PJ Tracy

EBOOK AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 15 – AMAZON US/AMAZON UK

Warm your heart this Christmas with this wonderful festive tale from bestselling author P.J. Tracy – perfect for fans of It’s a Wonderful Life or Miracle on 34th Street.

Emil Rice has a silver tongue and sticky fingers, the only problem is that his charm always gets him into trouble and he’s never been very good at not getting arrested. Twenty-two times he’s been caught and twenty-two times he’s sworn never to steal again, but it’s on his twenty-third arrest when Emil realizes he may have picked up more than he bargained for. Sentenced to community service at a secure mental health facility, Emil is unwillingly befriended by two elderly female patients who believe he is the final part of a big cosmic plan that will change their lives forever…

This heartwarming Christmas tale of kindness, friendship and redemption will be perfect for the cold winter nights!

EARLY REVIEWS FROM NETGALLEY READERS

“What a lovely read and, for once, I agree with the blurb it’s heartwarming. It’s an exhilarating journey for Emil both physically and mentally as he tries to keep up with the elderly ladies, Gloria and Edith, both funny and touching in turn. This is one of the best Christmas novels I have ever read for sheer verve and audacity. I have no hesitation in recommending Return of the Magi as an excellent if short festive read.” *****

 

“It has been a long time since I enjoyed a book from beginning to end, not wanting the story to finish. This is a beguiling re-imagining of part of the Christmas Story set in modern America in the most unlikely Holy CityLas Vegas. This is a tale which is instructive in the best of ways. It is funny and moving, light-hearted yet deep. It is so well-written and ends with hope…and with this reader just wishing for more.” *****

 

“Five brightly shining stars. This book was just adorable.” *****

 

“It’s humorous, it has delightful characters, it’s festive and it has a happy ending. After reading a ton of gritty dramas and detective stories it’s a lovely change of pace. What more could you ask for?” *****

 

“Do yourself the most amazing favor and read this superb festive and magical story by PJ Tracy. It will make you laugh out loud as its deft comic touches and its wisdom will melt your heart.” *****

 

“An absolutely brilliant read, that I cannot recommend highly enough!! This is a hilarious and touching homage to the biblical nativity story.” *****

UK paperback available November 2!

READ AN EXTRACT OF NOTHING STAYS BURIED

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/find-your-next-read/extracts/2017/aug/nothing-stays-buried-p-j-tracy/

PJ Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo P.J. and Traci Lambrecht, winners of the Anthony, Barry, Gumshoe, and Minnesota Book Awards. Their seven novels, MONKEEWRENCH, LIVE BAIT, DEAD RUN, SNOW BLIND, SHOOT TO THRILL, OFF THE GRID and THE SIXTH IDEA have become national and international bestsellers.  NOTHING STAYS BURIED, the eight installment of the Monkeewrench series, will be available August 1st in the US, August 24th in the UK.

PJ was a long-time resident of Minnesota until her death in December 2016.  Traci remains in rural Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, and continues writing about the Monkeewrench gang.

LISTEN TO MY FULL INTERVIEW WITH MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/08/09/traci-lambrecht-going-solo

NOTHING STAYS BURIED OUT AUGUST 1st US, AUGUST 24TH UK – PRE-ORDER NOW!

 

The Monkeewrench crew returns to face the city of Minneapolis’s worst nightmare—a rampant serial killer on the loose—in the electrifying new thriller.

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.

READ AN EXCERPT OF THE SIXTH IDEA

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THE SIXTH IDEA (U.S. EDITION TITLE) 

                    COLD KILL (U.K. EDITION TITLE)                          

The peaceful Christmas season in Minneapolis is shattered when two friends, scheduled to meet in person for the first time, are murdered on the same night, two hours and several miles apart, dramatically concluding winter vacation for homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth.

An hour north of Minneapolis, Lydia Ascher comes home to find two dead men in her basement.  When Leo and Gino discover her connection to their current cases, they suspect that she is a target, too.  The same day, an elderly, terminally ill man is kidnapped from his home, an Alzheimer’s patient goes missing from his care facility, and a baffling link among all the crimes emerges.

This series of inexplicable events sends the detectives sixty years into the past to search for answers – and straight to Grace MacBride’s Monkeewrench, a group of eccentric computer geniuses who devote their time and resources to helping the cops solve the unsolvable.  What they find is an unimaginable horror – a dormant Armageddon that might be activated at any moment unless Grace and her partners Annie, Roadrunner, and Harley Davidson, along with Leo and Gino, can find a way to stop it.


P.J. Lambrecht always loved to tell people she was a college dropout and had no qualifications for being a writer except for a penchant for lying.  She had her first short story published in The Saturday Evening Post when Traci was eight, still mercifully oblivious to her mother’s plans to eventually trick her into creating a family business.

Traci Lambrecht spent most of her childhood riding and showing horses. She graduated with a Russian Studies major from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she also studied voice. Her aspirations of becoming a spy were dashed when the Cold War ended, so she began writing to finance her annoying habits of travel and singing in rock bands. Much to her mother’s relief, she finally realized that the written word was her true calling. Together, they had a long, prolific career writing together in many genres until PJ’s passing in December 2016.   Traci continues to write like a maniac, with PJ’s spirit sitting on her shoulder, cracking wise.