Monday, 18 May 2015

Review - 14th Deadly Sin

14th Deadly Sin
Women's Murder Club, book 14
by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Pub. Date: May 4, 2014
ISBN: 978-0316407021
Pages: 384
Buy Link: Amazon


I was introduced to the Women's Murder Club by my late grandmother about ten years ago when she wanted me to read 1st to Die. A few chapters into the book, I realized that I had seen the television movie version back in 2003. Since then, I've been a fan of the book series. I even watched the bad short-lived ABC television series in 2007.

Now a mother and a wife, Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending a night out with her friends (Yuki Castellano and Cindy Thomas) to celebrate Claire Washburn's (the San Francisco medial examiner) birthday, but a homicide detective can never have a break. She's quickly called away from the party to investigate a gruesome crime scene of a woman who was murdered in broad daylight.

Oddly, this is the third year in a row that a homicide has occurred on Claire's birthday. Coincidence?

Lindsay might have to put the murder on the back-burner as another case is assigned to her. There is video footage of a group of masked men wearing SFPD jackets looting businesses and killing bystanders. Did these men steal the jackets? Or are these men actually cops that she works with?

I have to admit that I haven't read the last few books in the series, though I do have them on my bookshelves, so I wasn't aware that Lindsay had a daughter until I started reading this book. There's a lot going on this installment with plenty of twists and turns around every chapter (which are short), which is what I expected from a James Patterson title. It basically follows the similar formula that the other books follow, except for the cliffhanger ending that introduces a foe for Lindsay - the Kingfisher. I'm sure some readers won't care for this type of ending, but it doesn't bother me at all. Actually, I'm now looking forward to next installment in the series, which will probably be released next spring. Overall, 14th Deadly Sin is a fast-paced, solid entry in the Women's Murder Club series.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author:

James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1977 James Patterson's books have sold more than 300 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

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