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Take the Monkeys and Run [NOOK Book]

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USA Today Bestselling Series!
Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie’s Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way...
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Overview

USA Today Bestselling Series!
Film lover Barbara Marr is a typical suburban mom living the typical suburban life in her sleepy little town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. Typical, that is until she sets out to find the missing link between a bizarre monkey sighting in her yard and the bone chilling middle-of-the-night fright fest at the strangely vacant house next door. When Barb talks her two friends into some seemingly innocent Charlie’s Angels-like sleuthing, they stumble upon way more than they bargained for and uncover a piece of neighborhood history that certain people would kill to keep on the cutting room floor.

Enter sexy PI Colt Baron, Barb’s ex-boyfriend who would love to be cast as new leading man, filling the role just vacated by her recently estranged husband, Howard. When Colt flies in from out of town to help Barb, events careen out of control and suddenly this mini-van driving mother of three becomes a major player in a treacherous and potentially deadly FBI undercover operation. It’s up to her now. With little time to spare, she and she alone, must summon the inner strength necessary to become a true action heroine and save the lives of those she loves. The question is can she get them out alive before the credits roll?

From Publishers Weekly
This fun if light novel’s quippy, hilarious narrator, Barbara Marr, has so much warmth and genuine gumption, you’d certainly want her on your criminal investigative team. The spunky Virginia housewife and mother of three is almost at the end of her rope — her hunky husband, Howard, has left her; it’s her 45th birthday; and she’s just discovered three monkeys living in the trees in front of her house. “Life was pretty sucky” as she puts it. But while investigating the curious case of these monkeys, a bit of unexpected adventure shakes things up just the right amount. In a warm-hearted, deftly observed comic-farce-meets-mobster mystery, Barbara and her friends from her quiet suburban neighborhood, Peggy and Roz, stick their noses into the business of a deserted house down the street and find themselves caught up in some off-the-wall FBI business that hits way closer to home than they could have imagined. Perhaps a bit goofy at times, this is nevertheless an outright treat: diverting, funny and fast-moving. -- This text refers to the manuscript reviewed as a part of the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.
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Editorial Reviews

Review blog - Jenny Mounfield
“A semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Take the Monkeys and Run obviously pleased a few readers. While this is no literary masterpiece, it is essentially well-written with engaging, often larger that life characters, and most importantly is laugh out loud funny.”
Review blog - Lee Libro
“Karen Cantwell's writing doesn't disappoint. The pace clips along and delivers at all the right points carrying us on an internal journey to answer the questions surrounding the crime. If you like a good mystery but want a refreshing new take with a bit of light fare, enough to make you laugh out loud, then Karen Cantwell's Take the Monkeys and Run will take you there.”
Jenny Mounfield
“A semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest, Take the Monkeys and Run obviously pleased a few readers. While this is no literary masterpiece, it is essentially well-written with engaging, often larger that life characters, and most importantly is laugh out loud funny.”
Lee Libro
“Karen Cantwell's writing doesn't disappoint. The pace clips along and delivers at all the right points carrying us on an internal journey to answer the questions surrounding the crime. If you like a good mystery but want a refreshing new take with a bit of light fare, enough to make you laugh out loud, then Karen Cantwell's Take the Monkeys and Run will take you there.”
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011802881
  • Publisher: Karen Cantwell
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Barbara Marr Murder Mystery , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 196
  • Sales rank: 122,794
  • File size: 918 KB

Meet the Author

Karen lives and writes in Northern Virginia. She enjoys entertaining readers with her USA Today bestselling Barbara Marr Murder Mystery Series. Karen also writes several Barbara Marr short stories as well as the new popular Sophie Rhodes Ghostly romance series. Karen loves to make people laugh and also loves to hear from readers. You can learn more about her and contact info at www.KarenCantwell.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 25, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    A great, zany ride

    I read this book a few months ago and liked it so well I immediately sent fan mail. :>)

    It's a fun, fast-paced cozy mystery with a little side of romance--the old-fashioned kind. Okay, so not *every* one of the wild action scenes was...entirely plausible, but who cares? It's zany, funny and well-written. The characters jump off the page; they are lovable, a little crazy and a lot of fun.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2011

    Fun Read

    The author caught my attention as soon as the monkeys showed up, and she never let me go. The tongue-in-cheek stereotypes (New Jersey wiseguys nicknamed "Frankie" [after Frank Sinatra], "Elvis" [a look-alike], and "No Toes") and crazy plot twists make for a great page turner. The implausibility of Barbara Marr's life going off the rails like this just adds to the charm.

