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James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an eve James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller. Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor's office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear. Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can't officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again. The major subplot -- Lindsay's facing up to her illness even while she learns to fall in love again -- carefully compensates for the novel's coarse scenes of brutality. Lindsay Boxer is't merely an obsessed cop trailing a maniac; she's also a terrified woman confronting the onslaught of disease. The story lines balance out to show us the true mettle of someone who puts the safety of others before her own. Again, Patterson's skill for producing furiously paced fiction are evident as the novel breezes by rapidly. The short chapters keep the narrative leaping with increasingly taut plot elements, but there's an emotional commitment that makes our protagonist even more amiable and involving. 1st to Die is a novel that works as an intense series of character portraits that will leave the reader touched and delighted. --Tom Piccirilli


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James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an eve James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an even deeper emotional context to this suspense thriller. Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor's office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. Claire offers helpful advice and human, friendly contact amid a job filled with violence, cruelty, and fear. Soon a fledgling newspaper reporter, Cindy, makes contact with Lindsay looking for a career-making story. Although Lindsay can't officially comment on the case, the two women form a rapport, and Cindy joins Lindsay and Claire for their weekly meeting. When a second pair of newlyweds is murdered, and later a third, the investigation leads to a prominent crime writer, Nicholas Jenks, who has a history of spousal abuse and a predilection for kinky, dangerous sex games. With the help of an understanding assistant D.A., Jill Bernhardt, Lindsay tries to make a case against Jenks, who even had an affair with one of the slain women. Eventually Jill joins the Murder Club, and the four ladies share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again. The major subplot -- Lindsay's facing up to her illness even while she learns to fall in love again -- carefully compensates for the novel's coarse scenes of brutality. Lindsay Boxer is't merely an obsessed cop trailing a maniac; she's also a terrified woman confronting the onslaught of disease. The story lines balance out to show us the true mettle of someone who puts the safety of others before her own. Again, Patterson's skill for producing furiously paced fiction are evident as the novel breezes by rapidly. The short chapters keep the narrative leaping with increasingly taut plot elements, but there's an emotional commitment that makes our protagonist even more amiable and involving. 1st to Die is a novel that works as an intense series of character portraits that will leave the reader touched and delighted. --Tom Piccirilli

30 review for 1st to Die

  1. 5 out of 5

    Zach

    How in the world is he a best-selling author? His characters are shallow, his writing is mediocre, and when he writes about romance it feels mechanical and formulaic. This book had a twist at the end, but it was the worst sort of twist - the kind that you can't really predict because he probably didn't think to add it until after the book was already written - leaving out any traces of foreshadowing. I haven't read any of his other books and don't plan to now. When you have as little time for le How in the world is he a best-selling author? His characters are shallow, his writing is mediocre, and when he writes about romance it feels mechanical and formulaic. This book had a twist at the end, but it was the worst sort of twist - the kind that you can't really predict because he probably didn't think to add it until after the book was already written - leaving out any traces of foreshadowing. I haven't read any of his other books and don't plan to now. When you have as little time for leisure reading as I do, you waste as little time as possible reading crap. Also, he uses too much vulgarity and too much sex. It isn't even romantic sex; it's cheap. I recommend this book only to people who have already read every other book in the world and would rather read something they haven't read then reread a good book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Book Maven

    Am I the only one that thinks that "Women's Murder Club" sounds not only hokey but juvenile and begging mockery? The story: a psycho serial killer begins murdering newly married couples. 4 women, each with their own stake in cracking the case, are determined to nail the killer, and so band together outside of official channels to pool their resources and figure it all out. There is a red herring (if one could call it that) and a vaguely surprising twist at the end, but I read this with an unusual Am I the only one that thinks that "Women's Murder Club" sounds not only hokey but juvenile and begging mockery? The story: a psycho serial killer begins murdering newly married couples. 4 women, each with their own stake in cracking the case, are determined to nail the killer, and so band together outside of official channels to pool their resources and figure it all out. There is a red herring (if one could call it that) and a vaguely surprising twist at the end, but I read this with an unusual level of detachment and disinterest, and so was not impressed by anything. I just wasn't hugely impressed with this book. Patterson's handling of the female characters and their relationships with each other were stilted, forced, and lacked nuance from beginning to end. I get the impression that Patterson does not truly grasp how women operate, and how their relationships develop. As for the plot itself, well, it was vaguely diverting, but not much more. The only halfway compelling facet of this mystery was the main character's struggle with an illness of which she has just learned; an illness that is potentially fatal, can advance rapidly (and in fact does), and that begins to make her realize her own sense of mortality, and how time might be running out. I love books in which the female characters are young, put-together, strong, successful...I think what is the most disappointing about this book is that there is SO MUCH unrealized potential. Grrrr.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lydia

