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Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored - ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends - not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kil Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored - ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends - not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kill Morey Gilbert, a man without an enemy, a man who might as well have been a saint? His tiny, cranky little wife, Lily, is no help, and may even be a suspect; his estranged son, Jack, an infamous ambulance-chasing lawyer, has his own enemies; and his son-in-law, former cop Marty Pullman, is so depressed over his wife's death a year ago that he's ready to kill himself, but not Morey. The number of victims - all elderly - grows, and the city is fearful once again." The detectives' investigation threatens to uncover a series of horrendous secrets, some buried within the heart of the police department itself, blurring the lines between heroes and villains. Grace MacBride's cold-case-solving software may find the missing link - but at a terrible price.


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Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored - ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends - not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kil Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored - ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends - not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kill Morey Gilbert, a man without an enemy, a man who might as well have been a saint? His tiny, cranky little wife, Lily, is no help, and may even be a suspect; his estranged son, Jack, an infamous ambulance-chasing lawyer, has his own enemies; and his son-in-law, former cop Marty Pullman, is so depressed over his wife's death a year ago that he's ready to kill himself, but not Morey. The number of victims - all elderly - grows, and the city is fearful once again." The detectives' investigation threatens to uncover a series of horrendous secrets, some buried within the heart of the police department itself, blurring the lines between heroes and villains. Grace MacBride's cold-case-solving software may find the missing link - but at a terrible price.

