1st to Die by James Patterson {Book Review}

I first discovered James Patterson when I watched two movies based on his books, Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.

I really enjoyed the movies and that sparkle the interest in getting a couple of books and seeing what the author was all about. That has resulted in owning over 30 of his books and I’m not done just yet. I just need to get through all the books I have of his already, yet that won’t stop me from collecting more in the meantime.

The Women’s Murder Club series follows four successful women, putting their heads together as they navigate through crime scenes, love scenes and other personal situations. As of this post’s published date, there are 21 books in the series and probably counting. I have most of them already, with a few missing here and there that I still need to track down.

I don’t usually enjoy series books as the concept behind the books is eventually lost a few books in. I’m a few books into the series already and so far, it’s going good.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Fransisco Police Department is faced with two problems: catching a serial killer two is targeting couples on their wedding nights and dealing with the news of a disease that could kill her.

Along with her new partner, Chris Raleigh, Lindsay is rushed from crime scene to crime scene as the killer continues the spree. She is determined to end it and bring the killer to justice.

Things get a little complicated when her own personal tragedy starts getting in the way.

Together with Claire Washburn, a coroner, Cindy Thomas, a noisy crime reporter and Jill Bernhardt, an attorney, they come together to form the Women’s Murder Club and get busy with solving the clues and helping Lindsay face her own issues.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

There was a gradual build-up of the plot as the book goes along.

The gruesome murders introduced to the reader were definitely enough to shock, and I didn’t except such scenarios in the first book already, but it’s a good attention grabbing plan to set up the series with.

The rhythm of the book is easy and the language plain enough to keep the story going with a fast pace. The chapters are short too, so it makes you think that you’re reading quickly if you don’t notice how many chapters the book actually has.

I do love the concept of the all female team coming together and each adding their experience and knowledge to solve the murders.

The plots, many sub-plots going on, were suspenseful and unpredictable each with their own twists and turns as the story progressed.

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

I didn’t warm up to Lindsay, she’s a pretty whiny character that still needs a lot of growth which I hope will come along as the series progresses. Sure, she’s got a lot on her plate but she chose a difficult profession so you’ve got to bite the bullet there. She handled the personal tragedy badly, and instead of getting the support she needed from her friends as most of us would, she decided to handle in the worst way possible.

The chapters might be short, but the points of view change a lot between the characters and that could cause some confusion with keeping on track with the multiple plots.

The romance in the book was pretty sucky. In fact, the story didn’t even need it to be good. Pretty predictable and unnecessary, although the end of the romance was kind of sad.


A fast paced book with interesting sub plots scattered all over the place. A good introduction to the characters you’ll be taking a long journey with as you follow along with the series.

The ending had a great twist that was a complete winner, finishing the book on a great note and expectation.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.08 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

I enjoyed the first book of the Women’s Murder Club series, and I do hope I’ll like Lindsay a little more in the next book.

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Have you read 1st to Die?

You can purchase it here.

More reviews from the Women’s Murder Club series

2nd Chance – James Patterson and Andrew Gross
3rd Degree – James Patterson and Andrew Gross
4th of July – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The 5th Horseman – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
6th Target – James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

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