Ice Cold Heart

Ice Cold Heart

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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Ice Cold Heart Reviews

  • Marianne

    “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’

    “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’s January in Minneapolis, and the cold hasn’t deterred the murderer, because hours later, the ageing medium who warned Gino and Magozzi about the murder is herself found slain.

    Retracing the young woman’s steps, they are soon at a gallery facing the confronting work of a reclusive artist, whose work is so reminiscent of the murder that Gino and Magozzi if it’s the work of an acolyte. And as they become aware of another murder, Gino and Magozzi wonder if they have a serial killer on their hands. Further investigations send them to a gym, a sex club and a geodesic dome that serves as home for a flamboyant bon vivant.

    Meanwhile, the Monkeewrench crew are kept busy trying to patch up the cyber security of a cryptocurrency merchant after a major breach resulted in a massive theft. When Roadrunner diverts his attention to helping his neighbour find a war criminal, they find unexpected links between their enquiries.

    Tracy’s regular characters continue to develop with parenthood and coupledom altering priorities. Romance seems to be budding for Roadrunner although, much to his irritation, Harley poses them as a gay couple at one stage. The banter among the Monkeewrench crew and also between the cops is always a delight.

    In a plot that dips into the Balkan war, BDSM, installation art and cyber theft, Tracy keeps the pages turning right up to the heart-stopping climax. And if the villains are on the radar, finding out when and how and why keeps even the most astute reader enthralled. While it can be read as a stand-alone, why deny oneself the pleasure of reading this excellent series? A very entertaining read.

    This unbiased review is from an uncorrected proof copy provided by NetGalley and Crooked Lane Books.

  • Phrynne

    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

    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 Gino are called to investigate a particularly nasty murder and slowly find that their search for the killer is somehow entwined with the Monkeewrench team's financial investigations. Then of course there is a dramatic finale with last minute rescues and lot of bullets flying around.

    I thoroughly enjoyed it all and hope for many more of these books in the future!

    Thanks Netgalley for the chance to read and review this book.

  • 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

    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.

    This makes for plenty of action on all fronts and very compelling reading right up to the dramatic conclusion. All the plots are presented seamlessly and some interesting and, in some cases dangerous, characters introduced. It's always great to revisit the fascinating Monkeewrench team of Annie, Grace, Harley and Roadrunner and now to see them extending their family with partners and a baby for Grace and Leo. I really hope we'll continue to see more of these amazing characters and their exploits in the future.

  • Paromjit

    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

    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 horrific murder. The anonymous, controversial artist, Rado, is exhibiting disturbing art pieces and video that suggest the killer is inspired by his work. After meeting a protester outside the art gallery, it becomes clear to the police that there is at least one other murder victim with a similar MO.

    The Monkeewrench team of IT geniuses Grace, Harley, Annie and Roadrunner have been commissioned by cryptocurrency Bit Monster to improve their security after it had been hacked, resulting in huge losses. Roadrunner saves a neighbour, Petra's life, on a night where the freezing temperatures come close to claiming her life. Petra is searching for a notorious Balkans war criminal, Peter Praljik, last known to be in Minnesota. In the most twisted of narratives, there are further murders as the multiple threads begin to slowly connect after Leo and Gino join forces with Monkeewrench in a dangerous investigation. There is much joy to be observed from the closely bonded Leo and Grace, and their 5 month old daughter, Elizabeth, warmly embraced by the extended family that is the entire Monkeewrench crowd.

    This is another wonderful addition to a beloved series which I have followed right from the beginning. I love the atmospheric wintry location with characters I adore and whom I have seen develop through the series, particularly Grace who has become marginally less paranoid as her relationship with Leo, and the birth of Elizabeth, with their calming and grounding influence. Roadrunner, for the first time, becomes emotionally entangled with Petra, partly because both of them have different but desperately traumatic backgrounds. This is an intense read, touching on the bleak history of the Balkans, and the unspeakable events that occurred there, and the ruthless, vicious perpetrators, some of whom ended up in the US in this novel. Fans of this series will love this, as indeed will crime fiction fans who have yet to encounter the MPD detectives and Monkeewrench. Many thanks to the publisher for an ARC.

  • 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

    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 designing computer programs strictly for L.E. to maybe doing a white hack now and then. Maybe.

    In

    Magozzi and Rolseth are called out to a murder scene on a bitterly cold, miserable day. They find a beautiful young woman dead in an obvious BDSM scene. They just aren’t sure at first if it is murder or accidental. The coroner and a similar case in LA soon make it is clear the woman is a murder victim. The sister of the victim in the similar murder in LA also provides impetus to the detectives.

    At the same time the Monkeewrench gang is investigating a 400 million robbery of a cryptocurrency exchange. Yeah, 400 million.

    There are several threads in this mystery; serial murders, the BDSM scene, kidnapping, popular art by an elusive artist celebrating the BDSM scene and the torture of women, Balkan war criminals, Balkan organized crimes, and the huge heist of cryptocurrency. Too many threads? Not at all, because it works. Beautifully. PJ Tracy knows how to weave a story and makes it all come together.

    Murder is always dark, but Tracy digs extra deep with her reminder of how women are sometimes just viewed and celebrated as denigrated commodities. She also dips her ‘pen’ into the horror of war crimes and how most of the war criminals escape their sins as outsiders soon forget.

    My usual complaint, not enough Monkeewrench Gang, although they do have a new member, Elizabeth. Not much focus anymore on the characters, but a Monkeewrench member, Roadrunner, comes out of his shell a bit.