    It's more of a cozy than an action-thriller for most of the way, but I had to reset my expectations toward the end, where the comedy diminished and the action ratcheted up. Overall a good combination, with the writing style so enjoyable that I was able to overlook the typos, which tend to bog me down in a less interesting book.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    Lots of Fun

    Who doesn't like a murder mystery that includes the mob, monkeys, and a heroine who is housewive with a husband and a couple of kids. There's lots of humor and having an ex boyfried show up adds some interest to the story. I will be reading her next book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Hilarious romp in the burbs

    Karen Cantwell's "Take the Monkeys and Run" is a fast paced mystery with trigger happy dialogue that has a little to do with monkeys and a lot to do with the laugh-out-loud antics of one suburbanite soccer mom/obsessed movie buff, who finds her imagination running wild when monkeys and a human head are discovered at the house next door. With the help of some neighborhood friends and an old flame from college, she unravels layers of hilarity and insanity, as well as secrets her husband has been keeping for their entire marriage. If you're in the dumps, this book will certainly brighten your day!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

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    Cantwell has a sure winner

    Meet Barbara Marr-- mother, wife, and snoop. After her husband leaves her, Barb needs to find something that will distract her from her woes. That something arrives in the form of monkeys in her trees early one morning. Barb has always felt there was something wrong about the empty house next door, and after hearing what sounded like monkeys, she decided she had to investigate closer. Barb's snooping not only puts herself in danger, but also a few of her closest friends. And Barb will learn very soon, that the house next door isn't the only one that's been keeping a secret.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    Fun Book!

    Suburban housewife Barbara Marr is not having a good day. In fact, it's something straight out of the movies she so loves to watch. Her husband suddenly walks out on her and their three daughters, she's turning 45 and now there are monkeys running wild around her backyard.

    After hearing strange noises coming from the vacant house next to hers, Barbara does some snooping and finds a rotting dead head. She wonders just what is going on in the small town of Rustic Woods, Virginia. With the help of her friends, Barbara starts to do some investigating. She's determined to get an explanation for the monkeys and the dead head, but when her neighbors decide not to talk, she knows something very big and very bad is going on in Rustic Woods. When she starts to receive death threats, Barbara fights back and refuses to back down until she gets some answers.

    This is a rip-roaring, laugh out loud, cozy mystery. I couldn't put my ereader down. The characters are off beat with a wide range of different personalities - loveable ones to not quite so loveable. From bumbling mobsters to a cop who bares a striking resemblance to Brad Pitt.

    The story is fast-paced, fun and with quite a few twists all rolled into one cute adventure. There was one scene in the book that scared this animal lover, but I kept reading and I'm glad I did. I do hope there will be more Barbara Marr stories in the future. I already miss Barbara and her wacky friends and family.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 15, 2012

    Loved it!

    Loved the book. I find Karen Cantwell's sense of humor tickles my funny bone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2011

    HOW FUN WAS THAT ? AUG 1 2011 WOW THAT WAS A FUN READ

    T. J. IN KY MY LIFE IN THE BURBS SHOULD BE SO FULL OF CRAZY EXCITEMENT. IT REMINDS ME OF SOMETHING LIKE LUCY AND ETHEL GONE WILD. REALLY WAS ALOT OF FUN!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2011

    highly recommend

    this is an easy, laugh out loud book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 10, 2011

    Pure Brain Candy- and that's a good thing!

    The first in the Barbara Marr Murder Mystery series, this book by Karen Cantwell is a hoot. Barb is zany, outlandish, and doesn't always make the best choices, so she's a lot of fun to follow. She says and does things we all think about sometimes. She's a typical mom with three girls and a bit -ok, more than a bit- of a movie fetish. Barb sees things in terms of how characters in a movie would react, which adds some nice color commentary. I found this tact to be a clever way to tie the storyline in with Barb's character, and it really helps you get a more developed picture of what Barb is like. It also leaves a lot of potential for future storylines. The wacky premise and kooky cast of characters is reminiscent of those found in books written by Jennifer Crusie and Jane Heller. If you prefer realistic mysteries, then this may not be your best choice. This book is pure fun and silliness, and what I consider to be complete "brain candy." I know, for me, indulging in brain candy is a really relaxing and entertaining way to spend some free time.

    Along the line of these types of stories, the writing style is a bit quirky, with some interesting grammar constructs. In a story of this genre, this informal and offbeat writing doesn't seem out of place. The storyline gets a little more outlandish on each new page turned. The sometimes eccentric secondary characters add color to the story, and the descriptions of each character allow you to really picture them. There is some predictability to the plot, and some of the male characters, in particular, seem cliche, but it's all in line with the genre of the story. The ending is satisfying in the way that is typical of this type of book, and it prepares you to read the next story in the series.

