The Sixth Idea

The Sixth Idea

The Monkeewrench crew returns in a twisty, heart-stopping new thriller.  The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, Chuck Spencer and Wally Luntz, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and...

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Title:The Sixth Idea
Author:P.J. Tracy
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The Sixth Idea Reviews

  • Pat

    This is Book #7 of the Monkeewrench series.

    I have read all the Monkeewrench books and as series' sometimes go, the early books start strong but eventually take a turn (downward that is). But, Book #7 has redeemed the series for me and I am strongly back on board. In this installment, random murders of older men who seem to have no connection, are occurring in Minneapolis. The police team up with the computer geeks of Monkeewrench and start delving in these victims' pasts. Past histories that som

    This is Book #7 of the Monkeewrench series.

    I have read all the Monkeewrench books and as series' sometimes go, the early books start strong but eventually take a turn (downward that is). But, Book #7 has redeemed the series for me and I am strongly back on board. In this installment, random murders of older men who seem to have no connection, are occurring in Minneapolis. The police team up with the computer geeks of Monkeewrench and start delving in these victims' pasts. Past histories that someone does not want exposed.

    A great edition. I'm glad the mother/daughter team of PJ Tracy are back writing another strong mystery.

    On a personal note, this is my tribute read to Kerry. I noticed she had read all the other Monkeewrench books and as we all know heaven is a giant library, so I recommend this to her.

  • Phrynne

    This is the English version. The American one has an alternative title

    which is actually a much better one since it refers to the content of the book. Why do books have to have different titles in different countries?

    Anyway back to the review:) I have read all of the books in this series so far and enjoyed every one of them. This is one of the best! The characters of course are all old friends by now and it is great to see them again. I was really happy this time to see Maguzzi a

    This is the English version. The American one has an alternative title

    which is actually a much better one since it refers to the content of the book. Why do books have to have different titles in different countries?

    Anyway back to the review:) I have read all of the books in this series so far and enjoyed every one of them. This is one of the best! The characters of course are all old friends by now and it is great to see them again. I was really happy this time to see Maguzzi and Grace moving their relationship forwards. In fact I think they are going to have to take a great big leap in the very near future.

    There is plenty of action, numerous dead bodies, some excellent police work, some even more excellent computer geek stuff and a very satisfactory conclusion. In fact everything we expect from this series!

    The ending gave me pause for thought since it was a little like rounding things off. Panic! Is this the last one? But I checked their page and there is another one on the way in the middle of this year. I am very glad:)

  • Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)

    The Monkeewrench Crew - 3.5 stars...

    The Sixth Idea is the seventh book in the Monkeewrench series. It features a group of eccentric computer hackers who use their skills and resources to help the police catch criminals.

    What originally endeared me to this mother-daughter author duo and the Monkeewrench series were the quirky cast of characters and their penchant for computers. They are so genuine and likeable that you can't help but fall for them and as a fellow tech enthusiast I really love how

    The Monkeewrench Crew - 3.5 stars...

    The Sixth Idea is the seventh book in the Monkeewrench series. It features a group of eccentric computer hackers who use their skills and resources to help the police catch criminals.

    What originally endeared me to this mother-daughter author duo and the Monkeewrench series were the quirky cast of characters and their penchant for computers. They are so genuine and likeable that you can't help but fall for them and as a fellow tech enthusiast I really love how the investigations focus primarily on the technical side of things.

    In this story though I felt like the characters lost some of their magic. We didn't get to see much of the colorful personalities that the crew are known for and I think that's a crucial part of this series. 

    Also, I don't think the mystery was executed as well as it could have been. I enjoy trying to guess the clues and where they're leading but I don't expect to actually figure it all out. Well in this investigation I was one step ahead the entire time. What's the fun in that? I prefer a little more challenge and complexity in the mystery and a lot more twists then what this plot presented.

    I have a soft spot though for this rag-tag crew so I know I'll keep an eye out for their next job but I hope the authors return to their excellent style of writing and characterization that we saw in the first couple of books.

    *I received this ARC from the First to Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!  

  • Paromjit

    This is a continuation of a series that I have read from the beginning. The US edition is called The Sixth Idea. We are back with police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, and the tech geek team that assists them, Monkeewrench, which comprises Grace, Harley, Annie and Roadrunner. I find it a comfort and a familiar read. I like that it is located in Minnesota, it has a strong sense of place and the weather it experiences. I am aware that elements of the characters and their situations are n

    This is a continuation of a series that I have read from the beginning. The US edition is called The Sixth Idea. We are back with police detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, and the tech geek team that assists them, Monkeewrench, which comprises Grace, Harley, Annie and Roadrunner. I find it a comfort and a familiar read. I like that it is located in Minnesota, it has a strong sense of place and the weather it experiences. I am aware that elements of the characters and their situations are not very realistic, but that does not bother me. It begins with research scientists in the 1950s discussing the possibility of a bomb which does not kill people, but decimates infrastructure. A scientist leaves a special book to his daughter with specific instructions, after which he dies as his plane explodes.