30 review for Live Bait

  1. 5 out of 5

    James Thane

    Minnesota certainly seems to be a very dangerous place to live, and the bodies seem to fall right and left in the North Star State. Happily, though, there seem to be a lot of homicide detectives up there to continually put things right, including of course, Lucas Davenport, Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, that F***ing Virgil Flowers, Cork O'Connor, and Leo Magozzi and Gino Roiseth, among others. The last team inhabits the world of the Monkeewrench series, written by the mother-daughter team, P Minnesota certainly seems to be a very dangerous place to live, and the bodies seem to fall right and left in the North Star State. Happily, though, there seem to be a lot of homicide detectives up there to continually put things right, including of course, Lucas Davenport, Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere, that F***ing Virgil Flowers, Cork O'Connor, and Leo Magozzi and Gino Roiseth, among others. The last team inhabits the world of the Monkeewrench series, written by the mother-daughter team, P. J. Tracy. And for Magozzi and Roiseth, if for no one else, things have been a bit slow lately. After their last big case, the Twin Cities seem to have calmed considerably and murder has been taking a holiday. "Homicide is dead," one of the detectives complains. Which, naturally, falls into the category of Be Careful What You Wish For. The hiatus is interrupted when Magozzi and Roiseth are called to the scene of a very puzzling murder. An elderly man named Morey Gilbert is found shot to death in the back yard of the plant nursery that he has run for years. It's raining and so his wife, a small elderly woman, thoughtfully moves the body inside and wrestles it up on a table. She shaves the victim and dresses him up so he'll look his best and only then does she call the cops. In the process, of course, she has (conveniently?) destroyed almost all of the evidence that the detectives might have hoped to find at the scene. Naturally, they wonder why she might have done this. They're also curious about the behavior of the couple's son, Jack. Jack is one of those obnoxious personal injury lawyers who advertises on late-night TV. He drinks heavily and has been estranged from his parents for over two years for reasons that no one will discuss. But, just as the detectives begin to narrow in on the victim's family members, another elderly person who lives just down the street is also murdered. And then another... Well, you get the picture. Someone is running around this neighborhood, killing elderly citizens and neither Magozzi or Roiseth nor any of their fellow detectives can figure out who or why. All of the victims were much beloved. None of them had any enemies, and there isn't a clue to be found. In the meantime, over the last few months, Magozzi has been pursuing the world's slowest-moving romance with the troubled computer genius, Grace MacBride, of the Monkeewrench outfit that figured so prominently in the first book in the series. When all other avenues have reached a dead end, Magozzi asks Grace if she will apply her computer skills to the problem, knowing that she will doubtless be prowling through databases where she and the police have no legal right to be. And what she discovers will turn this case upside down. This is another very entertaining entry in this series. It has it's light and breezy moments and a fair amount of humor. The characters are appealing and the plot is engaging. All in all, a fun read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    I read Monkeewrench #1 about a month ago. I enjoyed this, Live Bait, #2 just as much. The four Monkeewrench partners play minor roles in this book, with Grace getting more time than the others. The book mostly features the main detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth along with secondary detectives McLaren and Langer. There are, of course, homicides to solve involving elderly folks. The investigations were slow and almost used just as a backdrop for developing the characters. Almost every charact I read Monkeewrench #1 about a month ago. I enjoyed this, Live Bait, #2 just as much. The four Monkeewrench partners play minor roles in this book, with Grace getting more time than the others. The book mostly features the main detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth along with secondary detectives McLaren and Langer. There are, of course, homicides to solve involving elderly folks. The investigations were slow and almost used just as a backdrop for developing the characters. Almost every character was richly developed. One character my heart ached for was Marty Pullman. Lots of dialogue included cop humor, sarcasm, and ribbing and that added to my enjoyment. I'm looking forward to reading #3, Dead Run, soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Returning to the second novel in the Monkeewrench series, I am eager to see what P.J. Tracy has in store for readers after an explosive debut. With the Monkeewrench killings complete, Minneapolis Homicide Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are in a lull. There have been no murders over the past months, leaving them happy to be able to relax and enjoy the weather. However, when a call comes in that an elderly man has been found outside his greenhouse, shot in the head, Magozzi and Rolseth ma Returning to the second novel in the Monkeewrench series, I am eager to see what P.J. Tracy has in store for readers after an explosive debut. With the Monkeewrench killings complete, Minneapolis Homicide Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are in a lull. There have been no murders over the past months, leaving them happy to be able to relax and enjoy the weather. However, when a call comes in that an elderly man has been found outside his greenhouse, shot in the head, Magozzi and Rolseth make their way to the scene. Unnerved because the man’s wife has moved and cleaned the body, the detectives are sure they’ll have to try even harder to piece things together. However, Morey Gilbert seems to have been a model citizen; loved by many and respected by all. Who would want to kill such a wonderful man? At the same time, another elderly man is found tied to the train tracks with barbed wire, shot as well. Things have surely grown intense for Magozzi and Rolseth in short order, forcing them to sharpen their skills once again. When other elderly citizens turn up with similar gunshot wounds, the detectives are