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Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets. At the same time, Assistant Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life - a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby starts interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family of her own.


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Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets. At the same time, Assistant Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals - but that the victim may be keeping secrets. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life - a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby starts interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family of her own.

30 review for 10th Anniversary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel

    And so the roller coaster of quality descends once again, after a brief moment of incline with book 9. 10th Anniversary was just too over-the-top chick-lit romantic projectile vomit for me to really deal with. The mystery elements were quickly wrapped up half way through. I suspect this was because it is the 10th novel in the series, so most of it was more focused on the women and their private lives and how those have changed over the series length. It was all about wanting to have babies, And so the roller coaster of quality descends once again, after a brief moment of incline with book 9. 10th Anniversary was just too over-the-top chick-lit romantic projectile vomit for me to really deal with. The mystery elements were quickly wrapped up half way through. I suspect this was because it is the 10th novel in the series, so most of it was more focused on the women and their private lives and how those have changed over the series length. It was all about wanting to have babies, getting married, romance problems, friendship squabbles, pining after ruggedly handsome men, etc, etc. The women spend a lot of time helping each other out with their perspective issues and cases, cases that have nothing to do with each other, leading to an uptick in female bonding that I just didn't think was possible at this point. But somehow Patterson and Paetro found a way to make these female characters even more ridiculous than they already were. Lindsay spends most of the time complaining and whining and doing her job halfassed while she investigates a far-fetched kidnapping that isn't really a kidnapping. And Yuki was particularly annoying this time around, more concerned with winning a murder trial than with the fact that she's possibly sending an innocent woman to jail. There's a brief moment of "panic" when one of the women becomes a target of a serial rapist, but my reaction wasn't that of panic or dread it was one of hope - as in, I hope she is about to be written out of the series, please kill her. ...Alas, no such luck #spoileralert There's is also a SHIT TON of crying in this book. Seriously. Everyone cries, all the time, for reasons both apparent and not. I can't tell if Patterson was trying to create something dramatic and big for the 10th novel or if he's just gotten to a point where phoning it in comes so naturally he barely has to try. Either way, I was mega disappointed with this book. It's mindless poppycock. That's right I said poppycock!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    While the WMC series has become a little more hokey in books past,. I keep reading. I loved the short-lived TV series and always hope Patterson will add some more spice to these books. Alas, it was not there, but it is a cult fav. and so I keep reading. Boxer finally ties the knot at the beginning of the book, but is left to forge ahead with her life and job, even as Joe is home to tend the house. She wrestles with this throughout and comes to some interesting conclusions at various times. Oh, While the WMC series has become a little more hokey in books past,. I keep reading. I loved the short-lived TV series and always hope Patterson will add some more spice to these books. Alas, it was not there, but it is a cult fav. and so I keep reading. Boxer finally ties the knot at the beginning of the book, but is left to forge ahead with her life and job, even as Joe is home to tend the house. She wrestles with this throughout and comes to some interesting conclusions at various times. Oh, Lindsay! Unlike most of the series, where two seemingly unconnected cases string together, in this one, it is the characters who help one another on cases totally individual from one another. Yuki's murder trial forges ahead with many a bump as Boxer deals with an apparent baby kidnapping. We see some personal progress with Yuki and CIndy (and toss in a sub-story about the roving reporter), but nothing we cannot handle. With hints throughout, the ending is quite obvious, but that is for you to discover.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Women's Murder Club #10 In this book Lindsey Boxer has just got married and she has been called in to investigate a teenage girl who was left for dead, her newborn baby was nowhere to be seen. Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her career so far. A women has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two children. Yuki's career relies on a guilty verdict. But Lindsey finds evidence that could save the defendant. I quite like the Women's Murder Women's Murder Club #10 In this book Lindsey Boxer has just got married and she has been called in to investigate a teenage girl who was left for dead, her newborn baby was nowhere to be seen. Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her career so far. A women has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two children. Yuki's career relies on a guilty verdict. But Lindsey finds evidence that could save the defendant. I quite like the Women's Murder Club series but for some reason this one felt a bit flat. It wasn't the triple storylines, as they can normally work quite well. I do like that the author writes his books with short chapters. My fingers are crossed that the next book in this series is better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    It's the day of Lindsay and Joe's wedding!!! Everything will be perfect. Right? Fifteen year old Avis Richardson struggles to stay conscious. The cramps across her belly are getting worse. She's lost a lot of blood and it's still flowing down her legs. She desperately wants to sleep but it's dark, cold, and raining and she has no idea where she is or what's happened. She's scared, and lost. All she can see is trees and rocky ground. There! Finally, a road. It's all she can do to stumble onto the It's the day of Lindsay and Joe's wedding!!! Everything will be perfect. Right? Fifteen year old Avis Richardson struggles to stay conscious. The cramps across her belly are getting worse. She's lost a lot of blood and it's still flowing down her legs. She desperately wants to sleep but it's dark, cold, and raining and she has no idea where she is or what's happened. She's scared, and lost. All she can see is trees and rocky ground. There! Finally, a road. It's all she can do to stumble onto the pavement. She hears the sqeal of tires and a woman gets out of her car, dialing 911. The young girl manages to speak only a few words. I've lost my baby. Then, everything goes dark. When Lindsay returns to work, following her wedding, things in the squad room are different than when she left. Warren Jacoby has been promoted to Chief of Homicide and a new guy, Jackson Brady is now her Liutenent and boss. Brady is a nonsense boss and is watching Lindsay's every move, adding increasing pressure to find the missing baby, and taking time away from Joe in the process. Lindsay and Richie are given the case surrounding Avis Richardson and her 'lost' newborn baby. They have no idea if the baby is alive or dead. When they arrive at Avis's bedside, she's unable to stay awake at first. Once she can focus, Lindsay and Richie try to put enough pieces together to locate the infant. She claims that she called a number that says "help for pregnant girls." She says that she spoke with two men who met her outside her school. She was given money in exchange they would, in Avis's words, "take it off my hands." Then, when her baby was due, she was taken to a cabin where two women helped her deliver the baby, a boy. She was supposed to stay in bed, have something to eat, drink, and recover from the birth but she just wanted to go home so she snuck out, ending up lost and on the road. From the start Avis is uncooperative in helping Lindsay and Richie find the baby, lying through her teeth each time she's questioned and telling them a different story that she makes up as she goes along. Lindsay, getting angrier by the minute, threatens to lock the girl up to get the truth. She askes Richie, "How do you know if a teenager is lying? How. Their lips are moving" Meanwhile, Yuki is prosecuting a case in which a woman shot and killed her husband right in front of her two children. Yuki is certain that she's guilty, pulling out all the stops to win the biggest case of her career. Then Lindsay discovers a piece evidence that may prove that the woman is innocent. If it is true and it gets out it could be career ending for her good friend Yuki. Lindsay now has to decide. Keep quiet and let Yuki win her case? Or do the right thing and save an innocent women from going to prison. 10th Anniversary by Maxine Paetro is in audio book format and it was my favorite book in the series thus far! From the first word There's no time to breathe as this thriller goes on a high speed chase to find a newborn baby, with unforeseen obsticals around every corner. The tension is high, the drama is intense, and the twists just keep on coming. This is another brilliant adventure in the Woman's Murder Club series. You won't want to miss a second!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was one fast paced book. I read it in one sitting because I just get so engrossed in these books. There was a multiple crime plots that the reader gets so invested in! I thoroughly enjoyed following the Avis plot line best though. I was hooked even though it was a bit predictable. the audacity of Avis was just entertaining to say the least. My quick and simple overall: quick read that is fast based with some much entertainment in the crime storylines.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I continue to read the Women's Murder Club series out of some misguided loyalty to the characters. I was interested to see how Lindsay's wedding and marriage would turn out, however, this took up about five pages...The rest of the book was taken up with three separate (and terribly disjointed) cases going on at once - Lindsay's investigation into a missing baby, Yuki's legal case against a doctor accused of murdering her husband, and a poorly tacked on plot about Cindy investigating a series of I continue to read the Women's Murder Club series out of some misguided loyalty to the characters. I was interested to see how Lindsay's wedding and marriage would turn out, however, this took up about five pages...The rest of the book was taken up with three separate (and terribly disjointed) cases going on at once - Lindsay's investigation into a missing baby, Yuki's legal case against a doctor accused of murdering her husband, and a poorly tacked on plot about Cindy investigating a series of mysterious rapes. None of the cases had anything to do with each other and it showed as the Club rarely interacted with one another. Out of the three subplots, only Yuki's was halfways interesting, although the authors tried to throw in far too many twists to keep the suspense going. Cindy's plot seemed like an after thought to keep her relevant to the story and Lindsay's case is one that wouldn't have been investigated by homicide. Claire's absence was glaringly obvious to fans of the series. My real problem with the series is that it is no longer about the girls working together to help solve one of Lindsay's cases. Their friendship is almost nonexistent - disappointing as this was the best part of these books.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Rochelle

