Teaser from “Take the Monkeys and Run” #teasertuesday

teasertuesdays2014eTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

I picked up Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell because of the clever title. I figured from the cover that it would be a cozy mystery, and took a quick glance at the preview, but it really was was the title that got me!

From my current position:

I tried to look into the house through the glass panes of the door, fairly certain that I had heard the door open last night after the horrible man-beast howl. They were covered in dirt and grime, and since I hadn’t come equipped with my nosy neighbor cleaning kit, I used my sweatshirt sleeve. I wiped away just enough dirt to see that the panes had been covered up from the inside with cardboard.

Karen Cantwell, Take the Monkeys and Run

51uEKSWmZRL._SL250_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.

237 pages of laugh-out-loud fun.

“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.” – Publishers Weekly

Semi-Finalist, 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Contest
“Barbara Marr is…perhaps the most hilarious amateur sleuth in literature….Cantwell handles her characters with flair and pizazz…blending page-turning action with those little tender moments that get you right in the gut…”

“The story is fast-paced, fun and with quite a few twists all rolled into one cute adventure.” – Socrate’s Book Reviews

“It was just plain fun to read.” Red Adept Reviews

“Take the Monkeys and Run by Karen Cantwell could easily become one of my favorite books of all time.” — Syria Says

“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.” Reviewed by Lee Libro at Literary Magic
Books in the series: Take the Monkeys and Run (#1), Citizen Insane (#2), Silenced by the Yams (#3), Saturday Night Cleaver (#4)


  1. Nosy neighbor cleaning kit? She cleans nosy neighbors? 😉 LOL I like this teaser. I have this book on my Kindle (one of a great many) but haven’t read it yet. I love the title!

    Here’s my Teaser.

  2. Sounds like someone is opposed to snoopers. Really great tease, I’m definitely curious as to what is going on. Happy reading!
    My Teasers.

  3. i love cozy mysteries and this one sounds like it would be fun! I’ll have to add it to my ever-growing TBR pile. My TT is here. New follower!

  4. Sounds like a fun story. I love the book’s title.
    Here’s the link to my Tuesday post: Tumbleweeds.

  5. This sounds great! And the start of another series too. (And probably more to my taste than the one I’m reading this week, lol.)

    Mine this week is Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse #1) by Charlaine Harris at http://wp.me/pZnGI-dk

  6. Sounds fun! Enjoy.

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