7th Heaven by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
7th Heaven by James Patterson (and Maxine Paetro) is the 7th (of course) in the Women’s Murder Club Mystery series.
The Women’s Murder Club consists of Police Detective Lindsay Boxer, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, Reporter Cindy Thomas and Prosecutor Yuki Castellano. These four friends generally get together in their “off time” to solve whatever crime Lindsay is working on at the time. By tossing ideas and information around, they generally come up with new ideas that lead to a conclusion of some sort (not always happy).
There are two story lines in this one.
When the former governor’s son goes missing, it causes quite a stir. He has been in the spotlight since we was a child, as he suffers from a rare congenital heart defect, and could die at any time. Needless to say, he has lead a very sheltered life. When a tip comes in three months after his disappearance that Michael had last been seen entering the home of Junie Moon, a hooker, she confesses to Lindsay and her partner that she murdered him. Yuki will prosecute, but the case will quickly take an unexpected turn.
Meanwhile, two young men named Pidge and Hawk are wreaking havoc among the wealthy, by setting fire to them and their homes. Lindsay and Conklin have their hands full with that one.
For a change, Claire and Cindy are in the background, but Yuki ends up being right up front with a stalker to call her own.
As always, Patterson uses short chapters to keep the pace of the book moving along. By now we know the Club members very well, but with each book, they get a little deeper. I am not overly impressed with Patterson’s attempt at showing Lindsay’s weak points — namely her emotional instability regarding men. She started out as a strong woman, but seems to be getting weaker as the books progress.
On a positive note, there was a twist at the end.
Okay, I’m still reading the series…..
Read: June 2017
Favorite Quote from 7th Heaven:
“They referred to this American “piggishness” as 7th Heaven and described it as a never-ending spiral of gluttony, gratification, and waste.”
About the Authors:
James Patterson is one of the best-known and best-selling authors of all time. His series include the Women’s Murder Club series, the Alex Cross Series, the NYPD Red Series, as well as many other stand-alone novels. He lives in Florida
Maxine Paetro is a novelist and journalist, who lives in New York.