    This is my first Patterson experience. The book was quite captivating and enthralling.There are half a million detective-serial killer novels out there... Patterson's are by far near if not at the top of the list! His chapters are so brisk you'll find your self half-way through the book before you know it. As well, the suspense is so well paced, and he also tosses in so many possibilities and clues to murderer's identity into the mix, there's no way you'll be able to set the book down until you This is my first Patterson experience. The book was quite captivating and enthralling.There are half a million detective-serial killer novels out there... Patterson's are by far near if not at the top of the list! His chapters are so brisk you'll find your self half-way through the book before you know it. As well, the suspense is so well paced, and he also tosses in so many possibilities and clues to murderer's identity into the mix, there's no way you'll be able to set the book down until you have reached the finale. In addition to top-notch suspense, Patterson gives deep insight into the minds of our four heroine's, we know their dark secrets , and sympathize with them (especially Linday with the rare blood disorder, an original sub-plot)therefore we truly care about what happens to them. And as you approach the end of Patterson's 1st to Die, you breath of sigh of relief, only until the last page where Patterson chucks another twist at you, you nearly fall out of your seat in cardiac arrest! Never have I read a novel with a final twist so near the end of the book I can't help but applaud Patterson for being so clever. Reading it was like driving a car, through beautiful countryside relaxing and enjoying it- UNTIL you suddenly see the road sink below the horizon realizing your approaching a cliff at rapid speed! Kudos to Patterson, this book Thrills!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tea Jovanović

    Slabo je poznata činjenica da sam prva dovela Patersonove knjige u Srbiju... i bila sam godinama urednik njegovih knjiga za različite izdavače... i da verovatno najbolje poznajem njegov bogati opus... :) Od svih raznovrsnih njegovih knjiga i serijala ovaj mi je najdraži, koji sam uporno "gurala" godinama... Ovde ne možemo pričati o "velikoj" književnosti ali zato možemo govoriti o pravom kvalitetnom komercijalnom autoru, koji vas uhvati i ne pušta od početka do kraja svake knjige... čak i one ko Slabo je poznata činjenica da sam prva dovela Patersonove knjige u Srbiju... i bila sam godinama urednik njegovih knjiga za različite izdavače... i da verovatno najbolje poznajem njegov bogati opus... :) Od svih raznovrsnih njegovih knjiga i serijala ovaj mi je najdraži, koji sam uporno "gurala" godinama... Ovde ne možemo pričati o "velikoj" književnosti ali zato možemo govoriti o pravom kvalitetnom komercijalnom autoru, koji vas uhvati i ne pušta od početka do kraja svake knjige... čak i one koju biste ocenili sa samo dve ili tri zvezdice... :) I možete pročitati i po tri knjige zaredom i tražiti još... Zato on piše i po 8 naslova godišnje... po jedan iz svakog serijala plus poneki stand alone naslov... :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    James Lafayette Tivendale

    I tend to read Patterson's books when I don't want my brain to work that hard. 1st to Die fits that bill perfectly. I loved the concept of a group of extraordinary females - including a detective, a lawyer, and a journalist - working together to solve crimes. It was an easy to read, page-turning thriller featuring a complicated, gruesome killer of newly-weds, and more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica Poole

    While I greatly enjoyed this and the next 2 books in the Women's Murder Club series, I was unable to continue reading the series with the same enjoyment due to comments that Patterson himself made in regards to it. He basically said that they were crap, that he just wrote them because he knew that they would sell, and he basically made me feel as if by reading them, and enjoying them, he was belittling me. I know it might be a bit extreme, but he ruined this series for me, as well as other serie While I greatly enjoyed this and the next 2 books in the Women's Murder Club series, I was unable to continue reading the series with the same enjoyment due to comments that Patterson himself made in regards to it. He basically said that they were crap, that he just wrote them because he knew that they would sell, and he basically made me feel as if by reading them, and enjoying them, he was belittling me. I know it might be a bit extreme, but he ruined this series for me, as well as other series, such as those involving Alex Cross. Hard to enjoy work from an author who condescends to write for 'the masses'.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    My impulse as I read 1st to Die was to start editing. Overwriting, reduncancy, and sentimentality took the place of plot structure, character development, and freshness. Each of the four women was described in terms of her profession and ethnic background--sassy Black woman medical examiner with a faithful musician husband, sleek, sophisticated put-upon woman DA who gets no respect from her male superiors, perky newspaper reporter whose risk-taking allows her to get the scoops that more seasoned My impulse as I read 1st to Die was to start editing. Overwriting, reduncancy, and sentimentality took the place of plot structure, character development, and freshness. Each of the four women was described in terms of her profession and ethnic background--sassy Black woman medical examiner with a faithful musician husband, sleek, sophisticated put-upon woman DA who gets no respect from her male superiors, perky newspaper reporter whose risk-taking allows her to get the scoops that more seasoned newspaper people are afraid to go after, and, of course, our depressed, troubled, obsessed main character who gets her life back just to lose everything and speaks in cliches throughout the narrative. This book was a fast read, but I won't bother reading any of the other books in the series. I wonder if the TV show is any better? If so, it's only because some decent writers turned the script into something better than this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lorena

