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The Women's Murder Club face the fight of their lives in the latest thriller from the bestselling James Patterson series. Some people like to shoot. Some people like to kill. Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The first of these simultaneous serial killings occurs in San Francisco, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's jurisdiction and reporter Cindy Thomas's beat. The shooters The Women's Murder Club face the fight of their lives in the latest thriller from the bestselling James Patterson series. Some people like to shoot. Some people like to kill. Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The first of these simultaneous serial killings occurs in San Francisco, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's jurisdiction and reporter Cindy Thomas's beat. The shooters are precise, as is their target selection. Each one of the men and women down excels at an illegal and deadly activity that is dominating public debate. As the casualty list expands, the fear and fascination with this shooting gallery galvanises the county. Are the shooter villains or heroes? And who will be next?


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The Women's Murder Club face the fight of their lives in the latest thriller from the bestselling James Patterson series. Some people like to shoot. Some people like to kill. Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The first of these simultaneous serial killings occurs in San Francisco, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's jurisdiction and reporter Cindy Thomas's beat. The shooters The Women's Murder Club face the fight of their lives in the latest thriller from the bestselling James Patterson series. Some people like to shoot. Some people like to kill. Three victims, three bullets, three cities. The first of these simultaneous serial killings occurs in San Francisco, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer's jurisdiction and reporter Cindy Thomas's beat. The shooters are precise, as is their target selection. Each one of the men and women down excels at an illegal and deadly activity that is dominating public debate. As the casualty list expands, the fear and fascination with this shooting gallery galvanises the county. Are the shooter villains or heroes? And who will be next?

