Book Review: 1st to Die – James Patterson

Title: 1st to Die (The Women’s Murder Club)
Author: James Patterson
ISBN: 9780446696616
Pages: 432
Release Date: March 5, 2001
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Genre: Mystery
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary:

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.

Review:

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.

Comments

  1. I should probably just not comment, if I’m not going to say something nice. That is what my mom taught me. But Patterson drives me crazy. I hate the idea that he comes up with the plots and farms out his writing. I guess I may miss out on something good by boycotting him but I just can’t get past it!

  2. I should probably just not comment, if I’m not going to say something nice. That is what my mom taught me. But Patterson drives me crazy. I hate the idea that he comes up with the plots and farms out his writing. I guess I may miss out on something good by boycotting him but I just can’t get past it!

  3. There isn’t a lot of depth to Patterson’s books, but they are perfect to read at certain times. This series is fun.

  4. There isn’t a lot of depth to Patterson’s books, but they are perfect to read at certain times. This series is fun.

  5. I have not read or seen any of the Murder club. I do enjoy Patterson – mainly his more current reads… he has hit a few home runs with me 🙂

  6. I have not read or seen any of the Murder club. I do enjoy Patterson – mainly his more current reads… he has hit a few home runs with me 🙂

  7. I have read a few of Patterson’s books and found that they were pretty fast and fun reads. I haven’t read any of his series yet, but I am looking forward to doing so!

  8. I have read a few of Patterson’s books and found that they were pretty fast and fun reads. I haven’t read any of his series yet, but I am looking forward to doing so!

  9. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I’ve read a few of his other titles and never loved them. I was intrigued by this series, but never picked them up because I didn’t really care for his other books. I’ll have to give it a try.

  10. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I’ve read a few of his other titles and never loved them. I was intrigued by this series, but never picked them up because I didn’t really care for his other books. I’ll have to give it a try.

  11. I also enjoy the Women’s Murder Club books on the treadmill–only I listen to the audiobooks. I liked the TV show too. I was soooo bummed when it was canceled!

  12. I also enjoy the Women’s Murder Club books on the treadmill–only I listen to the audiobooks. I liked the TV show too. I was soooo bummed when it was canceled!

  13. I listened to this one a few years ago and was not hooked enough on the premise or the women to read more. I don’t know, just not for me, I guess.

  14. I listened to this one a few years ago and was not hooked enough on the premise or the women to read more. I don’t know, just not for me, I guess.

  15. You do learn about the other women in the club as the series goes along, but I think Lindsey is the most developed along with Cindy. Claire is sort of developed, but I haven’t read the 9th book yet.

    I really liked the Women’s Murder Club show as well.

  16. You do learn about the other women in the club as the series goes along, but I think Lindsey is the most developed along with Cindy. Claire is sort of developed, but I haven’t read the 9th book yet.

    I really liked the Women’s Murder Club show as well.

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