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The 8th Confession, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club Series #8) by Patterson Patterson: Book CoverFinished 7-8-09, rating 3/5, fiction, pub. 2009

Book 8 in the Women’s Murder Club series

“Cindy, you can’t work a homicide, okay?  Rich, tell her.”

“I don’t need your permission at all,” Cindy said.  Then, eyes brightening, “Here’s an idea.  Let’s go to Susie’s and map out a plan we can all live with-”

I rolled my eyes, but Conklin was shaking his head and grinning at Cindy.  He liked her!

Chapter 48

 The four ladies of San Francisco are back in a new novel and there are a whole lotta murderers running around town.  Lindsay and her partner Conklin are trying to make headway in the numerous cases involving very wealthy victims with  no known cause of death.  Claire is stumped and demands more police work.  Cindy is on the trail Bagman Jesus.  He’s a homeless man who was murdered and no one seems to care.  She also demands more police work, but finds she must do the heavy lifting herself.  Yuki is back in court trying to win her first case and she finds a love connection with a doctor who sees her at her worst.  She doesn’t demand more police work.

Once again Lindsay is waffling over Joe’s marriage proposal.  He is out of the country for a month and Lindsay is tempting fate and encouraging the sparks to ignite with Conklin.  Conklin, while still in love with Lindsay, is still a man and keeping his options open.  Cindy would like to be one of those options.

Another fast, easy read that is enjoyable, but not memorable.  Actually this one had so many storylines that it barely focused on any.  These books are great if you don’t want to read anything heavy or too time consuming.  It doesn’t come much lighter than this.  Great for summer vacations.

 

July 9, 2009 Posted by | 3 Star Books | , , , | 6 Comments

7th Heaven, by James Patterson

Cover ImageFinished 6-23-09, rating 3.5/5, mystery, pub. 2008

This is book 7 of the Women’s Murder Club series

“After a few hours, Ricky decided to cut up his body with a knife.  It was the most horrible thing I could ever imagine – and I grew up on a farm!  I was throwing up and crying,” Junie said, looking as though she might do it now.

I pulled out my chair again, put my butt in the seat, determined not to scare the little hooker even as she shocked me to the bone.

“But once we started cutting, there was no way back,” Junie said, pleading to Conklin with her eyes. “I helped Ricky put Michael’s body into about eight garbage bags, and then we piled the bags into Ricky’s truck.  It was was like five in the morning.  And no one was around.”

Chapter 7

I know I complain about this series every time I write about it, so I am taking this book off.  As a matter of fact, this was my favorite book of the series (so far).  I thought there was more mystery and surprise in this one than in the others and the relationships of the women moved along nicely.

A poster child for goodwill vanishes and after six months the police finally have a lead and they bring in an angelic looking prostitute for questioning.  Lindsay and Conklin are able to get a confession and Yuki, is awarded the case for the district attorney.  She thinks it is an open and shut case, but things start to go south in court and at home as she is stalked by a writer covering the story.

There is also a number of arson and murder cases that claim some of San Francisco’s wealthiest as victims.  Things turn personal when Conklin must tell an old flame that her parents have been burned to death. 

Lindsay is still conflicted about  her feelings for Joe and Conklin.  It makes you want to sit down and talk to her about what is going on in her head!  There is also a baby to one of the women in the club and a surprise in the plot at the end that left the book ending on a high note.

June 28, 2009 Posted by | 3 1/2 Star Books | , , , , | 4 Comments

The 6th Target, by James Patterson

Cover ImageFinished 6-15-09, rating 3/5, mystery, pub. 2007

This is the 6th book in the Women’s Murder Club series

I dropped my eyes to the victim, a large African American woman, her face mostly covered with an oxygen mask, an IV line running into her arm,  Blood soaked the sheet tucked tightly over her body.

I felt a pain in my chest, my heart catching on a full second before my brain put it together.

The victim was Claire Washburn!

My best friend had been shot on the ferry!

Chapter 4

When a madman goes on a shooting rampage on the ferry Lindsay is called in and she finds Claire a victim.  So, begins another installment of these four friends tackling the bad guys of San Francisco.  While Claire fights for her life in the hospital and Lindsay is on a mission to find the ferry killer, Cindy is having trouble at her new apartment building.  Yuki is charged with the task of prosecuting the killer – a seemingly open and shut case.

On a personal level, Lindsey is back to her detective ways and teamed up with a new partner, the ladies man Conklin.  And she is having problems with Joe.  Problems I never really understood, but, oh well.

My complaint about this series hasn’t changed all that much.  The relationship between the women is off and that doesn’t really seem to get better.  But after reading the 5th book a day before this one, I can say that I was pleasantly surprised to find the writing not nearly so off putting.  I think the writing was better and yet I liked it less.  Go figure.  For me there were a few too many things going on in this one.  It was still a page turner, but I’m writing this two days later and I can barely remember it.  It was good, but not memorable.

June 18, 2009 Posted by | 3 Star Books | , , | 5 Comments

5th Horseman, by James Patterson

Cover ImageFinished 6-14-09, rating 3.5/5, mystery, pub. 2006

5th book in the Women’s Murder Club series

In the 1820′s, a couple of sweethearts named Burke and Hare were in the cadaver procurement business.  For a while, they dug up bodies for sale to Edinburgh’s medical schools – until they realized how easy it was to produce fresh corpses by grabbing live victims and sitting on their chests until they died.

Burking was still in good standing today.  Postpartum mommies do it to their kids more often than you’d ever want to know.  Slip the child between the mattress and box spring, sit on the bed.

If you can’t expand your chest, you can’t breathe.

Chapter 12

 Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Yuki are back in a drama that starts with patients dying in the hospital at an alarming rate and continues with young escorts being murdered, dressed up and left in fancy cars to be found.  Right from the beginning it turns personal, when Yuki’s mother is admitted into the hospital that is being sued for malpractice and becomes one of the victims of a hospital murderer.  If you are already scared of going to the hospital, this book will not help you.

Lindsay is having her own doubts about her promotion and asks to be put back on the street, but her boss says no.  Sexy Joe is back and more lovable than ever.  Considering we’ve had little time to get to know Yuki, it’s too bad this book did not show her in any other condition than mourning and depression. 

I liked the storylines and how the two big cases worked together.  This was more about the cases than the women.

This one did strike me as more poorly written than the others – and that’s saying something.  The language and banter were beyond cheesy and it was hard to find a sentence over 5 words or a paragraph with 5 sentences.  After a hundred pages or so I was able to laugh at the absurd conversations and lack of any depth and just enjoy the story. 

This series is not a favorite of mine, but they are page-turners and quick reads.  And summer is the perfect time for those.  Come back tomorrow for my review of The 6th Target.

June 17, 2009 Posted by | 3 1/2 Star Books | , , , | 9 Comments

   

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