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2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  61,468 ratings  ·  1,671 reviews
When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Detective Lindsay Boxer knows it's time to reconvene the Women's Murder Club. Working with reporter Cindy Thomas, assistant DA Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay tracks a mystifying killer who soon turns his pursuers into his victims. The unorthodox allegiances of the Women's Murd ...more
Published January 6th 2003 by Headline (first published 2002)
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Chapter 1
I drove up to the library in my black Miata. Walking in, I thought, "Hell, I deserve a book, I've had a rough couple of days." I searched the shelves looking for books on my list...nothing. I sighed. Oh but what did I see? A James Patterson, I couldn't wait to tell the girls. I grabbed it and went to check out. The clerk told me I owed a fine; I exhaled. I must have gotten distracted from returning books before - when I was on the job of my lifetime that catapulted me into the spotlight
Rachel C.
It looks like James Patterson has fobbed this series off on a "co-author." Disappointing.

The plot has almost exactly the same structure as "1st to Die," in the style of "We definitely have the killer! The case is airtight! Except... we don't have the killer and the case is full of holes."

Lt. Lindsay Boxer also suffers not one but TWO acute attacks of Lois Lane Syndrome and charges into dangerous situations with the sort of recklessness only a fictional character who obviously must survive to co
holy crap, these are HORRIBLE books. I can't stop reading them. It's like picking a scab. Someone help me!!
"5" for entertaining plot, "1" for stereotyping the women...

The "Women's Murder Club" is back from Patterson's (solo) "1st to Die" -- three professional women friends of our leading lady, San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer. Except for no sex, this book is a cross between "Sex and the City" and John Sandford's "... Prey" series about detectives against serial killers. But unlike the TV show, neither Patterson nor co-author Andrew Gross seem to have a clue about how women think, act,
I usually read James Patterson books as a guilty pleasure and quick read, interspersed between "good" reads. I tend to prefer the Alex Cross books, but I recently received the 3rd book in the Women's Murder Club series, and decided I should probably read the first two.

I'm kind of disappointed that I did, because I'm beginning to find these books tiresome and recycled, and even sort of irritating.

I really don't consider myself a book snob, and I can usually find some enjoyment in any book I fin
More namedropping ensues (the pastor reads Dave Egger's A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and the protagonist is still listening to Sarah McLachlan). This is like Sex and the City, only the four women discuss murders instead of men over drinks. Oh wait, they do talk about men, too!

The story arc is almost identical to how the first book went down: there goes murder one, two, three and counting, then we finally had a suspect and wow we're chasing him down, we're finally getting leads afte
I didn't like this book quite as much as the first in the series, mostly because the story seemed so similar. It was still fun with a quick pace and I like the characters. James Patterson can certainly write, I just didn't find this as good as the previous book.
This is only my 2nd book by Patterson, but I am now a huge fan. I usually don't LOL when reading books. It takes a lot for me to get to that point, but I did towards the end. Not to mention, I just couldn't put it down. I think Patterson knows what he is doing by having such short chapters. It makes it so much easier to continue reading the book.
excellent read!!! Alot of suspense!!! just when you thought it was solved it actually isnt!! love this series!!!
Jan 03, 2011 Candace rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers, readers who enjoy strong positive female characters
Recommended to Candace by: my mother
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Don Voorhees
2nd Chance reconvenes the Women's Murder Club, four friends (a detective, a reporter, an assistant district attorney, and a medical examiner) who used their networking skills, feminine intuition, and professional wiles to solve a baffling series of murders in 1st to Die. This time, the murders of two African Americans, a little girl and an old woman, bear all the signs of a serial killer for Lindsay Boxer, newly promoted to lieutenant of San Francisco's homicide squad. But there's an odd detail ...more
Lindsay, Cindy, Claire, and Jill are back for the second outing as the Women's Murder Club, and this time the murderer is going to hit them right at home.

Lindsay has recovered from the shock of losing her love at the end of the previous book and finds herself in a new role. She is now the Lieutenant in charge of Homicide, thanks to the prestige of bringing an end to the bride and groom murderer. Her next nemesis might even be considered even more evil.

His work starts on the grounds of a local ch
James Patterson's second installment of his Women's Murder Club series is a fast pased but ultimately unsatisfying read. The central mystery is an intriguing one--a killer is targeting police officers and those connected to police officers who are connected to a mysterious series of events that took place years ago.

It's an idea that has merit and has been done better in other mystery stories--most notably anything by Elizabeth George.

The mystery has twists and turns, most of them fairly laughabl
Bill Tillman
The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues. Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers ...more
Sara Niles
I have read many of Patterson's books and found most to be written in a logical progression style with the 'fact's outnumbering the emotional appeal of the overall story; sort of a 'man's view' of the story versus a feelings view and because of that, I have liked all of Patterson's books but loved only a few. 2nd Chance contains the theme of ' A women's murder club novel' simply because four outstanding professional women meet as friends to staff difficult cases. It is perhaps this element of Pa ...more
Since these have been on the bestseller's lists recently, I thought I'd give them a read. Apparently James Patterson decided to jump on the recent women's mystery series craze. The books, thusfar, are 1st to Die, 2nd Chance, 3rd Degree, 4th of July, and 5th Horseman.
Despite the uncreative title for the series (Women's Murder Club? Come on!) the books work rather well. We're not talking the depth or detail and complexity of Sherlock Holmes here, but they're an entertaining if somewhat gory read.
It was a good book and the ending was a good twist. I kind of missed some of the more detailed elements of Patterson's gruesomeness, but it was only for a moment. It was a quick read, even though it doesn't look like that. The short chapters really help as does actually liking the characters. Sure, you want to reach through and strangle Lindsey sometimes and her dad the next, but it settles down near the end.

