January 20, 2017

The Sixth Idea

The Sixth Idea by P.J. Tracy
Monkeewrench, #7
2016 G.P. Putnam's Sons
Finished on August 20, 2016
Rating: 2/5 (Fair)

Publisher's Blurb:

The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.

This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers—and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror—a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

This highly anticipated installment in the Monkeewrench series was a terrible disappointment. The story lacked tension and seemed unnecessarily drawn out. I was curious enough to finish, but overall, it was not worth my time.  If you're a fan of the Monkeewrench crew and want to see what's in store for these characters, I suggest you get a copy of the book at your library. I doubt it's one you'll read twice.


  1. OK, I know a bit of backstory about this one. And we weren't as impressed with it as previous books either. The author is a mother/daughter team, Patricia and Traci. The story was one based on some family history of the mother. Her father actually worked for an iron foundry that was not an iron foundry, if you know what I mean. Anyway, Patricia died last month and Traci will continue the series. A new book comes out later in 2017. And that's all I know. LOL

    1. Oh, Kay! I had no idea about Patricia's death! How sad! Thanks for the information. I'll keep an eye out for the next book. I hope Traci continues with her writing... :(

  2. I've never read this author and don't think I'll start with this book.

    1. Kathy, I wouldn't recommend starting with this book. My favorite is probably Dead Run (#3) simply because it was such an intense thriller. Snow Blind, Shoot to Thrill, and Off the Grid are also very good.

  3. I know I've read one of the books in this series but I just don't really think it's a series for me.

    1. Iliana, I really enjoyed the earlier books in this series, but I'm not sure if it's one to continue with. Sometimes, these series just run their course and it's time to try something new.


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