    Perhaps one of the worst books ever. This was the only Patterson-related series I still read and I'm thinking this is the last JP novel I will ever read. Usually there's some overarching crime that keeps you intrigued, but the first "mystery" was resolved halfway through the book and the other one or two were just as ridiculous. And what happened to the ladies actually hanging out with each other...part of what made this series different is that the women worked together and there was none of Perhaps one of the worst books ever. This was the only Patterson-related series I still read and I'm thinking this is the last JP novel I will ever read. Usually there's some overarching crime that keeps you intrigued, but the first "mystery" was resolved halfway through the book and the other one or two were just as ridiculous. And what happened to the ladies actually hanging out with each other...part of what made this series different is that the women worked together and there was none of that. Total disappointment.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    James Patterson has just started phoning it in. This book was just a disappointment. As a fan of the series, I want to read everything that comes out about the group. It seems that Patterson has taken advantage of this and put out mindless dribble. The case is a kidnapping that's not a kidnapping. The relationships between the women seem superficial. The dialogue is weak. When the book ends, I'm glad that it's over, but not at all satisfied.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Alycia

    Definitely not one of my favorite books in this series but I still enjoyed it. The cases were not as exciting as they normally are to me and I really started to dislike Yuki as a character in this book. She's never been one of my favorites but I really just don't like her. Hopefully the next one is even better!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    I didn't really like this book, but then again I don't believe I'm the target audience for it. This is my first James Patterson book, and I bought it because I recognized the name and thought it would be interesting to read something by a different author. I'm a 51 year-old male, and I think this is clearly a "chick book". I'm not scared of books about romance, but this book contains characters pining for babies, falling in love with men with big athletic shoulders and soft brown hair curling I didn't really like this book, but then again I don't believe I'm the target audience for it. This is my first James Patterson book, and I bought it because I recognized the name and thought it would be interesting to read something by a different author. I'm a 51 year-old male, and I think this is clearly a "chick book". I'm not scared of books about romance, but this book contains characters pining for babies, falling in love with men with big athletic shoulders and soft brown hair curling around their face, guys with pretty blond hair in a ponytail, etc. I read a line to my wife where one woman tells her husband she wants to make a baby with him in fulfillment of their love for each other, and even she thought it was over the top. The plot was OK, but I didn't find the characters that interesting to me. Especially Yuki, the prosecutor, who seems so desperate to win a murder case that she doesn't seem very concerned that the accused might actually be innocent. She is disappointed she might lose the conviction because of all the time she has put into the case, with seemingly little remorse about sending an innocent woman to prison if she's wrong. If you're a woman enjoying a busy plot intertwined with a lot of female bonding, you'll probably like this book, but if you're looking for something deeper, you probably won't.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bookish Indulgenges with b00k r3vi3ws

