- Author James Patterson
This is the first book in a lengthy series about the Women’s Murder Club, a collection of professional women who meet and bring their various expertise to the table (usually a cafe or wine bar table) to solve crimes. In this first book, the club is gathered together, instigated by Lindsay Boxer, as they try to solve a particularly gruesome wedding killer.
I didn’t get on very well with this book at all, and actually gave up halfway through for a while. In the end, I read through to the finish because I wanted to see the crime solved, but I wasn’t that bothered about any of the characters within. I didn’t find our main protagonist Lindsay very believable, her actions and emotions were all over-described, in a sort of “this is how women behave, isn’t it?” way. Her battle with a potentially fatal disease was interesting, but knowing the series continues for a long time sort of put the worry out of it.
The crime was also intriguing, the reason I pushed on through to the end, but I didn’t really understand the need for the women to form this club. There wasn’t the traditional “you’re off the case” and it seemed highly unlikely that a journalist would be welcomed in so warmly, particularly without any grounds for trusting her more than just a random feeling. Overall, this just wasn’t a book that kept me hooked and I won’t be diving into any more of the series.