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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 Member Since 2010
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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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    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 11-10-14
    HODGEPODGESPV COPPELL, TX, United States 11-10-14 Member Since 2008

    I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!

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    "The start of the Women's Murder Club"

    The members are 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. They come together, these bright young women who are at the edge of breaking through the "glass ceiling", to solve they mystery of the brutal killings of newly wedded couples on their wedding nights.

    "Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong."

    It's the start of a good series from James Patterson whose words are well spoken by Suzanne Toren.

    This is another book that I became curious about after watching the series on TV. I'm glad I did as this book at least is better than the series. Give it a go, you might discover the same thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Twist after twist"

    Was this book ever a doozey. I guess I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect it to be so graphic, didn't expect such a twisted criminal mind, and certainly did not expect such tragedy. The conclusion was twist after twist, so intense I was clenching my jaw and almost falling from my perch with anxiety.
    I liked the club, the girls were portrayed well, and made for a good meeting of the minds. It was good, and though I'm not happy about all of the ending, it was at least a satisfying conclusion. I may be having disturbing nightmares about it for a while though.
    Only criticism of the narration was some slight inconsistency/lack of differentiation for some of the male voices, but it was more of a sporadic annoyance than a hindrance.
    If the whole series/other JP books are of this same tone and level of graphic-ness, I'm not sure I can handle them. It was good, just didn't put/keep me in a pleasant mood akin to what Agatha Christie or Rhys Bowen do. He writes a whole different ball game, I'll have to see if I'm up to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Great Scot 08-19-14
    Great Scot 08-19-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story but not so great narrator."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very nice story with lots of twists.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    Toren seemed to be way too dramatic for portions of the story that didn't require any. I think she read with a lot of exclamation points added.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Traveling Munni 08-05-14 Member Since 2014

    culture creature

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    "Really disappointed"
    What disappointed you about 1st to Die?

    Almost everything about this book I found disappointing. From the fact that the narrator made me feel like the main character was Bea Arthur and not in a good way (huge Golden Girl's fan), to the extremely flat one dimensional characters, but the fact that one of the female leads during her introduction, but almost every possible chance the author stated that she was black as if this was her defining thing. As someone who can enjoy simple characters (I often dabble in YA fiction) this was just to much to listen to.


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson’s story?

    The most disappointing thing I would have to say is the character development. I often found myself wondering who people were and often they were some of the main characters.


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

    I don't think I would want to try another of her performances, I didn't really enjoy listening to the sound of her voices and this is just personal opinion, but it didn't seem like a lot of effort was put into the performance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I guess the plot twists? I don't know even those weren't really that redeeming in the book because they put so little emphasis on character development they didn't make that much sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I am definitely returning this one as fast as possible.

    0 of 0 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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    J 06-05-14
    J 06-05-14

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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 Member Since 2013
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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. Williams 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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