    3.5 Stars! Lindsay Boxer is called in to investigate the case of a teenage girl who is discovered in a terrible condition. Without much to go on from the victim all Lindsay has to work on is the medical reports of the Victim. Avis seemed to have delivered a baby, been drugged and probably raped in her recent past. Yuki Castellano is working on probably the biggest case of her life that can make or break her career. It is a murder case where it seems pretty obvious that the wife had murdered her 3.5 Stars! Lindsay Boxer is called in to investigate the case of a teenage girl who is discovered in a terrible condition. Without much to go on from the victim all Lindsay has to work on is the medical reports of the Victim. Avis seemed to have delivered a baby, been drugged and probably raped in her recent past. Yuki Castellano is working on probably the biggest case of her life that can make or break her career. It is a murder case where it seems pretty obvious that the wife had murdered her husband. But as we know that murder cases are never that straightforward and this too has a few twists. Also, Cindy Thomas is on a trail of a serial rapist who drugs their victims first so that when all the victims are discovered they virtually have no recollection of the incident. But Cindy may be way in over her head as she soon becomes a target. There’s not one or two, but three parallel stories going on in this book. And each stories become entwined as the main characters in each story are friends and part of the ‘Women’s Murder Club’. So it is needless to say that like any other James Patterson Novel, it was another action packed book. With either their respective cases or with their personal lives, the ladies have kept the story moving and me interested. Individually, the three storylines would have lacked the strength to keep a hold on a reader, but put together, they worked pretty well. The lead characters of WMC – Lindsay, Yuki, Cindy and Claire are pretty much the same – always standing strong for women power. Lindsay seemed a bit of out of character in this particular installment. The ‘criminal / villain’ wasn’t as forbidding though. Its sounds complicated and daunting that a plot should have three parallel stories/mysteries running, but really it isn’t. A mix of action and romance kept me going. Like all the Patterson Novels, this too had short chapters which gave the feeling of a fast paced novel. Just one more chapter – its only three-four pages…. And before you know, you are done reading the whole thing. I will not say that this is the best in the series or the best Patterson novel, but it is worth your time and interest.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Nope, I am about done with this series. First of all its a little far fetched for Lindsay to be having a kid at such a "old" age. I mean 40? Come on. Second of all Cindy DRIVES ME NUTS! Shes a journalist not a police officer she's gonna get her ass killed. Third I do not like Cindy and Conklin together. It's just weird. But FINALLYYYY Lindsay is married. About freaking time, only 10 books later! As for the cases, I felt they were lacking, not very much detail or even not much about the cases Nope, I am about done with this series. First of all its a little far fetched for Lindsay to be having a kid at such a "old" age. I mean 40? Come on. Second of all Cindy DRIVES ME NUTS! Shes a journalist not a police officer she's gonna get her ass killed. Third I do not like Cindy and Conklin together. It's just weird. But FINALLYYYY Lindsay is married. About freaking time, only 10 books later! As for the cases, I felt they were lacking, not very much detail or even not much about the cases themselves, it was more a filler book I felt. :(

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee Hayes-Comage

    Nice warm ending for all parties!!! Loved this read :)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    At the end of the book we learn that the title actually refers to the 10th Anniversary of friendship between Lindsay Boxer and Claire Washburn, Medical examiner extraordinaire. It's too bad that Claire isn't very present in this book, expect to accompany Lindsay to go find and retrieve that little baby boy, Tyler, that a moronic teenager sold after placing an ad after she got pregnant by her teacher. I will be honest with you, and tell you that I totally understood Lindsay when she lost her At the end of the book we learn that the title actually refers to the 10th Anniversary of friendship between Lindsay Boxer and Claire Washburn, Medical examiner extraordinaire. It's too bad that Claire isn't very present in this book, expect to accompany Lindsay to go find and retrieve that little baby boy, Tyler, that a moronic teenager sold after placing an ad after she got pregnant by her teacher. I will be honest with you, and tell you that I totally understood Lindsay when she lost her patience with this teenage girl, who lied time after time about what actually happened to her baby and to her. That young girl was a spoiled and irritating brat. I hope that one day she comes to her senses. Then there's Yuki, who's prosecuting Dr. Candace Martin, accused of killing her husband. When Lindsay has her doubts about Dr. Martin's guilt, Yuki is quite vexed with her. Not that their friendship was ever in danger, certainly not. Maybe not the best story-line either. The 3rd plot is a story that Cindy is pursuing for her paper, The Chronicle, about a rapist, who drugs his victims, keeps them about 8 hours, and then accompanies them home and the victims don't remember a thing. What happened to Cindy at the end, was surprising : I thought that girl was way smarter. All in all, I have to conclude that most of the protagonists and the SFPD aren't depicted in the best of lights - they don't know how to solve a case - and that's a shame. What I really enjoyed was the beginning of the book, when we witness Lindsay and Joe get married and by the end we learn they are expecting a baby. Yay!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Jones

    Detective Lindsay Boxer is forced back to reality quickly as she investigates a horrible crime involving a badly injured teenage girl that was left for dead and her newborn baby that is nowhere to be found. As Lindsay races to find the baby and the people who injured the teenage mother, she discovers the victim may know a lot more than she lets on. What is she hiding and why? While this is going on, Yuki Castellano is in the process of trying the biggest case of her career as a prosecuting Detective Lindsay Boxer is forced back to reality quickly as she investigates a horrible crime involving a badly injured teenage girl that was left for dead and her newborn baby that is nowhere to be found. As Lindsay races to find the baby and the people who injured the teenage mother, she discovers the victim may know a lot more than she lets on. What is she hiding and why? While this is going on, Yuki Castellano is in the process of trying the biggest case of her career as a prosecuting attorney, a doctor who has been accused of murdering her philandering husband right in front of their two children. She desperately needs a guilty verdict in this case so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she's forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? While this is the tenth book in the Women's Murder Club series, it hasn't become stale, like man series do by this point. I still love the main characters just as much as I have from the beginning. I love the relationship between the four women. The relationship between Lindsay and Jacobi is very much fatherly/mentor. As usual, Patterson is an excellent storyteller and I found myself unable to put the book down.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

