Review: The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy

Title: The Guilty Dead
Author: P.J. Tracy
Pages: 325
Genre: Mystery, Fiction
Source: Free ARC from Crooked Lane Books

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Note: As stated under the Source (above), I received this book for free from Crooked Lane Books via NetGalley. I pride myself on writing fair and honest reviews.

Summary: A year after the suicide of his troubled son, Gregory Norwood is found dead in his home of an apparent – but unlikely – suicide. While Detectives Gino and Magozzi investigate, the Monkeewrench team uses their latest technology to home in on suspected terrorist threats in the city. The investigation into Norwood’s death not only unravels family secrets but connects both family deaths to the tragedy the Monkeewrench team is working so hard to prevent.

Review: Having started this series at book 7, I’m now three books in and wishing I had all the time in the world to go back and start at the beginning. At this point, I really enjoy the connection between the Monkeewrench team members, watching the relationship between Magozzi and Grace deepen, and more than anything, getting to be “present” for all of Grace’s personal growth. Unfortunately, this book focused much more heavily on Detectives Magozzi and Gino, and Grace and her team felt more like supporting actors than major players. While I appreciate getting to know Magozzi better, and the story was still very well written, I definitely felt Grace’s absence, and I missed the quirky comradery of the Monkeewrench gang.

If you are already in love with this series, you’ll want to read this. If you are new to the series, I’d start with an earlier installment, so that you come into this one loving them already. 😉

9 Replies to “Review: The Guilty Dead by P.J. Tracy”

    • Certainly a series I wish I’d started earlier, not because there are any story gaps, but just because I wish I’d gotten to know them sooner. 😉

    • I think I still have six more to go…I’m trying to write at least one a day to get through them. I’m wishing us both luck!

  1. Nice review. It sounds like a good series but very character dependent. I think it would be hard to get into at this point. I’m heading back to Mexico soon where I depend on my free ARC’s to feed my reading addiction.

    • Are books difficult to access in Mexico or just books in English?

      If I had started this series on this book, I’m not sure I’d be enticed to read more of them, but starting at book 7 worked just fine for me.

      Have fun in Mexico!

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