both baffled and worried about a spree killer. It would seem that Gilbert knew the other victims, tied together by the community of residence and a similar history. When Gilbert’s estranged son—an ambulance chasing, alcoholic lawyer—and son-in-law—a former Minneapolis cop—turn up, things get a little more interesting, though nothing could stop the news that some of the forensics has peeked the interest of INTERPOL. Magozzi cannot determine how to track down the killer or what motive might include this set of victims. Grace McBride, one of the founders of Monkeewrench Gaming has been working on a new forensic program that can synthesize minute facts in the blink of an eye. While she and Magozzi play their cat and mouse game of love, the system may have a lead that no one thought to explore beforehand, pulling McBride into the middle of the case as well. There’s still a killer on the loose and international police forces knocking on the door of Minneapolis Homicide, forcing Magozzi and Rolseth to double down. P.J. Tracy has crafted another stellar novel here and shows that the debut was no fluke. Recommended for those who loved the first novel and readers who enjoy a ‘smaller town’ police procedural. New to P.J. Tracy’s work, I devoured Monkeewrench and am happy that I have made this series my summer binge. I am hooked by the story and characters, hoping they will continue to evolve. Magozzi and Rolseth return as superior protagonists, working well in a professional capacity while remaining intuitive throughout this baffling case. Their banter is great, sometimes buried in story dialogue, forcing the reader to follow closely so as not to miss anything. This keeps the story moving well and helps flesh out the backstories for all characters, particularly these two detectives. Other characters help develop a stronger narrative and add depth in a fast-paced story. The story moves well, constructed around both criminal and historical matters that should hook the reader from the early stages. The narrative propelled the story forward and the well-crafted characters keep the reader committed from the early chapters. P.J. Tracy, the amalgamation of a mother-daughter writing team, is a great addition to the genre and I am eager to keep racing through these books to see what other mysteries come up in the numerous cases that follow Kudos, P.J. Tracy, for a second novel worthy of more literary awards. I am happy I have secured the entire series to date and can binge the summer—or at least a few weeks—away! Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    The second book in this series and it was every bit as good as the first. The authors really know how to write realistic and entertaining dialogue and it is frequently laugh aloud funny. The story is good with multiple murders and quite a few murderers as well which makes guessing whodunnit very difficult indeed! The relationship between Magozzi and Grace takes a few tentative steps forwards but you need to have read book #1 to understand what is going on there. I am loving this series so far an The second book in this series and it was every bit as good as the first. The authors really know how to write realistic and entertaining dialogue and it is frequently laugh aloud funny. The story is good with multiple murders and quite a few murderers as well which makes guessing whodunnit very difficult indeed! The relationship between Magozzi and Grace takes a few tentative steps forwards but you need to have read book #1 to understand what is going on there. I am loving this series so far and am looking forward to the next one.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    “We all walk around with holes in our hearts. But we still walk around.” “Live Bait” is the second book in the Monkeewrench series. I don’t know if it is a better book than the first one, but I read it quicker and was more into the story. I am not sure what that means. This novel has as its protagonists two detectives who were secondary characters in the first book in the series, and I think that change of focus is part of the reason that I was more caught up in it. Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth “We all walk around with holes in our hearts. But we still walk around.” “Live Bait” is the second book in the Monkeewrench series. I don’t know if it is a better book than the first one, but I read it quicker and was more into the story. I am not sure what that means. This novel has as its protagonists two detectives who were secondary characters in the first book in the series, and I think that change of focus is part of the reason that I was more caught up in it. Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth are fun characters, who play well off each other. The premise is clever and even though I figured out mostly what was happening by page 218 of a 340-page book, the premise was craftily enough presented that I enjoyed continuing to read seeing how what I had figured out was brought together. One would suspect that in a mystery/thriller figuring out the conclusion would ruin it, but in this case it didn’t. As one character says, “They’re connected, all right. I just can’t imagine how.” One thing I really enjoyed about this book and its predecessor is that there are moments of emotion (unexpectedly well rendered) in each text. In addition, occasionally a line/moment that makes you stop for a bit. Lines like, “…thinking briefly of all the history that makes up a man, that you never knew everything about anybody, and that there were monsters everywhere” make you take pause. “Live Bait” is a quick and engaging read. Perfect for the deck on a summer day.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Liked this installment, but not quite as much as the first. It seemed like it took a long time for before we started getting answers. Just a lot of around and around. I really enjoyed the humor, and Leo and Gino's easy working relationship. And I'm glad Leo and Grace (view spoiler)[finally seemed to take the plunge at the end! I don't want Leo's heart broken! (hide spoiler)] Liked this installment, but not quite as much as the first. It seemed like it took a long time for before we started getting answers. Just a lot of around and around. I really enjoyed the humor, and Leo and Gino's easy working relationship. And I'm glad Leo and Grace (view spoiler)[finally seemed to take the plunge at the end! I don't want Leo's heart broken! (hide spoiler)]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Marty Fried