30 review for 20th Victim

  1. 5 out of 5

    Natalie M

    Why do I do this to myself? I said the last one (19) was the last and then I found myself out of actual books due to library closures. The 20th Victim became available via my library's audiobook collection...all I can say is thank goodness I never paid for the book. The Woman's Murder Club at least features all four female characters this time, but the same old, same old everything. It read more like a set of four stories cobbled together to make one with no exciting crime (or at least nothing int Why do I do this to myself? I said the last one (19) was the last and then I found myself out of actual books due to library closures. The 20th Victim became available via my library's audiobook collection...all I can say is thank goodness I never paid for the book. The Woman's Murder Club at least features all four female characters this time, but the same old, same old everything. It read more like a set of four stories cobbled together to make one with no exciting crime (or at least nothing interesting). The events unfold predictably and the conclusion is bland. And yes, there are 20 victims. The audiobook had me hating Cindy, which even though she has always been a pushy journalist she hasn't annoyed to the extent I felt in this book, maybe it was just the voice/tone of the narrator. Yuki wasn't far behind. On the upside, the ending read like a conclusion to the series...one can live in hope.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    James Patterson and Maxine Paetro are back with another instalment of the Women’s Murder Club, keeping fans entertained throughout with their insightful plots and character development. San Francisco is buzzing with an odd series of sniper murders, which forces Sergeant Lindsay Boxer to take notice. What’s worse is that these sniper killings seem to be happening all over the country, timed to occur simultaneously. While Boxer and the SFPD work to track down a killer or at least a motive, Chronic James Patterson and Maxine Paetro are back with another instalment of the Women’s Murder Club, keeping fans entertained throughout with their insightful plots and character development. San Francisco is buzzing with an odd series of sniper murders, which forces Sergeant Lindsay Boxer to take notice. What’s worse is that these sniper killings seem to be happening all over the country, timed to occur simultaneously. While Boxer and the SFPD work to track down a killer or at least a motive, Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas is contacted anonymously by someone with information about the crimes and predicts some of the future attacks. While she runs down her own story, Boxer seeks to better understand the victims, soon learning that they are all small-time (and somewhat secretive) drug dealers in their own right. Boxer’s husband, Joe, has his own plate overfilling when a best friend has some information about a local doctor that could have large implications. While all this is taking place, one of the cornerstone members of the Club receives horrible news that could derail her and cause the four central members to fall apart. With a killer communicating through an interesting fashion and calling soldiers to arms, Boxer and her team will have to work quickly to shut it down before the blood keeps flowing. A well-crafted piece that will have readers eager to race through to the end, where truth is apparent. Recommended to series fans, as well as those who need a lighter crime thriller. I have often struggled with Patterson’s work, as many will know. I find that too often he sees to churn things out too quickly, leaving his collaborators to suffer my wrath as well. After a less than stellar 19th novel (many felt the same), these two have been able to redeem themselves and put on a wonderful instalment of the Women’s Murder Club. The stories were well developed and kept the reader’s attention, which makes the book flow all the better. Countless sub-plots keep the reader entertained, even when there was little movement on the main murder theme. Patterson and Paetro use some of the backstories of these core characters to their advantage, allowing for a little growth or at least some advancement in ongoing plots, without bogging things down too much. I would love to see something truly earth shattering that would force the group to rethink their place and how the Club works, though I am not sure if the authors are ready to pull out such a major event quiet yet. With short chapters and a story that has no time to catch its breath, this book serves as a treat for those who are dedicated to the series, as well as potentially making new fans want to go back and piece this complex web together for themselves. I cannot wait to see what else is on the horizon for this series, and yet would love to see Patterson meld his three great series (Boxer-Cross-Bennett) into a well-timed crossover. That may be too Herculean an effort, but I am hoping. Kudos, Mr. Patterson and Madam Paetro, for a great piece that adds to this series that has been part of my reading experience for many years. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    20th Victim is the twentieth instalment in the Women's Murder Club series and is a fast-paced, pulse-pounding treat of a thriller from beginning to denouement. Each of these riveting instalments can be read as a standalone without any issues whatsoever but this is a series you will end up addicted to like many readers. There is a madman on the loose and police officer Lindsay Boxer is the one who has to investigate. The shooters’ aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection so it is cl 20th Victim is the twentieth instalment in the Women's Murder Club series and is a fast-paced, pulse-pounding treat of a thriller from beginning to denouement. Each of these riveting instalments can be read as a standalone without any issues whatsoever but this is a series you will end up addicted to like many readers. There is a madman on the loose and police officer Lindsay Boxer is the one who has to investigate. The shooters’ aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection so it is clear he knows what he's doing and may be ex-military. The killer decides to contact local reporter Cindy who then becomes completely embroiled in the whole situation. The women face the most intense, high-octane confrontation of their lives and their toughest challenge to date. Can they identify and catch this serial killer before he strikes again and another ”innocent” life is lost. There's a reason why James Patterson's books are so popular and successful; they are accessible to all and offer high drama, fast pacy plots, engaging characters, twists and turns, and are fiendishly good fun. The plot is easy to follow and the ideal entertainment for crime connoisseurs. You simply know what you're getting before you even touch it. This one is no exception and despite it being the twentieth book the series shows no signs of flagging or losing steam. The short, snappy chapters are his trademark and work superbly to allow for that ”just one more” mentality to take root. One thing you can count on going into a JP books is that you're guaranteed a taut, well-told, riveting, twisty tale and a rollicking good read. I don't know how he does it but he constantly blindsides you with new twists, turns and red herrings and something notable happens in every single chapter making it a cracking read that easily takes over your mind and has you feverishly flipping the pages. His books don't exactly score highly on the scale of believability but if you can just let it go then you are treated to a raucously good read. It's compulsive and I must admit reading right through the night as all of the hints had me desperate to find out what actually happened. His casual writing style and short, snappy chapters are second to none and he knows how to get you hook, line and sinker within a few pages. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Century for an ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Patterson rarely disappoints me. I do love the Murder Club and hope this series never ends. Another twisty ride for all the ladies and I loved it

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Picked this up by mistake. Repetitive and predictable. 2 of 10 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    People were being killed – a single gunshot was all that was needed. A sniper? When investigated, the victims were all drug dealers. Was it a vigilante group operating in their own ‘war on drugs’? Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin worked each case – they combined with other forces when killings occurred in other states. Would they find the killer or killers? 20th Victim is the 20th in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and I enjoyed it once again. Pl People were being killed – a single gunshot was all that was needed. A sniper? When investigated, the victims were all drug dealers. Was it a vigilante group operating in their own ‘war on drugs’? Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin worked each case – they combined with other forces when killings occurred in other states. Would they find the killer or killers? 20th Victim is the 20th in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and I enjoyed it once again. Plenty of action in this one, with all four of the Murder Club involved in some way. With Lindsay’s Joe off helping an old friend, he wasn’t around as much as Lindsay liked. But we kept up with what he was doing. I enjoy this series – a comfortable, easy read – and am looking forward to #21 in the near future. Recommended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Suzy