    I wish I could say this was a book that I wasn’t completely disappointed with. The first book in this series, 1st to Die, is one of my all time favorites. And I think it’s for that reason, and that reason alone, that I've stuck with this series. At one point I could tell you that I have enjoyed the character progression of the four main women in this series, but now that we’ve arrived at the 10th book, Lindsay Boxer seems like a pale shadow of herself. This book was… fine. I mean, it was a I wish I could say this was a book that I wasn’t completely disappointed with. The first book in this series, 1st to Die, is one of my all time favorites. And I think it’s for that reason, and that reason alone, that I've stuck with this series. At one point I could tell you that I have enjoyed the character progression of the four main women in this series, but now that we’ve arrived at the 10th book, Lindsay Boxer seems like a pale shadow of herself. This book was… fine. I mean, it was a passable thriller, but not anywhere near one of the best ones I’ve read, and nothing close to the caliber of the first four books in this series. James Patterson has really disappointed me with this one. The plotline was not even all that exciting, revolving mostly around a court case rather than the serial killer on the loose, and even the secondary plot that is more typical of a Patterson thriller was pretty bad. Usually I burn through books like these in about a day, this one took me three on a vacation with unlimited reading time. I’m not saying it was terrible, but it was just so disappointing. How far the Women’s Murder Club has fallen. It’s sad, really. 2 stars- I didn't care for this particular book, but I'm ok having read it because I know if I hadn't I would wonder about it. I'll most likely keep reading these books, I like Lindsay and the rest of the group enough to want to know what Patterson ends up doing with all of them, but maybe next time I won’t be in so much of a hurry.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lanny Carlson

    I enjoyed this book. Yuki had a much larger role to play, all the members of the Club are undergoing important relational changes for the good, the explicit sex which seemed to be growing in the last book has been toned down, and all of plot lines reached good, reasonable conclusions. I continue to enjoy the short chapterlength, though as one reviewer said, it's so easy to say, "Only 3 pages? I can read another chapter before going to bed." And one chapter becomes one more, and one more, until it's much I enjoyed this book. Yuki had a much larger role to play, all the members of the Club are undergoing important relational changes for the good, the explicit sex which seemed to be growing in the last book has been toned down, and all of plot lines reached good, reasonable conclusions. I continue to enjoy the short chapterlength, though as one reviewer said, it's so easy to say, "Only 3 pages? I can read another chapter before going to bed." And one chapter becomes one more, and one more, until it's much later than I intended! All in all, I like this series very much. My only real problem is that I watched the TV series before reading the books, so Angie Harmon will always be Lindsey Boxer to me. So when she is often referred to as "Blondie" in the books, it's offsetting - Angie is definitely not blonde! A minor problem, not to deter from my enjoyment. Now that I've caught up with the series - I always read series books in order, and only started this year - I will anxiously await the next installment.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The-vault

    By James Patterson. Women Murder Club #10. Grade: C Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her By James Patterson. Women Murder Club #10. Grade: C Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life–a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfer ing with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson The “Murder Club” is a group of four women friends: Lindsay the detective; Yuki, the Assistant DA; Claire, the Assistant Medical Examiner; and Cindy, the reporter. They have been connected for the past ten years while working on homicide cases in San Francisco. They were dubbed the “Murder Club” by Cindy. For a first timer, these characters may seem confusing as the author reveals the relationship between the four ladies and its importance early enough in the story. In fact the book starts of with all of them together, so it may seem a bit thrown in your face, and for those who have joined the series only now, it may be difficult to peg them. Detective Lindsay Boxer is married to Joe Molinari. Post Honeymoon, she has a new boss – Jackson Brady, and a new case that does not involve a homicide. Avis Richardson, a young girl has been found on a San Francisco street almost nude and bleeding. The doctors determine that she has been drugged, recently given birth and probably raped. However Avis remains completely aloof about what has happened to her. Yuki, the Assistant DA, is prosecuting a high profile murder case. Cindy, on the other hand, gets drawn into a serial rapist story, and finally becomes the target as well. So now we have a missing baby and a girl with almost no memory of the incident, a high profile murder case, and a serial rapist on the loose. I must say that I am terribly disappointed with the mysteries. Not one of them have a strong plot or are connected in any manner, and it seems to be just wound around for the sake of it. It seems to me that a better way could have been conceived to involve Yuki in the plot because Lindsay’s intrusion into Yuki’s case does not flow well at all with the rest of the action. In addition to the criminal action, there is romantic intrigue for all members of the “Murder Club”. Yes we all love a dash of romance with a sprinkle of macho hero action, but it seems to have been so forcefully pushed into 10th Anniversary, that it seemed totally uncalled for. At the end of the novel, all the ladies are involved romantically. Yuki is hooked up with Jackson Grady, Lindsay’s boss; Cindy is engaged to Rich Conklin, Lindsay’s partner; Claire is still with husband Edmund and children; and Lindsay is married and pregnant. There were places I thought of it as more chick-lit than JP. The women pine for babies, fall in love with men with big athletic shoulders and soft brown hair curling around their face and guys with pretty blond hair in a ponytail. Once, one of the protagonists tells her husband she wants to make a baby with him in fulfillment of their love for each other. Perhaps the romances will further the adventures of the “Murder Club” ladies. One can hope. Adding to it, there were grammatical errors in this book (!) and Lindsay’s obsession with getting pregnant, which seemed a bit out of character for her. There is a lot of unnecessary focus on her need to get pregnant, which could have perhaps been better utilized to explore the death of her father, which happened off screen. There is so much potential as her father had influenced the character of Lindsay since the first book. Hopefully this story line is picked up in the next book. All I can say after reading this one is: it is James Patterson for crying out loud, why would he have so many loop ends, and so many distractions, and loosely held plots? What’s wrong with him? The book really did not work for me. It can be because Patterson is losing his touch or perhaps because of the co-authors, who some people claim are the real ‘writers’ to these books? Who knows? In my opinion, it is not as well written or as well developed as previous Patterson books. Even if you’re an ardent James Patterson fan, I’d advise you to skip this one.. Originally reviewed at http://vaultofbooks.com/

