The Three Monkeys, A Carter A. Johnson & Kate Menke Thriller

Rated 4.75/5 based on 8 reviews
Ex-vigilantes Carter A. Johnson and Kate Menke have opened J&M Investigations in St. Louis, Missouri. Their first major case is solving the horrific murders of three victims dubbed The Three Monkeys by the news media: Hear No Evil, See No Evil & Speak No Evil. While they search for clues, the despotic killer has selected his next victims. Then he turns his attention to dealing with his new nemeses More

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About Robert Schobernd

Robert Schobernd has published nine novels and two short stories. His favorite genres are hard core crime, but he ventured to the horror genre with a short story and a zombie apocalypse tale. Robert and his wife live NE of St. Louis, Missouri, where he pursues his passion for writing.

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Review by: I. Readalot on Dec. 8, 2017 :
A good read. I especially liked the interaction of the young man and the main antagonist. It was sad that he was used so badly. A solid plot with lots of action, especially the tension filled late scene with Carter and Kate.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Rable on Nov. 28, 2017 :
I like it. It’s an exciting read despite the graphic murders. The change in the relationship between Carter and Kate was positive and felt natural. I look forward to the next book.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Lomar on Oct. 25, 2017 :
The murder descriptions are a bit gruesome, but I’ve read much more detailed. I liked the characters and the well written action scenes. Interesting how the detectives nailed down the perpetrator of the crimes. The grandson’s demise was sad, but predictable.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
Review by: NoraLee1 on Sep. 25, 2017 :
This story surprised me when Carter and Kate left the vigilante group they were involved in. That was the staple of the first three books I read in this series. I liked their loving interaction and their change to becoming legitimate detectives in St. Louis Missouri. When naked, mutilated bodies are discovered hung on the side of a barn it is a precursor of more horrible acts to come.
The addition of their receptionist was a big plus and I hope she appears in future books.
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Review by: SCader on Sep. 9, 2017 :
The Three Monkeys is a complete change of pace in this series. Carter and Kate are now together living in St. Louis, Mo. They’ve opened a detective agency and have their first major case. Three naked, mutilated bodies were hung on a barn a short distance away in Illinois. The police have no clues and no suspects, so, the fledgling detectives search for answers. They hire a receptionist whom Kate predicts will either be a great asset or the employee from hell. Deline Durand is a great addition to the duo and I hope she stays around. I really liked her outrageous character. Some of the other characters are not so nice; the main suspects are a white power group and a smug, egotistical, rich, old fart. The action is still fast and furious as I’ve grown to expect from this series. I really liked it.
(reviewed 12 days after purchase)
Review by: Lillith Dunn on Aug. 17, 2017 :
I liked the characters in this story. It wasn’t anything like I envisioned. Despite the violence, it was far better.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: VigilantReader1 on Aug. 7, 2017 :
Title – The Three Monkey’s
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.

Main Characters:
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 is 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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(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: Jpatt on June 23, 2017 :
Great story, a bit gruesome in the murder scenes, but I’m anxiously waiting for the next story in this series.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
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