    3 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Three victims, three bullets, three cities. That’s how it starts out anyway! The victims aren’t the most upstanding members of society, but are the shooters just as bad? Some say no...these victims are getting what they deserve! I really love this series and always look forward to the next one. They are mostly hit or miss as of late, but I still really enjoy the series. I miss the early books! I took away some stars because there were way too many irrelevant subplots in this book. I 3 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Three victims, three bullets, three cities. That’s how it starts out anyway! The victims aren’t the most upstanding members of society, but are the shooters just as bad? Some say no...these victims are getting what they deserve! I really love this series and always look forward to the next one. They are mostly hit or miss as of late, but I still really enjoy the series. I miss the early books! I took away some stars because there were way too many irrelevant subplots in this book. It was kinda all over the place! There were also a couple of questionable actions that had me scratching my head and asking myself “why”? Last but not least, Cindy is getting increasingly annoying with each new book. She reminds me of a whiny, pushy teenager. If the Women’s Murder Club series were to do away with her, I wouldn’t be disappointed!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    Thank You to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for this free ebook!! When three murders in three different cities happen at the same time Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of SFPD takes the lead in trying to identify the shooters. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this shocking spree provoke debate across the country. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors and The Women's Murder Club is a series that I enjoy reading. In this installment of the series, the plot is good a Thank You to NetGalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for this free ebook!! When three murders in three different cities happen at the same time Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of SFPD takes the lead in trying to identify the shooters. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this shocking spree provoke debate across the country. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors and The Women's Murder Club is a series that I enjoy reading. In this installment of the series, the plot is good and the leading ladies are amazing as always but I felt something was missing. Overall 20th Victim is a good read but the earlier books are slightly better so it didn't excite me much.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Val Wheeler

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel it was one of the better ones in this series. I should add that I have read them all so was very excited to get this one prior to being published as an e-arc. Thankyou Netgalley and publishers. Great storyline, and thoroughly enjoyed it but I do have one or two little niggles this time. The main character seemed to leave her little daughter at home alone a few times. Not sure if this was done on purpose by the author, but there were at least two occasions w I thoroughly enjoyed this book and feel it was one of the better ones in this series. I should add that I have read them all so was very excited to get this one prior to being published as an e-arc. Thankyou Netgalley and publishers. Great storyline, and thoroughly enjoyed it but I do have one or two little niggles this time. The main character seemed to leave her little daughter at home alone a few times. Not sure if this was done on purpose by the author, but there were at least two occasions when the neighbour Mrs Rose who usually helps with babysitting wasn't there and Lindsay gave daughter her a kiss and went out for a run while she was asleep or went for a walk. What would have happened if she woke up? Her husband wasn't at home. Not sure this is the right thing to be advertising or doing personally, particularly in the city she lives with all these murders going on.!! Additionally Cindy, the crime reporter who works for the paper, seemed to be very attached to her police radio scanner. Since when? I don't recall any mention of this in any previous book, but the authors couldn't stop talking about it in this one and seemed to never leave her side. Sorry for my issues but you wanted an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty ❤️

    I find James Patterson very hit and miss. His earlier stuff was great but sometimes the more recent work feels phones in. I'm struggling to categorise this one. I liked the story, it's an interesting premise but the details of the Women's Murder Club did little for me. I've not read that many of this series so I was hoping for hooks to make me want to know more about the women to read the rest. There's also hardly anything about the killers and while I understand the reasons for the kills it is I find James Patterson very hit and miss. His earlier stuff was great but sometimes the more recent work feels phones in. I'm struggling to categorise this one. I liked the story, it's an interesting premise but the details of the Women's Murder Club did little for me. I've not read that many of this series so I was hoping for hooks to make me want to know more about the women to read the rest. There's also hardly anything about the killers and while I understand the reasons for the kills it is simply a throwaway line. Normally I love being able to add authors to my ever growing TBR pile but I think I'm at the point now where I'm taking this one off it. 

