Snow Blind (Monkeewrench, #4)
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Snow Blind (Monkeewrench #4)

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With just three novels to their credit--as well as rave reviews and a shelf full of awards--the duo known as P. J. Tracy are on the fast track to superstardom.

Already major bestselling authors in the UK, the brilliant creators of the Monkeewrench team and their law-abiding counterparts on the Minneapolis PD are setting a new standard for the modern thriller, combining br...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Putnam Adult (first published 2006)
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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
Dec 06, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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
Rosario (
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...more
Carl Alves
Snowblind starts off with an interesting hook when two police officers are on hand for a snowman building contest, when the bodies of two dead police officers are found inside a couple of the snowmen. One of the detectives love-interests happens to be a big hacker type who belongs to a group called Monkeewrench, who solve crimes with their computer skills. Another cop winds up dead in a snowman in another county. This leads the Monkeewrench team into strange chat rooms, trying to uncover the kil...more
Ben Jackson
Sep 24, 2008 Ben Jackson rated it 2 of 5 stars
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.
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.
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.
I am continuing to enjoy the Monkeewrench series and will certainly read more--in order. Sometimes the comical bantering between the two detectives and among some of the Monkeewrench crew gets to be a bit much, but I am learning not to let it get in the way of the flow of the story line. The crimes start with dead bodies being turned into snowmen, and then multiple threads lead the crime solvers into various directions until it all comes together near the end. But it's not quite that simple, and...more
Kerry Hunter
I will start off this review by saying that I really am a huge P.J. Tracy fan. I've followed their series from the beginning, way back when Want to Play first came out and hooked me. As the books have gone on, they've gradually been losing their sparkle, but are still enjoyable overall.

The latest case to be solved by the Monkeewrench team and MPD detectives (primarily Magozzi and Rolseth) is the oddest yet, I think. Deep within Minneapolis winter, buried amongst the laughter of children and pare...more
Mary JL
Jan 22, 2011 Mary JL rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any mystery fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: I am a fan of this author
Shelves: mystery-horror
This is number four in the Monkeewrench series. It continues the high standards of the first three.

Our two favorite Minneapolis PD detectives, Leo and Gino and at a Winter Carnival when the bodies of two policemen are discovered, disguised as snowmen.

Meanwhile, upstate, another body has been found--a present for the new lady sheriff on her first day on the job.

Are the murders linked? As Leo and Gino visit the two crime scenes, Grace MacBride and the Monkeewrench computer gurus are searching for...more
first the niggles The publishers cannot decide what the name of the first P J Tracy book is it "Monkeewrench" or "Want to play?" They changed the name for the british edition but can't seem to remember. It changes between the and dust jacket and the hardback. If they can't get it right how do they expect us to?[return][return]Still a good clean edit apart from that and of course the line "For the fist time since the fence was built the gates to Bitteroot were wide open, and no one was checking w...more
Someone is killing cops and hiding the bodies in snowmen created for a children’s snow festival in Minneapolis. The Monkeewrench software gang are enlisted to help (although they play a relatively minor role in this novel.)

As a recovering northern Minnesota resident. I loved the descriptions of winter, the intense desire for a garage while trying to pry the car door open and chipping off several inches of ice from the windshield; the felon who puts his car in a ditch without a blizzard kit (only...more
My least favorite of the Monkeewrench books thus far, mostly because the ending felt like a cop out with no real "reveal" or solving of the case. Also, not enough development of the relationship between Grace and Magozzi. But still a fun read, and what was lacking in the Magozzi/Grace romance was almost made up for with some cute moments between Gino and his family, namely his teenage daughter, Helen. And the imagery of bodies hidden in snowmen IS pretty eerie.

I did really enjoy the section wher...more
Chadwick Saxelid
A blog review, written and published January 9, 2008.

