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

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James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an eve ...more
Paperback, 462 pages
Published May 20th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 5th 2000)
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Sep 21, 2013 Zach rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: almost nobody
Recommended to Zach by: my mom
Shelves: stupid-books
How in the world is he a best-selling author? His characters are shallow, his writing is mediocre, and when he writes about romance it feels mechanical and formulaic. This book had a twist at the end, but it was the worst sort of twist - the kind that you can't really predict because he probably didn't think to add it until after the book was already written - leaving out any traces of foreshadowing. I haven't read any of his other books and don't plan to now. When you have as little time for le ...more
The Book Maven
Aug 29, 2013 The Book Maven rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-mystery
Am I the only one that thinks that "Women's Murder Club" sounds not only hokey but juvenile and begging mockery?

The story: a psycho serial killer begins murdering newly married couples. 4 women, each with their own stake in cracking the case, are determined to nail the killer, and so band together outside of official channels to pool their resources and figure it all out. There is a red herring (if one could call it that) and a vaguely surprising twist at the end, but I read this with an unusual
Mar 29, 2008 Lydia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery/ Thriller/ Suspense Lovers
This is my first Patterson experience. The book was quite captivating and enthralling.There are half a million detective-serial killer novels out there... Patterson's are by far near if not at the top of the list! His chapters are so brisk you'll find your self half-way through the book before you know it. As well, the suspense is so well paced, and he also tosses in so many possibilities and clues to murderer's identity into the mix, there's no way you'll be able to set the book down until you ...more
Tea Jovanović
Slabo je poznata činjenica da sam prva dovela Patersonove knjige u Srbiju... i bila sam godinama urednik njegovih knjiga za različite izdavače... i da verovatno najbolje poznajem njegov bogati opus... :) Od svih raznovrsnih njegovih knjiga i serijala ovaj mi je najdraži, koji sam uporno "gurala" godinama... Ovde ne možemo pričati o "velikoj" književnosti ali zato možemo govoriti o pravom kvalitetnom komercijalnom autoru, koji vas uhvati i ne pušta od početka do kraja svake knjige... čak i one ko ...more
Nov 28, 2007 Diane rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes James Patterson
My impulse as I read 1st to Die was to start editing. Overwriting, reduncancy, and sentimentality took the place of plot structure, character development, and freshness. Each of the four women was described in terms of her profession and ethnic background--sassy Black woman medical examiner with a faithful musician husband, sleek, sophisticated put-upon woman DA who gets no respect from her male superiors, perky newspaper reporter whose risk-taking allows her to get the scoops that more seasoned ...more
Erica Poole
Oct 30, 2007 Erica Poole rated it it was amazing
While I greatly enjoyed this and the next 2 books in the Women's Murder Club series, I was unable to continue reading the series with the same enjoyment due to comments that Patterson himself made in regards to it. He basically said that they were crap, that he just wrote them because he knew that they would sell, and he basically made me feel as if by reading them, and enjoying them, he was belittling me. I know it might be a bit extreme, but he ruined this series for me, as well as other serie ...more
Dec 15, 2007 Lorena rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I was curious about this series because it's obviously very popular, but I can't say I'm terribly impressed by it. First of all, the sappy "you go girl" female characters didn't seem very true to life to me. Patterson seems to think that name-checking Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, plus a lot of hugging and randomly saying "I love you, girl", means he has created believable female characters. Not so much.

Also, I thought the plot was melodramatic, and the continual twists were more tedious than
Oct 30, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good crime novel
I love love love James Patterson, he's my new favorite author. His writing style is great, easy to read and fast. He explains things so you understand but without making you feel stupid. His characters are well developed in this series and are entertaining. Another thing I love, his chapters are very very short so you can always get to a good stopping place!
Jul 14, 2016 Joyce added it
Shelves: librarybook
There's nothing specifically GOOD about this book, but damned if the pages don't practically turn themselves. It's pure junk food, and I mean that as a compliment insofar as processed food is very highly engineered by very skilled workers to be universally appealing to the widest possible market.