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandy

    So, as many of you know, I’m a huge fan of this series. This was not my favorite but was still amazing in the fabtastic Patterson fashion that I’ve come to know and love. The ending left you knowing we’re gonna have a #21.❤️ I giggled to myself as I pondered the short yet sweet title for #21.🤣🤷‍♀️💯4.1 stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rajesh

    One of the most disjointed WMC books. It was like reading 3 or 4 poorly written books all at once. Plot so thin that to meet requirement of number of pages, every time the narrative runs thin, there are a few more murders. They could have added 20 more bodies and made a 1000 page book and not been any more boring that what it is now.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I read this book for the 2020 PopSugar challenge. It was quick and fun. As per usual the women's murder series is fast paced with lots of action and girl woman power. It was the perfect palate cleanser between finals. I read this book for the 2020 PopSugar challenge. It was quick and fun. As per usual the women's murder series is fast paced with lots of action and girl woman power. It was the perfect palate cleanser between finals.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    The main story involves systematic killings of seemingly unconnected people in different professions, in different cities; however, Lindsay Boxer and the SFPD are quickly able to determine that all of the victims are drug dealers, and much like Death Wish, the public starts rooting for the killer or killers. Meanwhile, Yuki is prosecuting a drug dealer's wheelman as an accomplice in a cop killing because he is too scared to identify the drug dealer who pulled the trigger. Crime reporter Cindy, o The main story involves systematic killings of seemingly unconnected people in different professions, in different cities; however, Lindsay Boxer and the SFPD are quickly able to determine that all of the victims are drug dealers, and much like Death Wish, the public starts rooting for the killer or killers. Meanwhile, Yuki is prosecuting a drug dealer's wheelman as an accomplice in a cop killing because he is too scared to identify the drug dealer who pulled the trigger. Crime reporter Cindy, of course, is working on the drug dealer killings, while battling a new male colleague, who wants her position at the SF Chronicle. Chief Medical Examiner Claire continues to be almost absent from the WMC series, except for her own troubles, and Joe Molinari has his own subplot in this book, involving a close friend, who thinks his father was murdered by his doctor while in the hospital. The main story was better than average, but there were too many stories in process, leading to a disjointed novel.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    I get excited when a new addition to the Women's Murder Club is released. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro are agreat team. While this wasn't my favorite, there are still the signiture twists and great dialog with the ladies. This one does take a serious turn for one of the women. Another great read that I raced through! I get excited when a new addition to the Women's Murder Club is released. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro are agreat team. While this wasn't my favorite, there are still the signiture twists and great dialog with the ladies. This one does take a serious turn for one of the women. Another great read that I raced through!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorraine Southern

    2* 7/80. Not a bad book, as such, it’s just very much a case of same-old-same-old for me. I think it’s time to accept that I’ve finally had my fill of the Women’s Murder Club in the same way I’ve had to accept I’ve had my fill of Alex Cross 😔

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wonda

    2...Yep, I can honestly say these novels have went downhill for me! This book was filled with nothing but news headlines and drama you knew would end up just fine...therefore it's overdone! And what happened to the days when the Women's Mirder Club sat together and SOLVED a crime TOGETHER?? Yeesh!!! 2...Yep, I can honestly say these novels have went downhill for me! This book was filled with nothing but news headlines and drama you knew would end up just fine...therefore it's overdone! And what happened to the days when the Women's Mirder Club sat together and SOLVED a crime TOGETHER?? Yeesh!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    20th Victim is slightly better than 19. There are gathering of the women at their local joint. The other positive is that all four ladies have their story in this one, some better than others. Overall, the series hasn't been as good as it used to. 20th Victim is slightly better than 19. There are gathering of the women at their local joint. The other positive is that all four ladies have their story in this one, some better than others. Overall, the series hasn't been as good as it used to.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    I got what I wanted from this book. They turned it back a bit into what it was from the start. The woman’s murder club. Sad for Clare it it bought something different to the story. It was a good story this time and made more Sense.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    Getting fast food turns out to be fatal for one man who is taken out by a sniper as he is leaving the drive through on morning. His wife in the seat next to him is left physically unharmed. It’s a perfect sniper shot. While Lindsay gets the case as part of her job as a San Francisco homicide detective, reporter Cindy gets a key clue. Someone wrote “Rehearsal” in the dust of the car’s back window. The question is, rehearsal for what? Meanwhile, Claire has some scary news of her own to deal with, Getting fast food turns out to be fatal for one man who is taken out by a sniper as he is leaving the drive through on morning. His wife in the seat next to him is left physically unharmed. It’s a perfect sniper shot. While Lindsay gets the case as part of her job as a San Francisco homicide detective, reporter Cindy gets a key clue. Someone wrote “Rehearsal” in the dust of the car’s back window. The question is, rehearsal for what? Meanwhile, Claire has some scary news of her own to deal with, and Yuki has to prosecute the case of a teenage getaway driver who won’t flip on the real criminals. Even Lindsay’s husband, Joe, has a case of his own when his college roommate thinks his father was murdered. The book has one plot too many (and a repetitive one at that), and it would have been better served to eliminate that plot since the climax was rushed on all the stories but especially the main one. Still, the multiple stories kept thing moving as always, and I had a hard time putting the book down when I sat down to read. The characters are just developed enough for us to care, but could use more depth. This is a common issue with the series, and those who have kept up with the books know the characters well enough to care for them. In other words, this is a typical James Patterson thriller. If you are a fan, you’ll enjoy this one, too. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Hanlie

