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Shoot to Thrill (Monkeewrench #5)

3.91  ·  Rating Details ·  3,428 Ratings  ·  365 Reviews
It’s eighty-five degrees in the shade when Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth pull into the MPD parking garage. They’re driving a tricked-out Caddy, repossessed from a low-level drug dealer. It’s not a Beemer or a Mercedes, but it’s got GPS, air-conditioning, and power seats with more positions than the Kama Sutra.

Things are heating up inside the stationho
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Published April 29th 2010 by Brilliance Audio (first published January 1st 2010)
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Jul 08, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this series with its clever mix of ultra smart computer geeks on one side and the activities of a team of homicide detectives on the other. This one adds a dash of FBI plus numerous unusual murders and the fun begins!
As with most series the books are best read in order to get the full benefit of the character development. By now we are very comfortable with the ongoing attempts at a relationship between Grace and Leo and the rather odd behaviours of the Monkeewrench team. Th
May 09, 2016 Tez rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 03, 2011 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of genres, series
Please note: Read in Dec. 2012

Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the genre, fans of the series
Trigger Warnings: Violence, hate crimes (including but not limited to against LGBT people)

My Thoughts: This is book five in the series, after Snow Blind (review here where formatting allowed—please note it does include spoilers, but they have mostly been hidden under spoiler tags), and the first of the books I have not read previously.

Maybe it’s foo
Don't get me wrong. I loved this book. Not only is it another P.J. Tracy book, but this one features the Monkeewrench crew more heavily in this book than the previous book (Snow Blind). It's just that this book had one or two things I'm just not entirely sure about.

This volume of the Monkeewrench series focuses on killers who are videotaping their murderous exploits. The FBI is at a loss as they appeal to various internet geniuses (including the Monkeewrench crew) for assistance. The Minneapoli
Jun 05, 2015 Tracey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a bit mixed about this one and may come back and change my rating. I liked that the Monkeewrench crew featured more but I just don't think the story was well developed and the suspense was just not there. I am wondering if too many characters have been introduced. I will read the last one as the end is in sight but unless this last one is fantastic I think the series has deteriorated.
This review applies to the audio version.

#5 "Monkeewrench" mystery set in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, and featuring MPD homicide detectives Rolseth and Magozzi and the Monkeewrench computer team. Monkeewrench--a very computer saavy bunch who operate somewhat outside the law for the greater good--has been asked by the FBI to assist in tracking down a killer or killers who are posting video of their kills on the web. Their own crack squad can't find anything, so they aren't above seeking outsi
Jun 21, 2010 Lighthearted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller
Monkeewrench is back, baby! Monkeewrench is a haunted, eccentric, close-knit team of computer geniuses who’ve turned their skills from creating computer games to developing anticrime software. Harley Davidson, Roadrunner, Annie and Grace must a) crack the code killers are using to communicate online b) create software which will separate staged murders from the real thing and c) trace the online snuff films to the killers. Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are along fo ...more
Laura Salas
Apr 11, 2011 Laura Salas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult, mystery
This was really bad. I've loved the other Monkeewrench novels, but this one was pretty useless. They find one killer, who you kind of feel sorry for. And that's the one whose story you know. Then there's the psycho teacher, who they have no explanation for the two waitresses he terrorized. Then there's the rest of the online killing gang who Monkeewrench tracks down from "an anonymous tip" and gives to the FBI. No explanation. Just people do crap kind of stuff.

And then the ending is very ambiguo
Greet Van bergen
Aug 19, 2016 Greet Van bergen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spannend. Wel veel computertaal. Maar geen extra kennis nodig om te kunnen volgen....Gelukkig !
Very ambitious, so a little confusing, but all in all a good, fun read.
Dana Stabenow
Jan 02, 2017 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The fifth in the Monkeewrench crime series and the best so far. Killers are posting video of murders online. The killers are so good at concealing their online IDs that the FBI convenes a group of the worst known hackers to ask for their help. Monkeewrench, aka Grace MacBride, Annie Belinsky, Harley Davidson and Roadrunner and computer nerds extraordinaire, steps up to help Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth and FBI agent John Smith unravel a plot that feels far too reali ...more
Lynne Perednia
Apr 18, 2010 Lynne Perednia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wait for a new Monkeewrench novel is over. At last. And it was worth it.

The FBI has asked the brilliant Monkeewrench gang for help with a new twist in cyber crime. Film of murders -- real murders in progress -- are being posted on the Internet. There is bragging in
advance. Even finding the bodies and tying the crimes together is a challenge.

