Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Book Review: Take the Monkeys and Run (Barbara Marr Murder Mystery #1) by Karen Cantwell

Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie's Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting room floor. Enter sexy PI Colt Baron, Barb's ex-boyfriend who would love to be cast as new leading man, filling the role just vacated by her recently estranged husband, Howard. When Colt flies in from out of town to help Barb, events careen out of control and suddenly this mini-van driving mother of three becomes a major player in a treacherous and potentially deadly FBI undercover operation. It's up to her now. With little time to spare, she and she alone, must summon the inner strength necessary to become a true action heroine and save the lives of those she loves. The question is can she get them out alive before the credits roll?

Take the Monkeys and Run is a quirky and fun murder mystery.  Barbara Marr is not your typical young, beautiful murder mystery heroine.  This is a good thing!  She's in her forties with two daughters and a husband who has just left her.  She's broken, but not destroyed.  Investigating the strange happenings next door is just what she needs to keep going.

The story has monkeys, a human skull, mobsters, and an ex-boyfriend.  What more does a mystery need?  Humor!  There's lots of it!  Barbara is sarcastic, with a self-deprecating wit.  The mobsters are so dumb, they are hysterical!  The author, Karen Cantwell, even managed to make the ending full of suspense, terror, and mirth.  I laughed my way to the end.  Read it and you will, too!

I give this book 4 Bookworms.

Paperback:  236 pages
Publisher:  CreateSpace (August 26, 2010)
ISBN-10:  1453721096
ISBN-13:  978-1453721094

Ebook:  410kb
ASIN:  B003SE7O40


  1. I read this book last year and thought it was great fun. The sequel came out this month and I snapped it up.

  2. I so enjoy the Barbara Marr series. We Barbaras can be pretty darn funny! Love the newest one... Citizen Insane.

  3. I really enjoyed this book as well! A fun, wild ride!

    GraceKrispy@MotherLode blog