    I was sadly underwhelmed by this book. At about 20% in I nearly gave up but I did finish it because the storyline was very good. I just didn't like the execution. It felt a bit disjointed at times. Some lines were repeated and it jumped around too much. I think the story had a lot of potential it just needed better execution. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I was sadly underwhelmed by this book. At about 20% in I nearly gave up but I did finish it because the storyline was very good. I just didn't like the execution. It felt a bit disjointed at times. Some lines were repeated and it jumped around too much. I think the story had a lot of potential it just needed better execution. Thank you to NetGalley and Random House UK for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Hold on tight it’s a breathless roller coaster ride of a book. SUMMARY Sergeant Lindsey Boxer catches the lead in the case of a lifetime. Mysterious murders are piling up in a San Francisco, L.A. and Chicago. All victims executed with uncanny precision and all seemingly linked to drug dealing. It’s can’t possible be one person responsible for all the murders at the same time so what is happening here? San Francisco chronically crime reporter Cindy Thomas is diligently listening to her police scanne Hold on tight it’s a breathless roller coaster ride of a book. SUMMARY Sergeant Lindsey Boxer catches the lead in the case of a lifetime. Mysterious murders are piling up in a San Francisco, L.A. and Chicago. All victims executed with uncanny precision and all seemingly linked to drug dealing. It’s can’t possible be one person responsible for all the murders at the same time so what is happening here? San Francisco chronically crime reporter Cindy Thomas is diligently listening to her police scanner when the scanner screams with news of the murders. She is quickly on the scene and looks to Lindsey with help for her story. Lindsey’s inability to help her friend causes a major rift in their friendship The other two members of the Women Murder Club Yuki Castellano and Claire Washburn are fighting life and death battles all their own. At the same time, Lindsay’s husband Joe Molinari is called to investigate the death of his best friend Dave’s elderly father. Joe has a hard time believing that there was any foul play in the old man’s death, after all Dave father was in the hospital for a bad heart. Perhaps his friend and college roommate is just overcome by the grief of loosing his father. Or perhaps not. “Cindy was an investigative journalist, top dog on the crime beat. Her assistance was definitely not requested, but she was responding anyway. Tips don’t get any hotter than ones that came right off the scanner. “ REVIEW Hold on tight when you open this book. The 20th victim is a breathless rollercoaster of a ride. As the number of bodies pile up, the multiple story lines evolve faster and faster. You won’t be able to stop reading this dizzying carousel of a plot. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro’s writing is taut, clever and satisfying. Thanks to the short chapters it’s a fast and furious read. The Women’s Murder Club characters are all delightfully unique and are strong female characters capable of carrying their own weight in the story. I never tire of reading about the drive and determination of these smart and fiery women. Keep them coming! Of course January LaVoy does a fabulous job with narration on the audio book! “That was another thing. McGowan was pushy. OK, the same had been said of her. But in Cindy’s opinion, McSmarty was no team player and would love to shove her under a speeding bus and snatch the top spot. Or maybe he’s just stick around, like gum under her shoe, and simply annoy her to death. ” Publisher Little, Brown & Company Published May 4, 2020 Narrated January LaVoy Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paula Phillips

