 5, 2019

Book Review: Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy

Author: P. J.Tracy
Series: Monkeewrench (Book 1)
Publication: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (April 6, 2004)

Description: People are dying for the new computer game by the software company Monkeewrench. Literally. With Serial Killer Detective out in limited release, the real-life murders of a jogger and a young woman have already mimicked the first two scenarios in the game.

But Grace McBride and her eccentric Monkeewrench partners are caught in a vise. If they tell the Minneapolis police of the link between their game and the murders, they'll shine a spotlight on the past they thought they had erased-and the horror they thought they'd left behind. If they don't, eighteen more people will die...

My Thoughts: The first Monkeewrench mystery introduces the various and unique individuals who are part of that computer/technology company. They have been working on a new game called Serial Killer Detective. Grace had the idea. Harley, Annie and Roadrunner think it's a good idea. But Mitch who handles the business end of the company is worried about the new game.

Mitch's worries seem justified when someone starts killing people in imitation of the crimes in the game. Detective Leo Magozzi and his partner Detective Gino Rolseth are on the case for the Minneapolis PD. But they don't know about the link to the computer game until Grace brings the similarities to the police's attention.

Magozzi and Rolseth immediately suspect that the Monkeewrench gang might be involved. Their suspicions grow when they learn that all of them seem to have sprung into existence ten years earlier. Even the police department's best tech guy can't find out more. Magozzi, especially, doesn't think that Grace had anything to do with the crime. But the way she lives raises lots of questions. Extreme security at her home. She's always armed.

Meanwhile, a small town cop in Wisconsin is trying to find out who killed a reclusive couple in a local church with a .22 and carved a cross on their chests. That case gets even more complicated when a deputy is killed by a booby trap when they go to the couple's house to try to learn more about them. The cop learns that the couple has lived under a bunch of names and in a bunch of places. They were frightened but no one knows why.

I loved the fast-paced action and all the intriguing characters. I can't wait to read more books in this series.

Favorite Quote:
He gave her a curt nod, which she returned in kind, along with a searing glance that seemed to be a challenge of some sort. Just what she was challenging, he had no idea. His competency? His suit? His existence on the planet? Maybe all of the above. But he had no interest in petty brinksmanship right now, he only cared about what she had to say.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this one too! I need to grab the last book and catch up. These books would be great movies or a tv series.


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