    I'm really enjoying this series, and look forward to reading more. This one had a good mixture of humor, sadness, and philosophy. I felt there were some things to really make us think or rethink our attitudes about revenge, whether someone deserves to die, etc. I can't say much about it without a spoiler, but it really shows how killing someone, even if that person seems to deserve it, can have repercussions that destroy people and families over many years and across many miles. It's sad to see. I'm really enjoying this series, and look forward to reading more. This one had a good mixture of humor, sadness, and philosophy. I felt there were some things to really make us think or rethink our attitudes about revenge, whether someone deserves to die, etc. I can't say much about it without a spoiler, but it really shows how killing someone, even if that person seems to deserve it, can have repercussions that destroy people and families over many years and across many miles. It's sad to see. The people are all very interesting and multi-faceted. I almost feel like some of them are family already, and I find myself caring about what they do and how things turn out. Fortunately, there's more to come, but I already feel I need to slow down so I won't run out of books in the series too soon.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Toria

    It was a decent detective novel but didn't really have anything that drove me into the story, I didn't get attached to the people in it and the crime wasn't that exciting to follow but it was written with a decent skill. While I'm not rushing to read another book from P.J Tracy I might read some in another time. It was a decent detective novel but didn't really have anything that drove me into the story, I didn't get attached to the people in it and the crime wasn't that exciting to follow but it was written with a decent skill. While I'm not rushing to read another book from P.J Tracy I might read some in another time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Minneapolis has been going through a murder-free period but all that changes when someone starts killing elderly victims. Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth are puzzled about why well-loved, elderly members of the community are being murdered. Making little headway in solving the crimes, they call in Grace from the Monkeewrench software team to use her programming skills to help look for patterns and what they find is very surprising. I felt the novel was a little slow to get going but once it did t Minneapolis has been going through a murder-free period but all that changes when someone starts killing elderly victims. Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth are puzzled about why well-loved, elderly members of the community are being murdered. Making little headway in solving the crimes, they call in Grace from the Monkeewrench software team to use her programming skills to help look for patterns and what they find is very surprising. I felt the novel was a little slow to get going but once it did the pace and action ramped up. I was also a little disappointed that the Monkeewrench team were not back in action in this novel as I love those quirky, colourful characters, but they do come together at the end of the book and I have a suspicion they may feature more in the next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Adamek

    I really enjoyed myself reading this. It was just afterwards, thinking about what I read and realizing all the improbabilities and impossibilities of the story, that I decide to rate this book with 3.5 stars. Still-- the pleasure I felt while reading hasn't disappeared. I really enjoyed myself reading this. It was just afterwards, thinking about what I read and realizing all the improbabilities and impossibilities of the story, that I decide to rate this book with 3.5 stars. Still-- the pleasure I felt while reading hasn't disappeared.

  11. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    3.5 stars rounded up

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mary JL

    This is book 2 in the Monkeewrench series. You could read it first; but if you read Monkeewrench aka Want to Play first, then some parts of the book make a bit more sense. And book #2 does have a few more spoilers. That said, the Monkeewrench books are going top speed and top notch for me. The dialogie is outstanding, as usual, and the mystery is very well done. The ending was a suprise. It got a 4 star rating instead of a 5, because I wanted to see much more of the Monkeewrench crew; thought the This is book 2 in the Monkeewrench series. You could read it first; but if you read Monkeewrench aka Want to Play first, then some parts of the book make a bit more sense. And book #2 does have a few more spoilers. That said, the Monkeewrench books are going top speed and top notch for me. The dialogie is outstanding, as usual, and the mystery is very well done. The ending was a suprise. It got a 4 star rating instead of a 5, because I wanted to see much more of the Monkeewrench crew; thought the parts with Leo and Gino were great! The moral dilemma presented was gripping--won't spoil it--just read it! The first half of chapeter 24, where one of the detective's relives his wife's murder--she is murdered before his eyes--is one of the most gripping, well written scenes I have read in years! Favorite quote "You know the worst thing about bad people, Grace? It's what they make good people do." (Ch. 32). Very highly recommended.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Baba

    Monkeewrench, #2): An elderly man is seemingly executed in public with a bullet to the head! The city feels under siege when it turns out he was just the first victim found! Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, are on the case; what is the connection? PJ Tracy's penned an interesting and at times compelling mystery thriller. 6 out of 12. Monkeewrench, #2): An elderly man is seemingly executed in public with a bullet to the head! The city feels under siege when it turns out he was just the first victim found! Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth, are on the case; what is the connection? PJ Tracy's penned an interesting and at times compelling mystery thriller. 6 out of 12.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katy

    Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of the genre and series Trigger Warnings: Violence, murder, hate crimes My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Monkeewrench series, following Monkeewrench (review here where formatting allowed). I first read this second book in the series soon after it came out in 2005, but didn’t review it at the time. Since I have acquired books 5 and 6 (after having read the first four), I decided to re-read the whole seri Book Info: Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller Reading Level: Adult Recommended for: Fans of the genre and series Trigger Warnings: Violence, murder, hate crimes My Thoughts: This is the second book in the Monkeewrench series, following Monkeewrench (review here where formatting allowed). I first read this second book in the series soon after it came out in 2005, but didn’t review it at the time. Since I have acquired books 5 and 6 (after having read the first four), I decided to re-read the whole series at a go before book 7 comes out next year, and actually do reviews for all of them this time (I believe I have an old review for Snow Blind out there, which I will share when I do the next one). One thing of the very few things that bothers me in this book (and series) is the authors’ constant focus on the weight of a couple of the characters. Admittedly, Annie and Gloria are also described as sensual and sexy, with men always tripping over themselves to gain their attention, but neither woman can be mentioned without the additional mention of how heavy she is, like this is terribly important to keep rubbing in the readers’ faces. But that’s just a personal issue, I imagine. The only other thing I have to complain about with this book is the occasional head-hopping that will occur out of the blue. Fortunately, it’s generally only a paragraph and then the narration will return to the regular style used through the book. None of that is enough to make me change my original assessment of this, given many years ago, as a five-star book. Let me tell you why. One of the truly outstanding things about this series is that the storylines, the ideas presented, they all make you think. Consider this line by Lily, wife of Morey, whose daughter was also murdered. “You men. You always want to know who did this or that terrible thing, so someone can find them and make them pay. Always it’s been like this for men, the eye for the eye, as if it would make any difference.” I mean, really think about that, about what that implies, about what that means. It’s wonderful. There are things like this in every single book in this series, something really profound that will make you question your motivations, make you question your beliefs. I love that—I love that they don’t allow you to escape by using easy answers; they insist that you question your beliefs, that you really take a good, hard look at your basic assumptions and then ask, “Is that really who I am? Is that really how I feel? And is that really right?” Not to mention that the authors are wonderful about hiding the villain until they are good and ready to reveal whodunit. That makes these among some of the best mysteries I’ve read since Agatha Christie. So, despite any minor annoyances, these books are right up there with the best of the best, and I highly recommend them to anyone who enjoys a great mystery/suspense/thriller. Definitely check them out. Next up: Dead Run. Disclosure: I purchased first a hardcover and later an e-book version of this book for myself. All opinions are my own. Synopsis: Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are bored–-ever since they solved the Monkeewrench case, the Twin Cities have been in a murder-free dry spell, as people no longer seem interested in killing one another. But with two brutal homicides taking place in one awful night, the crime drought ends-–not with a trickle, but with an eventual torrent. Who would kill Morey Gilbert, a man without an enemy, a man who might as well have been a saint? His tiny, cranky little wife, Lily, is no help, and may even be a suspect; his estranged son, Jack, an infamous ambulance-chasing lawyer, has his own enemies; and his son-in-law, former cop Marty Pullman, is so depressed over his wife's death a year ago that he's ready to kill himself, but not Morey. The number of victims—all elderly—grows, and the city is fearful once again. The detectives' investigation threatens to uncover a series of horrendous secrets, some buried within the heart of the police department itself, blurring the lines between heroes and villains. Grace MacBride's cold-case-solving software may find the missing link—but at a terrible price.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    Just re-read this one. P.J. Tracy has a new huge fan in me. I couldn't wait to read this one after the wonderful "WANT TO PLAY". I thought the first few chapters were dull compared to their previous novel, but as "Live Bait" progresses and as the case unfolds dramatically, the pace quickens. The dialogues are still top-notch. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are the starts of this book -I love them. I have to say that again all the characters in this story are authentic and human and that's why I giv Just re-read this one. P.J. Tracy has a new huge fan in me. I couldn't wait to read this one after the wonderful "WANT TO PLAY". I thought the first few chapters were dull compared to their previous novel, but as "Live Bait" progresses and as the case unfolds dramatically, the pace quickens. The dialogues are still top-notch. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are the starts of this book -I love them. I have to say that again all the characters in this story are authentic and human and that's why I give it a 5. It is not often you read that policemen are so cool and dedicated and good-hearted. And for me, another favorite character in this book was definitely Jack Gilbert. Aah, could a character get more genuine than Jack? Also, I really appreciate how the romantic side of the characters is approached here (well you need to read the books in order to understand their relationship): it's not openly described & steamy on the pages but there so many honest & unvarnished feelings expressed in the thoughts & words of the characters that it has a more profound effect on the reader, in my opinion. The doubts, the fear of getting hurt appeals very much to me. I love the vulnerabitly of Leo & Grace's relationship.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Rana

