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
The first book is just the beginning of excitement and adventure with a cast of characters that you will learn to love.
No, his writing is laughable. There was no suspense, the characters were laughable. The story was worse than a CSI script. Mr. Patterson has no understanding of women. As a woman I found his writing offensive.
Suzanne Toren did a terrible job with the voices. Every male cop had a Chicago style accent, it was cliche and awful. She switched between that and a southern accent for the same characters. It made listening unbearable.
Every single romance scene between the main character and her partner. It was dreadful, even worse than a harlequin romance novel.
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.
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