Patterson -- a top advertising exec before his writing career -- seems to have decided that in addition to his bestselling Alex Cross novels and film adaptations, he needed a series that appealed to wome
Jan 06, 2009 Heidi rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-reads, mystery
I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to read anything involving thought and effort so mindless mysteries/thrillers are just what the doctor ordered. This one, though? No thanks.

By page 45 I decided I hated James Patterson writing women. The head of the homicide division and the chief medical examiner of San Francisco are disgusted, sickened, and “have to turn away” from a body. What atrocity can these two strong, experienced, professional women not handle? A body with a single stab woun
Sep 14, 2012 Wendy rated it did not like it
I believe this will be the last James Patterson novel that I read. It was another of his titles with cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, and a plot with unlikely but convenient and contrived coincidences, which all equal a very thin read.

In this book, the women's "friendship" came across as canned and forced. I think the characters were developed solely on a quota system for just the perfect mix that could solve murders. It was almost as if I could hear him thinking, "Hmmm...let's see...I n
Hari Kumar
My goodness, I've completed this book. I decided to try this novel as it had (and still have) a really good rating on GR. And I thought this would make a good read.
I have imagined this would be better read than the Alex Cross, but not much.
It seems Mr.Patterson has read a way lot of Agatha Christie and had confusions on whether the ideas are his or someone else's and finally decides to
write books before the conclusion of those idea's origins and ignoring their quintessentiality in their real
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*

A really light easy read. It helps with audio versions when the chapters are short and pithy, as these definitely were.

This book is the first in the Woman's Murder Club series.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding
Celia Powell
Jan 08, 2008 Celia Powell rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: mystery, really-awful
Oh god - I really hated the first book I read of Patterson's, but I'd read about the Women's Murder Club TV series, and thought it sounded kind of cool, so I wanted to try the books. I'm about half way through, and this is pretty awful so far, in the same way as the previous book I read. Clumsy, cliched writing, ridiculous characters, a really ridiculous killer... bah. Why are these popular? At least it's a quick read.


Skimmed my way frantically through the second half of the book in order to
Andrew Neveils
Jul 16, 2008 Andrew Neveils rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes suspense/thrillers/mysteries
Wow! This book was great! I almost gave it 4-stars, as there are some subplot development issues (the main character, Lindsay, developed well as a character, but has a lot of things that happen out of the main plot that do not directly relate, but don't exactly take away - Patterson is trying to add more emotional, real-life appeal to the novel). Overall I loved it!

The book has a lot of suspense is a very quick read! Lindsay is trying to catch a "bride and groom" pyschopath killer while dealing
Feb 14, 2011 Joyzi rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Peeps who don't mind the "cliche"
Recommended to Joyzi by: Goodreads
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It is really hard to rate this book since it seems that this is a mix of cheesiness and cliche but it is also unpredictable and thrilling. It has some terrible parts but there are also amazing parts.

1. I love the title 1st to die and my assumption to who will be the "1st to die" is wrong so I guess that is a plus point for the book.

2. I really like the murder scenes it is very grotesquely describe that it made me shiver just imagining them.

3. The twist in the end about who's the true murde
Tammie Tackett
Jun 13, 2016 Tammie Tackett rated it it was amazing
This book was very good the 2nd time around. I wish i had the 2nd book and 3rd book but i don,t.
Crystal Starr Light
It has been some time since I have read any mystery novels, so after much hunting through bookstores, I eagerly picked up the New York Bestselling book, 1st to Die.

