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Monkeewrench by P. J. Tracy

Monkeewrench (2004)

by P. J. Tracy

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Series: Monkeewrench (1)

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  Andrew-theQM | Jun 20, 2016 |
Haunted by a series of horrifying and violent episodes in their past, Grace McBride and the oddball crew of her software company, Monkeewrench, create a computer game where the killer is always caught, where the good guys always win. But their game becomes a nightmare when someone starts duplicating the fictional murders in real life, down to the last detail. This is a comfortable, fast-flowing read. Follow the investigation with Detective Magozzi, Detective Rolseth, and the Monkeewrench crew. It will spin you in circles, twist you around, have you adding suspects to your list, deleting suspects from your killer list. I enjoyed the story so much I went and got more to read. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jun 9, 2016 |
Short review: I loved this book. I loved the characters, the humor, the writing style. I have been reading this series totally out of order, this is the 4th I have read.

I'm very happy to have stumbled across this author and this series.
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  lostkiwi | May 26, 2016 |
I thoroughly enjoyed Monkeewrench. It was a bit confusing in the beginning, as all the characters are introduced, and it jumps between the different story lines, but once I had the characters straight, I was hooked. Sure, some parts of the plot may not be entirely believable, but that didn't bother me at all. I had a hard time putting it down, and just zipped on through it. I very much look forward to reading more from this mother-daughter writing team. ( )
  Booklover889 | Mar 17, 2016 |
I had never heard of this series until I saw one of the future books recommended for a group discussion. I decided to read the first two in anticipation and am I ever glad I did! What a fantastic debut filled with everything I personally look for in a great story. The characters are exceptional and the detectives are filled with both personality and humor. There were twists and turns I never saw coming and I really wanted to know “who dunnit” but at the same time was reluctant to have it end.

The premise of the story is that a group of computer game designers (Monkeewrench) are severely disturbed when images from their online game, Serial Killer Detective, conceived and designed by Grace McBride are used in a series of murders. They reluctantly team up with the police, even though all five of them have something to hide. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this story is about one lone detective on a solo mission to solve a serial murder case. This is a whole group of detectives and their crews from two different states working together to find a serial killer. The plot was constructed brilliantly and everything came together smoothly. There were no leaps in logic....just a straightforward thriller.

There are two secondary characters that found their way into my heart. Jackson, a nine-year-old black foster child and Grace's dog, Charlie, who has a pathological fear of everything that breathes, but who all together is genuinely adorable. Even if you don't like this book you will love those two. But, I guarantee, you won't hate this book. You might not love it as much as I did, but you won't be sorry you read it. I can't wait to get to the next book, Live Bait. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jan 17, 2016 |
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Great characters, I had to know what happens with Grace, Magotse and the team. When I finished this book I went and read all the others and am eagerly waiting for the next to be published. Towards the end I felt the baddy was a member of the team, despite being a little predictable I really enjoyed this book. As did most of my book club!
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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...


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Grace MacBride and the team at her software company are horrified when events in their murder mystery computer game are replicated in the real world by a ruthless killer.

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