“What is the worst thing anyone has ever done?” the killer muses to himself early in the narrative. “Am I capable of doing it? Do I have what it takes?” Answering his own question, he embarks on a murderous spree that takes him from the bridal suite in a Nob Hill hotel to a honeymoon destination in the Napa Valley and thence to a wedding reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Dispatching his victims on the happiest day of their lives, he purposefully leaves enough clues for his distaff trackers to discover his identity and put him behind bars. But just when the women think they’ve got the case all wrapped up, the killer turns the tables on them in a bloody denouement that even the most discerning reader won’t see coming.
In a word…
I have always wanted to try this series but as in most LARGE series, if I didn’t grab on to the reads from the get go, I tend to look at the large amount of books i would have to catch up on to be current and then decide I don’t want to commit. In this case, I found this audio on sale at audible.com for $4, and thought why not give it a try.
Well… I will tell you right now why not…
Because Sheila, what if you like it? What is the whole Woman’s Murder Club turns out to be an awesome series? What is you enjoy the characters and the mystery and figuring it out like you are part of the club? What are you going to do then? Huh? Huh? Huh?
(I am pretty cruel to myself…)
Well…. since that IS what happened. And I DID really enjoy this read. I guess I am going to have to move on to the next in the series… 2nd Chance.
Honestly, this surprises me as I have not always liked some of Patterson’s older works… but here I am thinking Lindsey is awesome and the rest of the women in the club too! What do you get when you have a Homicide Inspector (Lindsey), a medical examiner (Claire), an assistant D.A. (Jill), and a reporter (Cindy)? You get an awesome kick butt group of women who are tough and protective of their friendship, will share a bottle of wine along with lunch, and go to bat for one another in the blink of a well made up eye.
The crimes… newly weds are being murdered – and the evidence is closing in on a well-known author who not only writes murder mysteries, but appears to have written this one as well! As Lindsey works with her partner Chris (on duty and off), the pieces come together shockingly fast… but is it too fast? Is it all just a little too simple?
I enjoyed Lindsey as the main character and I really liked puzzling out the “who did it” and loved that in the end – even though I thought I knew, I didn’t know… and that was a bonus “ooh!!!!” to the read.
Yes, I joke as much as the next person about James Patterson’s short chapters, but this sweet 20,000 chapter book…. (kidding, it was more like 112), was a huge enjoyment for the mystery lover in me.
The 2011 WHERE Are You reading Map has been updated to include 1st To Die
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