I stopped reading most of his books, but I still have a soft spot in my heart for his murder club series. Lindsey Boxer, Jill Bernhardt, Cindy Thomas and Claire Washburn were founding members of this "club" of crime solvers, and several books and deaths later, Yuki Castellano joined them. Detective, reporter, coroner, and attorney...they cover all the bases and solve all the crimes. Their families and romantic encounters lighten what could be a grimly depressing load, and their relationships with each other remind me of a tamer version of Sex in the City.
This book, however, does not live up to the rest for me. A woman is stabbed to death in the middle of a busy street, and there seem to be no clues. Lindsey connects this crime with several cold cases in a way that brings it right into the lap of the murder club. While they are dealing with these murders, several masked NYPD impersonators (or are they really cops?) are causing chaos wherever they appear.
It is Patterson's style to have several crime investigations going on at the same time, and he does that well. He also is a master of the short chapter, making the reader feel the need to read just one more chapter before turning out the light. This book lacks some of the excitement the series usually produces, and I found myself skimming a wee bit. Parts of it are still anxiety provoking though, and the personal connection is interesting. Lindsey's husband is dealing with his own work issues, and I love seeing her juggle work and home life.
One thing that has ALWAYS driven me crazy about all of Patterson's books are his endings...or lack of endings. I know it is his style, and it is probably a smart one. He ends each book with what could be the exciting first chapter of the next one and then makes us wait a year to see how it plays out. Arghhhhhh. That is torture for a reader like me, who likes it all tied up in a neat bow.
Well, tied up or not, Patterson fans, and there are millions, will like this book enough to anxiously await number 15 next year, and new readers should probably start at book one to really get a feel for these great ladies.
Publisher - Little, Brown and Company
Date of Publication - May 4, 2015