A snowman building contest is disrupted when two murder victims are found inside a pair of sculptures. Adding urgency to the investigation of the gruesome crime is the uncovered fact that the two victims were members of the Minneapolis Police Department. When another victim is found mummified inside a snowman in a rural county north of the Twin Cities, Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth light out for the territories. What began in Minneapolis will...more
Shonna Froebel
Listened to the audiobook in the car. This is in the Monkeewrench series, although the Monkeewrench crew play a less central role in this one. Their role is important, but they don't appear that often. The reading is good, with the phone calls being done in a hollow sort of way, very different. Magozzi and Rolseth play central roles as does the new sheriff of Dundas County to the north of Minneapolis, Iris Rikker. The crimes start with the bodies of two policeman being found inside snowman at a...more
Shay Noble
I've read a couple of books by PJ Tracy over the years and really enjoyed them (this Mother and Daughter writing team remind me a lot of Harlan Coben, one of my favourite authors, in their writing style) but for some reason I never got around to reading any more. 'Snow Blind' pulled me straight in and wouldn't let me go until I'd reached the very last page; no matter how hard I tried or how much I needed to get on with other things I just couldn't stop turning the pages.
The story sent me off in...more
**3.5 stars**

Murders with moral dilemmas have become the trademark of this series. This wasn't as satisfying as the previous ones mostly because of the way it ended and because way too much of the time was spent in Iris' head, who I didn't care for at all. I also wondered how 3 different generations of women in the same family managed to pick (view spoiler) as husbands. If that happened in my family, I would think we have to take a close look at ourselves....more
Lynn Spencer
3.5 stars While I didn't like this book quite as much as the other Monkeewrench books, it was still enjoyable. The basic set-up has Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth trying to figure out who is killing people and entombing the bodies in snowmen. The Monkeewrench crew has only mild involvement in this book, which was kind of a shame because even though I really liked the police characters, I would have enjoyed seeing a little more development of the ongoing relationship between Magozzi and McBride....more
This book is the fourth in the series. A lot of character background were made known from Want to Play?, Live Bait and Dead Run.

The story's first part was quite slow. It began interestingly enough--when 2 cops was killed, posted and packed as snowmen. But after that it was just police investigation which had not much drama (IMO).

The introduction of new set of characters, particularly a brand-new female sheriff with no field experience, was annoying at first. Anyway, she was more likable in the...more
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It started off as extremely promising. Dead cops encased in snowmans??? Buuuurrrnnnnn!!! And of course I was totally looking forward to all that whacko-ness and of course I live for Gino and Magozzi. But somehow the book fell short. I had high hopes till the end that the case would resolve itself into something we never thought of considering and it would all come together neatly and with a blast, but an unsolved case is not very interesting when you're writing a book about it. Everything was go...more
Dec 30, 2007 Vivienne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of thrillers
Shelves: crime

This is the fourth book in the Monkeewrench series and the last currently in print. Again, it was a book that was hard to put down and I finished it within a day. I really love the chemistry between Gino and Magozzi and feel these books would make the basis for such a good TV series. As with Live Bait there are aspects of the plot which do not conform to the usual formula for crime thrillers. As in that novel, the Monkeewrench folk are very much supporting cast here but having become familiar wi...more
Nice easy writing style...though the story is not very believable...a fun read but forgettable
also after i finished the book i finally recollected another book by P.J.Tracy i read recently and now i see a predictable pattern in their to pick up one more to confirm the pattern does exist!!
Originally, this book actually is the one that brought this series to my attention. And I must say, the startling premise feels even more shocking within the story - I can’t imagine a corpse being hidden inside something as sweetly innocent as a snowman! The mystery unravels in a very interesting and thrilling manner, but unfortunately the book ends with some rather serious loose ends. Like in Live Bait, the authors leave readers with a moral dilemma clouding their sense of justice, complicating...more
Quick read, another who-dunit.

Entertaining. Not one I will keep, but I will probably read the next one someday, & the last one, since I skipped that one.

I happened to have this one out of sequence, but i read it anyway.

Since i read the first two, it was easy to follow the characters. The monkeewrench characters really played a minimal roll, it was more about the detectives. I hate to say it but I didn't really miss them, Grace... I like but the other characters I really didn't miss.

I pla...more
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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 first three novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT and DEAD RUN, have become national and international bestsellers.

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