Ice Cold Heart – Twin Cities Thriller #10 by P J Tracy

Available September 10 (US); August 23 (UK)

Book blurb

On a bitterly cold winter night, Kelly Ramage leaves her suburban home, telling her husband she’s going to meet a friend.

She never comes back.

When her body is discovered, murdered in what seems to be a sex game gone horribly wrong, Detectives Gino and Magozzi take the case, expecting to find a flirtatious trail leading straight to the killer.

However, Kelly’s sinister lover has done a disturbingly good job of hiding his identity. This isn’t his first victim – and that she won’t be the last…

My thoughts

Here we have Gino Rolseth and Leo Magozzi investigating the murder of Kelly Ramage whilst the Monkeewrench crew are working on the IT security of a ‘bitcoin’ company. It was hacked and they are not only trying to make it secure but also trace the hacker.

For those who know the series we get the ongoing characters storyline which is nicely weaved into each book and yet does not stop any of them being read as a stand-alone. Still this is a really terrific series and I think you will enjoy starting with, or going back to, the first one. The series in order is given below. This is the tenth book in the series it carries on the high standard of writing, characterisations and intricate plotting.

I want to say that it is the storyline that I love the most – it is and I do but the characters Gino, Magozzi, Grace, Roadrunner, Annie, Harley, baby Elizabeth and the wider police team all make these books personal. You want to know what is happening with them as much as you want to be drawn into the investigations.

Minnesota is gripped in a bitterly cold winter and even that will play its part in both the storyline and the plot. It is the way that you are given what seem to be disparate investigations along with other threads of storyline to build up into a whole that will keep you guessing, gripped and thoroughly hooked.

This is a terrific book and I would highly recommend it.


As you’ve read previous titles by P.J Tracy, we thought you’d like to know that you can now read the latest in the Twin Cities series, Ice Cold Heart, available to read now on Netgalley!

Thanks Michael Joseph Comms for the invitation to read and for an eCopy via NetGalley.

I will, of course, be buying the paperback in October to go in my collection…


Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Michael Joseph (22 Aug. 2019)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0241345820

ISBN-13: 978-0241345825

Buy: Local bookshops AmazonSmileUK Waterstones

The eBook is also out on 22 Aug with the paperback out on 31 Oct 2019.


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.

In memory of PJ

PJ Tracy Website

Books in order

Monkeewrench/Twin Cities Series

    Monkeewrench (2003) won 2004 Barry Award for Best First Mystery Novel. (UK title: Want To Play?)
    Live Bait (2004)
    Dead Run (2005)
    Snow Blind (2006) 
    Shoot to Thrill (2010)  (UK title: Play to Kill)
    Off the Grid (2012) (UK title: Two Evils)
    The Sixth Idea (2016)  (UK title: Cold Kill)
    Nothing Stays Buried (2017)
    The Guilty Dead (2018)
    Ice Cold Heart (2019)

Other titles: Return of the Magi

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