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Snow Blind (Monkeewrench #4)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  3,975 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
The Dead of Winter...

Minneapolis, winter's first white flakes; a park full of snowmen. But the layers of packed snow hide a goulish surprise ...

First, the bodies of two cops are found inside the snowmen and then a day later, in the countryside to the north, Sheriff Iris Rikker makes a similarly shocking discovery. Soon Detectives Gino and Magozzi are sent north through the
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published 2006)
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Feb 27, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
Book number four in the Monkeewrench series and I am now officially a fan! I started this one without even reading the blurb so I was suitably surprised and delighted by the unusual premise. As usual the authors supplied a great story, entertaining characters and realistic dialogue. The Monkeewrench team are supplementary characters in this book and the action takes place largely around Magozzi and the police team but this is good too. I like the way each book takes a different angle and can the ...more
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
Oct 05, 2011 Kristin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
In book number four, we return to Minneapolis and a winter wonderland that doesn't want to quit. I've lived in Minnesota for 35 years - Mpls for 20 of those and Duluth the remainder. If you get a snowfall as described, you won't be driving all over the state. Major highways will be difficult to navigate. Minor highways probably impassable. County to stay home. City streets will not be plowed yet (snow emergency first day, then secondary streets, and the rest the third. Be prepared t ...more
Nov 06, 2010 Kandice rated it did not like it
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Jun 03, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of genres, series
Please note: Sections of my new review will be under spoiler tags. There is just no way to adequately discuss this book without laying down a trail of clues that will ultimately spoil a bit of the mystery in the story. After the “Disclosure” section I’ll paste my original review from 2006, and if you prefer to avoid spoilers, then stop there, because even with the spoiler tags there might be sections that will give you clues. I do not plan to post this review anywhere else, to avoid spoiling thi ...more
A relative let me borrow a handful of her books, included were Dead Run and Snow Blind. I was tentative about reading them as they were part of a series – and not the first books – yet I went ahead and read Dead Run in the hope the story would make sense to me without the first two books.

Yes, the story made sense. No, I did not enjoy the book.

Due to this, I opted not to read Snow Blind. Then, along came festival season. I needed something to take with me to read on the journey. At that moment in
SNOW BLIND (Police Proc-Minneapolis-Cont) – VG
Tracy, PJ – 4th book
Putnam, 2006- Hardcover
*** Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gina Rolseth take the lead in this wintertime murder investigation set in Minneapoilis. A major snowfall has come to provide the material for a snowman-building content. But a couple snowmen are different from the others in that they contain the bodies of murdered men, and policemen at that. Another snow-man, found on an iced over lake outside Minneapolis, turns out to
3.5 stars. I enjoyed this installment in the Monkeewrench series. Like the others, I listened to the audio. It is not the best in the series, it is definitely shorter but I enoyed it. Unfortunatley, there is not enough of the Monkeewrench crew for my tastes but P.J. Tracy introduces some new characters -- rural sheriffs and officers -- and an interesting twist to their serial killer theme.

This book can be read as a standalone. The mystery was easy to figure out and it was not very scary or thri
Nov 13, 2014 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me a while to get into the book but then I started to enjoy the plot and it was improving. However let down significantly at the end because it didn't come to a resolution. As a result this lost at least a star for the ending and this spoilt the book for me. It is not always easy reading as it does relate to domestic abuse and there is a lot of sexism present in the attitude towards the new sheriff. In the end I gave this 2.5 stars. For me each book has got weaker and the authors need to ...more
Ben Jackson
Sep 24, 2008 Ben Jackson rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: only to hardcore monkeewrench fans
The monkeewrench books started out promising and unique. The problem is that the characters are ultimately caricatures and are ultimately unsustainable. By the time you get to the third book, you really don't care about the Monkeewrench gang anymore. The story is interesting and reasonably well written, and it's entertaining enough - but it's probably time to put this series to bed.
Harry Lane
Mar 14, 2017 Harry Lane rated it liked it
Police procedural. Well written with the focus in this entry on the detectives Magozzi and Rolseth; the Monkeewrench gang plays only a cameo role. Well plotted with good characterization and dialog, and an extraordinary ambiguous ending.
Oct 29, 2010 Chibineko rated it liked it
In this, the 4th book in the series, the mother-daughter team seems to be finding a comfortable set of characters and plotline. Rather than focus on the eccentric Monkeewrench crew & try to find a plotline to surround them, they decide to focus on the more interesting police characters. That's a good idea, since it's easier to fit the police characters into a crime scene than to have the Monkeewrench crew stumble onto one.

The crime in this book surrounds the murder of a distinguished police
Feb 01, 2011 Trilby rated it it was ok
Maybe if I did not live in Minneapolis, I would've liked this mystery better. However, if I didn't live in Minneapolis, I probably would not have read this.
My gripe with the book is that the weather aspects are completely preposterous. The winter weather that grips the state is more like that of Churchill, Manitoba. The book starts out with a snowstorm that drops a foot of the white stuff. But instead of bringing the city to a halt for a day or two (as such a storm would in reality), the next da
Jul 18, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was not as good as the last one, but I still finished it in 3 days. The Monkeewrench crew works their magic once again, but they aren't a big part of the story. Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are in most of it, but a lot of it seemed to focus around the new sheriff of Dundas County, Iris Rikker. She's a former english teacher who only has some dispatch experience under her belt. She's a great character. I liked how she was able to admit she was clueless and ask for help. It wou ...more
Feb 23, 2009 Susy rated it it was amazing
The Monkeewrench is a great series but I must confess I don’t like the computer nerds much. My heart goes to Gino and Magozzi, so this is my book, because they are the pivotal characters. Snow falls through the book, while the two policemen look for the murderer of two policemen which were converted into snowmen in a children’s contest. The plot is as solid as the ice surrounding everything. There is a new character, a green newly elected sheriff with just being a teacher in her curriculum. It’s ...more
Charis Faith
Feb 25, 2015 Charis Faith rated it liked it
So, not so much of the Monkeewrench crew, relatively unsolved crime(s), not much MacGozzi scenes, the absolute absence of Sharon and Halloran (which I guess solidifies that their story has ended in the previous book. sad.), a new potential Sheriff-Deputy love team, and a whole lot of snow. That pretty much sums up this fourth installment of the Monkeewrench series.