  19. 5 out of 5

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    In the last book 9th Judgement I was not a happy bunny. The lead character Lindsay seemed to have had a personality transplant and had become this wimp overnight. Thankfully she seems to have got some of her backbone back in this latest book. Her and her work partner Rich are a good fit and the case they worked on was the main thread of this book in the beginning. Thankfully the story was somewhat better than some of the others in the series although a long way off as good as they could be. Yuki In the last book 9th Judgement I was not a happy bunny. The lead character Lindsay seemed to have had a personality transplant and had become this wimp overnight. Thankfully she seems to have got some of her backbone back in this latest book. Her and her work partner Rich are a good fit and the case they worked on was the main thread of this book in the beginning. Thankfully the story was somewhat better than some of the others in the series although a long way off as good as they could be. Yuki is the other character I just cannot get my head around. For a start she is an Assistant District Attorney so the true nature of somebody in that position doesn’t fit with how she is being written. The main thread for her was again not a bad story, but we keep seeing the insistent ‘pushing’ of her becoming involved with somebody and having to find herself a man. There is something about it that just doesn’t sit right with me. Cindy is the one character that I think has become stronger and her relationship with Rich played a bigger part this time round. The last book I read their relationship felt like an added extra that was dumped in the book at the last minute but thankfully now it all seems to have taken an upward turn and fits her character and the story a lot better. Cindy was by far the best part of this latest read which isn’t that positive a sign seeing as the book features Lindsay a lot more. Medical Examiner Claire was the only character that was missing for the largest part of the book. It felt like they had forgotten her or maybe it was the fact that there were a lot less dead bodies in this one for her to autopsy. Either way I think she should have featured more that she did. Okay, I feel like I do this every time I read a Patterson nowadays. It’s almost like I get a shock if I love the book. The thing with Patterson books is that the writing style is genius. They are short sharp chapters which manage to pique your interest and keep you turning pages. However, the real heart of the stories seems to be somewhat missing. Is this down to Patterson losing his touch or down to the co-authors who some people claim are the real ‘writers’ to these books? Who knows? The three stories that ran were okay, but just that, okay! They were interesting enough to keep me reading and in truth the only thing that made me that bit more interested were the characters I have grown to understand and know the more I have read. The pace was as usual pretty good but there were no great surprises and like I mentioned before the body count was low! If this was the first in the series I think there would be less of a following and I think that people go back to these books time and time again because they are ‘easy readers’. If you look at the overall rating of these Murder Club books you may be surprised. Amazon ratings show the majority of the series to be ‘middle of the road’ and I can understand why. Love him or loathe him, you won’t find many people that haven’t heard of or read a James Patterson. This time I won’t try to convince myself that I won’t pre-order because (for no obvious reason) I probably will (what a sucker!). I wouldn’t say this was awful, but I wouldn’t say it was his best.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    The Women’s Murder Club is the only series by James Patterson that I read. I have tried a couple of the others, but this is the one that I keep coming back to. I have been trying to figure out what it is exactly that pulls me back and all I have come up with is that I am not completely sold on Lindsay Boxer, the main character, but I adore the down to earth common sense of Dr. Claire Washburn, the medical examiner. There is something very appealing about her character that has me paying closer The Women’s Murder Club is the only series by James Patterson that I read. I have tried a couple of the others, but this is the one that I keep coming back to. I have been trying to figure out what it is exactly that pulls me back and all I have come up with is that I am not completely sold on Lindsay Boxer, the main character, but I adore the down to earth common sense of Dr. Claire Washburn, the medical examiner. There is something very appealing about her character that has me paying closer attention when her character is taking center stage. Which in my opinion should happen more often. What keeps me engaged are the multi-story lines. Some I seem to pay closer attention to and others allow my brain to check out from time to time. Occasionally, in the books, the storylines come together with a neat little bow at the end but others do not and you have to keep the cast of characters straight and the importance of little details with each vignette. Lindsay is investigating a teenage girl left to fend for herself after delivering a baby, but where is the baby, who is the daddy and which lie is actually the truth? Then you have Yuki Castellano prosecuting a make or break case that has many twists and turns and Lindsay must risk her friendship with Yuki when she doubts the facts in that case. Plus, Cindy Thomas is once again getting in over her head on a story. In addition to all that is going on, you must also keep straight who is dating whom, but most importantly, why is Lindsay getting so emotional. The best way to describe Patterson’s books is brain candy with an occasional chewy part. They are easy to pick up and put down at will without feeling that you have to go back and reread the previous chapter to get back into the flow. This is book number 10 with the 11th due out soon and with Patterson’s co-writers, there is no telling how long and how far this series will go. Just wonder where he will go next with the little teaser at the end of this book. Oh, and by the way, please bring back more Claire and I will be a happy little reader.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    **Short "end of the month" Review** Okay remember two freaking book ago when i said i hated Cindy, well now i want her DEAD! DUMB BBBBBBBBBBB. YOU ARE SELFISH AND YOU NEED TO STOP DOING DUMP SHIT! UGHHHHHH Also, the whole girl gives up baby but then recants, then recants, then recants. Kinda annoying. Nothing really happens with this story line. This is the first one i listen to via audio, and i must say, well worth it. It was nice sound effects was the story is told and it really adds to the **Short "end of the month" Review** Okay remember two freaking book ago when i said i hated Cindy, well now i want her DEAD! DUMB BBBBBBBBBBB. YOU ARE SELFISH AND YOU NEED TO STOP DOING DUMP SHIT! UGHHHHHH Also, the whole girl gives up baby but then recants, then recants, then recants. Kinda annoying. Nothing really happens with this story line. This is the first one i listen to via audio, and i must say, well worth it. It was nice sound effects was the story is told and it really adds to the story.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    AUTHOR Patterson, James and Pietro, Maxine TITLE 10th Anniversary DATE READ 05/25/2018 RATING 4/B GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Crime Fiction/2011/Hachette/7 discs SERIES/STAND-ALONE #10 in Women's Murder Club CHARACTERS Lindsay Boxer/detective; Yuki Castellano/Asst District Attorney TIME/PLACE 2011/San Francisco COMMENTS Lindsay marries but is right back on the job following the case of a teenaged girl who is found in the middle of the road deeply injured and her newborn baby is missing. Yuki AUTHOR Patterson, James and Pietro, Maxine TITLE 10th Anniversary DATE READ 05/25/2018 RATING 4/B GENRE/ PUB DATE/PUBLISHER / # OF Crime Fiction/2011/Hachette/7 discs SERIES/STAND-ALONE #10 in Women's Murder Club CHARACTERS Lindsay Boxer/detective; Yuki Castellano/Asst District Attorney TIME/PLACE 2011/San Francisco COMMENTS Lindsay marries but is right back on the job following the case of a teenaged girl who is found in the middle of the road deeply injured and her newborn baby is missing. Yuki is trying the prosecuting attorney for a murder case where a surgeon and mother of 2 young children is on trial for killing her husband. This was a very interesting case to follow and was not so easy to determine who was actually guilty.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    A good read that will keep you well entertained.

