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Ice Cold Heart

(Monkeewrench #10)

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4.28  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  171 reviews
THE GRIPPING NEW THRILLER FROM MILLION COPY BESTSELLER P. J. TRACY

A violent murder. An ice-cold killer . . .

On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she's going to meet a friend.

But she never comes back.

When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi t
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 22nd 2019 by Michael Joseph
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    Paromjit
    Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is one of my favourite series, with much loved characters, set in a bitterly cold and snowy January in Minneapolis in Minnesota. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, MPD detectives are visited by a psychic, Blanco Szabo, wanting to report the future murder of a woman, but no details that could help identify the potential victim. A sexually unfulfilled beautiful married woman, Kelly Ramage, with inclinations that veer towards BDSM, leaves home for a secret sexual assignation that ends in her horrif ...more
    Thomas
    Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: police procedural fans
    4 stars for a satisfying mystery thriller. This is the second book that I have read by this author and I enjoy her books. The author bio says that the name P. J. Tracy is a pseudonym of a mother daughter team P.J. and Traci Lambrecht. P. J. passed in 2016 and Traci continues to write.
    Minneapolis police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth join Grace Mac Bride and Monkeewrench(a software company specializing in viruses/malware removal) to unravel a conspiracy.
    There are several different eleme
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    Liz
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    What the best mystery series all seem to have in common is a group of characters that you come to care about. Even though this is only the second Monkeewrench book I’ve read, this series definitely fills that bill.

    In this, the tenth book in the series, Mogozzi and Rolseth are investigating the murder of a beautiful young married woman seemingly caught up in a sex game gone wrong. But was the murder really inspired by an art exhibit that would fall under the “I know pornography when I see it” ge
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    Phrynne
    Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Another brilliant entry in the Monkeewrench series which is still amazingly good after ten books. The characters are like old friends now and I look forward to every meeting with them.

    Magozzi and Grace have their baby girl now and have taken to parenthood with ease. The Monkeewrench team are as usual except Roadrunner who breaks out of character after he meets a woman! Who would have thought:) We see a lot of the team in action in this story which is always a good thing.

    Meanwhile Magozzi and Gin
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    Maureen Carden
    The Monkeewrench Gang went from being serial murder suspects in their eponymous first novel, to working hand and hand with Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth. Actually a bit more than hand and hand as Grace MacBride has just had a baby with Leo.
    It’s been a long and devastating road indeed for the brilliant Monkeewrench Gang who went from designing educational computer games and earning a fortune, to working with law enforcement by doing forensic investigations and desi
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    Carolyn
    In this thrilling episode of this excellent series, the Monkeewrench crew are chasing major bitcoin fraud and detectives Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi are engaged in searching for a depraved serial killer who seems to have a link to an avant-garde artist and a creepy S&M sex club. Roadrunner has also found himself attracted to a women who hunts down war criminals and is helping her look for a particularly nasty general who tortured and annihilated whole villages and during the Balkan wars.
    Th
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    Matt
    Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, P.J. Tracy, and Crooked Lane for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

    In the latest instalment of the Monkeewrench series, P.J. Tracy shows an ability to lure readers in from the start and hold their attention throughout. During a severe cold snap in Minneapolis. Homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves seeking anything to spice up their work lives. When a w
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    Louise Wilson
    Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Magozzi and Grace have a baby girl and they've settled in well to parenthood. Magozzi and Gino have been called in to investigate a nasty murder. It looks like a sex game that's gone wrong. But this is not the first victim. The case directs them to a local art gallery where some disturbing work is on display. Also, the Monkeyrench tram are also investigating crypto currency theft.

    This book is well written and the plot is good. At the beginning of each chapter tells a different part of the story
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    Sean Peters
    Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thank you to Net Galley, the publishers,and the author for an ARC Copy for a review.

    My first novel by this author PJ Tracey (formerly a mother-daughter writing team which in 2016 suffered the sad loss of P.J. (mother). Traci Lambert continues to write under the original team name.

    Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth join Grace MacBride and Monkeewrench to uncover a dark and ugly conspiracy that reaches deep into the safety of homes in this latest electrifying thriller from New Yor
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    Marianne
    Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    “We’ve got an artist who might be a hacker, a war criminal who might be Kelly Ramage’s killer, possibly a secret code, and a client who’s been severely compromised by somebody really smart. And they might all be connected.”