With evil this audacious, the Monkeewrenchers can't resist the challenge. Even if it means allowing an FBI liasion into their HQ. Special Agent John Sm
Jun 12, 2010 S.D. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Another in the great Monkeewrench Series. This time murders are being telecast over the Internet throughout the U.S. The FBI enlists the aid of hackers in order to track down who is doing the killing. They also are looking for a software program that can distinguish between staged deaths and the real thing. Enter Grace and her band of computer geeks. Meanwhile the hilarious team of Margozzi and Rolseth have their hands full with a bride found floating in the river. They soon discover the bride i ...more
May 23, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Shelf Awareness for the ARC of this title. It's been awhile since mother/daughter writing team PJ Tracy came out with a new entry in their popular Monkeewrench series. The latest, Shoot to Thrill, should provide plenty of enjoyment for new and established fans. Leo and Gino, the two seasoned Minneapolis detectives, are back in fine form - squabbling like an old married couple while they tackle what at first appears to be a single homicide only to find it's one in a series of sick ye ...more
Laura Barfield
I really enjoyed the first two-thirds of this book. Very interesting plot, moving at a fair pace and then suddenly we leave the main storyline for several chapters to follow a secondary story involving suspect packages. You are then returned to the main plot for what seemed a hurried wrap-up and an ambiguous last few pages. Almost seemed to me that the authors got to a certain point and then weren't sure where to go with the story so switched focus in the hope no-one would notice! Such a shame, ...more
While I liked this book, I didn't like it as much as the others. I think that is because the Monkeewrench crew weren't at the focus of the main story this time around it was the police. I do love the 2 officers Leo and Gino, but missed the craziness of the main bunch.

There was so much going on with the one, it seemed like every time they solved one crime there was another one popping up and they weren't really related other than through Monkeewrench.

I liked the FBI guy John, he very much change
Mindy Sorensen
Mar 24, 2010 Mindy Sorensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so freakin cool! I loved how the author was really up to date with everything, and I really thought that it was all really clever. It was really cool how they found videos on Youtube and other sites that are used today, it made it really suspenseful! It made the book really exciting! I had no idea who the murderer was and it made me want to keep reading! I wasn't bored once in this book! This is one I am going to read over and over again, and I am gonna tell all my friends to get ...more
Jul 03, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Monkeewrench crew shows what they are made of in the one. They do what they are good at and I found it fun to read. I really enjoy the different personalities of all the characters. My rating was a solid 4 stars up until the end. The ending bumped it up to 5. I figured out who the "bad" guy was before the end, but the why was still up in the air. The action at the end was intense (at least for me) and I had a hard time putting it down. It moved quickly and smoothly. The relationship between ...more
Barb in Maryland
At long last, a new crime novel featuring those intrepid computer wizards of Monkeewrench. This time the FBI is asking for their help in trying to trace real murders that are being posted on the internet. The local cops get involved when the next murder takes place in their fair city of Minneapolis.
The mother-daughter team that is P.J. Tracy is in fine form in this one, with lots of gritty crime, good dialogue and a very clever mystery (or three). And watch out for the ending!
Georgiann Hennelly
A group of computer wizards called Monkey Wrench is asked to help along with the police to colloborate with the FBI in tracking down computer criminals who seem to be photographing real murders and than putting them on the web. More terrerfyiing they advertise ahead of time by posting the name of the victim and somne cryptic info about where the murder will take place. There is also another computer hoax by teenagers going on as well. A very interesting read.
May 15, 2013 Slithy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read with some snappy lines. Great characters although some are a tad over the top. Some quibbles: it wasn't a total surprise who the character is setting the plot in motion; plus, the part where there's a post online about one of the murders days before it actually takes place does he know what the victim is going to be wearing? But, all in all, big fun; I enjoyed it.
Apr 01, 2011 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It feels like aeons since the last Monkeewrench novel so it was wonderful to revisit old 'friends'. This novel sees the Minneapolis detectives and the Monkeewrench hackers teaming up with the FBI to investigate a series of murders that are then posted on the web. Gripping and entertaining with a what the.... surprise ending.
Dec 18, 2014 Eadie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
This was a very enjoyable read with interesting characters. The story was fast-paced with a twist at the end I did not see coming. I highly recommend this series as it is very entertaining. Look forward to the next book in the series.
Aug 27, 2010 Karan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved ALL the Monkeywrench mystery books. This one was really good. Looking for geeky super sluths. . . this is the one for you!
Oct 12, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another thrilling, well-written installment in the Monkeewrench series. I hope Agent Smith makes an appearance in the next one!
Geoff Battle
Jul 13, 2017 Geoff Battle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shoot to Thrill is the fifth MonkeeRench novel and can be read as a standalone story and although there are recurring characters in each of the books, Shoot to Thrill offers very little new content in the dynamics of the group.

The story is an enjoyable chase after an internet-savvy psychopath who posts his kills on-line. The authors evidence an ability to juggle hard crime with interesting and entertaining detectives with some cracking dialogue. There's not as much content as the previous entrie
Jun 27, 2017 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still loving this series. I hope FBI agent John Smith continues to be a character that pops in and out of this series because I like him a lot. I was pretty shocked by the ending re: Grace and wonder what it means for her and Magozzi. The mystery was compelling, and it took the person behind it all looking at a picture for me to realize he was the one who organized it all. That was only like 25 pages from the end. I had been worried that it would be a random person that I wouldn't care about but ...more
May 26, 2017 Eleanor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was nice to join the Monkeywrench crew again for another book. Although I spent the whole time wondering if I had already read it, still cannot decide. Oh well it was a good book with some page turning sections where I did not want to put the book down.
Jul 04, 2017 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A crazy cast of characters and inventive plot make this book hard to put down. There was a portion of the plot that I did not care for - it seemed like they needed extra words. Would have been much better without it.
Dec 13, 2016 Bill_earl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great series. I recommend it to all readers of light mystery and adventure fiction.
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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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Monkeewrench (8 books)
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