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Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club | [James Patterson, Maxine Paetro]

Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.
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Publisher's Summary

The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better.

Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women's Murder Club has ever encountered.

In this pulse-racing, emotionally charged novel by James Patterson, the Women's Murder Club must find a killer - before she finds them first.

©2014 James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"I can't believe how good Patterson is, whether he's doing a Washington police yarn or traveling a different road with a female narrator. He is always on the mark. I have never begun a Patterson book and been able to put it down." (Larry King, USA Today )

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    Jennifer Bailey South Carolina 05-15-14
    Jennifer Bailey South Carolina 05-15-14 Member Since 2011

    @tryjen

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    "Pointless Waste Of Time"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I... don't think anybody will enjoy it more. Someone reading book #13 in a series will be reading it to continue the story. This book was so boring it invented new ways to be boring I had no idea could even exist. By book 13, either know your characters well enough to write them well, or know your audience well enough to understand how the reader will react to a void in the story we've been reading for 12 enjoyable novels. This contained no character development, no suspense, no surprise, nothing to connect with the listener and no reason to exist at all. Brady is a major player in this book, but we still know nothing more about him than we did before, other than a totally impulsive and out of the blue decision at the beginning of the book. Everybody else remains entirely the same, in the same kind of situation, with the same struggles, the same jobs... nobody even seems to have aged - even baby JULIE. Man. Just... huge waste of time.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine; Ms. LaVoy turned in good character representations as per her usual.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jaci 05-16-14
    Jaci 05-16-14
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    "What Happened to the Women's Murder Club?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different narrator. The narrator made this group of professional women sound like giddy teenage girls, excited about everything. Was really hard to listen to.


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

    Better writing. Dialogue was silly at times. Homicide detective at a murder scene comforting the victim's relative and discovers she's late to an event so her hubby drops by with her dress. And OMG he remembered to bring her shoes! Really?!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of January LaVoy?

    Susan Erickson, who narrates J.D. Robb's In Death series.


    What character would you cut from Unlucky 13?

    Yuki - her storyline didn't add anything to plot.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first book out of the Murder Club series that I didn't enjoy. The characters seem to have lost their edge.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-17-14
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 05-17-14

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "three novellas"

    This book #13 in the Women’s Murder Club series is different than the others in the series. The group usually works together to figure about a case. This time, they all had their own cases to worry about. The exception was Claire she was working with Boxer. There are three different storylines that are all intertwined and affected each partly differently. Lindsay Boxer is trying to balance her work with her home life with new child Julie. She and Conklin are assigned to a case of people being blown up randomly by “belly Bombs.” Yuki and Brady were married and are off on their honeymoon. The cruise ship they are on was taken over by pirates. The pirates are killing some passengers every hour until the cruise line pays them ransom. Cindy is after Mackie Morales, you will remember her as a psychopath that got away in a prior book in the series. Morales is on the FBI most wanted list. Cindy finds out that Morales is back in San Francisco and she believes she is after Lindsay. Cindy has been unable to warn Lindsay so Cindy sets out to track Morales. All these stores are developed well and kept me listening wanting to know what would happen in each of them next. One of the stories gets a rather short climax as a result of trying to cram so much into the novel. This book is like reading three separate novellas rather than one unified book. Maxine Paetro and James Patterson should have published three separate books, rather than jamming them together. January LaVoy does a good job narrating the book.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jaciec 05-31-14
    Jaciec 05-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved this series but number 13 was numbing!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I thought this story was very contrived. I couldn't wait for it to end.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything by Michael Robotham.


    Would you be willing to try another one of January LaVoy’s performances?

    I don't think so. She made the characters sound like teenagers not serious women with major careers.


    Did Unlucky 13 inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is my last purchase in this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Penny 05-31-14
    Penny 05-31-14
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    "Big Disappointment"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What was most disappointing about James Patterson and Maxine Paetro ’s story?

    First book of this series I thought was - I'm searching for the right word - and stupid is what comes to mind. I know it's harsh, but that's what I thought of the storyline. Was just not believable - almost sci-fi. When I tried to describe the story to someone I had to laugh. This is definitely a "pass".


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, but the narrator was not very good either. More like just reading a story instead of performing the dialog.