    Overall, a zany and fun adventure in which to immerse yourself!

    @ MotherLode blog

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    Just for fun!

    Desperate Houswives goes NCIS. Definitely belongs on your just for fun list to read in between the heavier books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    Goddess of the Absurd

    This review is from: Take the Monkeys and Run
    (A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery)

    Who hasn't had monkeys in their backyard? Or FBI agents under foot? But it's the way Barbara Marr takes it all in stride, slinging side splitting one-liners that makes me proud to be a "Barbara." It's easy to see why this novel was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest. Karen Cantwell's writing is an acquired taste... as soon as you acquire one Barbara Marr mystery, you'll want them all. I can't wait for Citizen Insane.

    I read for pleasure - Take the Monkeys and Run is pure pleasure.
    Barbara Silkstone
    The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2011

    I do not recommend this book.

    This book was poorly written and just plain silly.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 8, 2010

    Madcap Marr Meets Monkeys

    Heroine Barbara Marr is an amateur sleuth with a family, a bossy mother, and an ex boyfriend who would like to get back into her life now that Barbara's husband is suddenly sending mixed signals. It isn't as if Barbara deliberately sets out to delve into her neighborhood's mysterious past, but who can blame her for getting a little involved--okay, a lot involved--when the trees near her house are suddenly filled with monkeys.

    Funny situations, quirky characters, and a lot of twists and turns make for a very amusing story. Take the Monkeys and Run is an over-the-top suburban adventure that made me laugh out loud in places. My favorite scene was the one where Barbara was driving her daughters and her mom home from a trip to Washington, D.C. and she was stopped for speeding. To say more, would be a spoiler. Let me just say, as a mom, I can certainly relate and it was pretty funny

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 16, 2014

    This was fun. It won't change your world or give you new insigh

    This was fun. It won't change your world or give you new insights on life but it's fun. The storyline revolves around a suburban mom who is very curious about strange happenings at what is supposed to be an empty house next door. When she goes to investigate in the middle of the night, she finds monkeys all over her yard. Interesting premise.

    Her husband has just left her and she's struggling to deal with that. When the mob starts threatening her and she has to call an old boyfriend for help, the story takes some strange turns that are not quite what I was expecting. I will some that some parts were exactly what I was suspecting like why her husband left but it did have a few twists. The heroine isn't a particularly smart investigator. She's a bit of a bumbler but I could relate to her on some levels. "Next to chocolate and peace on Earth, warm pajamas is what I wish for every birthday and Christmas. Soft and warm matching fleece socks are another favorite". Now this is a lady after my own heart.

    I hesitated to call it a cozy because some of the elements of the traditional cozy are missing. There's no hobby or store or club that everything centers around. There's no central theme, it's more of just a straight mystery in some ways but the feel is cozy. Plenty of humor, plenty of amateur sleuths. They do some pretty amateurish things at times. It almost has the feel of a wacky hi-jinks mystery but not quite. Anyway, enough analysis. It was fun, I liked it and I wouldn't hesitate to go back for more.

    I received a copy of this from netgalley for review. So there, all the proper disclaimers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2014

    Rainstar

    [Hey Willow!]
    <p>
    The new leader dipped her head, pride flooding through her."Thank you," she whispered, her eyes shining as she gazed at the StarClan cats. Knowing she must return to her clan, the tabby leader left her StarClan dream and headed back to RainClan. ~Rainstar

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    OakKit

    She stepped forward. She was the spitting image of AmberTail. "With this life, I give you selflessness to put your clan before yourself. You have nine lives. They have one. If neccessary, this life will give you courage.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Bluestar and co.

    Dont be shocked at who i rp)))
    <p>
    AuroraStar steps forward "With this life i give you loyalty, be loyal to your clan, mate and kits..." she touches her nose to Blue's forehead "good luck daughter" she mews before stepping back
    <p>
    LightningTail he bounds forward like he would have many moons ago in northclan "BlueStar with this life i give you Honor, Honor your clans wishes but also remember to honor yourself" he quickly touches his cousins forehead before bounding back into the starclan ranks
    <p>
    GhostPelt yawns stepping forward "Well since ive forgotten what lives the others have given you I give you the life of Wisdom, you will need it when a problem arises" he touches his nose to her forehead
    <p>
    BlueStar feels the lives ripple through her pelt ((alrighty one more left))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Tundrapaw

    She pads up to Rainshimmer proudly, this being her first time giving a life. "With this life I give you reason. Do not pick fights in any small matters."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2014

    Eaglesoar

    'With this life i give you hope. Never give up on your clan or anything else.' He touches his nose to her head then he goes back to starclan

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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