  24. 4 out of 5

    VaultOfBooks

    By James Patterson. Women Murder Club #10. Grade: C Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her By James Patterson. Women Murder Club #10. Grade: C Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals–but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life–a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfer ing with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family. With James Patterson’s white-hot speed and unquenchable action, 10th Anniversary is the most deliciously chilling Women’s Murder Club book ever. 10th Anniversary by James Patterson The “Murder Club” is a group of four women friends: Lindsay the detective; Yuki, the Assistant DA; Claire, the Assistant Medical Examiner; and Cindy, the reporter. They have been connected for the past ten years while working on homicide cases in San Francisco. They were dubbed the “Murder Club” by Cindy. For a first timer, these characters may seem confusing as the author reveals the relationship between the four ladies and its importance early enough in the story. In fact the book starts of with all of them together, so it may seem a bit thrown in your face, and for those who have joined the series only now, it may be difficult to peg them. Detective Lindsay Boxer is married to Joe Molinari. Post Honeymoon, she has a new boss – Jackson Brady, and a new case that does not involve a homicide. Avis Richardson, a young girl has been found on a San Francisco street almost nude and bleeding. The doctors determine that she has been drugged, recently given birth and probably raped. However Avis remains completely aloof about what has happened to her. Yuki, the Assistant DA, is prosecuting a high profile murder case. Cindy, on the other hand, gets drawn into a serial rapist story, and finally becomes the target as well. So now we have a missing baby and a girl with almost no memory of the incident, a high profile murder case, and a serial rapist on the loose. I must say that I am terribly disappointed with the mysteries. Not one of them have a strong plot or are connected in any manner, and it seems to be just wound around for the sake of it. It seems to me that a better way could have been conceived to involve Yuki in the plot because Lindsay’s intrusion into Yuki’s case does not flow well at all with the rest of the action. In addition to the criminal action, there is romantic intrigue for all members of the “Murder Club”. Yes we all love a dash of romance with a sprinkle of macho hero action, but it seems to have been so forcefully pushed into 10th Anniversary, that it seemed totally uncalled for. At the end of the novel, all the ladies are involved romantically. Yuki is hooked up with Jackson Grady, Lindsay’s boss; Cindy is engaged to Rich Conklin, Lindsay’s partner; Claire is still with husband Edmund and children; and Lindsay is married and pregnant. There were places I thought of it as more chick-lit than JP. The women pine for babies, fall in love with men with big athletic shoulders and soft brown hair curling around their face and guys with pretty blond hair in a ponytail. Once, one of the protagonists tells her husband she wants to make a baby with him in fulfillment of their love for each other. Perhaps the romances will further the adventures of the “Murder Club” ladies. One can hope. Adding to it, there were grammatical errors in this book (!) and Lindsay’s obsession with getting pregnant, which seemed a bit out of character for her. There is a lot of unnecessary focus on her need to get pregnant, which could have perhaps been better utilized to explore the death of her father, which happened off screen. There is so much potential as her father had influenced the character of Lindsay since the first book. Hopefully this story line is picked up in the next book. All I can say after reading this one is: it is James Patterson for crying out loud, why would he have so many loop ends, and so many distractions, and loosely held plots? What’s wrong with him? The book really did not work for me. It can be because Patterson is losing his touch or perhaps because of the co-authors, who some people claim are the real ‘writers’ to these books? Who knows? In my opinion, it is not as well written or as well developed as previous Patterson books. Even if you’re an ardent James Patterson fan, I’d advise you to skip this one. Originally reviewed at: http://vaultofbooks.com/

