But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.
1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining new series of crime thrillers.
©2001 by James Patterson; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks
This is a great read and a wonderful beginning to the Women's Murder Club. 1st to Die is suspenseful, funny and sad all at once. I wanted to listen to it all in one day!
The story, as told by Lindsey Boxter, engages you from the "who dunnit"? Of the first "Bride and Groom Murder" thru the capture, prosecution, and even time to get to know quite a bit about our heroine, Ms. Lindsey Boxter, one tough, bad-ass cop working with a small, select team in San Francisco Police Department in Homicide. We meet her best friend, the medical examiner, Claire. One tough cookie reporter looking to work her way up in the newspaper, San Francisco Chronicler, she reports for, the sweet but resilient, Cindy. And last but not least, the Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt.
These four smart, professional, independent woman friends already, start sharing advice with each other, for their ears only, to try and figure out who is committing these heinous"Bride and Groom Murders" and unofficially adopt the name for themselves of, "The Women's Murder Club" and thru each of their professions are able to bring just one more piece to the mystery of solving these crimes..
Oh yeah! Least I forget, Lindsey's love life, in the form of a hairy brown four legged, boxer terrier named Martha, Lindsey's companion, and a good listener, for the rare times this women gets some sleep!
This was my first James Patterson novel thru AUDIBLE, I just bought "7th Heaven" the SEVENTH NOVEL OF "THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB", because as my review as named, 1st to Die is the First to HOOK ME ON JAMES PATTERSON AND "THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB", and that ain't fiction!!
Hope my review is of help to you in your decision making today..
From the opening to the end, this is one engaging story of murder, mystery and friendships along the way of four great women.
You will be the "1st" to admit you were glued to your seat! 1st to Die! Are you ready?
I'm on my 7th in the series from Audible on this wonderful series"The Women's Murder Club" and I love to hear in each additional book how the characters fill out even more, we learn their lives, their secrets, and share in their heartache... I'm so happy the series just keeps on going and going, because a lot of writers consider a "series" to be MAYBE four books, but usually three.. And as I've mentioned, I'm on number SEVEN! In six stories the characters lives have developed so much, the people they work with regularly, I an actually picturing each one in my head as the stories progress, and nothing is sweeter than that, as a reader, at least in my opinion!
I won't be looking for more of the "women's murder club." This book was ok, but certainly nothing to get excited about. The female detective that has to deal with male chauvinism, the seemingly flakey reporter looking for her big break. In all, the characters were formula, as was the plot.
It seems like the extremely prolific authors (and I put Patterson in that category) fall back on the same formula over and over again. Don't expect anything new here.
I would say that this is one of the best books ever.....
I would recommend this book to many people friends.
narration was great.
I love James Patterson. I was so disgusted by this narrators voice that it ruined the story for me. Aside from the voice I thought the story line to be confusing. One minute you thought the story was about the killer, then he dissappeared and it was about the women officer and her wants and needs and then it was about the "murder club" filled with "women of power". I hated listening to this book, it was personally a waste of my time. Then at the end where her "Lover" died was just too much.
Ron Mclarty could have done a better job as a women than Suzanne. Sorry Suzanne, your voice reminded me of someone who smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day, so trying to think of you as sexy and having sex totally did not do anything for me except ruin this whole story for me.
I was very pleased with this first book in this series. I had to order the second one to see if its just as good. Havent got to start it yet though.
The ending is what surprised me- cant say no more.
The person who is the killer or maybe is the killer, who knows? Read and find out for yourself
No laughing or crying, just suspense.
I had to read this in my car at times. I had to see what would happen next.
I enjoy detective stories and this one did not disappoint. The is the first of the Women's Murder Club I have read.
I liked the twists and turns of James Patterson's story the best. You could guess, but never really know what would happen next.
Ms Toren's ability to perform the various characters with just the right amount of drama made this audible book suspenseful and believeable
I was totally surprised by the end of the book.
If you like mysteries, you will like this one.
This was my first Patterson book to "read". I know, I'm a little late to the party on this, but at least I finally got started.
I found the story to be well-written, easy to follow, and easy to start and stop. (I listened to this over a weekend while traveling).
Characters were believable and and the story was plausible. The narrator did a great job with intonation and switching character voices throughout.
I was impressed with the book and plan to read another once I see one on sale. :-)
I recommend it, if you are on the fence about trying it out. Try it!
Fortunately I didn't start the series with this book; if I had I would have missed the entertainment of the rest of the series.Usually the first in a series is a standout and the rest try to live up to expectations. Not so in this case. Due to random circumstances, this was the fourth book in the series that I listened to, . Since I liked the ones that I had listened to so far in the series, I thought I should review the beginning to see if I had missed any inside information. Patterson must have gotten a consultant after this one, because as I said, "I would have stopped right here if it had been my first experience with the series".The premise of the plot is ok, but the glaring oversights, of these "top of their field" professionals, to facilitate the late identification of the perpetrator is most frustrating. Like Kevin Costner in JFK, I kept saying "Ask the question!" or "Do your job!". The plot twist at the end feels entirely contrived to prolong the pain and possibly redeem the story, but the scenarios presented in the body of the plot don't support it. It feels tacked-on out of desperation.The human interest inserts could have come straight from a Harlequin Romance. Close to pornography and totally irrelevant to the story, this aspect has been really toned down in the succeeding books.The over the top man-hating women's lib subplot was distracting and often disgusting. This was also toned down substantially in the rest of the series that I have read so far. I did find this aspect interesting from a purley analytical point of view, and somewhat conflicting, because all of the principles had obviously benefited from Affirmative Action to get where they were. That is, promoted over others with more experience and demonstrated competency. According to the prevelent philosophy presented as undeniable fact in this book, all of the male management chain including those that had promoted these women to their current positions and supported their careers, are evil and stupid, how does that work? This aspect of the book was a major irrelevent distraction.If you have a burning need to read the first of the series then go ahead. You will want to have your finger on the fast-forward button because it does help and you won't miss anything except Oh Oh Oh, and all men are stupid and evil. There is no carry-over information from this book that adds anything to the rest of the series.I recommend, "Give it a Pass".
This review does not reflect on her. She does an admirable job of presenting a substandard piece of work.
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