    Dude. I love these books but they are really awful. The first in the series had a horrible hermaphrodite twist. This one, the second, started with a knock about cops beating up transvestites. And the basic plot of this one is so fucking cliched. Minus a bunch of stars. But I like the characters? And it's set locally and I love that? So, I'll keep reading? But they make me feel bad? Dude. I love these books but they are really awful. The first in the series had a horrible hermaphrodite twist. This one, the second, started with a knock about cops beating up transvestites. And the basic plot of this one is so fucking cliched. Minus a bunch of stars. But I like the characters? And it's set locally and I love that? So, I'll keep reading? But they make me feel bad?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    The 2nd in the series of Minneapolis detectives who this time are on the trail of someone who is killing geriatric citizens in a neighorhood. The first 2/3 was a slow boil, and the result was not up to par with the initial effort. The last 1/3 ratcheted up the action and segued into the next chapter.

  18. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    **4.5 stars** Awesome, awesome book. As usual with this series, I laughed a lot (the characters are so damned funny) but I also cried my ass off. There were some very moving parts in this book. The mystery was really good but the overall theme of of the story had a deeper message: the nature of right and wrong, and how good people can do terrible things for what they think are the right reasons. I loved the progression of the relationship between Magozzi and Grace. With her past, it's obvious that **4.5 stars** Awesome, awesome book. As usual with this series, I laughed a lot (the characters are so damned funny) but I also cried my ass off. There were some very moving parts in this book. The mystery was really good but the overall theme of of the story had a deeper message: the nature of right and wrong, and how good people can do terrible things for what they think are the right reasons. I loved the progression of the relationship between Magozzi and Grace. With her past, it's obvious that she just couldn't become 'normal' overnight and I'm glad that her steps to recovery were addressed. And now we come to my favorite character in this series. I <3 Gino! This is the second book I've read in a row with an amazing best friend (and in this case also partner) and it doesn't get old. Gino is so freaking funny - he would say things that had me laughing hysterically - and sweet at the same time. Like when he asked Grace what where her intentions with Magozzi. The way he put it was simply hysterical but it also showed that he much he cared about his friend. As usual, Buck Schirner nailed the narration. I don't usually listen books in a series back to back but I'm really tempted with this one. That tells you how much I enjoyed this book. :)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Hewison

    One of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original. Tracy had cut out a lot of the characters that had annoyed me slightly in the first book- namely the Monkeewrench group. They appeared every so often but vastly trimmed down, allowing Gino and Magozzi far more airtime and deservedly so. They are fantastic characters, so funny, yet caring and they bounce off each other brilliantly. The plot was very surprising, following the murders of elderly people in a town and yet unfol One of those rare occasions where the sequel is better than the original. Tracy had cut out a lot of the characters that had annoyed me slightly in the first book- namely the Monkeewrench group. They appeared every so often but vastly trimmed down, allowing Gino and Magozzi far more airtime and deservedly so. They are fantastic characters, so funny, yet caring and they bounce off each other brilliantly. The plot was very surprising, following the murders of elderly people in a town and yet unfolds so cleverly and really makes us think twice about good and bad people and whether you can be both. The final few scenes in the thunderstorm are described so well that you can truly see the action unfolding as if you were there. I loved this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Beaumont

    The Monkeewrench gang plays a smaller part in this second entry in the series, but detectives Magozzi, Rolseth and their colleagues are wonderful protagonists, dedicated, quirky, and good-natured. It's a page-turner, with suspense, witty dialogue, well-portrayed characters, and plenty of humor. I'm glad there are already seven books in this series so I don't have to wait for the sequels! The Monkeewrench gang plays a smaller part in this second entry in the series, but detectives Magozzi, Rolseth and their colleagues are wonderful protagonists, dedicated, quirky, and good-natured. It's a page-turner, with suspense, witty dialogue, well-portrayed characters, and plenty of humor. I'm glad there are already seven books in this series so I don't have to wait for the sequels!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Danielle McNamara

