1st to Die by James Patterson (#1 Women’s Murder Club)

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

1st to Die

Published: 2001



1st to Die by James Patterson is the first in the Women’s Murder Club Series.

This is the introduction to Homicide Detective Lindsay Boxer and the team of women that she puts together to solve crimes “away” from the department.  They include Lindsay, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and journalist Cindy Thomas.

When a high-profile bride and groom are found brutally murdered in their hotel room shortly after the reception, Lindsay finds herself with a new partner.  Chris Raleigh, Community Action liaison with the mayor’s office, is there to “contain” the information flow.  By the time a second and a third bride and groom have met the same fate, Lindsay and her own team are making some progress.  But are they even after the right killer?

Meanwhile, Lindsay is battling her own issues.  Between the case, a health scare, and feelings for her new partner, she is juggling a little much.  Can she handle it when things go really wrong?

This book is a promising start to the series.  Patterson uses his short chapters to keep the pace fast, so overall it is a quick, action-packed read.

Favorite Quotes from 1st to Die:

“I’m in shape…Round’s a shape.”

“You can’t tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks.”

Re-Read: September 2016

About the Author:  James Patterson has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. As of January 2016, he has sold over 350 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers.  His generosity in donations to literacy improvements is unending.


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