    I was curious about this series because it's obviously very popular, but I can't say I'm terribly impressed by it. First of all, the sappy "you go girl" female characters didn't seem very true to life to me. Patterson seems to think that name-checking Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, plus a lot of hugging and randomly saying "I love you, girl", means he has created believable female characters. Not so much. Also, I thought the plot was melodramatic, and the continual twists were more tedious than I was curious about this series because it's obviously very popular, but I can't say I'm terribly impressed by it. First of all, the sappy "you go girl" female characters didn't seem very true to life to me. Patterson seems to think that name-checking Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, plus a lot of hugging and randomly saying "I love you, girl", means he has created believable female characters. Not so much. Also, I thought the plot was melodramatic, and the continual twists were more tedious than shocking or surprising.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to read anything involving thought and effort so mindless mysteries/thrillers are just what the doctor ordered. This one, though? No thanks. By page 45 I decided I hated James Patterson writing women. The head of the homicide division and the chief medical examiner of San Francisco are disgusted, sickened, and “have to turn away” from a body. What atrocity can these two strong, experienced, professional women not handle? A body with a single stab woun I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to read anything involving thought and effort so mindless mysteries/thrillers are just what the doctor ordered. This one, though? No thanks. By page 45 I decided I hated James Patterson writing women. The head of the homicide division and the chief medical examiner of San Francisco are disgusted, sickened, and “have to turn away” from a body. What atrocity can these two strong, experienced, professional women not handle? A body with a single stab wound. What?! Oh, but the male detective? He’s just fine! He even steps in to offer our lead homicide investigator an arm to lean on! Seriously? You’ve got to be kidding me. I found the interactions between the female friends not realistic in the slightest. I actually snorted with laughter a few times at how ridiculous and cliché they were. Overall I found the writing to be stilted and not especially engaging. I can’t say I enjoyed it much at all. And I don’t normally notice these things but the man used the word, “chilling” so many times that, not only did I notice, but was really annoyed by it. Good writers don’t need to tell their readers how to react to their writing. I should find your descriptions “chilling” without being told to over and over and over again. And my most petty complaint: The Women’s Murder Club. Four intelligent, urbane professionals and that’s the name of their group? Couldn’t he have come up with a name that wasn’t so hackneyed and immature? It might as well be The Four Females Who Find Killers Club or The Four Awesome Chicks Hunting Bad Guys Club. Would a homicide investigator, coroner, prosecutor, and reporter who were male have to create a “club” and name it something so hokey? Again, I think it goes back to Patterson’s inability to write women with any realism or truth. And his desire to create a series and characters that could easily be marketed and turned into a movie and/or TV show. I enjoy gruesome, bloody thrillers but really doubt I can bring myself to skim through the rest of these books based solely on how poorly written I find the characters. ETA: I just found out that James Patterson earned $50 million from June 2007 to June 2008. No, that’s not a typo. I’m equal parts horrified and inspired to write something that my biggest fans will excitedly describe as a “quick and easy read.”

