Monkeewrench: stock and trade Murder Mystery

Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, #1)Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I am not a huge reader of stock and trade murder mysteries, so I don’t know a lot of the conventions that are typical of this genre. I enjoyed the story, liked most of the characters, though I got a little tired of the stereotype “lonely good cop with fat loveable partner” of which there are two in this story. Also, there is no single star protagonist, which bothers me. I want a focus, and this just won’t let me decide who I’m rooting for.

Next bit I had trouble with was the way the authors put in little red herrings for the reader, almost disinformation to lead you in the wrong direction, then “Viola” the killer is… NONE OF THE ABOVE. In fact, just about the only suspect that isn’t truly implicated by the authors is the killer! I don’t read books to sit and allow the author to try to trick me for three hundred pages, then be “surprised”.

Having said all the above, it was a good read, well written, fully plotted and there is some good humor, though that, too, seems to get repetitive. I won’t be reading the sequel, but I’m sure there are lots of murder mystery fans who will.

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