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Book Review – “10th Anniversary” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #10)

  Title:  10th Anniversary (Women’s Murder Club #10)

Author:  James Patterson

Publisher:  Little Brown & Co

Synopsis (from bn.com):

For every secret Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals—but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

For every lie At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life—a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?

There’s a different way to die Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever.

My thoughts:  This is the 10th installment in the Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson.  For those of you not familiar with the Women’s Murder Club you have:  Lindsay Boxer, detective with the San Francisco Police Department; Claire, Medical Examiner; Cindy, reporter with the San Francisco Chronicle; and Yuki, Assistant District Attorney.  They have coined themselves the Women’s Murder Club as they began to work cases together.

I really have enjoyed this entire series.  I was hesitant at first to embard on #10 as #9 left me a little underwhelmed and I feared the series was maybe losing a bit of it’s steam.  This book definitely did not disappoint.  I really enjoy the women characters in these novels, although I wish they were a bit edgier, particularly given their careers.  Perhaps I just want to see empowered, strong female characters!

This series certainly is not as fast-paced and dramatic as many books in James Patterson’s Alex Cross series.  It offers a little more humor and romance along the way.

Although I certainly enjoyed this book, I will say that the end seemed a bit rushed and out of sync for me.  All of a sudden it felt as if the author was rushing to cram in some crimes and extra characters to bring the crimes to an end.  It felt a little fake and hurried at the end and a bit too much like it was tied up with a nice little ribbon.

I of course am looking forward to the 11th book in the series, “11th Hour” due out in 2012!

Definitley a fast read for the beach!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review – “Kill Alex Cross” by James Patterson (Alex Cross Series #18)

  Title:  Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross Series #18)

Author:  James Patterson

Synopsis (from bn.com): The only way Detective Alex Cross is one of the first on the scene of the biggest case he’s ever been part of. The President’s son and daughter have been abducted from their school – an impossible crime, but somehow the kidnapper has done it. Alex does everything he can but is shunted to the fringes of the investigation. Someone powerful doesn’t want Cross too close. To stop Alex Cross A deadly contagion in the DC water supply threatens to cripple the capital, and Alex sees the looming shape of the most devastating attack the United States has ever experienced. He is already working flat-out on the abduction, and this massive assault pushes Cross completely over the edge. Is to kill him With each hour that passes, the chance of finding the children alive diminishes. In an emotional private meeting, the First Lady asks Alex to please save her kids. Even the highest security clearance doesn’t get him any closer to the kidnapper – and Alex makes a desperate decision that goes against everything he believes. A full-throttle thriller with unstoppable action, unrestrained emotion, and relentless suspense, Kill Alex Cross is the most gripping Alex Cross novel James Patterson has ever written.

 

My thoughts:  I LOVED this book!  Alex Cross is back in his 18th book in this series and in all honesty I just can’t get enough of this series.  I read this book in a day and can almost guarnantee that all my James Patterson books will be read in a couple sittings – they are that good.

In this latest installment of the Alex Cross series, Alex is on the case of the President of the United States two missing children.  Are they still alive or has it been simply too long?  Meanwhile, someone has poisoned the District’s water supply and there seems to be a terrorist cell on the move in Washington.    I thought the book was fast-pased and exciting, although I do wish that a couple of the story lines would have fit together and played off of one another rather than standing on their own.  I have read quite a few reviews about the Alex Cross series and I see many feel they are getting repetitive and boring.  I think the series is just as exciting as ever and I will definitely be back for more!

If you haven’t embarked on the Alex Cross series – DO IT!  You won’t regret it.

This book definitely qualifies as an excellent plane read – fast and exciting!

Happy reading,

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

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New Release Monday May 7 – “11th Hour” by James Patterson

For all of you James Patterson’s lovers, get excited because the 11th book in the Women’s Murder Club series comes out on Monday!!

I have read the first 9 books in this series and do enjoy the series, although no where near as much as I enjoy his Alex Cross series.  Once I finally catch up on #10, I will get to this one . . . eventually 🙂

 

  Title:  11th Hour (Women’s Murder Club #11)

Author:  James Patterson

ISBN:  9780316097499

Publisher:  Little, Brown, & Company

Release Date:  May 7, 2012

 

Synopsis (from bn.com):

Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer—even her closest friends.

Or a vicious killer?

Lindsay is called next to the most bizarre crime scene she’s ever seen: two bodiless heads elaborately displayed in the garden of a world-famous actor. Another head is unearthed in the garden, and Lindsay realizes that the ground could hide hundreds of victims.

You won’t know until the 11th hour

A reporter launches a series of vicious articles about the cases and Lindsay’s personal life is laid bare. But this time she has no one to turn to—especially not Joe. 11TH HOUR is the most shocking, most emotional, and most thrilling Women’s Murder Club novel ever.

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Books are Life,

Heather

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Review – 9th Judgment by James Patterson

Title:  9th Judgment
Author:  James Patterson
Publisher:  Little, Brown & Co.
ISBN:  9780316036276

Synopsis (from BN.com): 
Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.
A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-red lipstick.
The same night, the wife of A–list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.
Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich, and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women’s Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line—but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

My Thoughts:  With the 9th Judgment, James Patterson brings us the 9th book in the Women’s Murder Club Series.  I have enjoyed this series from the beginning and this installment is no exception.  Each book is a really quick read with Patterson’s classic short chapters and police cases that keep your attention.  I also enjoy that this series features 4 strong, female characters:  Detective Lindsay Boxer (detective with the SFPD), Cindy (crime reporter for San Francisco Chronicle), Claire (Medical Examiner), and Yuri (attorney with the DA’s office). 

As with many of Patterson’s books, this one ends with a twist that leaves you waiting to dig into the next book in the series!  Tenth Anniversary here I come!

My Rating:  : -)  : – )  🙂  🙂  Like it!

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Books Are Life,
Heather

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Book Review – Crossfire by James Patterson

Title:  Crossfire (Alex Cross #17)
Author:  James Patterson
Pages:  356
Publisher: Little Brown & Co
ISBN:  031603617x


Synopsis (from BN.com): 
Wedding bells ring
Detective Alex Cross and Bree’s wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.’s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories—is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?
A murderer returns
The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims’ movements—information that only a Washington insider could possess.
Caught in a lethal cross fire
As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. With a supercharged blend of action, deception, and suspense, Cross Fire is James Patterson’s most visceral and exciting Alex Cross novel ever.


My thoughts:  Crossfire is the 17th installment in the ever popular Alex Cross series.  I have read every single Alex Cross book and absolutely love them.  That being said, Crossfire did fall a little flat for me.  The cover of the book provides us the teaser of “Alex Cross gets married and Kyle Craig is back!” Anyone who has read the Cross books knows the story of Kyle Craig and I was one who was excited to see what new suspense and drama this series would take now that he was back.  In all honesty, the Kyle Craig plot literally left me saying “What?!  That was it!  How did we get there?”  I was left wanting more and not in a good way. 


I felt like the storylines in this book took huge leaps at times while not providing any excitement along the way.  I found it boring and quite predictable at times.  Crossfire didn’t provide me the excitement and suspense that I have come to love in James Patterson’s novels.  I hate to think that now that James Patterson has multiple series going including the Women’s Murder Club series and a number of young adult series that he is letting the steam out of Alex Cross! 


Of course, being a fan of the Alex Cross series, I will read whatever book #18 holds. 


Overall, I expected more from Crossfire than what it delivered.


My rating:  : )  : )  : )  It was ok!


And remember,
Books Are Life,
Heather

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