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marwan

    The first James Patterson book I ever read, and one of the best I read this year. It has exceeded my expectations. Honestly I didn't know serial killer novels could be this fun. It's filled with suspense and thrill, and Just when you thought you've seen the last of the twists, another one jumps at you in the final pages. The plot revolves around a serial killer who targets newlyweds at their wedding night, and it's up to the homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer to track him down. However, in order The first James Patterson book I ever read, and one of the best I read this year. It has exceeded my expectations. Honestly I didn't know serial killer novels could be this fun. It's filled with suspense and thrill, and Just when you thought you've seen the last of the twists, another one jumps at you in the final pages. The plot revolves around a serial killer who targets newlyweds at their wedding night, and it's up to the homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer to track him down. However, in order to do that she needs the help of her friends in the women's murder club (Claire Washburn, Cindy Thomas, and Jill Bernhardt). Together they work hard in order to bring the killer to justice before he strikes again.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    I love love love James Patterson, he's my new favorite author. His writing style is great, easy to read and fast. He explains things so you understand but without making you feel stupid. His characters are well developed in this series and are entertaining. Another thing I love, his chapters are very very short so you can always get to a good stopping place!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    This is an audio book that I listened to many, many years ago. It's narrated by Suzanne Toren who did an excellent job. I remember that I loved it so much that I listened to the entire series back to back, or at least up until the point where I had to wait for the next one to come out. Then I listened to it immediately. This was published in 2002 and I own all of them on Audible audio books. Now, the 16th one, 16th Seduction, is out so I've decided to start back to the beginning of the series fo This is an audio book that I listened to many, many years ago. It's narrated by Suzanne Toren who did an excellent job. I remember that I loved it so much that I listened to the entire series back to back, or at least up until the point where I had to wait for the next one to come out. Then I listened to it immediately. This was published in 2002 and I own all of them on Audible audio books. Now, the 16th one, 16th Seduction, is out so I've decided to start back to the beginning of the series for the second time. I didn't remember the intricate twists and turns it takes all the way up to the very end. I can definitely say that it was a great decision! I'm on to the second one, 2nd Chance. Now about this book. I loved it! What an incredible ending!! James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have coauthored an ingenious novel staring Lindsey Boxer, slowly unfolding how the Woman's Murder Club gets started, all the way thru to dynamic ending that I guarantee you will NOT forsee!! You will have to read it to find out anything more.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    I believe this will be the last James Patterson novel that I read. It was another of his titles with cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, and a plot with unlikely but convenient and contrived coincidences, which all equal a very thin read. In this book, the women's "friendship" came across as canned and forced. I think the characters were developed solely on a quota system for just the perfect mix that could solve murders. It was almost as if I could hear him thinking, "Hmmm...let's see...I n I believe this will be the last James Patterson novel that I read. It was another of his titles with cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, and a plot with unlikely but convenient and contrived coincidences, which all equal a very thin read. In this book, the women's "friendship" came across as canned and forced. I think the characters were developed solely on a quota system for just the perfect mix that could solve murders. It was almost as if I could hear him thinking, "Hmmm...let's see...I need a homicide detective (check), a medical examiner (check), and oh, maybe a reporter (check again). What else? Yes, of course! A district attorney too! (final check). Let's also make sure I represent the independent tough woman working in a man's world, the ethnic woman, the up-and-comer with moxie, and the uber-professional careerist. Done and done." Perhaps his use of ghostwriters who write stories about characters they didn't envision doing things that someone else has imagined and outlined is what causes this flatness. Whatever the reason, the end result just isn't for me. While I admire James Patterson's apparent marketing genius and entrepreneurial spirit in creating book outlines and farming out the actual storytelling and writing to other authors, he is now really just a brand cranking out books at breakneck speed. But at least he's honest about it. And he's right that his writing/outlines do appeal to a certain type of reader who wants a fast-paced read that doesn't require heavy lifting. Nothing wrong with that, but I'll be moving on.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    There's nothing specifically GOOD about this book, but damned if the pages don't practically turn themselves. It's pure junk food, and I mean that as a compliment insofar as processed food is very highly engineered by very skilled workers to be universally appealing to the widest possible market. Patterson -- a top advertising exec before his writing career -- seems to have decided that in addition to his bestselling Alex Cross novels and film adaptations, he needed a series that appealed to wome There's nothing specifically GOOD about this book, but damned if the pages don't practically turn themselves. It's pure junk food, and I mean that as a compliment insofar as processed food is very highly engineered by very skilled workers to be universally appealing to the widest possible market. Patterson -- a top advertising exec before his writing career -- seems to have decided that in addition to his bestselling Alex Cross novels and film adaptations, he needed a series that appealed to women and television. Four chicks with different skills -- ensemble cast! Alex Cross works on the East Coast, so we'll set this series on the West Coast! They have complicated love lives and health problems and career setbacks for background color! It's a sign of Patterson's professionalism that he doesn't make you feel like a market segment while you're actually reading. He wants to tell a good story, and shows real interest in his characters' feelings no matter how banal. I doubt I'll be reading another entry in this series, but new writers could do a lot worse than following this craftsman's lead.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    Oh god - I really hated the first book I read of Patterson's, but I'd read about the Women's Murder Club TV series, and thought it sounded kind of cool, so I wanted to try the books. I'm about half way through, and this is pretty awful so far, in the same way as the previous book I read. Clumsy, cliched writing, ridiculous characters, a really ridiculous killer... bah. Why are these popular? At least it's a quick read. *** Skimmed my way frantically through the second half of the book in order to Oh god - I really hated the first book I read of Patterson's, but I'd read about the Women's Murder Club TV series, and thought it sounded kind of cool, so I wanted to try the books. I'm about half way through, and this is pretty awful so far, in the same way as the previous book I read. Clumsy, cliched writing, ridiculous characters, a really ridiculous killer... bah. Why are these popular? At least it's a quick read. *** Skimmed my way frantically through the second half of the book in order to finish it. Awful, awful stuff - Patterson is an incredibly bad writer. And that "twist" at the end? Jesus christ. I felt embarrassed to be reading this on the train, in case someone was reading over my shoulder. Ergh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anuradha

