Rating: 4 stars
Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from G.P. Putnam’s Sons via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.
Summary: While the Monkeewrench crew (including a six-months pregnant Grace) are in Iowa, helping a friend of Harley’s to find out what happened to his missing daughter, Magozzi and his partner Gino are on the hunt for a serial killer who seems to have come out of hiding. As the serial killer begins to unravel, killing with more frequency, he begins to make mistakes, leaving clues behind that bring the two detectives closer to the Monkeewrench investigation than they ever could have imagined.
Review: This is only my second book in the Monkeewrench series (though it’s #8 in the series), but it has cemented the series onto my list of must read series. So. Damn. Good. Not only are the mysteries expertly written, the character development is so good they feel like family. And though I haven’t read the first six (this will be remedied at some point!), Grace and Magozzi have both grown in the past two books, as a couple and as individuals, and I love the direction they seem to be heading. The whole misfit crew is charming and their idiosyncrasies keep things interesting.
It’s hard to put my finger on exactly what made this book so much better than the last (though it was great, this one just hit home for me). Perhaps it was the setting and Walt (who I hope will be a return character). Maybe it was that it was compelling without being frantic – I didn’t want to put it down, but it wasn’t so intense that my anxiety was triggered (yeah, that’s a thing for me). The pace was perfection. The story was engaging, reflective, crafty, and even managed to humanize the villain without negating his evil nature.
Honestly, I just can’t say a bad thing about it. And I think that pretty much says it all.