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Live Bait (Monkeewrench #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,041 Ratings  ·  238 Reviews
Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored - ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends - not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kil ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published April 5th 2005 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jan 26, 2016 Phrynne rated it it was amazing
The second book in this series and it was every bit as good as the first. The authors really know how to write realistic and entertaining dialogue and it is frequently laugh aloud funny. The story is good with multiple murders and quite a few murderers as well which makes guessing whodunnit very difficult indeed! The relationship between Magozzi and Grace takes a few tentative steps forwards but you need to have read book #1 to understand what is going on there. I am loving this series so far an ...more
Jan 16, 2010 Marleen rated it really liked it
Just re-read this one.
P.J. Tracy has a new huge fan in me. I couldn't wait to read this one after the wonderful "WANT TO PLAY". I thought the first few chapters were dull compared to their previous novel, but as "Live Bait" progresses and as the case unfolds dramatically, the pace quickens.

The dialogues are still top-notch. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are the starts of this book -I love them. I have to say that again all the characters in this story are authentic and human and that's why I giv
Dec 06, 2013 Katy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of mysteries, thrillers, suspense
Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of the genre and series
Trigger Warnings: Violence, murder, hate crimes

My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Monkeewrench series, following Monkeewrench (review here where formatting allowed). I first read this second book in the series soon after it came out in 2005, but didn’t review it at the time. Since I have acquired books 5 and 6 (after having read the first four), I decided to re-read the whole seri
Sep 19, 2015 Kristen rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2015
In the second installment of PJ Tracy's Monkeewrench Mystery series, Live Bait, this mystery tackled a lot of history with humor and hits a sore spot with intrigue. For Leo Magozzi and his fellow police officers, it all started with a murder of Morey Gilbert and the tortured death of Arlen Fischer. For two separate cases, they worked two grizzly crimes when they tried to find a connection. When two other seniors were killed the same way, they tried to find a bigger link. And that's when they've ...more
Tory Wagner
Jul 06, 2015 Tory Wagner rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another good outing with the Monkeywrench group. This mystery focused more on the police officers that worked with the Monkeywrench team rather than the team themselves although they made a few appearances. Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves in the middle of a killing spree of elderly people being shot. It becomes apparent that the victims have all spent time in a Nazi prison camp and the race is on to find the killer. A few good twists, but I missed the antics of the Monkey ...more
Dec 25, 2010 Keri rated it really liked it
What an awesome read! If you are fan of mystery suspense then this series may be for you. We met Leo and Gino, homicide detectives, in the first book of Monkeewrench. Now Milwaukee is in the middle of a mini heatwave (for them) in April and wonder of wonders they haven't had any murders in awhile. What is up with that? Just when Leo and Gino decide that it is safe to relax, BOOM! They get a call of a murder at a landscaping business and all bets are off as the murder incidents of geriatrics star ...more
Lynn Spencer
Jan 19, 2013 Lynn Spencer rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked this book quite a bit, though not so much as Monkeewrench. This book focuses much more on Magozzi and the police, and the Monkeewrench crew doesn't appear very often. The case they work to solve(murders of several elderly people) was intriguing and the momentum of the case carried me along through the book for most of it. Even though I didn't expect it, I found myself enjoying the ways in which the relationship dynamics between the various detectives played out. The whole squad seemed to ...more
**4.5 stars**

Awesome, awesome book. As usual with this series, I laughed a lot (the characters are so damned funny) but I also cried my ass off. There were some very moving parts in this book.

The mystery was really good but the overall theme of of the story had a deeper message: the nature of right and wrong, and how good people can do terrible things for what they think are the right reasons.

I loved the progression of the relationship between Magozzi and Grace. With her past, it's obvious that
Mary JL
Dec 18, 2009 Mary JL rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: any mystery fans
Recommended to Mary JL by: No one--am fan of the series
Shelves: mystery-horror
This is book 2 in the Monkeewrench series. You could read it first; but if you read Monkeewrench aka Want to Play first, then some parts of the book make a bit more sense. And book #2 does have a few more spoilers.

That said, the Monkeewrench books are going top speed and top notch for me. The dialogie is outstanding, as usual, and the mystery is very well done. The ending was a suprise.

