A late-winter storm has Minneapolis residents participating in a giant snowman-building contest. But the joyfulness is shattered when the bodies of two police officers are discovered encased within two snowmen.

Detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth then learn of a possible third snowman victim in a remote county. When the Monkeewrench crew discovers an online chat room that predicted the killings, they grab that thread and begin to pull. Magozzi and Rolseth find all the clues lead to the secretive Bitterroot company, whose on-site residents all share a disturbing connection.

The dynamite Tracy team is in a category all their own with their ability to produce terrifying and thought-provoking suspense while delivering humor and quirky characters. Their latest tackles one of society's toughest issues -- asking hard questions and setting up tragic scenarios where no one is a winner. As this series expands, the rapport between characters and the highly intriguing plots make it one worth reading and rereading! (Aug., 320 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith