1st To Die by James Patterson

“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.

Amazon Rating


The 2011 WHERE Are You reading Map has been updated to include 1st To Die

Purchased from audible.com


23 thoughts on “1st To Die by James Patterson

  1. Did you ever see the brief TV series based on these books? Angie Harmon played the Lindsey character. I loved it, which, of course, meant it had to be canceled…LOL

    I’ve enjoyed the books I’ve read so far. This series is actually what I enjoy most about Patterson’s books…these and the Alex Cross ones. The others, not so much.

  2. Well maybe it worked better on audio because I HATED this book. I read it last year to see if my intense dislike of James Patterson still held true and well, it did. And do not even get me started on the length of the chapters!!!!!! ; )

  3. I caught part of the mini-series based on these books and quite liked them. Actually, that’s the main reason I’m interested in even trying Patterson’s books at all … but I still haven’t. Glad you liked it, though!

  4. The Women’s Murder Club (the ones I’ve read) are surprisingly good books with great female characters. I’m glad you finally got around to picking one up. The other thing I love about this series is that you don’t need to have read any of the others to appreciate a book you read out of sequence.

    1. I love the strong female characters Julie – they are the same women in every book right? I think the second one will be interesting to see how they all bond together after this first murder being solved.

  5. I love this series. I think I have read up to 7 and it amazes me how he can have so many similar stories yet they are very different if that makes any sense. I have 8 on my shelf to read but took some time to read some other books!

  6. It has been years since I’ve read any Patterson. I used to love to take his books on vacation with me, even though sometimes it had me jumping at sounds in the night!

  7. I read this one awhile back and enjoyed it but never continued on with the series. I honestly couldn’t even tell you why…weird. And it has been a really long time since I read anything by this author so maybe I should give the 2nd book a go. Great review!

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