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 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.
The premise was bordering on laugh-out-loud silly.
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.
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.
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.
No. This book is very predictable and not very well thought out.
Not well thought out.
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.
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!
Tucked away in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico.
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.
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