Have read from this series before and this book had some serious flaws.
First the women's murder club didn't act like a 'club' rather just friends getting together talking about the men in their lives not focused on mystery or crime solving.
Second there were a number of extraneous issues that were inserted into the story that had no connection with the plot line or character development. ie) Boxer's father not showing up for wedding, her sister's being upset (she disappeared after this scene) and toward the end there was a line or two saying the father was dead. If they wanted to discuss the father they needed more than a line or two to do that and if not why mention him in the first place?
Third there were actions that made no sense and that were not developed.. just dropped into the text. For example the judge picked his trashcan up, in chambers with two attornies present, and threw it against a large piece of furniture. He did not explain his behavior, the attornies said nothing about this bizarre action, no one came running to see what had crashed, the two men had a drink and they all talked about the case as if nothing had occurred. That was completely bizarre. If a judge is that out of control he needs to be removed from the case if not the bench and if the lawyers are that oblivious and lacking social skills they need to find another line of work. Someone could at least have asked him 'are you ok?'
Fourth, Boxer was completely unrealistic about this missing baby. She was expecting that the girl would be concerned about her baby although it was clear that she was not concerned at all but was intent on getting 'unpregnant' and moving on. Also Boxer kept worrying that the baby was lost in the woods somewhere. This made no sense. Someone helped deliver the baby, it stands to reason that they wanted him that's why they helped the girl in the first place. It should have been assumed that the baby was safe not dead in the woods.
And the list goes on...
I can never resist the ladies in the club! They are so much fun! Keep them coming please, Mr. Patterson! Great narration by Ms. McCormick too!
Great book, full of action. I enjoyed it to the very end, This is worth a listening to.As alway James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have done a excellent job.
I've read more organized, thoughtful, creative, riveting fiction from middle schoolers. The only thing that could have made this mess worse would be a monotone narration that induces nausea, oh wait I got that too. DO NOT WASTE your money or more importantly your time on this 'book'. Carolyn McCormick is positively awful and actually manages to make the book worse.
This is a great story and even better Narrator. It has multiple stories woven together making an excellent and complete story. It is one of the best Lindsay Boxer story. Please write more of the Women's Murder Club. Excellent!!! Five Star
I have enjoyed the "Murder Club" series and its characters, and this one did not disappoint. I enjoy books where the authors have developed the characters over the years so that you almost feel like you know them. I am curious to see what happens in #11!!
I can't even tell you if the story was good or not because the narrator is so awful! It was hard to listen to. She goes from simply reading the book to you (which I hate) to trying to use ridiculous voices for the men, young women etc. which was distracting and laughable. Skip this one.
I've listened to most of the Women's Murder Club books over the past two years or so... I was really excited to get this one right off the block without waiting for my library to get it. I should have waited. I was disappopinted in the story development (or lack thereof), and just felt like it ended so abruptly. I wish I had saved my gift card. Oh, well. Live and learn.
It is has been a long time since we visited with these girls. I've missed them and was excited to hear what they have been up to over the past year or so. This story was good, but like the sexy, New York based characters in the popular cable television series, the characters (Cindy, Yuki, Claire, etc.) are aging. There does not seem to be any new material or excitement added to this story-line...unfortunately. Perhaps it was the narration. This story did not seem to be up to previous standards.