    What character would you cut from Unlucky 13?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Felt the writers were really stretching trying to find a storyline for this book. Everything was too forced - relationships and the dialog that went with their interactions. Took away from their professionalism, making them almost juvenile while communicating.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    BluBumbleB 05-19-14
    BluBumbleB 05-19-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible OBSESSED!

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    "Heart-pounding awesomeness!"

    When I take a break from romance, James Patterson is my #1 go to author. I am a diehard fan of the WMC, and I have every book in various formats. Although it's a mystery/suspense type of series, there's a hint of romance that's usually underlying, and for me, it makes his books just that more appealing. I am particularly drawn to the Patterson/Paetro collaboration, and Unlucky 13 did not disappoint. It was sit on the edge of your seat, mouth dropping open, OMG, from chapter one. Lindsay Boxer and her gang of fierce gal pals find themselves in precarious positions battling the bad guys while trying to live their lives yet again. This is what makes this series so great, you love each one of these women and their respective journeys. Every book within the WMC is a 'page turner' and I always look forward to what happens next. This one is definitely a winner and credit worthy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Motherof5yroldboy 05-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Unlucky 13 to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version but the story was great.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Lindsay Boxer


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

    When Yuki and Brady returned at the airport.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is excellent. I couldn't stop listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall Carencro, LA, United States 10-07-14
    Marshall Carencro, LA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Awful - Women's Murder Club meets Valley Girls"

    The women in the Women's Murder Club sound like they've time warped directly from 1970's valley girls, with dialogue and social concerns to match. Seriously, I rarely stop reading a book, no matter how bad it is, but this one made my brain cells hurt! I can't think of a group of people who might enjoy this; adolescent firls perhaps, but they'd be infinitely better off with a decent author, Agatha Christie perhaps. I'm sure there was a plot here, but I didn't get very far into the listen before I cried Uncle and gave up. I'd rather listen to someone recite the value of pi to ten thousand places before I'd try any book in this series. My apologies if you liked this book, I thought it was irredeemably horrible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 09-09-14
    Watus Prosperity, SC, United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the Better Murder Club Novels"
    Where does Unlucky 13 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top of The Murder Club Series. It was concise, relevant and constantly moving.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is hard to pick a favorite character here because each woman is different and interacts well with the others.


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    Can't really say I had a favorite. The performance was spot-on.


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

    I would if I could but that was not possible.


    Any additional comments?

    I am so sick of Alex Cross that this series is a pleasant relief.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Honolulu, HI 08-02-14
    Michael Honolulu, HI 08-02-14 Member Since 2012

    Hiker

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    "Least favorite in the series"
    Any additional comments?

    This could have been so much more! This book is probable my least favorite in the series. If you like the series it's still worth your time. Below are some notes I made on the plot issues.

    High points:

    Yuki and Brady's story is really good and riveting.

    Low points:

    Yuki and Brady's story doesn't explain much about the motive/underlying issues as to why....I mean, the so-called pirates/terrorist had no exit strategy. So despite the action, and the wonderful storytelling of the minute to minute action, it is still a pretty much a very surface story.

    The burger belly bomb story doesn't end quite right and then the Mackey Morales story gets going really well only to become anti-climatic in the end. I mean did I miss something here? There is another belly bomb after the killers are caught, is this foreshadowing a future book? I hope so, I just didn't like the way this section of the story ended.

    I found that the most disappointing part of the book, the Mackey Morales story is invested so heavily by the authors, only to have an ending the just is so-so at best. There are so many hanging issues, does Mackey ever go home and see her baby? Her mom? The dynamic of her mother and her could have been explored better. I mean, Mom is watching her kid right? So there is a court ordered custody this involves time and effort. My point is, Mom is not going to welcome Mackey back into her house with open arms, not call the police etc. We are talking about an innocent kid here. The authors foreshadow this in Mackey's inner dialogue, but then don't even cover it. Then there is all of the foreshadowing about the plan by Mackey to hunt down Boxer, so much time is spent with Morales talking about it, but then the authors just ignore that part of the book, I mean why even bother doing the inner dialogue of Morales, only to ignore it when the moment finally comes?

    It seems to me the authors were looking to get a certain length, once they got close it was decided to wrap up the loose ends as quickly as possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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