Can't wait to start 3rd Degree and continue my reading of the series in advance of 10th
Well what can I say love James Patterson, love this series, I love the four main characters in this series, each woman has a special talent to bring to the story and each new book in the series you find out what has happened to each character. Not too heavy.
Teena in Toronto
After choir practice as the children are leaving, a gunman open fires on them, killing a young black girl and Lindsay investigates. It seems like a random act until Cindy, Lindsay's friend and another member of the Women's Murder Club, tells Lindsay that the hanging of an older black woman and the killing of the girl may be related. There is the same symbol at both deaths plus both have a connection to police officers. Then there are more shootings ... one hits its mark killing the person and ot ...more
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Well, I think this will bring to an end my foray onto James Patterson's Women's Murder club Series.

This was basically the same format as Fist to Die (the first in the series) and held few, if any, surprises for me. I felt as though he had taken the format and just inserted new names, kind of like writing by numbers. As in first the murder occurs, then Lindsay decides who is responsible, but needs evidence. There are more murders with circumstantial evidence pointing towards her suspect. The wome
Anne Wright
Oct 03, 2014 Anne Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James patterson readers and crime lovers
2nd Chance by James Patterson

Once again a wonderful book full of surprises and always a twist at the end. Lindsey Boxer recovering from the death of her partner (at work and romantically) finds herself dragged back to the job by the shooting at a church when the children's choir is leaving after practice, shockingly the youngest is killed and a chase begins to find a killer who is mad enough to target children.

Then someone mentions an old Lady who has been murdered, is this case connected.

Just t
excellent series so far, excellent author Patterson did it again. This book kept me in suspense again. I am hooked and ready to read the 3rd one

Andy  Stamp
The second book in the Women’s Murder Club series written by James Patterson sees Lindsay Boxer return after the dramatic events of the honeymoon murder case and now a lieutenant, Lindsay aims to track down the murderer of a young black girl, only things aren’t what they seem as more seemingly unlinked murders take place and a blast from the past turns the whole investigation upside down.

The appeal of a James Patterson novel for many readers (myself included) is the quick fire 2 – 5 page chapter
Linda Acaster
New San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant, Lindsay Boxer, finds herself on the track of a serial killer attempting to incite racial hatred by targeting Blacks, but is this just a blind? Her estranged father, an ex cop, makes an unexpected appearance, seeking to right the wrongs he did to his family, but was he running from more than his family 20 years ago?

This should have been a very good read, and probably had I had read it, as opposed to listen to it on CD during commutes, it might have been bett
2nd Chance by James Patterson
(Women’s Murder Club Series)

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

This is my second read in this series in the last month. I am very happy to be reading these on audio book; I think that hearing these stories is more effective than reading them myself.

Lindsay and her 3 best girl friends are back on the case again. Lindsay has been promoted to the position of Lieutenant after the success of the last murder case. This time a string of murders are occurring that appear to be raciall

I wasn't really a fan of this novel, as you can probably tell. I liked the idea behind the story, seeing as I knew the mythology behind the Chimera, you'll see what I mean if you read the novel. I'm not saying that the book is so horrible you shouldn't read it, I enjoyed it... when it finally got to the good part. First off, it wasn't as exciting as the first book, 1st To Die. The whole exciting thing didn't happen until near the end of the book when Lindsay finally realizes who the killer is an
Natasha Findlay
I decided to read this book because my mum recommended it to me and she said it was a good book.
The category on the bingo board I chose for this book is 'own choice' I found this category interesting because I could chose any book and I read this book last out of my 14 books to read so the other books would fit a category and this would go in whatever category was left which happened to be own choice.
My favourite quote from the book is "one last surprise" this quote built suspense because the '
Jan 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by:
Shelves: mystery
The Women's Murder Club is back and looking into their second case together. When a someone is killing seemingly random people, the police naturally assume the crimes are racially motivated. A surprising link between the victims puts everyone, including the police, even more on edge.

While each of the women look into the case in their own way, they also deal with a personal life crisis or two. Lindsay's absentee father has come back looking for a second chance to be her dad, Jill's pregnant, and
Dit tweede deel was weer heel spannend, alleen heb ik dus wel deel 1 er weer bij moeten pakken om nog even weer terug te lezen hoe dit deel ook alweer ging. Dus leuke boeken die niet echt een blijvende indruk achterlaten.
Nikki Cooper
I enjoyed the many twists this book had to offer. It kept me interested and I couldn't put it down.
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Other Books in the Series

Women's Murder Club (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)
  • 3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, #3)
  • 4th of July (Women's Murder Club, #4)
  • The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, #5)
  • The 6th Target (Women's Murder Club, #6)
  • 7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, #7)
  • The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club, #8)
  • The 9th Judgment  (Women's Murder Club, #9)
  • 10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club, #10)
  • 11th Hour (Women's Murder Club, #11)
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