Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Detective, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller
221 Amazon Pages
Rating 5 stars out of 5 Posted 7/22/2017
No. 29-3, 2017
My impressions: hardcore, loving relationship, tenacious, violent, gruesome.
Carter A. Johnson – vigilante turned private detective.
Kate Menke – vigilante turned private detective.
Deline Durand – wealthy author, lawyer, receptionist, girl Friday.
Paul Peltier – wealthy attorney, grandfather, radical Constitutionalist.
Anastasia Dubois – domestic-servant
Johnny Peltier – grandson of Paul Peltier
Capt. Harlee Davis – St. Louis, Missouri Homicide Police Captain
The Three Monkeys takes place in and around St. Louis, Missouri.
The story opens with the discovery of three naked, mutilated bodies hung on the side of a barn a short distance from St. Louis.
Then the plot moves to the East Coast where vigilantes Carter and Kate are about to terminate a child trafficker who supplies children to pedophiles. Carter receives a cryptic message to stand down; the vigilante group has been compromised. Being Carter and Kate, they finish the job before retreating. A week later they meet with Harrison J. Withers and learn the circumstances causing the abandonment of the vigilante organization.
Out of a job, they are forced to make a career change. Months later the detective agency of J&M Investigations opens in St. Louis, Missouri. A new character is added to the series; Deline Durand is the enigmatic employee hired as the new agency’s receptionist. Her vibrant French character stands out and rivals those of Carter and Kate. Kate’s thought at Deline’s interview was ‘Somehow, we’ve managed to attract either Wonder Woman or the employee from hell.”
The agency’s first major case is The Three Monkeys. After many interviews and false leads, the investigators are left with two sets of suspects. One is Paul Peltier and his grandson Johnny.
After two threatening episodes, Deline is attacked and injured as she leaves the office. By then another new character has been introduced, Police Captain Harlee Davis is the detectives tie to the St. Louis police department.
Eventually, there are more killings and the search narrows down to the final suspects. I’ve learned to appreciate the action scenes in this series. The actions are well planned and realistic.
The editing and sentence structure are far above average. Character development is thorough as colorful pictures of each person are painted.
The central plot involves gruesome murders and is offset by the romance between Kate and Carter.
The story contains mild sexual descriptions and minor cursing. Much of the bantering between lovers Carter and Kate is funny and lighthearted.
This series is one of my favorites and I can strongly recommend The Three Monkeys to crime thriller fans who are not turned off by the gory killings.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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