Title: 1st to Die (The Women’s Murder Club)
Author: James Patterson
Release Date: March 5, 2001
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5
There is a murderer on the loose in San Francisco, and he seems to be targeting brides and grooms on their wedding night. Detective Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD is stumped. She turns to three of her friends – Claire, a coroner, Cindy, a reporter, and Jill, an assistant DA – for help in solving the crimes. The four women, who call themselves the women’s murder club, use all the resources they have in order to discover the identity of the killer.
I enjoyed the sadly short-lived Women’s Murder Club TV show, so when it was canceled, I decided I wanted to go back and read all the books. I’d never read anything by James Patterson, so I figured it was high time to do just that.
There isn’t a lot of character development in 1st to Die beyond the main character, Lindsay Boxer, but the reader gets to know Lindsay very well. She’s tough and determined, but Patterson manages to still keep her feminine. I liked getting to know her and think she’s definitely a character I want to revisit in the sequels. I do hope we’ll learn more about Cindy, Jill and Claire in the future books.
I actually read 1st to Die in ebook form during my daily run on the treadmill, and it worked very well. The chapters are very short, so there was a good stopping point whenever I needed one. It’s an intriguing book and the mystery keeps the reader guessing, yet it doesn’t require an extraordinary amount of brain power to understand what is going on. It was the perfect mindless read, and I imagine it’d be really good on audio as well if you’re like me and have trouble paying attention to audiobooks.
I enjoyed 1st to Die and will definitely be reading the rest of the books in the series. It’s an entertaining mystery series that is perfect when you need something enjoyable yet easy.