Friday, April 20, 2012

Book Club - Take the Monkeys and Run

This week I read Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell and this is the first installment in the Barbara Marr murder mystery series. I actually downloaded the third book, Silenced by the Yams, first but decided I wanted to read them all in order.
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. (Thanks Amazon!)

My thoughts:
I feel like I'm really easy to please because I've liked all the books I've read so far this year and this one was no exception. Barbara is a pretty likable character, just your regular suburban housewife who gets caught up in a real life mafia drama because she was too nosey (just like me!) I found myself laughing out loud a couple times. I personally really like Karen Cantwell's writing style - the book is written in first person from Barbara's perspective and I think Cantwell hit the nail on the head with the self deprecating, humorous narrative. It was a fun and easy read and I liked it so much I immediately paid $3 for the next book, Citizen Insane (and then I'll read my free download - Silenced by the Yams!)


  1. I probably would never pick up this book because the cover is so cheesy, but the desciption and your review make it sound good! I may have to check it out!

  2. This sounds really good! I laughed at just the title. :)

  3. I may have to give this one a try!


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