Review of Nothing Stays Buried

Nothing Stays Buried
Monkeewrench, Book #8
P. J. Tracy
5 Stars

Nothing Stays Buried (A Monkeewrench Novel Book 8) by [P. J. Tracy]Synopsis:

When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar. And when they discover a playing card on the victim’s body, their worst fears are confirmed there s a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.

Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Software find themselves at both personal and career crossroads. Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.

As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage. As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer’s missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil. (Goodreads)



I had read the first few books in this series, and then I stopped (I am not sure why). Well, I can assure you that I will be reading the ones that I have not read, because they are just so good. Nothing Stays Buried is as good as it gets.

The characters are well rounded and well developed. The Monkeewrench gang work very hard but they can relax too, and they are getting ready for the newest member, baby Grace/Leo. Leo and Gino are still hard at work trying to keep the people of Minneapolis safe. They all care about each other and they are a family of choice, which I think maybe the best kind.

The writing style flows smoothly and it defines the characters very clearly through their actions and words. The authors is very talented in her descriptive writing and these descriptions pulled me into the story from the very beginning. The two mysteries were well plotted and they were carried on well throughout the book.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted mystery book. Looking forward to reading the next one.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Penguin Group, Putnam, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


New Releases For The Week Of August 16th, 2020–Part 2

Here is a list of some of the new releases for the week of August 16th, 2020. I am going to divide the list into 4 days because there are so very many of them for the week. Today is the second day of my list for this week. Hope you find some selections for your weekly reading. Enjoy and happy reading.

Super Witchy! (Super Jax Superhero Cozy Mystery Series Book 2) by [Tina Swayzee McCright]


Is a killer witch flying around Atom City in search of her next victim?

Jackie Lawson, a superhero who can’t control her powers, catches a CEO spying on a witch shopping in Zane’s Oils and Coffee. Curiosity leads to another investigation for Jackie and her best friend, Krystal. Read this humorous cozy mystery now to discover if this wannabe dynamic duo can survive a face-off with a witch, a high-priestess, and men in black.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle

















Dead in THAT Beach House: A Senior Sleuths Mystery by [M. Glenda  Rosen]Once we had arrived in the Hamptons, settled in and I felt comfortable, I began to add small amounts of poison to the evening cocktails. It was from the oleander flowers. I had planted them carefully behind the barn in Ames. After only weeks, they were falling ill, listless, crying to go back to Ames. They felt too sick at the beach house. It was simple.
I know you must think I’m a monster. But, really, they felt very little when I strangled them to death thanks to the poison in their system. When they were dead, I filled my library with books about murder and witchcraft. The note I leave for whomever might find them might explain what happened…

The Senior Sleuths, Dick and Dora Zimmerman, much like Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man series, and their cozy group of interesting, quirky friends take on crooks and murderers while dealing with an outrageous case of elder abuse.

And in the end:
“Shall we say invitations are mandatory?”
“Absolutely, dear. We wouldn’t want anyone to miss the fun”
“They’re either belligerent, arrogant, or simply annoyed,” Zero whispered to Cloud as the so-called guests arrived. They were all murderers and those who had committed crimes against the elderly.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle














Donuts and Disaster: An Abi Button Cozy Mystery Romance #5 by [Lizzie Lewis]It’s late February and the area is experiencing an unexpected cold snap with snow. Liam, Steve Donovan’s eight-year-old son, is staying with Abi while Steve and Melanie are on their honeymoon.
Abi is concerned when single mum Bethany reports a man wearing a long raincoat, hanging around the local play area taking photographs. Bethany is afraid that her father and disagreeable Aunt Erica have sent him to spy on her, with a view to snatching baby Freddie. Abi thinks there are two men watching. Why two?
Young Liam is clearly upset by all the changes in his life, and Abi tries to win his confidence with jam donuts. Abi warns Liam and his friends to keep away from the deep pond in the woods, because the ice is too thin to walk on. But Liam is on the hunt for Bigfoot, convinced he lives somewhere amongst the trees.
Bethany’s friendship with Harry the builder seems to be turning into a romance, maybe even a wedding ‒ if Bethany’s father and Aunt Erica can be kept away. Pete and Hayley also wonder if this is a good opportunity to discuss marriage!
A cozy mystery romance taking place in a small English town, told by Abi Button.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle













Undeniably Teaberry (A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 32) by [R. A. Wallace]



A Teaberry Farm Bed & Breakfast Cozy Book 32
When the loss of a precious keepsake brings sadness, members of the community pull together to help in true Teaberry fashion. Megan’s assistance is needed when one puzzle appears to have too many pieces. In the end, it’s a broken piece that offers the best clue. This mild cozy mystery offers a clean read with a female amateur sleuth and friends in a small-town setting. Main characters in the series are multigenerational.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Cellini's Revenge: The Mystery of the Silver Cups by [Wendy Bartlett]Cellini’s Revenge is the story of an American woman, Catherine Evans, falsely accused (but eventually convicted) of her husband David’s murder. She finds him dead in their kitchen in England in 1956 with a knife in his side. Cellini’s Revenge is also the story of the 400-year history of twelve small silver astrological cups that are stolen from Benvenuto Cellini in 1527 in Italy as he is personally delivering them on horseback to the famous Italian family, d’Este.

In 1995, Catherine sees a program about DNA on television and decides to return to England from Vermont to find the real murderer and to fight against the injustice of being wrongfully convicted of David’s murder for which she had served twelve years in Holloway Prison.

You will be taken through four hundred years of fascinating characters who play a part in this story, not only at sea but in Rome and Cornwall, in London’s Brick Lane, Portobello Road, and the Old Bailey. Read this story so you can discover if Catherine clears her name. And look for Books Two and Three in the Cellini’s Revenge trilogy for more mystery, history, and intrigue.

