I’m so tickled to start a new feature here on my blog. Every Monday I’ll be featuring a different novel by a friend of mine. And since I have a lot of friends who are great writers, that’s a lot of wonderful books to share with you! So let’s kick this off with a roller-coaster humorous mystery: Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell!
One reader says:
“This story about frazzled suburban mom Barbara Marr (who’s been left flat by her husband with the proverbial three kids, a mortgage and a cat) perfectly combines the funny sensibilities of the Woody Allen movie for which it’s (sort of) named with the antics of “The Gang Who Couldn’t Shoot Straight.” When Marr discovers strange nocturnal goings-on at the house next door (nicknamed House of Many Bones, for reasons best left to your imagination) and a backyard overrun with monkeys the following morning, she simply must find out what the heck is going on. Naturally, she seeks the help of an old flame from college and a cast of colorful neighborhood characters.
“This awesomely funny book pays homage not only to classic comedies, but also action films. Karen Cantwell’s story strikes an excellent balance between warm family scenes and zany, more dangerous ones. (And, as it happens, Marr is a wannabe film blogger. Hmm … go figure. :)) As I read the book, I enjoyed many laugh out loud (as in actual laughter!) moments.
“If you’re a Janet Evanovich fan, this one is a must read. Not only does Cantwell ably mix humor and action, while sending up the latter genre (and seemingly paying homage to one movie in particular — won’t name it for risk of spoilers ;)), but she brings the story to a conclusion that practically screams ‘There will be a sequel!’ I, for one, can’t wait to read it!” – D.M.