  25. 5 out of 5

    Doug Clark

    In March and early April, I spent some time catching up on my reading of James Patterson novels. James Patterson has become a book industry unto himself. He, along with several co-authors, usually has anywhere from 2-5 books on various hardcover and paperback best-seller lists. For example, on the Sunday, June 2, New York Times Book Review, he and Maxine Paetro have 12th of Never at Number 4 on the Hardcover Fiction List, the E-Book Fiction List, and the Combined Print and E-Book Fiction List, In March and early April, I spent some time catching up on my reading of James Patterson novels. James Patterson has become a book industry unto himself. He, along with several co-authors, usually has anywhere from 2-5 books on various hardcover and paperback best-seller lists. For example, on the Sunday, June 2, New York Times Book Review, he and Maxine Paetro have 12th of Never at Number 4 on the Hardcover Fiction List, the E-Book Fiction List, and the Combined Print and E-Book Fiction List, Zoo by Patterson and Michael Ledwidge is Number 5 on the Trade Paperback Fiction List, Guilty Wives by Patterson and David Ellis is Number 3 on the Mass Market Paperback List, and Now You See Her by Patterson and Ledwidge is Number 15 on the Mass Market Paperback Fiction List. Patterson writes or co-writes several series for both adults and young adult readers. I have finished recent volumes in three of those series he writes for adults: Kill Alex Cross, 10th Anniversary by Patterson and Paetro, and Private Games by Patterson and Mark Sullivan. Kill Alex Cross, the eighteenth volume in the Alex Cross series, is Patterson’s original best-selling series and currently the only one he completely writes himself besides the Maximum Ride series for young adults. Three novels from the series have been made into films: Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls starring Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross and last year’s Alex Cross starring Tyler Perry as Alex Cross. The first two were fairly successful while the third was generally panned by critics. Alex Cross is a psychologist who started his career as a homicide detective for the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC. Over the years, he has moved back and forth between the DC police and the FBI. His specialty has been out-thinking criminals, especially serial killers or perpetrators of especially savage or horrendous crimes. This novel involves both the kidnapping of the President’s two young children and the poisoning of the water supply for the DC area. The major villain is a female mid-East terrorist, Hala. She is extremely intelligent and capable. She proves to be a resourceful foe. 10th Anniversary by Patterson and Maxine Paetro is (to no surprise) the tenth novel in the Women’s Murder Club series. This series involves four women in San Francisco who are the best of friends, but also help each other to solve particularly viscous crimes. Again, the group originally formed to catch a serial killer. The Club is led by Lindsay Boxer, a homicide detective. Her companions are Yuki Castelllano, an Assistant District Attorney; Cindy Thomas, a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle; and Claire Washburn, the Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco. This novel opens with Lindsay’s wedding, quickly followed by the brutal kidnapping of teenage girl’s newborn baby. Thrown into the mix is a sensational murder trial that Castellano is trying. Her career is dependent on getting a conviction of a woman accused of murdering her husband in front of their children. The outcome seems inevitable until Lindsay uncovers evidence that may prove the woman’s innocence. And the novel takes off from there. Private Games by Patterson and Mark Sullivan is the third novel in a series about a worldwide private security and investigation firm. This particular novel involves the 2012 Olympic Games in London. A terrorist is committing horrendous crimes in an attempt to destroy the games. The terrorist always seems to be a jump ahead of the people pursuing him. The major participant in the investigation is Peter Knight, the head of the London branch of Private. As with many of Patterson’s characters, Knight has a complicated personal life trying to raise two young children. As with most of Patterson’s novels, there are many twists and turns before it comes to an action-filled conclusion. All three of these novels follow Patterson’s general practice. They are filled with heart-stopping violence and action. Patterson ramps up the emotions by making particularly effective use of short chapters (a Patterson trademark). By ending each of these short chapters on some type of cliffhanger, it becomes very hard to put any of his books down. That also makes these books very fast reads. Patterson also usually has a twist at the end that completely blindsides the reader. However, having read a lot of Patterson’s novels, I don’t get as blindsided anymore. In the past, I have criticized Patterson for a perceived misogyny in that it always seemed that women were the victims of the crimes. Patterson has tempered that somewhat. If one likes to read action-filled crime novels, one could not go wrong with any of these. They can all be read as standalone novels, but certainly I would encourage the reader to read the earlier novels to get the complete histories of the various characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nikki

    I’ve read all the Women’s Murder Club books by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, so of course I had to get 10th Anniversary as soon as it came out. Actually, I bought it for my mom for Mother’s Day, because she loves them too, then I borrowed it when she was done.One of my favorite aspects of the Women’s Murder Club books is how easy they are to read in a single night. The chapters are short (which I know is a turn-off to some people, but I like it), the dialogue is quick, and the descriptions I’ve read all the Women’s Murder Club books by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, so of course I had to get 10th Anniversary as soon as it came out. Actually, I bought it for my mom for Mother’s Day, because she loves them too, then I borrowed it when she was done.One of my favorite aspects of the Women’s Murder Club books is how easy they are to read in a single night. The chapters are short (which I know is a turn-off to some people, but I like it), the dialogue is quick, and the descriptions aren’t over-whelming. Although it’s the 10th installment in the series, this book more than any of the others seemed to be about new life and new beginnings. Detective Lindsay Boxer starts a new segment of her life as a married woman, assistant DA Yuki starts a new relationship that causes tension between she and Lindsay, and the sweet girl reporter Cindy begins making plans for her romantic future. Unfortunately, Claire, the sassy, no-nonsense medical examiner, barely plays a role in 10th Anniversary, so I can’t say much about her character development. As is typical with the Women’s Murder Club series, this book had several different story lines going at the same time. Lindsay’s arc involved a teenage girl that turned up bloody on the streets after giving birth. The baby is missing, the girl claims to have no memory beyond seeing her baby boy for a split second, and Lindsay becomes borderline obsessed with finding the missing infant. Yuki, as usual, is trying a tough case and hoping for a win, especially since she has so few under her belt since leaving criminal law and switching sides. But her case isn’t all it seems, and Lindsay gets dragged into it by the defense, which of course causes friction between the two friends. In a completely separate arc, Cindy is worried about her job at the crime desk and needs a major story. She stumbles onto a case of women being drugged, sexually assaulted, and left back on their doorstep with no memory of the crime. As much as I enjoyed this book for what it is- pure escapist fiction- this time the multiple story lines didn’t quite work as well as they usually do. There was no symmetry, no confluence. The four friends barely met up or collaborated like they usually do. Sure, Lindsay met with Claire, Yuki, and Cindy throughout the story, but the four rarely came together as the group that made them the Women’s Murder Club in the first place. I’ll read the next one, just because I really want to know what happens next, but I have to admit, I was slightly disappointed in this installment. I hope they get back to their roots and have the women and the multiple story arcs come together in a more cohesive fashion in the 11th book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    David

