The Women’s Murder Club

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Another suspenseful series by James Patterson is the Women’s Murder Club, consisting of 22 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.

The Women's Murder Club


The Women

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)

The Women's Murder Club - !st to DieIn 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 2nd ChanceWhen 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 3rd DegreeDetective 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 4th of JulyIn 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)

The Women's Murder Club - The 5th HorsemanIt 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)

The Women's Murder Club - The 6th TargetWhile 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 7th HeavenCalifornia’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)

The Women's Murder Club - The 8th ConfessionAs 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)

The Women's Murder Club - The 9th JudgementA 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 10th AnniversaryDetective 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 11th HourLindsay 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 12th of NeverLindsay Boxer’s beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career. A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she’s ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vivid nightmares about a violent murder and he’s convinced is real. Lindsay doesn’t believe him, but then a shooting is called in-and it fits the professor’s description to the last detail. Lindsay doesn’t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when Lindsay is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.



13. Unlucky 13 (2014)

The Women's Murder Club - Unlucky 13San 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)

The Women's Murder Club - 14th Deadly SinWith San Francisco under siege and every cop a suspect, the Women’s Murder Club must risk their lives to save the city and each other. With a beautiful baby daughter and a devoted husband, Detective Lindsay Boxer can safely say that her life has never been better. Things seem to be going well for a change when all the members of the Women’s Murder Club gather to celebrate San Francisco Medical Examiner Claire Washburn’s birthday. But the party is cut short when Lindsay is called to a gruesome crime scene, where a woman has been murdered in broad daylight.




15. 15th Affair (2016)

The Women's Murder Club - 15th AffairAs she settles into motherhood and a happy marriage, Lindsay Boxer thinks she has found domestic bliss. But when a beautiful, alluring blonde woman with links to the CIA disappears from the scene of a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, Lindsay’s life begins to unravel. Before she can track down the woman for questioning, a plane crash plunges San Francisco into chaos and Lindsay’s husband Joe vanishes. The deeper she digs, the more Lindsay suspects that Joe shares a secret past with the mystery blonde. Thrown into a tailspin and questioning everything she thought she knew, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she tries to uncover the truth.




16. 16th Seduction (2017)

The Women's Murder Club - 16th SeductionFifteen 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)

The Women's Murder Club - The 17th SuspectWhen a series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a mysterious killer, a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay to a disturbing conclusion: something has gone horribly wrong inside the police department.
The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction and impacts her in dangerous ways. She suffers unsettling medical symptoms, and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club warn her against taking the crimes to heart. But with lives at stake, the detective can’t help but follow the case into terrifying terrain.




18. The 18th Abduction (2019)

The Women's Murder Club - The 18th AbductionFor 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)

The Women's Murder Club - The 19th ChristmasAs the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner’s office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco.
Then a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines. Solving crimes never happen on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.




20. 20th Victim (2020)

The Women's Murder Club - The 20th VictimThree victims, three bullets, three cities. The shooters’ aim is as fearsomely precise as their target selection. When Lindsay realizes that the fallen men and women excel in a lucrative, criminal activity, she leads the charge in the manhunt for the killers. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this suspicious shooting gallery galvanize the country. The victims were no angels, but are the shooters’ villains . . . or heroes?

21. 21st Birthday (2021)

The Women's Murder Club - 21st BirthdayLindsay vows to protect a twenty-year-old victim long enough to see her twenty-first birthday.

SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer has sworn to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. As Lindsay prepares to celebrate her own daughter’s birthday, she clashes with rising Chief Charlie Clapper over a family case.
When a distraught mother pleads with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, Linda, and baby granddaughter, Lorrie, Cindy immediately loops in SFPD. But Linda’s schoolteacher husband, Lucas Burke, tells a conflicting story that paints Linda as a wayward wife, not a missing person. And there’s reason to believe he may be telling the truth.
While M.E. Claire Washburn harbors theories that run counter to the police investigation of the Burke case, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender, until he puts forward a theory of his own that unexpectedly connects the dots on a constellation of copycat killings. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn’t a woman in the state of California who’s safe from the reach of such an unspeakable threat.

22. 22 Seconds (2022)

The Women's Murder Club - 22 Seconds22 seconds… until Lindsay Boxer loses her badge—or her life.

SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer has guns on her mind.

There’s buzz of a last-ditch shipment of drugs and weapons crossing the Mexican border ahead of new restrictive gun laws. Before Lindsay can act, her top informant tips her to a case that hits disturbingly close to home.

Former cops. Professional hits. All with the same warning scrawled on their bodies:

You talk, you die.

Now it’s Lindsay’s turn to choose.



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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.


Television Series

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.


  Your Thoughts

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!


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  1. Hilary

    James Patterson is such a fun read! I haven’t read past maybe the second book in this series, but I think that is because I got distracted by something else. Definitely going back to reread, because I adore good murder mysteries. 🙂 I’m kindof an old lady – I love tea, knitting, and murder stories, lol! Thank you for the review. I’m also a gamer, so I’m going to check out those PC versions!

  • Tracy

    Hi Hilary! Thank you so much for checking out my page. I am kind of an old lady too, (don’t tell anyone ;). James Patterson is definitely a fun read and murder mysteries are my favorite. I hope you to get back to reading this series and many more. The games actually look like something I may have to try myself. Let me know if you try any and come back and tell me what you thought of the books. Thanks again, Happy Reading!

  • Kay Keene

    Seems like an interesting novel. I will definitely have a look into them.

    • Tracy

      Awesome! Let me know what you think and thank you so much for visiting! Happy Reading!

  • Christine

    Hi Tracy, I also love James Patterson’s books. They are pageturners from page 1! I have never read any of the women’s murder club books, but I heard of them, and I would like to start reading them now, based on your review.

    • Tracy

      A fan! Thank you so much for visiting! His are page-turners for sure! I’m very happy to hear that my review has you wanting to read more, please come back and tell me your thoughts and feelings on the Women’s Murder Club once you have started. Have a wonderful day!

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