It got a 4 star rating instead of a 5, because I wanted to see much more of the Monkeewrench crew; thought the
Sep 20, 2009 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
I'd actually forgotten about P.J. Tracy's first book, Monkeewrench, until I was browsing in the bookstore and came upon this sequel. While Monkeewrench focused more on computer genius Grace MacBride and her team, Live Bait features homicide detective Leo Magozzi and his co-workers. A homicide lull is broken by several deceased senior citizens who appear to be pillars of the community, or at least nice people. The detectives are at a loss so they feed information to Grace who is helping police ac ...more
LIVE BAIT (Police Procedural) – VG
P.J. Tracy – 2nd in series
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004 – Hardcover
When elderly, well-loved Morey Gilbert is murdered, Milwaukee Dets. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to investigate a sad, but basic murder. However, when other elderly people in the same neighborhood and with a common history are also murdered, it’s clear there more going on than first seemed.
***The Tracy’s have a wonderful voice with interesting characters. Grace and the gang from the first b
Nov 24, 2008 Kimmay rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I liked it, but i started to lose interest about 3/4's of the way through, i then sort of struggled to finish it. Not sure why, it was an okay plot and storyline, i like most of the main characters. although sometimes the "cutesyness" gets to be a bit thick in places and seems stale. i just felt like parts of it could have been shortened up a bit, and I would have liked to see a bit more of Grace in this book with Magozzi, the ending was a nice touch. It gave me some hope for Grace to have some ...more
Feb 20, 2016 Ginger rated it really liked it
Last winter, I read most of the Daniel Silva books; this winter, it will be the PJ Tracy books. The second Monkeewrench book was also a fun creative mystery - I hope the rest of the series is the same.
Sep 28, 2014 Carol rated it really liked it
Great series. Monkeewrench will always be my favorite because it was the first in the series
and introduced the gang but this followup was a super read.
Jan 01, 2015 JBradford rated it it was amazing
I was upset with myself yesterday because I awarded four stars to a novel … Now I’m giving one a five-star rating! I guess breaking a rule is a little like getting olives out of the jar or kisses from a pretty girl: once you get the first one, the others usually come more easily. The thing is, I really enjoy a good mystery, and “good” here generally means a very complicated plot that moves very rapidly, holding me spellbound — and this is probably the most complex plot that I have ever read, it ...more
Charis Faith
Feb 25, 2015 Charis Faith rated it really liked it
I'm onto you, P.J. Tracy. I am. The killer is always basically the seemingly most harmless character(s) in the story. And there's a chance that there's more than one. Hohoho.

However, this knowledge did not do anything to stop me from reading this page turner of a book (even though I was reading on a tablet, sue me), because the revelations just keep on getting better and better. (Also, I was very much looking forward to each of the next MacGozzi scenes I mean UGH THAT ENDING).

I think I've found
Jan 14, 2012 T rated it liked it
Someone is killing Nazi camp survivors in the community and Magozzi and Gino need to figure it out quickly. The Monkeewrench crew are just about ready to hit the road in their new custom coach, using their software to help close out cases for free. Can Grace and the Monkeewrench software help speed identification of the killer?
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
I bought this book because I really enjoyed reading Want to Play? (Monkeewrench in the US) by the mother-daughter writing team known as P.J. Tracy but I just didn't manage to get into this one. Nothing much happened in the first 100 pages and then I just lost interest.
Michele Harrod
Mar 14, 2009 Michele Harrod rated it it was amazing
Loved this novel, one of those books that make you question your own morals - asks "What would you do" then pretty much throws you on your ear and makes you think again. A mother and daughter writing team, this pair are great!
Apr 02, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The Monkeewrench series is awesome. The narrative is quirky as are the characters and each story is an interesting commentary on American culture. I can't wait for the next one to come out.
Thomas Devine
Nov 26, 2014 Thomas Devine rated it liked it
With no pre-knowledge I kind of felt this read like a sequel right from the start. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I'd read "Want to Play" first.

I assumed, sexist that I am, that P J Tracy was a man since Live Bait is a suspense/thriller but, when I finished reading, I found on the back cover a reference to "her second novel".

It has a slow build and past halfway before I really became intrigued.

A good conclusion, and unexpected last minute action.

