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Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1)
Monkeewrench - Monkeewrench, Bk 1
Author: P. J. Tracy
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 te...  more »
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780451211576
ISBN-10: 045121157X
Publication Date: 4/6/2004
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 195 ratings
Publisher: Signet
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on + 410 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
Oh my goodness!

What a wild ride this one was! I loved it.

I am not a fan of modern best-seller-style thrillers, and this one has tendencies that way (serial killer of nearly superhuman cleverness, ever-tightening suspense), but it overcomes them. The characters are so interesting!

About a hundred pages into the book, I began to wonder if the authors (a mother-and-daughter team writing pseudonymously) were going to be able to keep track of the plethora of characters they were creating and whether I would be able to process all of them into a meaningful reading experience.

They could and I could. Amazing, yes, but it worked.

This will be a new experience for you--I've certainly never read anything quite like it. The blurbs include the word "funny." I can't quite see that--there were no laughs for me. Plenty of oddball characters and new experiences, but nothing really funny. That's OK, it's a wonderful story--I just didn't want anyone to go in looking for light, funny stuff, because you would be disappointed. Instead, go in looking for unusual people, a fascinating situation, and plenty of good old-fashioned suspense.

Read this book.
reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on + 44 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
What a debut for this mother/daughter team! Many established authors never achieve the scintillating dialogue and captivating characters of these novices. Suffice it to say I finished the book in less than 48 hours. Hollywood, are you paying attention? I can't wait to revisit Leo and Gino in Live Bait.
reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on + 9 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
computer games, software, murder - all the elements that make up an interesting modern day mystery. You figure out how the game and the real-life murders fit together. It kept me guessing.
reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Also published as "Want to Play?" This book is so enjoyable and well-written, it's difficult to believe it's a debut novel. It has a believable premise, likeable characters, and the wittiest of repartee.
reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Really good book. Lots of action, leaves you wondering who did it until the end.
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reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on
I requested this because of all the rave reviews, but found it to be a pretty average mystery. It was entertaining enough for the waiting room, but not the best book I've ever read.
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One of my friends recommended this book to me and I in turned have hooked another reader friend. It took about 25 pages for me to decide it was not going to be all blood and guts when it settled down into a very good "who dunnit". This book was a great beginning to the mother/daughter authors I am now hooked on this series and hope they keep on coming!
reviewed Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1) on + 47 more book reviews
The characters in this book seem so real to me. The comments about Minnesota are priceless as, after liviing there the first 33 years of my life, I can relate to every one of them. Story is well-developed with subperb bad-guys. A very fulfilling mystery surrounded in snappy dialogue.

Mary Ruth

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