The Must List

P.J. Tracy

Pseudonym for mother-daughter authors of best-selling murder mysteries -- p.j. tracy -- The Must List 2004

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MUSTWORTHINESS The mother-daughter writing team (mom is P.J., daughter is Traci) threw a ''Monkeewrench'' into the best-seller list last year and then followed up that debut mystery with the intricately plotted ''Live Bait'' -- which follows a string of Minneapolis murders.
CREATIVE PROCESS The women, who live in Minnesota (P.J.) and California (Traci), say they need to be in the same room to write. ''And we act out the plot, so we have crazy fun doing that,'' says Traci. Must get interesting for the murder scenes.
NEXT The third Monkeewrench book, ''Milk Run,'' is due out next spring.

Originally posted Jun 25, 2004 Published in issue #771-772 Jun 25, 2004 Order article reprints