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During an intimate dinner party, a cat burglar breaks into the home of A-list actor Marcus Dowling. When his wife walks in on the thief, the situation quickly teeters out of control, leaving an empty safe and a lifeless body.

The same night, a woman and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in an abandoned garage. The killer hasn't left a shred of evidence, except for a foreboding and cryptic message: WCF, the letters written in blood-red letters.

With two elusive criminals on the loose, Detective Lindsay Boxer calls on the Women's Murder Club to help her stop them before they continue their spree. But before they can break either case, the Lipstick Killer changes his act and demands a ransom--not for a single victim, but for all of San Francisco. Lindsay puts her own life on the line--but will it be enough to save the city from this deranged killer?

©2010 James Patterson (P)2010 Hachette

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  • Suzn F
  • Fletcher, VT, US
  • 05-05-10

Really Good Storyline

I am happy to be able to write a positive review, finally, for a recently written Patterson book. I have felt lately that these collaborative books have been really lacking, but not this one. This story is true to the women's stories of the past, with lots of mystery and a dash of romance. I love this narrator, she truly brings the women's voices to life. If you have enjoyed the series in the past you will like this book too.

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathy
  • Hollister, US, Canada
  • 05-20-10

Out for the money

I felt like Patterson was writing for the money and not for the fans or for the pleasure this time. Even the ending was simply to try to lure the diehard fans to read the 10th installment of Women's Murder Club. Friends said they didn't like Worst Case because the children of wealthy people were killed but this story had babies killed so what's the deal Patterson? Do you think you need shock value to get readers? I was so disappointed in this installment --on many levels -- and I wish I could get my money back from him. The hype was definitely not deserved.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Not Up To Par

Disjointed and disappointing!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Very disappointed

I have been disappointed by Patterson's recent books, but this one has so many cliche's that are so "juvenile" I actually rolled my eyes while listening! Some parts read like it was written by a child. And the reader is so overly dramatic during her pauses and exclaimations, it was annoying. I am sorry I wasted a credit on this!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Anne
  • Fremont, CA, USA
  • 05-11-10

predictable and forgetable

I love this series of books by Patterson and his co-authors, yet this book gives the feel that it was a rush to publish. The characters were too predictable leaving nothing to the imagination. To me, the book came across as being written over the weekend and not over agonizing months for character development. You may consider killing off the main characters to save face with your fans.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kathleen
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 05-02-10

The Ninth Judgment: a Women's Murder Club Mystery

This series is numerically numbered, so this is the ninth one. A much better book than some in this series, which goes up and down in quality. All four women are involved as usual in solving the mystery. Carolyn McCormick narrates these books very well. I can't imagine anyone else doing it as well, but then she has narrated all of them. Two cases under investigation as usual: one involves the killing of a woman while her jewels are being stolen by a cat burglar, known as "Hello Kitty" but Kitty didn't do it. The second case involves a psychopath going around SanFrancisco randomly killing women and babies.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-06-10

The 9th Judgement

Paterson and Patero have come out with another great Women's Murder Club Mystery. McCormick did a great job of reading this story. The cliff hanging moments were nail biters but this was relieved by some light hearted moments and the ending leaves up hanging for another book. Can not wait for the next book

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • rwinfrey73
  • Newport News, VA, United States
  • 01-30-14

Plot okay, delivery lacking

Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or Carolyn McCormick?


What do you think your next listen will be?

In the next year.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator is fine.

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

Disappointment in the production.

Any additional comments?

Yeah, here's my real review: Lindsay Boxer, SFPD homicide detective, and her friends use their influence and jobs to solve a couple of intertwined crime sprees. One is a serial killer targeting women and their children and another is a cat burglar targeting wealthy homes safe deposit boxed. Mildly entertaining audio read. I can no longer actually read this series because the written work is just uninspiring. But, listening it whilst I drive around is okay. It isn't in depth, so thinking required. The plot isn't complicated, nor are the characters. The women are very three dimensional. The story reads(listens) like a TV script. The largest drawback with listening is they have made the series into a "production". That means there is a lot of mood music and intermittent sound effects like bombs, gunfire etc. It's really draws away from the story, not enhance it. I wish they would cut that crap out. Another annoying issue is the book is told partially in first person by the main character, partially in third person, omniscient narrator and partially third person in the criminal heads. It doesn't flow very well. There is a lot of sex in this one to. Not sure why. Guess that suppose to appeal to more audiences.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • Laguna Beach, CA, USA
  • 05-18-10

James Patterson succeeds again!

Great story line and narration. Well paced book, perfect!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great Installment in a great series

This is the 9th installment of the Women's Murder Club. In this one Lindsey , Cindy. Yuki, and Claire are dealing with two Different criminals. Hello Kitty (who we learn the identity of very early in the book) A female cat burglar who is targetting wealthy people, and the Lipstick Killer who is going around killing mothers and their babies. At first the Hello Kitty crimes take priority because one of the victims was killed and she just happened to be a famous actress married to a famous actor. But soon the Lisptick Killer murder take over as they become more frequent. We really don't hear much from any of the girls except for Lindsey this book as the story line seems to focus more on her (even more so than usual)

As usual there are plenty of twists and turns to keep you turning the pages or as in my case listening as I listened to this on audio. This is still my favorite series of Patterson and I thought this installment was really good.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful