My first book review of 2018 is the first novel from the Women’s Murder Club, 1st To Die by the brilliant James Patterson.
Four women-four friends-share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.
But the usual procedures aren’t bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women’s Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.
The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong.
Full of the breath taking drama and unforgettable emotions for which James Patterson is famous, 1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining new series of crime thrillers.
I choose this book because I am super excited for the release of the 17th novel of the series in April. So for now, I thought I would introduce you to the members of the Women’s Murder Club.
A homicide detective for the San Francisco Police Department. Lindsay is five foot ten. She was a sociology major and graduated from San Francisco State (to which she transferred from Berkeley when she found out that her mother had breast cancer). She loves beer and butterscotch praline ice cream. She has a border collie named Martha. She enjoys running, loves to read travel books and mysteries and her secret hobby is tai chi.
Lindsay has been divorced once and is now married to long-time boyfriend Joseph Molinari. She has a younger sister named Cat and a father named Marty, who was also a member of the SFPD. Marty left Lindsay’s mother when Lindsay was 13.
One thing that very few people know about Lindsay is that she has a tattoo of a one-inch gecko on her left buttock.
Pretty, blonde and city cool. She’s a crime desk reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Cindy is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she was a sociology major. She loves yoga, jazz music and, like her friend Lindsay Boxer, loves to read travel books and mysteries—she’s even a member of a book club. She also has a tattoo, but unlike Lindsay, she has two small G-clefs on her shoulder.
Claire is black and heavyset; she always jokes, “I’m in shape… round’s a shape.” Claire is wise, confident, kind, and the Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco. She is married to Edmund, a kettle drum-player in the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Claire and Edmund have two teenage sons and a young daughter named Ruby Rose. Her tattoo: an outline of a butterfly just below her waist. She also goes by the nickname “Butterfly” and has it embroidered on her lab coat at work.
Patterson has created a series that will draw you in from page one. 1st to Die introduces us to four magnificent and intelligent women who create an unbreakable bond over one common aspect in their lives. Murder. But, it doesn’t stop there, yes murder does bring them together, but their friendship only grows from there. Their friendship is truly remarkable and Patterson creates such a realistic scene that you feel you are apart of their club and that you have four new best friends. It creates a huge sense of warmth.
We see at the beginning of the book that Lindsay battles with a major health crisis as well as investigating a high profile murder case. This case involves a killer going after newlywed couples and brutally slaughtering them.
It is outside the first crime scene that she bumps into a crime desk news reporter, Cindy Thomas, her soon to be best friend. Due to the high profile of the case, Lindsay is under extreme pressure to stop the killer, so she introduce Cindy Thomas to her good friend, Claire Washburn, the San Francisco Medical Examiner. They create the Women’s Murder Club.
They created the Women’s Murder Club in order to not only garner support from other women who understand the struggle of working in a male orientated job but to help her solve this difficult murder case.
I highly recommend the Women’s Murder Club series to anyone who loves a murder mystery with romance and friendship and everything in-between. This book introduced me to the world of James Patterson and I haven’t looked back!!