    I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I couldn’t love this book as much as I wanted too. The story was great but I don’t think it was written well. I struggled to get through so many chapters, the beginning was exciting and so was the end. But the amount of naps I took in the middle dragged this book out. One thing that annoyed me, was how many characters names started with the letter “M”, like majority of the characters either first name, last name or nick name was M.... was too much!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Razvan Banciu

    Well, coincidences are the mother and the father of (almost...) all policiers, as young Jack starts to kill "the commando members" shortly after their final job and Gino&Magozzi burst in the crime scene just in time to gather the scrap. Nonetheless, The Bait is quite a good one, fluent, interesting and with some kind of humor. So four stars fit perfectly... Well, coincidences are the mother and the father of (almost...) all policiers, as young Jack starts to kill "the commando members" shortly after their final job and Gino&Magozzi burst in the crime scene just in time to gather the scrap. Nonetheless, The Bait is quite a good one, fluent, interesting and with some kind of humor. So four stars fit perfectly...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Spencer

    I liked this book quite a bit, though not so much as Monkeewrench. This book focuses much more on Magozzi and the police, and the Monkeewrench crew doesn't appear very often. The case they work to solve(murders of several elderly people) was intriguing and the momentum of the case carried me along through the book for most of it. Even though I didn't expect it, I found myself enjoying the ways in which the relationship dynamics between the various detectives played out. The whole squad seemed to I liked this book quite a bit, though not so much as Monkeewrench. This book focuses much more on Magozzi and the police, and the Monkeewrench crew doesn't appear very often. The case they work to solve(murders of several elderly people) was intriguing and the momentum of the case carried me along through the book for most of it. Even though I didn't expect it, I found myself enjoying the ways in which the relationship dynamics between the various detectives played out. The whole squad seemed to develop more character, and that made up somewhat for the loss of time with Grace and company. My major beef with the book came toward the end. Without spoiling it, I'll just say that we as readers learn the piece of info that ties everything together - but things meander and it takes the characters way too long to make the connection themselves. Things also started falling apart into complete overkill at the end and that pulled me out of the book. The mystery has some clever twists and I enjoyed it, but it's not as gripping as its predecessor.

  24. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    LIVE BAIT (Police Procedural) – VG P.J. Tracy – 2nd in series G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004 – Hardcover When elderly, well-loved Morey Gilbert is murdered, Milwaukee Dets. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to investigate a sad, but basic murder. However, when other elderly people in the same neighborhood and with a common history are also murdered, it’s clear there more going on than first seemed. ***The Tracy’s have a wonderful voice with interesting characters. Grace and the gang from the first b LIVE BAIT (Police Procedural) – VG P.J. Tracy – 2nd in series G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004 – Hardcover When elderly, well-loved Morey Gilbert is murdered, Milwaukee Dets. Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to investigate a sad, but basic murder. However, when other elderly people in the same neighborhood and with a common history are also murdered, it’s clear there more going on than first seemed. ***The Tracy’s have a wonderful voice with interesting characters. Grace and the gang from the first book, MONKEEWRENCH do appear, so you might want to read it first. But it’s the Detectives who are the major players here, and we certainly benefit from them. There is an excellent sense of place, wonderful dialogue, humor, suspense and a couple very well done twists along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book