Here’s a small excerpt from the book that captures the essence of the story:

“The cups became symbolic now, of larger things like beauty and value, art, money, greed, toys, meanings of things that people put on the cups; about people making ships crash on the rocks in Cornwall just to plunder their bounty; about the Depression and the desperation of the poor, stealing from one another; about the way people treat other people, using valuable objects to get in the way of their lives; about love and happiness. Catherine read and read and fell in love with her husband all over again, hearing his voice; this man who loved antiques, but seemed to guess at their larger meanings, of astrology, of art and creativity, and of what people would do to satisfy their greed or their need.”  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Hardcover, Paperback














Bad Ghosts Club: A Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mystery (Beechwood Harbor Ghost Mysteries Book 7) by [Danielle Garrett]



The house hunt has resumed, and this time, it comes complete with not-so-friendly ghosts!

In tracking down the neighborhood rascals, I find a real estate agent up to her eyes in the supernatural. When she’s found murdered at an open house, it’s up to me to track down the Otherworld forces responsible.

Unless they find me first.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















Mystery in the Darkest Shadow: A Severine DuNoir Historical Cozy Adventure (The Mysteries of Severine DuNoir Book 3) by [Beth Byers]



October 1925

The hunt for the person who killed Severine’s parents continues, and things are intensifying.  She’s finally got a direction along with the most unexpected of helpers.  Will she be able to find out why they were killed?  

As she presses forward, she again encounters the man in the shadows.  Who is this person who is trying to stop her from learning more about what was happening when her parents died? Why is he invested enough to find her—and others—expendable?  And just what will happen if she continues?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















The Nidderdale Murders (A Yorkshire Murder Mystery Book 5) by [J. R. Ellis]

In a Yorkshire Dales village everyone has a motive for murder—except the killer.

A retired judge is shot dead outside the Dog and Gun inn in the remote Yorkshire village of Niddersgill. There’s a witness who saw everything, and the gunman’s on the run; the case should be open-and-shut for DCI Jim Oldroyd. But the murderer had no motive for wanting Sandy Fraser dead and, what’s more, no trace of him can be found.

As Oldroyd and his team cast the net wider, they discover that Fraser wasn’t without enemies in Niddersgill. As the wealthy owner of a grouse moor, he’d clashed with farmers, debtors, hunt saboteurs and blackmailers. But none of them were at the scene of the murder. And when a local shopkeeper is gunned down in a second senseless attack, it’s clear that these killings are anything but random.

Surrounded by the dramatic beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, Oldroyd faces a race against time to connect the crimes and find who’s behind them. But with all the evidence sending him down dead ends, can he get one step ahead before someone else is killed?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback, Audiobook















Eppington: WHERE DOGS RULE: (A Cozy Conspiracy) (Hewey Spader Cozy Mystery Series Book 1) by [Tanya R. Taylor]


With a real sense of urgency, four close friends return to their respective homes only to discover that nothing is quite the way they’d left it. Their family members are behaving strangely and their dogs, in particular, are far different than they ever imagined could be possible.

Will Hewey, Rob, Jason and Samantha get to the bottom of what’s really going on in the town of Eppington? And if so, will they be able to fix what seems like the impossible?

A brand new, exciting cozy conspiracy by award-winning author Tanya R. Taylor!

“A brilliant storyteller!” – Amazon customer  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle
















A Touch of Poison (Crystal Café Cozy Mystery Book 4) by [Jessica Lancaster]BOOK 4 in the Crystal Café Cozy Mystery series.

When Wendy Tulip receives death letters, she leaves her home for the first time in ten years. But matters are made worse when dead ravens fall from the sky and demonic insignias are burnt into her garden.

An evil is settling in Cowan Bay, and Detective Hodge is running scared, blaming the witches for all the bad luck occurring in the village.

It’s up to Gwen and her coven to find out who’s behind the dark magic before someone ends up dead—or worse, undead.

A paranormal cozy mystery set in a coastal English village. An amateur female sleuth, a coven of witches, and an anxious pet cat. Written in British English. No swearing or gore.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle















Road Kill: The Duchess Of Frisian Tun (DaDa Detective Agency Book 1) by [Pete Adams]

Cataclysmic events have occurred in the decorous upper middle class enclave within Southsea, Portsmouth, on the south coast of England.

But what were the circumstances that contributed to this violent clash involving a Sherman tank and a bazooka? The strange occurrence is Investigated by Lord Everard Pimple, a naive, upper class twit who not only inadvertently opens a can of worms, but has an introduction into the world of womanly wiles.

Everard’s life is about to blow up like an atom bomb… he just doesn’t know it yet. But after the dust settles, will he still be standing?  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle, Paperback














Trick or Thief: A Humorous Culinary Cozy Mystery Short Read (Death by Cupcake Book 6) by [D.E. Haggerty]

A little haunting sounds like innocent fun until a ghost plunders your stockroom.

Kristie is convinced ghosts don’t exist until food starts disappearing without a trace from the Youth Center storage. There are zero clues as to who’s been inside the building. The security guard hasn’t seen a thing, and the security tapes are mysteriously blank. When the ghost widens his hocus-pocus to include Kristie’s office, the gals of Callie’s Cakes jump in to find the culprit before Kristie can get in a whole mess of spooky trouble.

Will the gals of Callie’s Cakes expose the ghost before Kristie’s facility is destroyed?

Cupcakes not included, although recipes for all the delicious cupcakes Anna bakes are.  (Amazon)

Editions Available:  Kindle