    Chuck and Lydia meet on a plane and coincidentally share a common history. Chuck and a friend he is meeting, Wally, are murdered and Lydia discovers she is also a target. There are a series of murders taking place which have connections to 8 scientists and a iron manufacturer. An assassin emerges who has been ordered to protect potential victims. With Leo and Gino struggling in their investigation, Monkeewrench come into their own, accessing secret information, deleted videos and websites. They offer a safe house to Lydia who is in desperate need after attempts on her life. Monkeewrench set off a series of incidents after hacking the site of a charity. There is a explosive finale.

    This is a quick read that brings us up to date with this circle of characters. Grace and Leo's relationship continues to develop to the point they might have a realistic chance of a future together. I enjoyed reading this story by the mother and daughter duo. It has a fast paced narrative with plenty of suspense and tension. Highly recommended novel. Thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  • Joanne Robertson

    I've read all of the Monkeewrench series written by the mother and daughter team P.J.Tracy so for me this was a great addition as I love the relationships between all the characters and have enjoyed following them as back stories in these thrillers..They can all be read as stand alone cases but I personally think you would be missing out of you didn't read them all in order. I was worried as I hadn't enjoyed the last book so much but this one is certainly back on track and was a highly enjoying

    I've read all of the Monkeewrench series written by the mother and daughter team P.J.Tracy so for me this was a great addition as I love the relationships between all the characters and have enjoyed following them as back stories in these thrillers..They can all be read as stand alone cases but I personally think you would be missing out of you didn't read them all in order. I was worried as I hadn't enjoyed the last book so much but this one is certainly back on track and was a highly enjoying read.

    This one is called Cold Kill in the UK but I think I actually prefer the U.S. title of The Sixth Idea as that is the whole idea that the plot of this novel revolves around. Although this is a work of fiction, apparently the pivotal scene of the meeting on the plane at the beginning between Chuck and Lydia is actually based on an real encounter! So I do love how they have taken this and spun a fabulous sixty year old mystery around it that definitely had my head spinning. Lydia took central stage here with but the Monkeewrench team were there to help out as always with the technology (often not legal!) and helping the police investigation.

    I just loved the ending which delivered a rather unexpected twist and I do hope that I don't have to wait too long for the next instalment as I seem to have been waiting forever for this one!

    I received a copy of this book via netgalley in return for an unbiased review.

  • Matt

    In yet another thrilling novel, P.J. Tracy impresses readers with a well-grounded novel of mystery and suspense. Homicide Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth are enjoying some much needed time off, when a call comes in that a man has been found in his home, shot in the head. After rushing to the scene and beginning their investigation, a second call comes about a man who was killed outside a local hotel. A little digging shows that these two men had been exchanging emails and were planning to meet th

    In yet another thrilling novel, P.J. Tracy impresses readers with a well-grounded novel of mystery and suspense. Homicide Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth are enjoying some much needed time off, when a call comes in that a man has been found in his home, shot in the head. After rushing to the scene and beginning their investigation, a second call comes about a man who was killed outside a local hotel. A little digging shows that these two men had been exchanging emails and were planning to meet the following day. Could the murders be related, or simply a very odd coincidence? Soon, a woman comes forward, having seen the news about the murders. Lydia Ascher reports that not only was she on a flight from L.A. to Minneapolis with one of the victims, but they share an odd connection from sixty years in the past. Magozzi and Rolseth begin exploring this and learn that one victim had a website ‘The Sixth Idea’, which has since been removed from the World Wide Web. Enter, Monkeewrench and their tech skills to help with the investigation. What they discover only adds to the confusion and opens new pathways in the case. More murders bring Magozzi and Rolseth running, but the victims are not who they might predict... which only makes things more confusing and the case further from resolution. P.J. Tracy offers up another stunning piece that will keep readers devouring the novel well into the night, begging for more Monkeewrench. Recommended to series fans and those who love a good thriller without all the hype of the big city lights.