    As usual this tenth outing of the gang in

    has been a pleasure, but also a stark reminder of the darkness just hovering over us, and some might say, getting closer with the easy celebration of the degrading of women.

    Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Matt

    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

    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 woman, reported missing by her husband, turns up dead, things take an interesting turn. The body was obviously tortured, its head wrapped in tape and some investigating proves she was killed meeting someone off a BDSM site. Magozzi and Rolseth are sure they have a twisted individual on their hands, though there is little to offer a concrete list of suspects. Meanwhile, the Monkeewrench crew have been contracted to work on a cryptocurrency scam that has siphoned millions of dollars (both actual and digital) from individuals. Baffled as to how to track down this specific criminal, the group look to unique approaches and find a few leads that end up blurring lines with the MPD murder investigation. How these two cases, as well as an ICE hunt for a former Baltic war criminal, meld together is only the beginning. While the mercury dips lower outside, the case has the ability to heat things up quite effectively. There is little hope for calm while the killer lurks somewhere and waits to strike again. A well-plotted tenth novel in the series that will have those who have followed along throughout wanting more, as well as the reader who enjoys a fast-paced police procedurals set outside the typical American locale.

    My attention was turned to this series last summer when I binged the entire collection. I was hooked from the outset and devoured many of the books along the way, learning much about the characters while being highly entertained. Tracy shows a strong ability to writer effectively, yet does not lose her reader with too many facts. One could make the argument that Leo Magozzi is a protagonist in this piece, but I felt strongly that there was a general equality to the characters and therefore, no one stole the limelight. Working a variety of cases in unique fashions, the Homicide team of the MPD and the Monkeewrench crew balanced the story out effectively. There was surely some character development, which will help series fans get more out of the story, but it was peppered throughout the narrative, rather than embedded in a single section. With short chapters, Tracy pulls the reader into the middle of the case and forces them to read ‘just a little more’ before agreeing to stop, albeit reluctantly. The plot was decent and varied nicely, bringing different cases together nicely in unexpected ways. I was pleased to see that things are going well for Tracy, whose mom-daughter team faced a tragic loss a few years ago. The quality is strong and I am happy to see things are still coming together. This is a series worth the attention of the reader who wants something light and easy to digest.

    Kudos, Madam Tracy, for another great piece. You know how to tap into the best parts of mystery/criminal writing and I am always pleased to see when you have something new to offer your fans.

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  • Sean Peters

    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

    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 York Times bestselling author P. J. Tracy.

    It's a bitter winter in Minnesota--too cold to kill. There hasn't been a murder for a month, but the lull quickly comes to an end for Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, when they're called to the gruesome homicide of Kelly Ramage. Found in a friend's vacant house, this was no random attack, and clues reveal that she was living a very dangerous secret life.

    Magozzi and Gino trace her steps back to an art gallery where she was last seen alive. The gallery seems like a dead end, but the art is disturbing and exploitative. It may very well be inspiring a sadistic killer, because in this instance, art doesn't imitate life, it imitates death.

    Tipped off about a year-old murder that is a mirror-image of Kelly's crime scene, Gino and Magozzi enlist the aid of Grace MacBride and her eccentric, tech genius partners in Monkeewrench Software to help them decipher the digital trail that might connect the cases.

    As coincidences emerge, Magozzi, Gino, and the team have to work around the clock at breakneck pace to unravel a series of clues that form the framework of a larger, more sweeping, and insidious conspiracy than any of them could have imagined. Is Kelly the last person to die or just the most recent? And is there any way to stop it?

    The first thing to mention is this being my first book by this author, so of course my first in this series, and now I know this is the tenth in the series, so in all honesty it took me a while to get into the many characters, from the police team to the monkeewrench team.

    My own fault, but that happens when you are lucky to be approved a book to read to review. Saying that I followed the story which kept at a good pace, with a strong story, very little in clues but many nasty characters. As I read more I started to understand all the characters and how they fitted in the stories and they grew on me.

    This book was a three star for me, until the last 30% of this book as the suspense built, the pace grew, and you could feel the atmosphere and urgency of the both teams, and I really enjoyed the last part and the pace.

    So a four star book from me. I enjoyed the great characters, they grew on me.

  • Thomas

    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

    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 elements in this mystery: a serial killer, a woman searching for a war criminal and an art gallery showing sculptures of torture/murder.

    There are other characters who help solve the mystery and I thought that the ending pulled all the treads together very well. This investigation takes place during a bitter cold snap, and the characters complain about the cold frequently.

    One quote: Conversation between Leo and Gino-- "I mean, where's the fuming tirade over winter in Minnesota? At this point in January, you're usually gnashing your teeth and tipping over desks. You speak for millions of Minnesotans and we count on you to give voice to our grievances."

    Gino rubbed his cheeks, trying to thaw them. "This is what acceptance looks like, Leo."

    I read this book in 3 days and recommend it to police procedural fans..

    Thank You Crooked Lane Books, P.J. Tracy and NetGalley for sending this ARC. #IceColdHeart #NetGalley

  • Louise Wilson

    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

    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 from a different point of view. The story is gripping, action packed and suspenseful. The book could be rad as a standalone.

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Penguin UK - Michael Joseph and the author P. J. Tracy for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Liz

    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

    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” genre?

    Meanwhile, the Monkeewrench gang is working to solve the hack of a cryptocurrency company that resulted in the theft of $40 million. After awhile, the coincidences and connections start piling up. If believability is important to you, this may not be the story for you.

    Tracy uses the winter in Minnesota as an additional character. It was enough to chill you, just reading the descriptions. I was glad to have read this during the hot and humid weather of August.

    My thanks to netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an advance copy of this book.

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