    The 10th installment of the Women's Murder Club and the now familiar cast is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer has finally married Joe Molinari. Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano has a slam-dunk case that she can't lose, and a new man. Chief Medical Examiner Claire Washburn has had a baby and plays a more supportive role in this book. And reporter Cindy Thomas is shacked-up with Lindsay's police partner Rich Conklin. The book involved three main thrusts. Firsly, Lindsay is investigating The 10th installment of the Women's Murder Club and the now familiar cast is back. Detective Lindsay Boxer has finally married Joe Molinari. Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano has a slam-dunk case that she can't lose, and a new man. Chief Medical Examiner Claire Washburn has had a baby and plays a more supportive role in this book. And reporter Cindy Thomas is shacked-up with Lindsay's police partner Rich Conklin. The book involved three main thrusts. Firsly, Lindsay is investigating the case of a 15 year old girl who was found running down the street naked under a poncho. It appeared the young girl had just given birth and yet the baby was nowhere to be found. Secondly reporter Cindy is conducting an investigation into a furtive rapist. The victims awake fully clothed, unaware what had happened, but knowing they had been raped. Lastly, Yuki is prosecuting a heart surgeon for murdering her husband. It seems like a straight-forward case. But doubts raised by Lindsay causes friction between Yuki and Lindsay. Did the heart surgeon really do it? I suspect this series may be drawing to an end. It is for me anyway. I mean the book is typical Patterson fare - the short easy-to-read chapters, straight-forward plotlines and interesting enough characters. Essentially, a very easy, quick and entertaining read. I just feel this series is starting to be less thriller and more chick-lit. Much of this novel was preoccupied with relationships, romance, pregnancy talk, babies and gossip. Whilst this may appeal to many readers, I feel a line has been crossed, and I am just not part of the target audience any longer.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carmen Blalock

    The Women's Murder Club is back in this 10th installment of the series and I am glad that they are here!!!!!! If you have a crime that needs to be solved and you need help, these are the ladies to help you. Avis Richardson is a scared teenager who is found bloody and naked on the side of the road. When taken to the hospital by a stranger who found her, it is evident that the blood is coming from recently giving birth - but where is the baby? Dennis Martin is a husband, father and a cheat but when The Women's Murder Club is back in this 10th installment of the series and I am glad that they are here!!!!!! If you have a crime that needs to be solved and you need help, these are the ladies to help you. Avis Richardson is a scared teenager who is found bloody and naked on the side of the road. When taken to the hospital by a stranger who found her, it is evident that the blood is coming from recently giving birth - but where is the baby? Dennis Martin is a husband, father and a cheat but when he is killed in his home the automatic suspect is his wife, Candace. She has been in jail for a year and it is time for her trial and ADA Yuki Castellano is prepared and knows this case is a slam-dunk that she is going to win but can she end her losing streak? Cindy is following a story about a rapist who dopes and dumps his victims and she feels like she is getting close but does she know just how close to the story she is going to be? Women's Murder Club is an exciting group of women how keep you on your toes and besides solving murders, they have a pretty exciting personal life too - one just got married, one is getting engaged and one is trying to find love but keeps looking in the wrong place. Never a dull moment with these ladies! This is not the first book for this fantastic duo and I am sure it won't be their last! Patterson and Paetro feed off of each other and the end result is fantastically written books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    The Good: Great interwoven mysteries I didn't see coming. Yuki is getting more interesting and it's about time. Maybe she just needed some male interaction. I especially loved Lindsay in this book, and her having to come to terms with being part of a married couple as opposed to just an individual who only consider herself. The Bad: I would have loved to have seen a ton about Lindsay's wedding, since we've been leading up to it since almost the start of the series. It was glossed over so The Good: Great interwoven mysteries I didn't see coming. Yuki is getting more interesting and it's about time. Maybe she just needed some male interaction. I especially loved Lindsay in this book, and her having to come to terms with being part of a married couple as opposed to just an individual who only consider herself. The Bad: I would have loved to have seen a ton about Lindsay's wedding, since we've been leading up to it since almost the start of the series. It was glossed over so completely I thought I may have missed a book between the last one and this one. Also, in certain instances, main characters should die. Patterson has done it earlier in the series, so it's confusing as to why he's letting everyone live pretty much happily ever after.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt Steed

    How do you know when a series has gone downhill enough to hang em up? When the main "murder mystery" revolves around a 15-year-old putting her daughter up for adoption without telling her parents. The baby is adopted by a pair of lesbian Biker Gang members and eventually the whole thing gets worked out. Wow...GRIPPING! P.S. Why would a homicide detective even be called in on a kidnapping case without any evidence of homicide, much less drag us through the boring details of a non-case!

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