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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,



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