I was keen to see Grace and Magozzi commit
Apr 02, 2014 Monty rated it liked it
I am beginning to enjoy the Monkeywrench series because I can see beyond the lighthearted bantering of the characters--besides humor there is compassion, sense of justice, complex crimes to solve, serious interaction amongst characters, underlying personal development, and more. The murders in this book have to do with holocaust survivors. I figured out the underlying motives, which didn't take away from how the detectives solved the murders. I will likely read the next in the series but not rig ...more
Jan 19, 2016 Olivermagnus rated it it was amazing
Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are dealing with cold cases because there hasn't been a murder in the Twin Cities in several months, when the murder drought suddenly ends. Lily Gilbert finds her husband Morey, the 85-year-old owner of a plant nursery, dead and lying face up in the rain near his greenhouse. Not only that, another pair of homicide detectives, Aaron Langer and Johnny MacLaren, are investigating the murder of 89-year-old Arlen Fischer whose body is later ...more
Mar 22, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Number 2 in the Monkeewrench series - although I have to say that the Monkeewrench crew don't show up too much in this book - it's more focused on the police side of the story with the two main cops that we were introduced to in Book 1, Leo Magozzi and partner Gino Rolseth, monopolising the storyline. That's not a bad thing at all though and just as with Monkeewrench #1 ('Want To Play') I was hooked from page 1. If #3 is as good (and I hope it is!!) then I'll be adding another author onto my "Fa ...more
May 31, 2014 Evelina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
I have to say that I really liked this book, possibly even more than I liked the first one in the series. I feel that by the time we get to this second book we know the characters, we know who they are, we know their backstories etc. which means that the focus can lie on the actual plot and Magozzi and Gino’s case.

The plot is great as well. I found the case interesting right from the start, but then it takes some twists and turns I really wasn’t expecting, and that drew me in even more.

The Monke
Apr 06, 2010 Audrey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: minnesota
Magozzi hefted a suspicious-looking dark orange brick of cheese. "Twelve-year cheddar? Is that legal?"

Gino grinned. "That stuff'll make you weep with joy, I promise. Got it at a great little cheese house in Door County. Somebody forgot about a wheel in the cellar and found it twelve years later, covered in about a foot of mold. Nirvana, my friend. Pure nirvana. It's amazing what a cow and some bacteria can do."

Magozzi sniffed it and cringed. "Oh yeah. Every time I see a cow, I think, Hey, wouldn
Kara Jorges
Aug 09, 2011 Kara Jorges rated it liked it
The story here takes place during an April heat wave in Minneapolis; annoying since I read it during the coldest May in years. We are plunged immediately back into the lives of the Monkeewrench characters: Monkeewrench—Grace, Roadrunner, Harley, and Annie; the cops—Magozzi and Rolseth and too many others to keep straight. The book also assumes we remember these people from the first installment because there isn’t much back story on anyone, which gets really confusing with the litany of cops. Ad ...more
Sep 21, 2011 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, audio-books
It is not too often that I finish book one in a series and immediately start book two. I did here...

Premise of the book: Seven months have passed between the horrific murders based off a computer game by the company Monkeewrench and Minneapolis homicide has been in a lull up until now. Old people in Uptown are being shot to death, the body count is up to four and they all seem to revolve around one man, now dead. Suspect number one is the man's son, who also appears to be the next target and he
Mar 26, 2011 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The ladies are back and ready to hit you over the head with another Monkeewrench. The two ladies that have combined forces to write this series are truly a force to be reckoned with. A solid five stars on the second book in a series is something that is truly not as common as houseflies on a warm sunny window in the chill of fall. And do not think that for one minute that you are done with this until you are truly done. If you turn your back on this one thinking all has been solved before you re ...more
Anna Janelle
Jul 26, 2012 Anna Janelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received P.J. Tracy's second installment in the Monkeewrench series as part of the Good Reads First Reads program; thanks to the author and G.P. Putnam's Sons for the opportunity to both read and review this novel.

Minneapolis Dectectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are brought in to investigate a string of violent murders with octogenarian victims. Morey Gilbert, the first of these victims, has a seemingly spotless record with no loss of persons willing to speak to his good reputation. He, li
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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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