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1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club | [James Patterson]

1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

There's a killer on the loose in San Francisco, and he's stalking newlyweds. When the usual procedures to stop him don't work, four women, each holding a piece of the puzzle, form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case. 1st to Die is the start of a new series of crime thrillers from James Patterson.
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Publisher's Summary

Four women - four friends - share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.


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

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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-05-12
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-05-12
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    "It was fun but didn't leave a lasting impression.."

    The plot twists were phenomenal! The story didn't flow though, almost as though the author was trying force his plot into his preconceived notion of its interaction with the "murder club". It almost worked but not quite... That being said, it is worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Norcross, GA, USA 01-16-03
    Frederick Norcross, GA, USA 01-16-03
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    "1st to Die"

    Very Intriguing. It keep my wife awake on our trip.

    11 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Danvers, MA, United States 07-22-14
    Michelle Danvers, MA, United States 07-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Horrible"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better plot, a better narrator


    What could James Patterson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The book flip-flopped between first and third person narration, which was jarring at times. Also at times it read more like a bad romance novel than a crime thriller.


    Any additional comments?

    This was the second James Patterson novel I listened to and both were horrible. I like crime novels and thrillers, but could not get into either of his books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Myrrha United States 06-05-14
    Myrrha United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Book. Perfect Narrator."
    Would you listen to 1st to Die again? Why?

    Yes. It is a book that grabs a hold of you.You have to know what happens next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1st to Die?

    The end Big Surprise. I will be buying #2.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    It was Perfect. Great choice she made great writing come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ATL_sweett38 05-30-14
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    "Loved it from beginning to end"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - this book really captured my attention and imagination. There were times I didn't want to get out of my car because the story was so good.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes - just when you thought you knew 'who dun it,' something new came along to change your mind.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Lindsey and Claire


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Samika L. Peterson Birmingham, AL United States 05-27-14
    Samika L. Peterson Birmingham, AL United States 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Late to the party, but I'll have a GREAT time!"
    What made the experience of listening to 1st to Die the most enjoyable?

    It was such a compelling story. The plot pulled me in immediately. Great narration, as well.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Suzanne was pitch perfect. She really brought the story to life. Narrators make all of the difference in the audiobook experience. She was ideal! Made the experience great. I couldn't stop listening once I began.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire story was great. There wasn't one particular part.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm just learning about the series, so I had to start at the beginning. I can see why it was so successful. I can't wait to get to the 13th installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Madeleine CONROE, TX, United States 08-20-13
    Madeleine CONROE, TX, United States 08-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Nothing Special"
    What disappointed you about 1st to Die?

    The premise was bordering on laugh-out-loud silly.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    It was easy to guess every plot turn ahead of time, which honestly doesn't always bother me, but the rest of the story was just so boring that I found myself zoning out and not bothering to rewind.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't think the narrator was appropriate for the main character. Oddly enough, she made the main character sound both too old and too emotional.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Overall, I think this isn't the worst thing you could read but it certainly isn't the best either. This is the first James Patterson book I've read and his portrayal of experienced professional women as overly-emotional and immature irritated me.In and of itself, a glorified support group that solves murders is as ridiculous as it sounds, but I think the author also has trouble writing women. I may try James Patterson's other novels with a male lead, but I won't be visiting the Women's Murder Club again anytime soon.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nightwolf Chicago 06-27-13
    Nightwolf Chicago 06-27-13

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    "Predictable"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. This book is very predictable and not very well thought out.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    Not well thought out.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    No


    Was 1st to Die worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book a long time ago and don't now why I thought it was good. But if you want to try this book out I would recommend reading it not listening. The performer is terrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Becci Goshen, IN, United States 05-13-13
    Becci Goshen, IN, United States 05-13-13
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    "Awesome Narration!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 1st to Die to be better than the print version?

    The first book is just the beginning of excitement and adventure with a cast of characters that you will learn to love.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    April Kamiah, ID, United States 04-30-13
    April Kamiah, ID, United States 04-30-13
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    "Truly Dreadful"
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Suzanne Toren?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1st to Die?

    Every single romance scene between the main character and her partner. It was dreadful, even worse than a harlequin romance novel.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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