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
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.
Yes. I multi task when listening and lose some of the story so know I would pick up things I missed.
I enjoyed the full read. Easy to listen to.
No it was split up over a couple days while driving.
My husband is not a reader and does not enjoy books. He is now hooked on audible and is always wanting to discuss the stories even before I have gotten to them. Makes me excited that he is loving literature.
character driven mystery
sexual violence is difficult to read. Characters were dynamic though. It's a toss up.
I love James Patterson's Alex Cross. Now, I love the Women's Murder Club as well!
when I understood the title of the book
when the final reveal takes place
made me laugh and also cry
recommend it highly
Suprise, Suprise, Suprise
The bad guy. Can't think of his name because I am into another book. Sorry
I am new to Audile books and love them.
About the middle. It was a decent story and it was easy to listen to and follow.
Some of the time - not always.
Whiny. Annoying. Irritating
Not a bad book. A little cheesy in parts. The book was predictable but had a few twists in it so that was nice.
It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down but it was definitely one I wanted to finish.
Really nice that there wasn't a lot of sex or a lot of swear words.
A friend suggested the “11th Hour” by James Patterson. We listened to it first, got hooked and are now listening to the rest of the series in order.
"1st to Die" is definitely a fast-paced suspenseful novel from the first page to the end. Mr. Patterson has done a masterful job developing the characters in this series. It is somewhat surprising that a man wrote it. He has a police officer, lawyer, coroner and reporter working together to solve a murder mystery. All are female and very likable and believable characters.
The main character is Lindsey Boxer, the police officer. She not only has to find the killer, but she also is fighting a rare and potentially fatal disease. There is a romantic interest in the story but it is not overstated and gives the plot yet another twist at the very end. The murder plot is both sinister and complex and the book keep us guessing.
We liked the short chapters from different points of view. These also allowed stopping points when it was time to turn off the lights even though we hated to stop. On to book two: “2nd Chance”.
Narrator made poor accent choices and vocal character choices
I'd say to read the book if you like thrillers but skip the audiobook.
Why use an NYC accent for a SF cop? The villain's voice was just too overblown villain-y. I didn't like the way the narrator lingered over the gruesome details. As for writing -- the author completely messed up lab results for anemia. The counts were typical of low white cell counts, but NOT low red cell counts. Such a thing would be very easy to check, he should fire his medical advisor!
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