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3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club #3)

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The Women's Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies...and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner's office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 20th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published 2004)
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Rebecca
James Patterson is basically running a mystery novel factory, and it shows in this book. The novel goes through the motions acceptably enough--there are clues and ratcheting tension and figures come back from the past and deaths of people close to the protagonist and a love interest. But the entire thing feels rather formulaic and thin.

Somehow, despite shocking revelations and stunning returns from the dead, you're never quite shocked or stunned. There isn't enough of an emotional connection est...more
Matilda
3rd degree by James Patterson and just wow...... It was amazing. This is the third book in the women’s murder club ,I loved the first one it was amazing
The second book, while I loved I didn’t really get into it as much as the first and then there was this one it was shocking. Not in a bad way in a good way. It had me so shocked James Patterson books can do that to you. They are really quick reads and have so many twists and turns leaving you wanting to read more.
On the front cover it says “on...more
(´*•.¸ღBexღ¸.•*´)
This is my first James Patterson novel, and not the last. 3rd Degree is a fast moving story with interesting characters and, most importantly, a suspenseful story. His short chapters kept my interest where I didn't want to put the book down. I actually read the book in one day, i just couldnt put it down.

One morning while Lt. Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Dept. was jogging with her dog she saw a house explode. Lt. Lindsay Boxer went into the burning house to see if anyone was in trou...more
Erica
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Nicole Green
I have to say, 3rd Degree was so much better than its predecessor, 2nd Chance. 3rd Degree was much more action packed, twisty-turny, topsy-turvy, and all around a great book to read. There were "awww" moments, "what the hell?!" moments, and "hell yes!" moments. This book gave me one of the biggest surprises I have experienced all year and I honestly can't wait to find out what happens in the next book, 4th of July. The characters in 3rd Degree are more pronounced, more outspoken, and I feel like...more
Stacy
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Tara Chevrestt
This series is still good and I am still enjoying it for the second time, but I did get a little deja vu where Lindsay Boxer is concerned. Seems she has a fondness for greeting her male co workers at the door in only a towel. Anybody else make that connection? Nevertheless, the novel, the third in the Women's Murder Club series is still entertaining and this time there is a shocking twist. Somebody dies. What I love about this series is that not everything is bright and dandy for these very real...more
Lynn
Awesome book! This one kept me riveted all the way through. Andrew Gross and Michael Ledwidge are my favorites of Patterson's co-authors, and the Gross/Patterson marriage works perfectly in 3rd Degree.

Our heroine, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is back, along with her crime-solving friends: Cindy, the journalist, Jill, the Assistant D.A., and Claire, the medical examiner. There is an unexpected twist in this book, though, that I didn't see coming at all and that I cannot reveal here because it would b...more
Laurel-Rain
In this third offering in the Women's Murder Club series, "3rd Degree" starts off with a bang. Literally. Lt. Lindsay Boxer, SF Homicide Detective, is out jogging along, admiring a town house she sees on the street. And then it explodes right in front of her. After calling for help, she rushes in and finds two dead bodies...and a child, whom she rescues.

What happens in the subsequent days will soon be declared a war of sorts. But who is at the hub of this activity? And who will be next on the ta...more
Rashika (is tired)
Note: there are probably some mistakes in here I'll correct once I am not so angry.


That's it I am not going to bang my head anymore over this series. I was never a huge fan of this series in the first place. I picked it up because I wanted to read a crime novel with a female lead that wasn't the witness but instead the one taking things under her control.

The mysteries in these books don't have much substance to them, they are almost along the lines of brain candy then anything else. I had give...more
Aaron
Patterson and Gross bring the Ladies Murder Club to a whole knew level with their third installment. In the post 9/11 world of literature, terrorism has definitely come to the fore, and the authors turn to domestic terrorism as a basis for their story.

It all starts one Sunday morning when Lt. Lindsay Boxer is doing her usual run with her friend Jill Bernhardt, San Francisco's Assistant DA. The two part ways after the run, leaving Lindsay to relax for a few minutes. It gives her just enough time...more
Mariane
Indeed Great! Yay,I'm starting to become a fan of crime fiction of Mr. James Patterson, well wouldn't? It is the second book of the series that I read, I leaped from 2nd chance after the 1st to die. But of course I'll try to complete the 8th series,if not it will be case unclosed!The plot-subplots *hands-down* the characters that in-outs,everything I guess..now looking forward for the next books :)

I expected more ups and downs while I'm going too far of the story, I was shocked when Assistant D....more
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
I have to admit that I have been absolutely flying through this series. I love kickass female leads, and Lindsay Boxer is about as kickass as they come.