    Meh. Quite forgettable, honestly, but it was exactly what I needed after the emotional turmoil I went through following my previous read. I needed fluff; either a laugh out loud romantic comedy or a conventional, highly predictable "thriller", and really, I wasn't quite in the mood for romance. Anyway, this was "high-octane", overly dramatic, and very fast. I mean, I'm feeling generous, because this book really doesn't deserve two stars. But, sigh, circumstances. I'm sure Patterson is a bestsell Meh. Quite forgettable, honestly, but it was exactly what I needed after the emotional turmoil I went through following my previous read. I needed fluff; either a laugh out loud romantic comedy or a conventional, highly predictable "thriller", and really, I wasn't quite in the mood for romance. Anyway, this was "high-octane", overly dramatic, and very fast. I mean, I'm feeling generous, because this book really doesn't deserve two stars. But, sigh, circumstances. I'm sure Patterson is a bestselling author for the same reason that John Grisham or Dan Brown is one. Okay, well, I don't know the reason, but I know it has to be the same. When I figure it out, I'll let you all know. So this book is supposed to be dark and gritty and action-packed, but truthfully, it was long and rambling and unnecessarily dramatic. No, really, I was a little put off by the prologue, but I trudged along because I'm a little trooper. I wasn't disappointed per se, because I was expecting...this, but sometimes, I would like these guys to try maybe just a little to surprise me. There is only one place I see Patterson actually try, and he fails quite badly at there as well. You see, he tries too hard to imitate the voice of a woman, which, he really can't. Maybe just stick to third person POV, yeah, buddy? That's bearable. The first person POV is not. It is quite insipid and irritating, in fact. If you watch crime procedurals as much as I do, firstly, you need to stop, it is unhealthy, but secondly and more importantly, you'll be able to figure this out quite fast. Basically, there's a serial killer who likes killing newly-wed couples and pays special attention to the brides. Basically. The twists were bland and uninteresting, the "strong, female characters" were caricatures of any number of female cops, medical examiners, DAs, and crime reporters you would see on criminal procedurals. There's helluva lot of drama, and that made my head hurt. The romance is gratuitous, as is its unexpected end. Lindsay has way too many problems, way too much baggage, and why Patterson wants to make the poor woman suffer more, is beyond me. If you want to read good fictional thrillers about serial killers, read The Alienist by Caleb Carr or the Inspector Thomas Lynley series by Elizabeth George. Look, I didn't read this book to trash it, truthfully. I knew what I was getting into, and I wanted it, not because I'm a masochist (which I am), but because I needed a palate cleanser. So I'm going to refrain from saying more. I mean, it served its purpose well, so all isn't lost. I don't recommend it unless you want to read something with the same level of detachment I did. Then, by all means, lose yourself in the book. Or maybe just lose the book. That would be a lot better for your health.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Obsidian