It wasn't as good as the previous ones, and I'm mildly disappointed that there seemed to be no actual closure and few developments o
Nov 24, 2016 Genevieve rated it really liked it
Out of the 4 I've read, I enjoyed this one the most. Not that I disliked any of the others, but this one seemed to be more about the plot and less about the characters. In the earlier books, I found too much emphasis was placed on the personalities of the central characters and even before I discovered that PJ Tracy was a mother/daughter collaboration, I had a feeling that the author was female.

No doubt that comment will get me into trouble with some of you and even to myself it sounds strange,
Feb 26, 2016 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: kobo-e-reader
This was a good read. The thing about these books, they start slowly, but once the story starts moving you can't stop reading. I love the characters in this series, the Monkeewrench crew, the police team, everyone. I particularly liked the plot of this book and the way it all worked out. There were many conflicts and decisions to be made, moral decisions. I found it all very interesting. These books are a quick, easy read and perfect for in between deeper, more intense novels.
Jan 01, 2009 Donna rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Interesting entry in the popular Monkeewrench series. The main team members play a smallish role in this story which focuses on Leo and Gino and the investigation of the murder of 3 fellow police officers in Minneapolis and rural Dundas County. The Monkeewrench team is not totally absent and their computer skills help provide the chilling link between the murders.
Apr 12, 2008 Janet rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I have enjoyed the other Monkeewrench books by P.J Tracy (actually a mother-daughter writing team), but not so much this one. The case is mostly focused on the police detectives, and the Monkeewrench team barely makes an appearance. That said, it is quick-paced, with good dialog.
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Mar 01, 2017 GJ Refill rated it really liked it
Much like the previous novel in the "Monkeewrench" series, "Snow Blind" has a good start and keeps the tension going throughout. One thing differently, though, is the reveal of a villain very early on (in that way it reminds me of the 1944 film "Double Indemnity"). Can the tension remain when you know who a killer is? Absolutely, and it doesn't give away the rest of the surprises.

Though not quite as suspenseful and engrossing as the predecessor novel, it's obvious that the mother-daughter team k
Caddie Hart
May 22, 2017 Caddie Hart rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who enjoy crime novels
I really did not like this book. Maybe my mind is too distracted lately but I found it boring and kept forcing myself to carry on reading.
The one detective, Gino, complains and whines about every little thing from beginning to end, creating an impression that he's just a useless slob, then all of a sudden toward the end delivers a great line of questioning. He was an irritating character. The whole Harley mansion was confusing, I didn't quite get what that was.
However, the whole reason behind t
Geoff Battle
Snow Blind is definitely odd. The premise of this tale of death in the snow is off-centre to start with and there's no predicting where the story goes from there. It's great to see original ideas and authors gambling with storylines the standard crime writers would steer clear of. It's paid off with PJ Tracy's previous work, however Snow Blind doesn't quite seem true. The good news is that the characters are still enjoyable to see in action, with plenty of entertaining dialogue. The actual story ...more
May 23, 2017 Shannon rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. in fact, I really love this series. it was mostly leo and gino this book, with very little Grace or monkeewrench, and no hallorson and his crew. but we got a couple of new great characters, iris and Sampson and hopefully we get more of them in the future. I figured out the murderer a smidge before the detectives and this book did a great job of leaving you in a quandary, is murder ever justified? overall I liked the solution. looking forward to the next installment! 4 ...more
Jan 05, 2017 Joan rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this it was fast and had interesting characters and it is not necessary to read the books in order
Mar 21, 2017 Sheila rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wobble-nbrc, wom-2017
Loved this one. Unique serial killings that the newly elected sheriff has to deal with on her first day on the job. Takes place in northern Minn. and definitely has a Fargo feel to it.
Mar 03, 2017 Jennifer rated it it was ok
I have been enjoying the Monkeewrench series and this installment, the fourth, was somewhat of a disappointment. Perhaps because the Monkeewrench crew was not featured as prominently as the other books. Onward to #5.
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It's winter in Minnesota and Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are participating in a snowman-making contest. Things are going great, until the sun melts some of the snow on a particular snowman and the dead body inside is exposed. It turns this is not the only entrant containing a dead body, and it later transpires that another snowman-cadaver has been found in a small town not far from Minnesota. The one thing connecting all the bodies? The victims were all in law-enforcement.

Having been
Sep 25, 2016 Caryn rated it liked it
I'm confused. When did Magozzi become a full-fledged misogynist? Excuse me, a FORGETFUL misogynist. He laments that it should be a law women be partnered with women and men with men, because men are so good with nonverbal communication and bantering that women are just incapable of.

Poor women with no sense of humor and just taking everything at face value. How horrible for them.

But let's see...he says that he once had a female partner who talked so much, he nearly drove her into a tree, and mea
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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 seven novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT, DEAD RUN, SNOW BLIND, SHOOT TO THRILL, OFF THE GRID, and THE SIXTH IDEA have become national and international bestsellers.

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