    Ice Cold Heart is the tenth book in the best-selling Monkeewrench series by award-winning American author, P J Tracy. Thoughts of an early weekend with Grace and Elizabeth go out the door for Detective Leo Magozzi when a young wife is found murdered in a bondage situation. It’
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    Monnie
    Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Last year about this time, I discovered this very entertaining "Monkeewrench" series - and felt bad that I'd missed earlier issues. Missing out, I vowed, wouldn't happen again. Happily, I learned about this one and was delighted to once again be approved by the publisher (via NetGalley) for an advance review copy.

    And I've got to say I enjoyed this one even more. In large part, that's because it's a really good story; it's also true that I'm more familiar with the very likable characters - some
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    ♥Rachel♥
    Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: mystery
    Ice Cold Heart opens with Detectives Gino and Magozzi investigating the murder of a woman tied up to a bed with bondage elements. The murder echoes the art exhibit she attended earlier in the evening. Is this a BDSM scene that went horribly wrong or a more sinister situation? This mystery was a disturbing one!

    The Monkeewrench series grabbed my attention last year and I jumped in at book nine with no trouble, although, I didn’t appreciate all the relationships between Gino, Magozzi, and the Monk
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    Liz Barnsley
    Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I love these novels and I’m so glad they are continuing after the sad loss of one half of this amazing writing duo, mother and daughter, I can only imagine how difficult it must be- but Ice Cold Heart doesn’t miss a beat, it is an intensely involving crime drama featuring our much loved group of characters, I devoured it in short order.

    The main story itself is as compelling as ever, these cases always have a dark heart and inevitably end up being about something else than how it starts. This one
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    Bea
    Wow. "Ice Cold Heart" was intense and absorbing. I stayed up too late reading it but it was worth it. Tracy may be writing solo these days but the writing is still complex, detailed, tightly plotted, and hard-hitting.

    After a lull in homicides Magozzi and and Rolseth get a doozy of a murder. As they investigate, they discover other cases that may be related. They dig and begin to make connections. Meanwhile, Grace and the Monkeewrench crew are hired to find out who hacked a digital coin company a
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    Sue Em
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: kindle, netgalley
    Welcome back to the frozen north, Minneapolis that is, and the Monkeewrench gang in the 10th book in this excellent series. Detective Miggozzi and Grace, from the Monkeewrench team of brilliant white hat hackers, have married and have a little girl. Once again, their seemingly separate cases end up being interrelated. Cryptocurrencies, Balkan massacres, sicko art and murders feature in this bleak, but redemptive, mystery. While this works as a standalone, you definitely should go back and read t ...more
    Cam
    Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you netgalley and the author for this book.

    I really enjoyed this book!!!! I enjoyed it so much that I searched my library for more books by this author. This is a mystery crime thriller that involves 2 Minneapolis detectives in the search of a killer that has a BDSM fetish. The person they are searching for has a long history of hurting and killing women, and he will be caught and brought to justice.
    Kirsty ❤️
    Aug 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
    As we're at book 10 now these are really established characters so reading Monnkeewrench stories are like slipping into an old pair of slippers so one of the things I really enjoyed from this one was, what I hope is the start of something new and some backstories of the 3 digital specialists that aren't Grace. It was great to see a little something of Roadrunner besides the lycra with a (very) brief mention of his past and a possible love interest for him. 

    The story itself has multiple strands t
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    Michelle
    Ice Cold heart by P.J. Tracy Is another gripping instalment of the Monkeerench series.
    Kelly Ramage goes out on a cold winter night, telling her husband that she is staying at a friend’s house. The next day she has been found murdered. It’s looks like a sex game gone wrong. And they find out that this she is not the first victim. Leo Magozzi and Gino Roselth are assigned to the case, whilst investigating the case directs them to the local art gallery where an artist with a disturbing work is on d
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    Donna Hines
    Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    Could there be a bigger picture? Is there a sadistic killer on the loose? Does the cold weather illicit more deaths?
    What if it's simply too cold too kill?
    Life imitating art or death?
    Makes you wonder when a young woman turns up dead and the clues lead back to an art gallery.
    Perhaps there's an underground destructive past here but one thing is for sure the deaths must stop.
    The digital age is great for connecting dots especially in murder cases so the cold case may turn hot over there.
    Meanwhile clu
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    OutlawPoet
    Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I really loved this book!

    Our murder is extremely compelling and the tech aspect of this one is intriguing as can be.

    I especially adored our characters. They're quirky, but likable.

    More than anything, though, I loved our icy Minnesota setting. The atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for our chilling murders.