    I fell in love with this series when I was 23. I also played the games based on this series too. Too bad I ended up despising the characters and writing around book #10 and tapped out. I decided to do a re-read since my library had pretty much all of the books available right now. 1st to Die follows homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer. Lindsay has plans to be made a lieutenant one day. When she gets devastating medical news on top of being involved with what looks to be a serial killer, she ends up I fell in love with this series when I was 23. I also played the games based on this series too. Too bad I ended up despising the characters and writing around book #10 and tapped out. I decided to do a re-read since my library had pretty much all of the books available right now. 1st to Die follows homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer. Lindsay has plans to be made a lieutenant one day. When she gets devastating medical news on top of being involved with what looks to be a serial killer, she ends up asking her friends for her help, thus the women's murder club is borne. I have to say that Lindsay never grabbed me as a lead in this series. She was and is in the earlier books too wishy washy. We know she's divorced, but she catches feelings for her new partner and he for her for no reasons except plot. Patterson doesn't do a great job of developing the other three women in the club, Claire Washburn (a Medical Examiner) Jill Bernhardt, (assistant D.A.), and Cindy Thomas (journalist). The women don't do much but get together to have margaritas and lo and behold they are somehow figuring out what done it and why. The book also switches between these women and the killer (with Lindsay in first person POV) and everyone else in third person point of view, except for the killer, which makes zero sense. Patterson should have just had Boxer as the lead, and have her interact with her friends more. The writing is choppy and so are the chapters. I can't lie, these are a fast read and you won't have a chance to get bored since Patterson runs from scene to scene. The why behind the murders was a reach and a half though and the ending was a joke.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    4-1/2 Stars! It’s been a few years since I’ve read James Patterson. I considered myself a fan in the past but then I felt disappointed after reading Zoo, so I took a break. The Women’s Murder Club series ended up being a good choice for me. This is the Patterson I remember loving to read. Suspenseful and unpredictable.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

    Audio. A really light easy read. It helps with audio versions when the chapters are short and pithy, as these definitely were. This book is the first in the Woman's Murder Club series. Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding Audio. A really light easy read. It helps with audio versions when the chapters are short and pithy, as these definitely were. This book is the first in the Woman's Murder Club series. Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding night. Burdened with Chris Raleigh, a new partner reassigned from the mayor's office, Lindsay finds that she has too much to deal with and turns to her best friend, Claire, the head ME on the case. With the help of fledgling newspaper reporter Cindy, and ADA Jill, Lindsay and Claire share private interdepartmental information in an effort to track and stop the killer before he strikes again. I wasn't expecting great things from this book, but I was pleasantly surprised and have already loaded the second in the series 2nd Chance to listen to.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn

    I have recently posted a much better review on my blog! -If you are reading this then write in the comments which fictional book character you would've hated to babysit you as a kid. I'd choose Camie from The A-List series because she probably would've called me names and had strange guys over while babysitting! Also, since you are an awesome individual who likes to spread joy, check out my blog post for 1st to Die by James Patterson (SPOILERS). (It only takes three minutes to read and a fraction o I have recently posted a much better review on my blog! -If you are reading this then write in the comments which fictional book character you would've hated to babysit you as a kid. I'd choose Camie from The A-List series because she probably would've called me names and had strange guys over while babysitting! Also, since you are an awesome individual who likes to spread joy, check out my blog post for 1st to Die by James Patterson (SPOILERS). (It only takes three minutes to read and a fraction of a second to click on the link) Here's the link https://thereadrose.blog/2018/09/11/r...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Hari Kumar

    My goodness, I've completed this book. I decided to try this novel as it had (and still have) a really good rating on GR. And I thought this would make a good read. I have imagined this would be better read than the Alex Cross, but not much. It seems Mr.Patterson has read a way lot of Agatha Christie and had confusions on whether the ideas are his or someone else's and finally decides to write books before the conclusion of those idea's origins and ignoring their quintessentiality in their real My goodness, I've completed this book. I decided to try this novel as it had (and still have) a really good rating on GR. And I thought this would make a good read. I have imagined this would be better read than the Alex Cross, but not much. It seems Mr.Patterson has read a way lot of Agatha Christie and had confusions on whether the ideas are his or someone else's and finally decides to write books before the conclusion of those idea's origins and ignoring their quintessentiality in their real storylines. I didn't like the narrative style which is weird and annoying sometimes, and the author thinks the book is narrated by a woman (thought, I'm not a woman), but trust me this ain't the way a woman speaks, but at least for women with such credentials. I think he shouldn't have written the epilogue which is completely out of sanity. But anyway Thanks to Mr.Patterson for this book, which made me write a completely opposing review (almost completely except for this part)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    It goes to show that we as readers evolve, meaning that we as individuals evolve; we grow older and our taste in books change, which is a good thing. I gave this book 5 stars when I first read it, 15 years ago, now, well, I still like it, but I'm not so impressionable anymore; I do find flaws with it. For instance, the insanity of the murders, and what's behind it, is rather flimsy. You will say that a psychopath often has no good reason to inflict pain, to kill. He simply enjoys it - but to infl It goes to show that we as readers evolve, meaning that we as individuals evolve; we grow older and our taste in books change, which is a good thing. I gave this book 5 stars when I first read it, 15 years ago, now, well, I still like it, but I'm not so impressionable anymore; I do find flaws with it. For instance, the insanity of the murders, and what's behind it, is rather flimsy. You will say that a psychopath often has no good reason to inflict pain, to kill. He simply enjoys it - but to influence others? I don't know. I like Lindsey Boxer, SFPD detective, and I enjoy her friendship with Claire, the forensic pathologist, Cindy, the journalist, and finally Jill, the ADA. They all have a story to tell - and it was interesting to read how the Women's Murder Club was formed. The Bride & Groom murders are at the center of this plot - and now with all the years gone by and rereading - I admit it's not the greatest plot, but it's well paced. The author does a good job building up the story. It kept me captivated. Foremost, I want to know how these ladies grow in their careers, so yes I look forward reading the rest of the books.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aira Karina

