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Now obviously I haven’t read all 11 books in just over a week. I devoured books 1 – 10 in December (got to love when your work shuts down for the holidays) and I just snatched up and read the 11th this week.

Now I’ll admit that I am a sucker for anything by James Patterson. I will sit up all night to get through a book and find out the ending.

As a whole this is a really good series. James Patterson writes very captivating crime stories which are combined in these novels with the side story of 4 friends who are brought together through trying to solve the complicated cases.

You are kept on your toes as through the books we meet new characters and say goodbye to very prominent ones.

1st to Die – As it usually is in a collection of books the 1st is probably one of my favourites. We are introduced to our main characters and watch their friendships blossom. Lindsay Boxer – a cop, Claire Washburn – a medical examiner,  Jill Bernhardt – an assistant D.A and Cindy Thomas – a crime reporter. As their paths interweave through their jobs, the girls bond becomes strong and they work together to solve some tough murder investigations, nicknamed the Womens Murder Club. I think the crime in the first book is one of the best of the series, it is complicated and the ending is a real twist and totally unexpected…

2nd Chance – In this book we are pulled in to what police first suspect is a vicious hate crime. The killer goes after children, elderly woman, members of the police force and one of the members of the Womens Murder Club. After a long pursuit of the man Lindsay believes to be behind it all, we discover last-minute the true identity of the killer…

3rd Degree – In the 3rd book we say goodbye to one of our main characters when she is murdered by a killer named August Spies who is targeting political figures. As the case is delved into deeper we learn that old family ties and cover ups connect her to the murderers motivation. We are also introduced to Lindsay’s new love interest Joe…

4th of July – Lindsay is forced to take a leave of absence after she is involved in a shoot out that leaves one teenager dead and her brother paralyzed for life. She takes time off and stays at her sisters house while she waits for her trial in which she is being sued by the parents for wrongful death which is where we meet the new member of the WMC Yuki Castellano. While she is taking time out she learns of some murders that resemble an unsolved case that she worked on when first joining the police force. We are introduced to some new characters and I had a suspicion early on in the piece who was responsible for the murders…

The 5th Horseman – When people start dyeing unexpectedly overnight in one of the top hospitals around suspicion starts to arise. When the police start investigating further they discover that all of the former patients were found dead with small coins covering their eyes. When Yuki’s mother is admitted to the hospital it is a big rush to find the person responsible. They discover cover-ups, pay wars and an extremely unlikely culprit…

The 6th Target – In this book we are pulled in to 3 separate cases. One attack at the beginning of the book leaves one of the WMC fighting for her life. The second case sees young child geniuses and their nannies being kidnapped off the streets and the third is a serious of violent crimes being made in Cindy’s apartment building. Being 1 member down the other 3 ladies push to bring all 3 suspects to justice. A bit too much going on in this one for my liking…

7th Heaven – In the first chapter of this book we are introduced to two maniacs that are tieing up rich couples in their homes and murdering them when they set ablaze to the houses. While Lindsay tries to solve this mystery, a second one is thrown at us when new information is discovered on a famous case of a well-known boy who vanished. Julie Moon, a known prostitute, is brought in for questioning after someone tells police they saw the boy entering her house. Yuki is thrown in to the spotlight as she tries to figure out if Julie is innocent or just a brilliant actress…

8th Confession – An old school but explodes in the street and a high society couple has been murdered – or have they? The police are desperately trying to discovered how the deaths of these people have occurred. In the meantime Cindy discovers the death of a homeless man on the street, which she is told straight out, will be a low priority. While more upper class people are mysteriously dyeing, Cindy’s case falls lower and lower down on the radar, but as she digs further in to the case she will find out that maybe this man was not as innocent as she thought he was…

The 9th Judgement – A man is approaching innocent mothers and their young children and murdering them as they are getting in to their cars. These savage attacks on babies and young infants strike strong with the WMC and they work long and hard to bring the murderer to justice. We are taken on a wild chase when the man leads Lindsay on a wild goose chase around the city. A big ending for this one when the man takes his own child as a hostage. Can they get him out alive…

10th Anniversary – Lindsay discovers that a teenage girl has shown up at a hospital covered in blood and undressed after giving birth to a baby. The girl claims to remember nothing and have no idea about the whereabouts of her baby which leads Lindsay on a long and frustrating case. While all this is going on Cindy’s lack of crime to reports sends her digging for something to report on. She discovers a string of women who have been drugged and raped after catching a taxi service home but this time Cindy may have dug too far…

11th Hour – I have to say I was surprised when this book came out. Everything was tied up so neatly at the end of the 10th book I assumed that was the end of the series. This book focused a lot more on the characters stories than the crime reporting. However, we are still thrown in to a big story when a decomposing head and a skull turn up in an old movie stars backyard. After sifting through the yard another numerous amounts of skulls are found, but where are the bodies? This book was not as strong as the earlier books in my opinion…

All in all this is a great series. The short chapters and gripping stories make for very quick reads. I would definitely recommend buying the set (search eBay, I found books 1-9 for $80 as a set) and getting stuck in to these…

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