Another suspenseful series by James Patterson is the Women’s Murder Club, consisting of 21 great books with breathtaking drama and unforgettable emotions, as well as short, fast-paced chapters.
In this series, four female friends with different crime investigating professions join forces and use their skills together to solve murder cases in San Francisco while dealing with their own personal situations.
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The leading women are Lindsay Boxer, a homicide detective for the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn, a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt, an assistant District Attorney and lastly, Cindy Thomas, who is a reporter and a newbie at the crime desk for the San Francisco Chronicle. Later, in the 4th of July, Yuki Castellano joins the club.
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The Women’s Murder Club Series in Order
1. 1st to Die (2001)
In the first book of the series, Lindsay finds herself in the middle of two horrific situations, her new-found, life-threatening, blood disease, and a double homicide case that she is working on. The four crime-solving friends join forces as they secretly sidestep their bosses to track down murderers. Through their friendship, they formed the Women’s Murder Club. A serial killer targets newlyweds on their wedding night. On the trail of the most terrifying killer ever, the four women discover a shocking surprise that turns everything upside down and Lindsay puts the safety of others before her own.
2. 2nd Chance (2002)
When a brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd of children in a San Francisco church, one person dies and an elderly black woman is hung right after the murder. With the help of the Women’s Murder Club, Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and finds a link that sends a chill through the entire nation.
3. 3rd Degree (2004)
Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies and a mysterious message at the scene of a burning townhouse. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying: he has targeted one of the Women’s Murder Club.
4. 4th of July (2005)
In a deadly late-night showdown, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer fires her weapon and sets off a dramatic chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a family destroyed, and Lindsay herself at the mercy of twelve jurors. During a break in the trial, she retreats to a picturesque town that is reeling from a string of grisly murders-crimes that bear a link to a haunting, unsolved case from her rookie years.
5. The 5th Horseman (2006)
It is a wild race against time as Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer and the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, attorney Yuki Castellano, lead an investigation into a string of mysterious patient deaths-and reveal a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, the Women’s Murder Club hunts for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff.
6. The 6th Target (2007)
While Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano prepares to prosecute the toughest trial of her life, the city is in the grip of a chilling crime spree. Children of well-to-do families are being abducted together with their nannies. But the kidnappings are followed by devastating silence, no message from the kidnappers, no demand for ransom. Parents everywhere fear the worst. Working frantically with her new partner, Lindsay Boxer struggles to find the connection that will help them make sense of these horrific crimes.
7. 7th Heaven (2008)
California’s “Boy with a Broken Heart”, the teenage son of a recent governor, has disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Michael Campion, born with an incurable heart defect, has grown up under the watchful eye of an adoring public. The pressure on Detective Lindsay Boxer to learn what happened to Michael is overwhelming. When she finally does get a lead, it’s devastating and for Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano it leads to the biggest trial of her life.
8. The 8th Confession (2009)
As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates a high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed, a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim’s history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.
9. The 9th Judgement (2010)
A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence, a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The same night, the wife of A-list actor, Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.
10. 10th Anniversary (2011)
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 has been kidnapped without a trace. As her marriage begins to suffer from the pressures of work and her new boss watches her every move, Lindsay discovers that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.
11. 11th Hour (2012)
Lindsay Boxer is pregnant at last! But her work doesn’t slow for a second. When millionaire Chaz Smith is mercilessly gunned down, she discovers that the murder weapon is linked to the deaths of four of San Francisco’s most untouchable criminals. And it was taken from her own department’s evidence locker. Anyone could be the killer-even her closest friends.
12. 12th of Never (2013)
13. Unlucky 13 (2014)
San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn’t be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes: Mackie Morales, the most deranged and dangerous mind the Women’s Murder Club has ever encountered.
14. 14th Deadly Sin (2015)
15. 15th Affair (2016)
16. 16th Seduction (2017)
Fifteen months ago, Detective Lindsay Boxer’s life was perfect. She had a beautiful child and a doting husband, Joe, who helped her catch a criminal who’d brazenly detonated a bomb in downtown San Francisco, killing twenty-five people. But Joe wasn’t everything that Lindsay thought he was, and she’s still reeling from his betrayal as a wave of mysterious and possibly unnatural heart attacks claims seemingly unrelated victims across San Francisco.
17. 17th Suspect (2018)
18. The 18th Abduction (2019)
For a trio of colleagues, an innocent night out after class ends in a deadly torture session. They vanish without a clue — until a body turns up. With the safety of San Francisco’s entire school system at stake, Lindsay has never been under more pressure. As the chief of police and the press clamor for an arrest in the “school night” case, Lindsay turns to her best friend, investigative journalist Cindy Thomas. Together, Lindsay and Cindy take a new approach to the case, and unexpected facts about the victims leave them stunned.
19. The 19th Christmas (2019)
20. 20th Victim (2020)
21. 21st Birthday (2021)
In The Trial, Kingfisher, an accused murderer is about to go on trial for his life. Unexpected violence lands on the police, lawyers, and jurors and the Women’s Club is right in the middle of it.
Two Bodies turn up at the morgue, one still breathing in The Medical Examiner. A fast-paced thriller you won’t be able to put down.
A police procedural, a legal drama that aired in 2007-2008 (ABC) was based on the series of the Women’s Murder Club. There are 13 episodes.
Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Jacobi investigate a series of murders that occur on the victim’s wedding anniversaries. Jill puts away a man that murdered his wife. Lindsay finds out that her ex-husband is getting remarried while dealing with becoming the new lieutenant. Jill finds a body in an alley and bonds with the victim’s teenage daughter.
Movie and Games
A television movie, 1st to Die (2003) is based on the first book in the series. A group of women teams up to investigate a string of murders.
That’s not all folks, there are even games! I personally have not tried these yet, but I will. For Nintendo DS there is, Women’s Murder Club: Games of Passion (2009). For PC, Death in Scarlet (2008), Twice in a Blue Moon (2009), A Darker Shade of Grey (2009) and Little Black Lies (2010). If you enjoy investigation or hidden object games, you may want to check them out.
I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about the Women’s Murder Club series. If you start reading the series, watch a movie or try out a game, come back and give me your thoughts, or your review. Thank you for visiting, have a wonderful day and Happy Reading!