    Out of all of James Patterson's series, the Women's Murder Club is one of the few ones that I have continued to read and have found them all still enjoyable and my love of the characters have not faltered. This particular book could have come off too busy but the way that James Patterson and Maxine Paetro worked it, it actually didn't seem OTT. The Women's Murder Club and SFPD are in for a hectic rollercoaster ride as a series of different murders all killed by sniper shots are happening over th Out of all of James Patterson's series, the Women's Murder Club is one of the few ones that I have continued to read and have found them all still enjoyable and my love of the characters have not faltered. This particular book could have come off too busy but the way that James Patterson and Maxine Paetro worked it, it actually didn't seem OTT. The Women's Murder Club and SFPD are in for a hectic rollercoaster ride as a series of different murders all killed by sniper shots are happening over the city at the exact same time, finding it difficult to pinpoint just one person as no person can be in all different places at the same time. It also looks like the killings are vigilantes as the people dying are drug dealers and all deserve to die as to be honest the streets are better off without them. During the WMC dealing with this, Joe's high school friend has called him to Napa Valley as he believes that his father was murdered by his doctor as one minute, he was stable and doing well and the next thing he has been pronounced dead. Has the town of Napa Valley gotten a Mercy Killer on their hands as Joe starts to unravel other deaths that could all be connected? Meanwhile one of the Women's Murder Club members receives some sad news - will this be the end of the foursome? Find out in another wonderful instalment of the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Great final book in this long series....4++ stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sue

    So....I love the women's murder club stories but this was not one of his best. Lindsay on target, Yuki a little whiny, Claire stoic as always but Cindy needs to go. She is not an equal partner in this series any more. One would think she was merely posing as a friend and a girl friend to get her scoop. Maybe just this particular story was irritating. As some of the other reviews I have read....he seems to be phoning it in. Please bring back the four gals who would do anything for each other. So....I love the women's murder club stories but this was not one of his best. Lindsay on target, Yuki a little whiny, Claire stoic as always but Cindy needs to go. She is not an equal partner in this series any more. One would think she was merely posing as a friend and a girl friend to get her scoop. Maybe just this particular story was irritating. As some of the other reviews I have read....he seems to be phoning it in. Please bring back the four gals who would do anything for each other.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Germaine

    I am at a crossroads do I continue with this author the books are all getting so predictable great beginning OK middle and a very very rushed ending I never thought I would rate a James Patterson book one star he really needs to up his game of stop churning out so many books as he's not doing justice to any of them. I am at a crossroads do I continue with this author the books are all getting so predictable great beginning OK middle and a very very rushed ending I never thought I would rate a James Patterson book one star he really needs to up his game of stop churning out so many books as he's not doing justice to any of them.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    This outing of the WMC is more like early Patterson been more recent efforts I think his writing is very good when he’s with Miss Paetro. The reader was very effective and the story moved right along. I think the part of the book involving Joe and the angel of death was totally unnecessary. This latest effort redeemed some of the more recent Patterson work.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Serial

    I’m disappointed. The crime wasn’t thrilling The women have become almost after thoughts Cindy doesn’t seem to have any redeeming features any more. Such a shame.

