Author: P. J. Tracy

Audio Review: Snow Blind by P. J. Tracy

Posted June 9, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 4 Comments

Audio Review: Snow Blind by P. J. TracySnow Blind by P. J. Tracy
Series: Monkeewrench #4
Narrator: Mel Foster
Published by Brilliance Audio on August 3, 2006
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hours, 15 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads
three-half-stars

With the holidays over and the long cold winter looming, January can be a bleak month in Minneapolis. So what better way to bring a little cheer to the good people of the city than by sponsoring an old-fashioned snowman-building contest? In a matter of hours, a local park is filled with the innocent laughter of children and their frosty creations. But things take an awful turn when the dead bodies of police officers are discovered inside two of the snowmen - sending the entire department and Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth on high alert.
The next day, Iris Rikker, the newly minted sheriff of rural Dundas County, comes across another body in another snowman. Fearing that Rikker's inexperience will hamper the investigation, Magozzi and Rolseth head north to hunt for clues. As Grace MacBride and her crack computer jocks at Monkeewrench comb the Web for connections, a terrifying link emerges, connecting the dead cops, Magozzi and Rolseth, and Monkeewrench - a link that must be broken before it's too late.

 

Icon Library BookIcon MURDER MYSTERY
 

This story has one of the most original premises I’ve seen in awhile. Hiding murder victims in plain sight, using the weather to disguise the bodies was unsettling. Everyone loves a snowman and to defile something so treasured was gruesome.

 

The investigation was interesting, too, especially when it began to center around the newly elected sheriff of Dundas County, Iris Rikker. What was even more fascinating was the reactions of the other law enforcement professionals working the case. See, Iris unseated a man who’d been Sheriff for many years and, aside from some basic textbook and classroom training, she had no practical experience beyond her previous role as a dispatcher. This was her first day on the job.

 

The change in narrators was so subtle it was hardly noticeable and the voices of the characters seemed to stay the same.

 

There are some very strong and controversial themes in this story, most centered around women. The loudest messages stemmed from Detective Gino Rosfeld, who’s sexist attitudes were hard to bear. He was a distraction to the story, even though in the end, he looked foolish. But, his attitude and that of other recurring characters have bugged me in earlier stories and continue to do so, especially as they’re never countered. There are too many competent women surrounding these men for them to perpetuate such Neanderthal thinking. It undermined what would have been a compelling story with a psychologically and emotionally complex ending.

 


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About P. J. Tracy

PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their first three novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT and DEAD RUN, have become national and international bestsellers.

P.J. Lambrecht is a college dropout with one of the largest collections of sweatpants in the world. She was raised in an upper-middle class family of very nice people, and turned to writing to escape the hardships of such a life. She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother’s plans to eventually trick her into joining the family business. She has been a moderately successfully free-lance writer ever since, although she has absolutely no qualifications for such a profession, except a penchant for lying.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she instead attempted briefly and unsuccessfully to import Eastern European folk art. She began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands, and much to her mother’s relief, finally realized that the written word was her true calling. They have been writing together ever since. Traci now lives in Southern California and divides her time between there, Minneapolis and Aspen.


Audio Review: Dead Run by P. J. Tracy

Audio Review: Dead Run by P. J. Tracy

Posted May 6, 2015 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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