Saturday, December 18, 2010

Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell

2 out of 5 Robots!
Title: Take the Monkeys & Run
Series: Barbara Marr Murder Mystery, 1
Release: August 26, 2010 
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN-10: 1453721096
ISBN-13: 978-1453721094
My Copy: Author
Reviewer: Dewey

My Review:
Barbara Marr is a fairly normal middle aged woman, living in a fairly normal suburban community in Northern Virginia, but when she witnesses some not so normal activity at the house next door, she can’t help her curiosity. The peculiar, abandoned house she has nicknamed “The House of Many Bones” has always been a mystery to her so when on a late night walk around her house she sees and hears bizarre activity she dives head first into her own personal investigation for some answers.

Warnings from friends, neighbors and even the police are proving useless in stopping Barbara from her mission. And when two stereotypical mafia wise-guys show up and threaten her to keep her nose out of their business, she realizes that this whole situation is a lot more serious than she suspected and decides to continue her research more carefully. Now Barbara is way out of her league and eventually gets herself, her friends and even her family in a deadly situation with a dangerous group of people. Fortunately for her, her movie knowledge and quick wit keep her alive long enough to attempt an escape, but can she outwit the wise guys in time???

I was pulled into the story fairly quickly. I found myself completely entertained by the personality of the main character and her quick wit and sarcasm. The writing is quite humorous and finds a way to take odd events and make them realistic in the way everyday people would deal with them. Unfortunately the story took a more serious turn, well I should say attempted to, and it caught me off guard. As the mafia elements were introduced to the story I found it to not quite fit with the flow of the story. I had a hard time taking it serious and it became a bit cheesy and predictable. On the whole I enjoyed the writing and the characters, the storyline just seemed tough to get into to.

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