In the first two books we are introduced to the Women's Murder Club, a group of four women that share many common interests and come together for fun, drinks, and when need be, to help solve crimes. When they are working together they have every imaginable angle covered and manage to solve the case everytime. In this book Lindsay is facing her to...more
David Roberts
I am reviewing the novel 3rd Degree by James Patterson et al which is an excellent thriller which I bought at a car boot sale. This book is part of the Women's Murder Club series which features a policewoman, a reporter & an assistant DA who work together to solve murders. As with the other books in this series there are 2 parallel cases to solve. This book is most notable because one of the main characters gets murdered although she gets replaced by another character in the 4th Of July, the...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
Mitch
Another great Women's Murder Club book! I love these quick day-only reads...fun for a weekend to just relax and pick up a quick paced thriller like this one.

Lindsay (Homicide Police Inspector), Jill (Assistant DA), Claire (Medical Examiner), and Cindy (news reporter) all meet together when major cases are being solved in Lindsay's department to help crack down on killers. But in their newest case, a radical group will stop at nothing, using bombs and horrible organ melting poisons to murder peop...more
Kathy
So I thought maybe Cross was a fluke and Patterson is a better writer than that. There was another of his novels in the box so I read it as well. Not as bad as the other one, but then he had a co-writer. A nice plot idea, modern terrorists in USA, who are using the causes of the late 60s as a starting point.
But I still feel like his characterizations are weak. Each book seems lacking in reasons to like these main characters, like he uses the extended time of a series to replace actual character...more
Patricio
El libro es bastante formulaico pero el caso es muy interesante y la relación entre las cuatro protagonistas me gusta bastante.

Isabella
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Samantha
3rd Degree was absolutely amazing! It is a book that holds so much suspense, you will be sitting at the edge of your seat! This book will leave you frustrated, shocked, happy, and sad; it is like you are on a roller coaster of emotions. It is astonishing how James Patterson can write a book that would keep you so interested. Once you start, you will not want to put the book down. I can guarantee you that you will want to stay awake way past midnight just to finish. I have gotten my friends to re...more
Thom Swennes
“Let’s Roll,” seems to be more than just a statement. From the first page of the first chapter this novel takes off on an inbound wave and rides it at neck-break speed. Scenes of the 2013 Boston Marathon are brought vividly to mind when Lindsay Boxer is out jogging and a building suddenly explodes next to her. This proves to be the initial skirmish of a newly declared one-sided war. Other murders and assignations in a variety of places with an assortment of methods soon follow. The only thing ho...more
Jo
This isn't a bad series, but I was a bit "is that it?" about this one. Lindsay investigates a series of brutal murders with terrorist connections while the others cheer her on, confronts one of friends' husbands who's been abusing her, and gets together with another colleague. There's a development that's meant to be shocking but came too early in both the book and the series to feel like a real twist, and as ever our heroine saves the day. Which isn't really a spoiler is it?
Susan Moyer
Another must read

Another must read

Another great Patterson thriller!!! Time to dive into number four. Can't wait for the club's next case. I do miss Jill.
Urszula
I have mixed feelings about this book. There are many acpects that I liked and a few that I did not. What I liked is the group of main characters, especially the four female friends. I thought each one was great, strong in character and not in any way a sterotype. It was good to see Lindsay matched with a man, who was equal to her in both personality and strength.

Overall the plot was interesting, yet I thought that the reason for all the terrorist attacks and killings was a little vague, maybe a...more
Valerie
SPOILER ALERT,
Although it is never easy to lose a major character Mr. Patterson made this pretty much a breeze. Where was the chapter (chapters) where it actually happened. He was just giving one of them an interesting home life and then poof she's dead. Not even a chapter dedicated to the murder just another victim. I was very disappointed that the character meant so little to him.
CincyNattie
Another good thriller! Even more character development. I enjoy the fact that that the main characters are strong, successful, professional women who are also human. They cry, get scared, struggle with relationships, make mistakes and get angry with one another. Looking FOURward to the next book.
Andrea
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Crystal
After not reading this series for a while I decided to play catch up. This book was good, but not at all what I expected it to be. It had all the twists and turns you would expect from a Patterson novel, but it lacked the suspense and thriller angle i have learned to expect from this particular author. It was great to see how the characters relationships blossomed both on personal levels with one another and in each of their professional careers. One thing Patterson seemed to excell in was throw...more
Patricia
I enjoyed it very much! Once again Inspector Lindsay Boxer is trying to solve a series of chilling murders. Her friends Claire, Cindy and Jill help her. Tragedy strikes and my heart was saddened by the development of the story, but I was also happy with the new romance that was introduced into the life of one of the members of the Women's Murder Club. You have to read the story to find out which woman I am talking about!

This is book #3 in the series written by James Patterson about the Women's...more
Anneliese Kerr
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