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The Sixth Idea (Monkeewrench #7) by P.J. Tracy

Thursday, August 25, 2016
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 Gino Rolseth.
An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement. When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too. The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.
This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers—and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable. What they find is an unimaginable horror—a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.

Goodreads Summary

Although I haven't read the prior six books, I didn't really need to.  The author filled me in on the general goings-on early in the novel and let the characters take care of the rest. A strange and unique murder takes place involving two friends, an unfamiliar woman, and a man with Alzheimer's. The detectives are completely confused. Unsurprisingly, the turn to Monkeewrench, a group of geniuses who help the cops on various mysteries.  They excel at what they do and reminded me a little of the T.V. show Scorpion

I did not guess the ending which is the best part of a mystery book!  I liked the characters and grew really attached to Grace. I love the idea of geniuses stepping  in to help cops when it is needed. It's such an intriguing premise and I wish it (and sort of think it does) happened in the real world. The plot was extremely fast-paced. There were only a few circumstances I saw coming; otherwise, I was completely surprised. I admit to reading ahead before going to bed, at times.  This book is highly recommended to adult mystery readers.

5 Stars

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