Books to the Sky

“Books to the ceiling, Books to the sky, My pile of books is a mile high. How I love them! How I need them! I'll have a long beard by the time I read them.” ― Arnold Lobel

Take The Monkeys And Run

on December 8, 2014


Barbara Marr is a woman who adores movies, is a mother of three girls, and is married to her true love who happens to look like George Clooney. She lives in a nice, friendly neighborhood, as long as you don’t count the mysterious house next door, which Barbara has dubbed the House of Many Bones. All was well right up until a few days ago when her husband Howard moved out without any warning. Now Barbara is sneaking around her yard barefoot in the middle of a freezing night with live monkeys in her trees.

This hilarious book from Karen Cantwell is the first in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series. The story gives you clues, but not too many, allowing the reader to figure out some of the mystery while staying in the dark about the rest. I love the fact that when the heroine wants to be strong for her daughters, she immediately thinks of Sigourney Weaver in the movie Alien.

“I was going to be a rock. A brick wall. A lighthouse in the storm. I was going to be like Sigourney Weaver in Alien. Lieutenant Ripley.  …  If that woman could survive man-eating aliens, I could survive a little marital mishap.”

And there are many funny mishaps, in addition to the marital kind, that Barbara needs to weather. From run ins with the policeman who looks like Brad Pitt to the helpful ex-boyfriend to the scary thug with bad Elvis hair, Barb has her hands full.

I’ll definitely be getting more in this series.


One response to “Take The Monkeys And Run

  1. dianaleeanderson says:

    I laughed all the way through this book.

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