    i was having a hard time to focus on the first few chapter .. but things change after i read through half of the book . james patterson is an auto buy author for me . i felt every struggle the heroines went through in this book .. this is a must read series ..

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marisa Meiga

    Acabo de terminar de releer este libro de James Patterson y aún me estoy preguntando cómo no seguí leyendo sus libros. Esta historia es muy atrapante, tanto que no quieres soltar el libro porque quieres saber qué es lo que sucede a continuación. La verdad es que engancha de muchas maneras: la historia está muy bien, los personajes también; en este primer libro de “El club de las mujeres contra el crimen” el personaje más desarrollado es el de Lindsay Boxer, la policía; y, por otra parte, los cap Acabo de terminar de releer este libro de James Patterson y aún me estoy preguntando cómo no seguí leyendo sus libros. Esta historia es muy atrapante, tanto que no quieres soltar el libro porque quieres saber qué es lo que sucede a continuación. La verdad es que engancha de muchas maneras: la historia está muy bien, los personajes también; en este primer libro de “El club de las mujeres contra el crimen” el personaje más desarrollado es el de Lindsay Boxer, la policía; y, por otra parte, los capítulos son cortísimos por lo que te anima a seguir y seguir leyendo; además, la intriga se mantiene hasta el final del libro. Muy recomendable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Neveils

    Wow! This book was great! I almost gave it 4-stars, as there are some subplot development issues (the main character, Lindsay, developed well as a character, but has a lot of things that happen out of the main plot that do not directly relate, but don't exactly take away - Patterson is trying to add more emotional, real-life appeal to the novel). Overall I loved it! The book has a lot of suspense is a very quick read! Lindsay is trying to catch a "bride and groom" pyschopath killer while dealing Wow! This book was great! I almost gave it 4-stars, as there are some subplot development issues (the main character, Lindsay, developed well as a character, but has a lot of things that happen out of the main plot that do not directly relate, but don't exactly take away - Patterson is trying to add more emotional, real-life appeal to the novel). Overall I loved it! The book has a lot of suspense is a very quick read! Lindsay is trying to catch a "bride and groom" pyschopath killer while dealing with issues of life. She and three other girlfriends form a club - The Women's Murder Club - so they can solve the murders together, off the record, and as a "girls-only" atmosphere to alleviate the male dominated professions each woman is involved in. Lindsay is a senior inspector for the San Fransico PD, Cliare is the Assistant Medical Examiner, Cindy is a rookie reporter, and Jill is the Assistant District Attorney. These women come together and make real friendships as they each help each other's case, career, and life. 3/4 of the way into it I thought I had figured it out. Well nearly every chapter after turned the book into a corkscrew - twist after twist after twist. It did not take away from the book because you kept guessing! I was so close... Then, the ending is - killer. Read it and continue on into the next books in the series!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Rob

    For me James Patterson can be a hit or a miss. On this occasion 1st to Die was a hit. Typical of the James Patterson format, short chapters, strong plot, fast paced and more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at. To be honest, there was probably too many twists and turns. By the time the last one happened I was getting just a tad over them. The main theme of the book is, there is someone out there getting his kicks from killing the bride and groom on their wedding night. And of coarse once For me James Patterson can be a hit or a miss. On this occasion 1st to Die was a hit. Typical of the James Patterson format, short chapters, strong plot, fast paced and more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at. To be honest, there was probably too many twists and turns. By the time the last one happened I was getting just a tad over them. The main theme of the book is, there is someone out there getting his kicks from killing the bride and groom on their wedding night. And of coarse once is not enough. It was good that James Patterson made the movers and shakers in this tale female. A poke in the eye to the dominant male hierarchy. Having four women from four different professions getting together to solve the murders made a nice change from the norm. This was a entertaining read and comes with a 4 star recommendation.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    Oh that was excellent! I really enjoy James Patterson 's style, short chapters, fast paced storyline, and characters I can relate to. This book even had a nice little romance even if it did end sadly. I loved the way I knew who the killer was, then I didn't and then right at the last minute when I thought it was all done and dusted back came yet another killer. Fantastic. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sebastien Castell

    I feel bad reviewing James Patterson books. At least, I feel like I'm bad at reviewing them. I'm always looking for what it is that works about his novels, so there's definitely something there, but the parts I dislike always feel so much more pronounced. Here's what I've finally come up with: the plots are fast-paced and twisty and they work. The characters and writing don't. It's remarkable to find 126 chapters (and an epilogue) in a book this short. That's because Patterson goes from scene set I feel bad reviewing James Patterson books. At least, I feel like I'm bad at reviewing them. I'm always looking for what it is that works about his novels, so there's definitely something there, but the parts I dislike always feel so much more pronounced. Here's what I've finally come up with: the plots are fast-paced and twisty and they work. The characters and writing don't. It's remarkable to find 126 chapters (and an epilogue) in a book this short. That's because Patterson goes from scene setup to conflict to cliff-hanger in just a couple of pages. Sometimes it's contrived (" . . . and then I got a phone call. Oh, god." sort of thing), other times it's an actual plot twist that makes you want to see what comes next. Most of all, it's kind of effortless. I found my attention wandering through a lot of scenes and it really didn't matter. The story itself could almost entirely be told by just reading the first and last sentences of each chapter. It's the in-between that's the problem. When I say the plot works, I mean, in a work of heightened fiction, you can suspend your disbelief and go along with it – much like you can a plot in a fantasy novel that turns on finding a magic sword. No doubt there's plenty of realism in the details of 1st To Die, but those quickly get overshadowed by how contrived the characters are. It's not just a matter of being one-dimensional (I mean, Frodo is a pretty amazing character but are there really a lot of sides to him?), but that they make decisions, have emotional crashes, and fall in love without any real character development bringing them to those moments. The word that keeps coming to mind is "earned". None of the emotional drama or big decisions feel earned. That brings us to the writing, which can easily be confused with "sentences" and how elaborate or clever they are, but it's really not: it's the means by which the story gets conveyed. In 1st To Die, it's not the overly-simplicity of the prose that irritates, but the over-simplification of how the characters seem to think and talk to each other. It's a bit like watching a soap opera, but those often had loads of time to get characters from one state to another. Here it always feels contrived. Anyway, no more complaining about someone who is, in fact, one of the most successful authors in the world. His readers aren't dumb – they know what they like and Patterson does it well. For someone who doesn't enjoy his writing, however, it's very hard to figure out what you're supposed to like about his books. Then again, I think I've read two of his novellas and two of his full-length novels now, so it's past time I stop criticizing the guy and read something else.

  29. 4 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    4 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Owens

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. All a bit silly, but it just about kept me reading. I haven't read any James Patterson since I got sick of Alex Cross twenty years ago. So I thought I'd give this a try and see if he'd changed at all. He hasn't. Same old Patterson: Very short chapters of two pages, so you don't get bored; One dimensional characters, ridiculous plots, too many twists...I won't go on. Patterson shouldn't have a female protagonist because he is so soppy it makes you sick at times. When Lindsay talks about "my girls" as All a bit silly, but it just about kept me reading. I haven't read any James Patterson since I got sick of Alex Cross twenty years ago. So I thought I'd give this a try and see if he'd changed at all. He hasn't. Same old Patterson: Very short chapters of two pages, so you don't get bored; One dimensional characters, ridiculous plots, too many twists...I won't go on. Patterson shouldn't have a female protagonist because he is so soppy it makes you sick at times. When Lindsay talks about "my girls" as though they are her bff's, having only know them a week or so, it is just silly. There are so many manufactured twists at the end that I lost interest in who did it. A plot has to be organic and grow out of the facts. If the author ignores his own plot premise to add another twist, why should I care about his plot? The idea of the women's murder club is also quite insulting to any detective force. Why bother with detectives if three women can solve the case over wine and chocolate cake? I won't be reading any more in the series.

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