The beginning had me hooked. Looking through the eyes of the criminal-and the eyes of his soon-to-be victims-was awesome. I started out liking Lindsay, Cindy, and Claire. Lindsay's medical condition helped me grow closer to her (which I found slightly surprising). And as a public transportation rider, I enjoyed the short chapters. But
Jul 14, 2008 Larisa rated it did not like it
Shelves: book-club-picks
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Jan 07, 2015 Phrynne rated it really liked it
Oh that was excellent! I really enjoy James Patterson 's style, short chapters, fast paced storyline, and characters I can relate to. This book even had a nice little romance even if it did end sadly. I loved the way I knew who the killer was, then I didn't and then right at the last minute when I thought it was all done and dusted back came yet another killer. Fantastic. I look forward to reading the rest of this series.
Jan 06, 2016 Martina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Savršena knjiga, pročitana u jednom dahu!
Larry Bassett
Aug 30, 2012 Larry Bassett rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
How long has it been since you have stayed up too late to finish a book that you just couldn’t put down? It happened to be last night and the book was First to Die by James Patterson. I was surprised because I thought Patterson was an author who produced books off an assembly line.

I love a book with short chapters. It fits my attention span. None of that wondering how many pages until the end of the chapter so I can go see if I have any email or to have just one (more) cookie. This book fits th
Oct 05, 2016 Hannah rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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Elle ✦ Pretty Little Books ✦
:: 5 Pretty Little Stars ::

This book takes you on one hell of a ride. It is exciting, dark, interesting, and very thrilling. I don’t know how I never got into Patterson’s books before but after reading two I am officially hooked. Each and every chapter of this book is swift. Before you know it, you are halfway through the book. I honestly LOVE this because I feel like I am able to read a lot more pages in a short amount of time. It also makes me feel more connected because I never feel like I
Jul 17, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
I loved 1st to Die. It was the perfect beginning to a thrilling series. I thought the women's decision to join forces and work together to stop a serial killer was ingenious. I think it spoke to the true character of each of them, showing that their true goal was to protect the public from danger rather than be recognized personally for being the sole reason the killer was stopped.

The book works so well because of the differences each woman brings to the table. Lindsey works well as a main chara
Jul 12, 2009 Rose rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The gruesome murder of a newlywed couple just hours after their wedding ceremony shocks the city of San Francisco. What's more, it seems the murderer is on a bit of spree! Enter Detective Lindsay Boxer - a tenacious go-getter who throws herself into this high-profile case as a distraction from her personal struggles. Her best friend and confidante? Claire, the smart and sophisticated county medical examiner. Then there's Cindy, a determined young reporter who's ingenuity and good luck land her t ...more
Aug 19, 2008 Kellie rated it really liked it
"First in the series of the Women’s Murder Club The Women's Murder Club pits four San Francisco women professionals against a serial killer who's stalking and murdering newlyweds in bestselling author James Patterson's newest thriller. Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector who's just gotten some very bad news (a life threatening blood disease). She deals with it by immersing herself in her newest case and soliciting the personal as well as professional support of her closest friend, who happens ...more
Apr 29, 2008 Jen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Law & Order and CSI fans
It's probably not fair for me to rate this book. It's really not my style. I didn't get more than 50 pages into it. I find that I empathize with the characters too much these days. That makes it very difficult to read a book like this. To explain, the book starts out with the main character trying to kill herself, then gives us a happy intro to the first victims in the story, and moves on to the point of view of the murderer as he kills those first victims. He thinks to himself, what is the wors ...more
Rebecca T
Jan 29, 2010 Rebecca T rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I really enjoyed "Women's Murder Club" back when it had its short stint on TV so I decided to give the book series a go. It took me a while to get my hands on the first book (because I refuse to read series' out of order) but I'm glad I made the effort.

I found the murder scenes to be, and experience. I haven't read many crime novels, and the few I have read don't include the murderer's point of view as s/he's doing the murders. I found myself cringing over some of the details of the crimes and f
Maria João Fernandes
"Primeira a Morrer" é o primeiro livro da série "O Clube das Investigadoras" do James Patterson. Este thriller apresenta-nos a inspectora de homicídios, Lindsay Boxer e segue, detalhadamente, a sua vida pessoal e profissional. A presente investigação foca-se na procura de um assassino em série de recém-casados.

Tive alguma dificuldade em relacionar-me com a protagonista. Apesar de o autor fazer uma descrição pormenorizada, sinto que, por vezes, o comportamento da mulher retratada é teatral, isto
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