  25. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    I'd actually forgotten about P.J. Tracy's first book, Monkeewrench, until I was browsing in the bookstore and came upon this sequel. While Monkeewrench focused more on computer genius Grace MacBride and her team, Live Bait features homicide detective Leo Magozzi and his co-workers. A homicide lull is broken by several deceased senior citizens who appear to be pillars of the community, or at least nice people. The detectives are at a loss so they feed information to Grace who is helping police ac I'd actually forgotten about P.J. Tracy's first book, Monkeewrench, until I was browsing in the bookstore and came upon this sequel. While Monkeewrench focused more on computer genius Grace MacBride and her team, Live Bait features homicide detective Leo Magozzi and his co-workers. A homicide lull is broken by several deceased senior citizens who appear to be pillars of the community, or at least nice people. The detectives are at a loss so they feed information to Grace who is helping police across the country solve cold cases with a new computer program that looks for missing links. A combination of technology and good old-fashioned detective work helps crack the case. The novel blends excellent plotting, multi-dimensional (but too numerous!) characters, clever dialog, and a puzzling mystery. Very enjoyable.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    In the second installment of PJ Tracy's Monkeewrench Mystery series, Live Bait, this mystery tackled a lot of history with humor and hits a sore spot with intrigue. For Leo Magozzi and his fellow police officers, it all started with a murder of Morey Gilbert and the tortured death of Arlen Fischer. For two separate cases, they worked two grizzly crimes when they tried to find a connection. When two other seniors were killed the same way, they tried to find a bigger link. And that's when they've In the second installment of PJ Tracy's Monkeewrench Mystery series, Live Bait, this mystery tackled a lot of history with humor and hits a sore spot with intrigue. For Leo Magozzi and his fellow police officers, it all started with a murder of Morey Gilbert and the tortured death of Arlen Fischer. For two separate cases, they worked two grizzly crimes when they tried to find a connection. When two other seniors were killed the same way, they tried to find a bigger link. And that's when they've found out about their tattoos on their arms. When Morey's son was being shadowed by the killer, that's when Leo placed protection from him, while he asked Grace for her help to widen their net even bigger. And when she did, it's quite shocking, when they discover about unsolved murders and who the killer really was and why in the end, after they lost one of their own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kimmay

    I liked it, but i started to lose interest about 3/4's of the way through, i then sort of struggled to finish it. Not sure why, it was an okay plot and storyline, i like most of the main characters. although sometimes the "cutesyness" gets to be a bit thick in places and seems stale. i just felt like parts of it could have been shortened up a bit, and I would have liked to see a bit more of Grace in this book with Magozzi, the ending was a nice touch. It gave me some hope for Grace to have some I liked it, but i started to lose interest about 3/4's of the way through, i then sort of struggled to finish it. Not sure why, it was an okay plot and storyline, i like most of the main characters. although sometimes the "cutesyness" gets to be a bit thick in places and seems stale. i just felt like parts of it could have been shortened up a bit, and I would have liked to see a bit more of Grace in this book with Magozzi, the ending was a nice touch. It gave me some hope for Grace to have some happiness in her life even if she will never have "normalcy". I plan on reading the next book, but not for a while yet. I need some other books in between.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tory Wagner

    Another good outing with the Monkeywrench group. This mystery focused more on the police officers that worked with the Monkeywrench team rather than the team themselves although they made a few appearances. Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves in the middle of a killing spree of elderly people being shot. It becomes apparent that the victims have all spent time in a Nazi prison camp and the race is on to find the killer. A few good twists, but I missed the antics of the Monkey Another good outing with the Monkeywrench group. This mystery focused more on the police officers that worked with the Monkeywrench team rather than the team themselves although they made a few appearances. Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth find themselves in the middle of a killing spree of elderly people being shot. It becomes apparent that the victims have all spent time in a Nazi prison camp and the race is on to find the killer. A few good twists, but I missed the antics of the Monkeywrench group.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michele Harrod

    Loved this novel, one of those books that make you question your own morals - asks "What would you do" then pretty much throws you on your ear and makes you think again. A mother and daughter writing team, this pair are great! Loved this novel, one of those books that make you question your own morals - asks "What would you do" then pretty much throws you on your ear and makes you think again. A mother and daughter writing team, this pair are great!

  30. 5 out of 5

    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)

    I bought this book because I really enjoyed reading Want to Play? (Monkeewrench in the US) by the mother-daughter writing team known as P.J. Tracy but I just didn't manage to get into this one. Nothing much happened in the first 100 pages and then I just lost interest. I bought this book because I really enjoyed reading Want to Play? (Monkeewrench in the US) by the mother-daughter writing team known as P.J. Tracy but I just didn't manage to get into this one. Nothing much happened in the first 100 pages and then I just lost interest.

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