I admit it, I’m a sucker for misfits – and Monkeewrench is a perfect band of misfits. There’s Grace, a ultra-private tough girl whose house is a fortress; Harley, a tattooed biker with a pretty obvious (and obviously adopted) last name; Roadrunner, a beanpole of a man whose preferred attire is spandex bodysuits; Annie, a plus-sized sexpot; and Mitchell, uptight corporate type. How these five came together is a mystery, but you know they’ve been through something big, and probably together. Now they form the software company called Monkeewrench, and they’re doing well with their game SKD (Serial Killer Detective) – until the killings start.
The first murder scene looks awfully familiar, but it isn’t until a second body shows up that they realize the reason it’s so familiar is it looks exactly like scenes from their game – scenes of victims 1 and 2, respectively. From here out it’s a race to find and stop the killer before he stages the next scene. Knowing what that looks like – i.e., how the victim dies – doesn’t help much when you don’t know where, when, or who the victim will be.
This series was written by a mother-daughter team, but you’d never know there are two authors. Transitions are seamless and the tension never lets up. The story is one you’ve probably heard before, but it’s delivered in such a way, and with so many interesting characters and quirks, that you’ll be wanting to read the next book in the series when you finish this one. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!