    Will happily read more in this terrific series!
    Minx
    What a tangled web Ice Cold Heart was to read and I loved every minute of it! Leo Magozzi and Grace had welcomed their baby girl into their lives and he was feeling like he was on top of the world. That was until a psychic walked into their office with visions of what she felt was to come and brought him down to a disturbing reality. From that point on Leo and his partner, Gino Rolseth, found themselves conducting an inquiry into a murder that, at first sight, seemed to be a sex game gone wrong ...more
    Sue Em
    Sep 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Welcome back to the frozen north, Minneapolis that is, and the Monkeewrench gang in the 10th book in this excellent series. Detective Miggozzi and Grace, from the Monkeewrench team of brilliant white hat hackers, have married and have a little girl. Once again, their seemingly separate cases end up being interrelated. Cryptocurrencies, Balkan massacres, sicko art and murders feature in this bleak, but redemptive, mystery. While this works as a standalone, you definitely should go back and read t ...more
    Janet Newport
    Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books for this arc.

    I've enjoyed the Monkeewrench books from the beginning even though the previous book (#9) didn't have the same "edge" that I've come to expect. But Ice Cold Heart (#10) brings it back.... that feeling of imminent and threatening menace is present from the beginning. The story moved along quickly in spite of the complex story lines running throughout. Nice and complex and very, very twisty -- kinda like curly fries. All the usual characters
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    Maranda
    Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Love this Series! Monkeewrench Geek team along with excellent detectives; again race against the twisted evil serial killers that plaque their city. Team work and their super GOD like software make for a fast paced novel performed by amazing characters. I have only read a couple in this series but plan to treat myself to the ones I missed. Tracy has a talent for fleshing out not only the good guys but also the bad guys in her suspenseful prose. "A copy of this book was provided by Crooked Lane B ...more
    Janet
    Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth join Grace MacBride and Monkeewrench to uncover a dark and ugly conspiracy that reaches deep into the safety of homes in this latest electrifying thriller from New York Times bestselling author P. J. Tracy.

    It'
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    Elaine Tomasso
    Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of Ice Cold Heart, the tenth novel to feature Minneapolis based detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth and the computer analysis crew of Monkeewrench.

    When Kelly Ramage is killed Leo and Gino are on the case but it won’t be straightforward as it looks like a sex crime and Kelly was married. Not only that, information suggests that she wasn’t the first victim.

    I thoroughly enjoyed Ice Cold Heart, the latest instalment in a
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    Gertrude
    May 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Ice Cold Heart is an extraordinary story, truly one of the best of the Monkeewrench stories. The whole story includes so many improbably elements from a War criminal from the former Yugoslavia, an artist of violence against women, a dead woman, and all these holding parts of a story running into each other and members of Monkeewrench, during what can only be called a Polar Vortex, though that may only be Michigan, not Minnesota. Maybe it’s normal there. None of those are spoilers, only things th ...more
    Judy Lesley
    Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Ice Cold Heart keeps the focus of this series firmly on Monkeewrench Software. Even the police investigation results hang on what those computer geniuses can do. This story has many sub plots that seem to be too distant from each other to ever come together; the disappearance of a woman, a murder, a cryptocurrency exchange cyber attack, war crimes committed in the Yugoslavian War of Independence, and a reclusive artist called Rado. But don't worry about connecting the dots because P. J. Tracy ha ...more
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    ARC received from Crooked Lane via Netgalley for an honest review - thank you!

    I am late to the Monkeewrench series, and have only read this and the last book, however it is a series that I know I will keep up with in the future (and will eventually get back to the first 8!).

    Murder and mystery abound in Minneapolis as the detectives take on the bitter winter to find a killer.

    This story takes on so many twists and turns, and what feels like at first could be an easy capture leads us on a road that
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    Joyce
    Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    4 and 1 / 2 stars

    Detectives Leo Magozzi and his partner Gino Rolseth are suffering through another frigid Minnesota winter. They haven't had a homicide in a month.

    This changes when they are called to the scene of a murder. The woman, Kelly Ramage, was killed in one of her friends' home. She was last seen at an art gallery, so Leo and Gino trudge over to the gallery. What they see there is disturbing and shocking. On the surface the gallery has little to do with Kelly's murder, but the images th
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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 eight novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT, DEAD RUN, SNOW BLIND, SHOOT TO THRILL, OFF THE GRID, THE SIXTH IDEA, and NOTHING STAYS BURIED have become national and international bestsellers. PJ passed away in December 2016, but Traci continues to wri ...more

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