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

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A brutal madman sprays bullets into a crowd of children leaving a San Francisco church. Miraculously-or was it intentionally?-only one person dies. Then an elderly black woman is hung. Police homicide inspector Lindsay Boxer senses a connection and together with medical examiner Claire, assistant D. A. Jill, and Chronicle reporter Cindy, finds a link that sends a chill thr...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 512 pages
Published March 4th 2002 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 2002)
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Marie
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...more
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...more
Taueret
holy crap, these are HORRIBLE books. I can't stop reading them. It's like picking a scab. Someone help me!!
Jerry
"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,...more
Cary
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
T.
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...more
Helen
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.
Candace
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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Nikki
I'm probably the last one on the planet to start reading James Patterson's novels, but I'm here at last. Better late than never. I was very pleasantly surprised by this novel. The characters are wonderfully rich and the mystery is thrilling and unexpected.

I was skeptical about the Women's Murder Club series because I'm always a bit skeptical about stories with a random gang of girls fighting crime. They tend to turn chick lit and ridiculous. But this didn't and for that I am very glad. The women...more
Michael
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...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
Jessica
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....more
Kellee
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.
Jenn
excellent read!!! Alot of suspense!!! just when you thought it was solved it actually isnt!! love this series!!!
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...more
Heather
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...more
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
Aaron
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...more
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
Nicole Green

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...more
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 '...more
Jennifer
Jan 23, 2011 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
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...more
Ashleigh Higgs
James Patterson has done it again in his second novel in the Women’s Murder Club Series, 2nd Chance. The book, again follows the life of Lindsay Boxer. Lindsay has recently been promoted to Lieutenant of Homicide Detail due to her heroic end to her last case. She is just beginning to settle into her new position when the murder of a young girl at a church early one morning sets her first case as Lieutenant into motion. She and her team of three other women, Cindy, Claire, and Jill, discover key...more
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...more
Cori Anders
Again, I thought the plot of the Women's Murder Club book 2 was excellent! While Patterson leads us down the road with the perpetrator, I really did not see the ending coming. The characters are also very rich without being too full of drama, which can happen in like genre books. It's a different feel to me, and one I like very much.

I don't feel like we're just reading a mystery, but we're viewing the lives of these women, complete with happiness and sadness. Three dimensional characters.
April
I'm not quite sure what "shifted" in terms of how I view Patterson's novels - a few years ago they were too violent for me to really enjoy. But... either the Women's Murder Club novels aren't as violent as his other books normally are, or I just don't mind the gore as much as I used to. I'm not really sure which it is - I'd have to read some of his other books again to really tell.

Anyway, I loved returning to Lindsay Boxer's world, and loved getting to know the Women's Murder Club better. Patter...more
Donna
I have never been much of a series book person. i'm not sure why...but, there is something about this James Patterson series that I can't seem to put down. I admit. it's not perfect. but, is anything really?

2nd chance is a creative look at racially motivated crimes, dirty cops and what happens when someone just can't let something go and bent on revenge.

The writing is a lot more tighter in this book than in the 1st, the plot twist a lot more believable than in the first (and might I add I'm RE...more
Rena Searles
I think I might be a James Patterson fan. This book was the second installment in the Womens Murder Club series, and although not as riveting as book number one, still an engrossing read. The further adventures of a group of 4 professional women who solve crimes. I enjoy Patterson's writing style and really like how his murder mysteries capture my imagination and keep me turning the pages to find out what happens next!
Mark Baker
The women of the Women's Murder Club must come together when seemingly random killings begin to show the target is policemen and their families. There were a couple of plot points that seemed a bit cliche, but I really did enjoy this book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
Becky
(Women's Murder Club #2) Racial, Chimera, Sniper Shootings... The ending was definitely a surprise. I only wished that the girls would have worked more collectively on this case. It felt like Lindsay was working solo. Also, what happened to her blood disease? Enjoyed the bad guy this time, would have loved more of a glimpse into his reasoning behind the killings. Overall, great book!
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