  29. 4 out of 5

    *Stani*

    Cindy listens to a police scanner on her way to her work when she hears about a reported shooting in progress. She drives to the scene to investigate. The victim is a professional baseball player, Roger Jennings. On the back of the car is a message that reads ‘rehearsal’. The story is that the almost retired baseball player was dealing drugs. Lindsay and Joe take off for a long romantic weekend. They go to French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley and Lindsay meet Joe’s good friend, Dave, who had Cindy listens to a police scanner on her way to her work when she hears about a reported shooting in progress. She drives to the scene to investigate. The victim is a professional baseball player, Roger Jennings. On the back of the car is a message that reads ‘rehearsal’. The story is that the almost retired baseball player was dealing drugs. Lindsay and Joe take off for a long romantic weekend. They go to French Laundry restaurant in Napa Valley and Lindsay meet Joe’s good friend, Dave, who had a terrible car accident in college and is now in wheelchair. He tells Lindsay and Joe about his dad, who has suddenly fell very ill. Week later Dave calls Joe and tells him his dad has been murdered. Joe investigates. Yuki is prosecuting an 18 year old college dropout, who is in jail for being a driver to a drug dealer, who shot and killed a police officer after a routine stop. The amount of recapping of every major character’s life story in a book #20 is pretty insane. A rich record producer and his wife are gunned down in their house. They were killed in a locked, soundproof music studio inside their home. The house had security alarm on until the nanny came back with the kids and found them dead. Lindsay and Rich investigate. They find out that the producer was dealing drugs. Another two similar homicides, execution style, happen in LA and Chicago at the exact same time as the one in SF. Cindy thinks they are all related. Claire drops a huge bombshell of a news on Lindsay. Poor Cindy has to deal with a sleazy reporter that is out for her job. Then a competing newspaper scoops her story before she is able to publish it. ********* It took me a while to get into the story. The plot was over the place and rather convoluted. The major crime story was done really poorly....there was no real connection to the victims or to the shooter and by the time we get who is behind the killings, it’s already so confusing and mired by irrelevant information that I didn’t much care if he was apprehended or not. Overall a very weak chapter in the WMC series.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    Flip-flopping between 2 & 3 stars. Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf, which will be going live in early April 2020 ***eProof given by UK publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/reaction, even though I borrowed and listened to audiobook from local library via BorrowBox*** I have a weird love/hate relationship with James Patterson, something I always talk about when I do a write-up for one of his novels. I find him a light, fun read, something I would be ok reading on a sunny beach Flip-flopping between 2 & 3 stars. Review Taken from The Pewter Wolf, which will be going live in early April 2020 ***eProof given by UK publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review/reaction, even though I borrowed and listened to audiobook from local library via BorrowBox*** I have a weird love/hate relationship with James Patterson, something I always talk about when I do a write-up for one of his novels. I find him a light, fun read, something I would be ok reading on a sunny beach (almost perfect for me to read/audiobook at the current moment with my brain not ready to cope with Corona-Virus and something heavy), but he never offers anything of substance. And yet, I seem to always go back to reading him after a few months/years. And I have a soft spot for his Women’s Murder Club series as 3rd Degree was my first James Patterson novel and I always like reading about the ladies. So, when I saw 20th Victim, I was excited and intrigued. After trying to read 19th Christmas and DNFing it after a few chapters (and I seem to be not the only one to do that), I was intrigued to see how James Patterson and Maxine Paetro would celebrate 20 books in this series. Is it going to be something similar to how TV shows Eastenders and Neighbours celebrate 35 years and celebrate with a big bang, or is it going to be fall a bit flat? Three simultaneous shootings happen at 8:30am one morning. And of them is at San Francisco on the Women’s Murder Club patch. Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is involved in investigating and reporter Cindy Thomas is reporting the crime. The shootings are precise and exact, the victims chosen with great care as each victim are involved in drug selling. As more shootings happen, the public debate wonders if the shooter are villains or heroes? For what I wanted from it - a light, easy, audiobook to distract from the Corona - it did exactly what I wanted. It was light, fast and something that didn’t involve much brain power. So, I can’t complain about that! However… and yet, it feels like a miss at the same time. Like I said earlier, this is the 20th instalment in this series, and I was expecting a huge birthday-like event. A huge celebration of the previous instalments and celebrating the future of the series. And yet, we got a standard Women’s Murder Club story. There was nothing really special about it. It was very paint-by-numbers. We had one huge story - the shooter going after drug dealers that Lindsey and Cindy were following - and three small subplots. Lindsey’s husband, Joe, is asked by an old friend to investigate his father’s death as he believe the doctor in charge is an Angel of Mercy, one of Club member’s, Yuki, is involved in a trial where she feels the young man is being used as scapegoat and the fourth member of the WMC, Claire, is told she has lung cancer. Big things, right? So why am I annoyed over these subplots? Well, Joe’s subplot has been used in a previous Women’s Murder Club novel - The 5th Horseman - as main plot and had added danger with Yuki’s mother being a possible victim. As for Yuki and Claire’s subplots - they felt like add-ons. A “blink and you missed it” kinda vibe came off them. I get that Yuki’s, in some sense, is linked VERY VAGUELY to Lindsey’s and Cindy’s but Claire’s… Claire’s lung cancer plot angered me the most. Cancer is a big thing. According to cancer charities, cancer effects 1 in 2 of us in the UK AT LEAST. So, do we see Claire fight cancer? Nope. We’re told she has it then… then she’s written out of the book. She having an operation to remove the growth but it feels like she’s dismissed from the book. We see her at the end, saying she’s ok and need to keep appointments, but it all felt wrong. We had no emotional reaction to this horrifying news. Plus, whenever I dip in and out of this series, Claire is always the character I feel that Patterson and Maetro doesn’t know what to do with or, when they do, it always feels like a short-change story. She’s a medical examiner, USE THAT AND GIVE US A CASE THAT INVOLVE HER, HER JOB AND HER SKILLS HEAVILY! You do that with Lindsey, Cindy and Yuki so why not Claire? As something light to read to take mind off current, scary world events, this did exactly what it said on the tin. But it didn’t do what I hope - celebrate this long-running series.

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