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Book Review “19th Christmas” by James Patterson (Women’s Murder Club #19)

bookTitle:  19th Christmas

Author: James Patterson

Series:  Women’s Murder Club #19

Synopsis (from bn.com):

As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner’s office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco.

Then a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.

 

My thoughts:  I’d love to say this series is getting better and better, but it is just not the case.  In fact, this series seems to be getting weaker and weaker to me.  When it takes me a week to get through a James Patterson book, I know there is trouble.

The last couple books in this series have just been losing their steam.  19th Christmas seemed very disjointed and basically just boring.   I understand the author has books in the series that really focus on just one character of the Women’s Murder Club – in this case mostly Lindsey Boxer, but they are much better when all the women are featured and what they are working on fits together on the same case in some way.

In this book, the main story of Lindsey Boxer solving the big case was boring in and of itself, and then the story of Cindy the journalist writing some random story was completely disjointed from everything else and just seemed to go away instantly having no purpose to the story or the book.

Yuki – the DA – and Claire – the ME – were hardly featured at all.  And don’t get me started on the odd epilogue that had absolutely no place – random, random, random.

Overall, boring, seemingly forced, and disappointing!   Ugh!  I hate to even suggest that perhaps its time for this series to fade away!!!

Well, happy reading!

Books Are Life,

Heather

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Book Review – “Merry Christmas Alex Cross” by James Patterson

merry christmas alex cross  Title: Merry Christmas Alex Cross

Author:  James Patterson

Series:  Alex Cross # 19

Publisher:  Little, Brown & Company

 

Synopsis (from bn.com): It’s Christmas Eve and Detective Alex Cross has been called out to catch someone who’s robbing his church’s poor box. That mission behind him, Alex returns home to celebrate with Bree, Nana, and his children. The tree decorating is barely underway before his phone rings again—a horrific hostage situation is quickly spiraling out of control. Away from his own family on the most precious of days, Alex calls upon every ounce of his training, creativity, and daring to save another family. Alex risks everything—and he may not make it back alive on this most sacred of family days. Alex Cross is a hero for our time, and never more so than in this story of family, action, and the deepest moral choices. MERRY CHRISTMAS, ALEX CROSS will be a holiday classic for years to come.

 

My thoughts:  There is no way around it, I simply LOVE this Alex Cross series.  I know some would say that they are rather simplistic and that they are getting cookie cutter over time, but that doesn’t stop me from loving them.  With all the reading I do, James Patterson’s Alex Cross series is guaranteed that I can sit down and read the entire book in about 5 hours!  The same held true for this one!

I love that sense of coming home to these characters that I know so well, Alex, Nana Mama, Alex’s children, Bree, and Sampson!  The action in this latest installment was fast-paced, exciting, and a great thrill ride!

This being said, there did seem to be a great disconnect between the first part of the book and the last part of the book.  There were two distinct story lines in this book and unfortunately there was absolutely no connection between them at all.  They were both exciting and thrilling by themselves, but it did end up feeling like two short stories rather than a unified story.

I was also really looking forward to some type of typical James Patterson twist on the last page – you know the one liner where Alex Cross takes a phone call and you end up going “What, did that just happen?” or the last page that leaves you salivating for the next book!  Not this time, but I am certain that the next book will be just as thrilling!

A great, exciting, action-packed read you won’t want to put down!

And remember,

Books Are Life,

Heather

 

 

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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!

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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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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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