    I continue to thoroughly enjoy my summer reading binge of P.J. Tracy’s work! The stories have not lost their momentum and Tracy is able to mix great mystery alongside wonderful characters to come up with the ideal formula for a hit. Magozzi and Rolseth dazzle throughout this series, including this seventh novel. Their banter, perhaps the thing I enjoy the most, is always sharp and on point, keeping me laughing between trying to piece together what’s going on in the larger mystery. Magozzi’s love affair with MacBride seems finally to be grounding itself, though there is still an interesting push-pull between the two. Rolseth has his own moments, though there is little new to offer up at this point, save one glaring issue. The entire Monkeewrench crew is present, using their tech-savvy skills to crack yet another case wide open. As with the other novels in the series, the narrative flows well, giving the reader a wonderful gift of great reading, which is sometimes lost in this genre. I did enjoy the six decade span of this novel and how things that started so long ago could return to being poignant, yet with its own new flair. On the topic of time passing in the novel, I found an anomaly worth mentioning. I have come to notice that Rolseth’s children never appear to age, at least based on mention of them in the narrative. ‘Ever youthful’ one might say, but the narrative clearly show a progression in time over these six novels (particularly when one character remembers having known Magozzi for a decade, when they first met on the original Monkeewrench case), while the Rolseth second generation remain five and close to sixteen. Not a major issue, but surely one that remains on my radar as I look ahead to the coming two novels. These novels move away from the traditional police procedural and permit P.J. Tracy to entertain the reader with strong storylines, perfect for a vacation or summer binge. I am eager to keep racing through these books and have only a few left. I can see the crash coming after such a great binge.

    Kudos, P.J. Tracy, for another wonderful piece. I am so happy to have found this series and hope to feel more chills throughout this summer reading binge!

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  • ♥Rachel♥

    Another great mystery with Gino, Leo and the Monkeewrench crew! A group of scientists from the past and their descendants factor into this mystery.

    Loved the ending with Leo and Grace!

    I didn't care for Peter Berkrot's narration much especially since he made Gino and Leo sound like Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny, and I couldn't tell which character was speaking half the time. Yeah, not a fan. Thankfully he doesn't narrate any of the other books.

    On to the next one!

  • Lynn

    The series offers an entertaining mix of cops and rich, eccentric computer geniuses. This entry harks back to secrets surrounding weapons development during the Cold War and the power struggle among governments that can never end.

    Written by a mother/daughter team publishing slowly (7 books in 12 years), the characters are memorable and evolve as time moves forward, so I'd recommend starting with

    and enjoy the whole series.

  • Diane S ☔

    3.5 The Monkeywrench crew, Grace, Harley, Roadrunner and Annie, interesting characters all, with back stories to match. Computer security experts, programmers and hackers, always available to work with two Minneapolis policemen, Leo Magozi and Gino Rolseth. When two men are found murders with connections to each other and in the same night, the detectives are assigned the case. Since security tapes have been erased and one of the murdered men's website has been made to disappear they turn to Mon

    3.5 The Monkeywrench crew, Grace, Harley, Roadrunner and Annie, interesting characters all, with back stories to match. Computer security experts, programmers and hackers, always available to work with two Minneapolis policemen, Leo Magozi and Gino Rolseth. When two men are found murders with connections to each other and in the same night, the detectives are assigned the case. Since security tapes have been erased and one of the murdered men's website has been made to disappear they turn to Monkeywrench.

    This is another series that I have read from the beginning. Just love these characters with all their flaws and human frailties. This case goes back to a bunch of men who worked on the bomb during the war and has extended to their extended families. But which government is doing the killing and which the protecting? Good solid story, some scary scenarios with some surprising results.

    ARC from Netgalley and G. P Putnam publishers.

  • Faith

    I didn't realize that this book was part of a series and I haven't read any of the previous books. However, this book works fine as a standalone. It begins with the prologue in which we learn that a group of scientists working on the hydrogen bomb during WWII were also working on the development of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could be used as a weapon. The daughter of one of the scientists was given a book by her father and told to memorize a passage dealing with a generator. Her father

    I didn't realize that this book was part of a series and I haven't read any of the previous books. However, this book works fine as a standalone. It begins with the prologue in which we learn that a group of scientists working on the hydrogen bomb during WWII were also working on the development of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) that could be used as a weapon. The daughter of one of the scientists was given a book by her father and told to memorize a passage dealing with a generator. Her father was then killed in a plane crash which was caused by a mysterious panel of five men in a mansion in upstate New York.

    Skipping ahead more than 60 years, people start getting killed or kidnapped in Minneapolis. Two detectives Gino and Leo are assigned to investigate the cases which appear to be linked. They are assisted by a collective of computer geniuses called Monkeewrench.

    My biggest problem with the book was that there was absolutely no compelling motive for all of this mayhem. The bad guys would've been much better off if they had just left these people alone. The bottom line is that if you are up to no good you should just do your evil deed without leading people to you with a trail of breadcrumbs. I hate it when supposedly intelligent people suddenly become stupid as a plot device for a book.

    This was a fast-paced and easy read and was a pretty good thriller, but it was spoiled by some coincidences (for example, there was no logical reason at all why all of the victims wound up in Minneapolis), plot weaknesses and a too-easy resolution of the problem. The ending actually took my rating down one star.

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.

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