3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross {Book Review}

The third book in the Women’s Murder Club series, 3rd Degree, is one of my more liked books so far.

Okay, it did leave me throwing around some curse words during a couple of scenes in the book, but all for the right reasons.

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.

James Patterson co-authored this book with Andrew Gross again, and it goes to show that even after the second book, they still lack a lot of understanding in female relationships and interactions. Let’s hope there’s a book that has a female author to right this wrong.

You can find the links for the previous books in this series at the end of this post.

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

Book Review: 3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross #bookreview


A bomb explodes inside a family home.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer finds herself close to the scene, and rushes in to find anyone who may have survived the explosion. She finds three people dead and the fourth, an infant, is not amongst the wreckage.

A strange message signed with August Spies is found and has the police department baffled. The group of killers vow to kill every three days. Their targets are political figures.

Lindsay turns to the other women of the Women’s Murder Club to share some light and help catch the killers. Soon one of their own become a target, leading to a startling trail of the killers’ motives and revealing how everything is linked together.

Lindsay doesn’t just have the case on her mind, but a romantic spark that lights a fire of its own.

My Opinion: Positive Thoughts

As expected, the book is fast paced with easy language and short chapters. While I do enjoy the fast pace and quick read, I wonder if it might dampen the character growth that the characters desperately need.

The sub-plots were a little more emotional with the devastating revelations for one of the main characters and what was truly going on in her life. I was just relieved to see Lindsay do something sensible for a change.

My Opinion: Negative Thoughts

Keeping on the subject of the character mentioned above, I don’t want to ruin the moment for those that haven’t read the book yet so I’m not going to drop any names. So when I said I expressed some cursed words, it was towards the fact that the authors to kill someone off.

Someone that I actually liked in the book, someone that didn’t leave me wanting to slap them at the back of the head each time they were mentioned in the book. There are one or two people that could be removed from the series, by all means, do it, but why did it have to written into the plot like this? Especially after everything this character already had go to through. Sniff sniff

The main plot in the book was slightly confusing, with a lot of characters to wrap your head around and follow, yet it didn’t really add anything significant to the story.


I’m not sure what was going on with Claire in this book, it seemed like she was going through some major personality changes and was all over the show.

Lindsay’s new too soon romance could’ve waited a while longer and she could just use the time to get her head straight.

A good thriller, with an interesting yet slightly confusing plot, and one emotional sub-plot to tug on your heart strings.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.03 on GoodRzeads. I gave it a 4. 

3rd Degree by James Patterson and Andrew Gross {Book Review} #bookreview

Have you read 3rd Degree?

You can purchase it here.

More reviews from the Women’s Murder Club series

1st to Die – James Patterson
2nd Chance – 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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