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12th of Never (Women's Murder Club #12)

3.96  ·  Rating Details ·  23,633 Ratings  ·  1,841 Reviews
It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the sa
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published April 29th 2013 by Cornerstone Digital (first published February 14th 2013)
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May 03, 2013 Erika rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson will always be one of my favorite authors. I will say this from the of my favorite AUTHORS...not so much when he's CO-AUTHORING. I have read everything he's ever published, and "The Women's Murder Club" has been a fun, compelling, can't-put-it-down type of a series for me. "12th of Never", however, was lacking a bit in comparison to previous books. It was very scattered, distracted and NEVER felt like it gained traction. I was so disappointed that I couldn't like this ...more
May 01, 2013 Lesley rated it it was ok
Sigh...does anyone remember 1st To Die written only by James Patterson? It had one continuous plot, fantastic story and character development, and chapters that were more than 2 pages. The Women's Murder Club meant something and they all worked together to solve a mystery. That was a great book! Ah, those were the days.

Now we have 12th of Never, probably named because that's the next time I'll read this book. So many stories that you can't really appreciate or enjoy any of them because there's n
Aug 22, 2016 Phrynne rated it liked it
An enjoyable enough book but The Women's Murder Club is not really my favourite of Patterson's series. Trying to encompass four separate stories, one for each woman, in the one book made it overstuffed and laborious at times. Sure the stories did overlap a little but not enough for it to be a cohesive whole. There was a lot of melodrama too. I was going to say Patterson does not write women's emotions well but then considered that it is quite possible he did not write much of this book anyway.
Jun 15, 2013 Heather rated it it was ok
Bookmarks: 12th of Never

I remember a time when James Patterson actually wrote Women’s Murder Club (WMC) books. It seems so so long ago.

I haven’t been pleased with the last four or five WMC books, but I keep reading in hopes that they will once again be engaging reads. One thing, they are fast reads.

The last several books have been severely lacking in actual police/detective work. The cases, yes there are more than one, are laid out, checked in on every four chapters or so and then wrapped up nic
May 08, 2013 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we are again...Yuki has a case in court and it's a sure thing! But wait--it falls apart! Lindsey is on the trail of a killer, and she's sure that EVERY dirtbag they drag in to question is the matter how unlikely or impossible!Clare and Cindy offer assistance and occasional soapy sprinkles. Yep, it's a Women's Murder Club novel! One just like every other since #4 down to the "Uh Oh!" epilogue.

Yeah, I listen to em...but these days it's more for a laugh than it is for any paper-thin
I loved this series in the beginning. The women came together, supported each other, and worked together using their specialties to solve difficult crimes. Brilliant! They are now friends that barely know what is going on in each others lives and there's a few difficult crimes that are resolved with really no pooling of skills at all. I never got into Yuki, she is just such a bland character to me. This book Cindy is only mentioned due to her romantic difficulties with Rich, and his arch trumps ...more
May 15, 2013 Sebastian rated it it was ok
A story that suffers from ADD, and from a poorly crafted ending

Yes, this is one fast paced story, but that does not make a good book. In typical Patterson cartel fashion, this novel is composed of very short chapters full of action. Typically, I am OK with this. However, in this case it feels a little overdone. The authors cannot stay on a topic for more than a couple of pages and it truly feels like we are getting the story told by someone with ADD. We have the plot involving a lawyer accused o
Paula  Phillips
Mar 16, 2013 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Are you a dedicated James Patterson fan ? If so, then you are like me and would have read all of his series and your heart would skip a beat or two everytime a new book in any of his series is released . You get this giddy and excited feeling, that you just can't help but get stuck into it . Sometimes this feeling will leave you satisfied and happy of the experience other times it may leave you feeling a bit dejected as the book hasn't quite lived up to the excitement and thrill.
That is how I f
Shelly Itkin
May 01, 2013 Shelly Itkin rated it it was amazing
The 12th Murder Club series was definitely worth the wait. Amazing, shocking, upsetting and surprising are just a few words to describe it.

Lindsay and Joe finally have the precious daughter they have also wanted but never thought they would ever have. With joy comes sorry and the worst kind which will make Lindsay and Joe stronger.

Lindsay is also working on two entirely different cases which are very difficult and that is adding to the pressure of lack of sleep with a new baby.

Claire who has bee
May 07, 2013 Brandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointed in this book. I love this Women's Murder Club series as a whole, but where was the club in this book? They got together twice. The side story of the baby being sick was annoying and did nothing for character development in my opinion. I felt like there were too many stories going on for any one to be properly developed, so what we got instead was half-formed ideas thrown together. There were times reading this where I honestly checked page numbers to see if I had missed something.

Bruce Snell
Apr 01, 2013 Bruce Snell rated it it was ok
Book Twelve in the Women's Murder Club by James Patterson - 2.5 stars. The Women's Murder club is working on four separate, unrelated cases; Yuki is trying a man for murdering and dismembering his wife; Claire has had the body of a murder victim stolen from her morgue - and the security guard has gone missing as well; Lindsay is investigating a professor who successfully predicted two different murders before being murdered himself; Lindsay is also assisting the FBI in an investigation of cold c ...more
Amie Bjorklund
Sep 12, 2013 Amie Bjorklund rated it did not like it
This book is awful. I finished it because it was a fast read and I do want to hit my 75 books this year, but I shouldn't have wasted my time. To start with, Lindsay Boxer has become a whiny woman who needs to be smacked with some guts. She used to be an interesting character with layers and her head on straight. I used to enjoy reading about her interigations and thought process. However the writers gave her a husband and a baby and suddenly this woman is unrecognizable and really quite annoying ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
12th of Never is the twelfth book in the Women’s Murder Club series by American author James Patterson and is co-written with Maxine Paetro. Lindsay returns sooner than anticipated from her maternity leave, entrusting the unemployed but highly competent Joe with an unwell baby. As well as investigating a murder and the subsequent disappearance of the body from the morgue, Lindsay is faced with a charismatic serial killer who wakes up from a coma fixating on her as liaison for locating victim’s b ...more
Jeanette Meissner
May 31, 2013 Jeanette Meissner rated it it was ok
Not the best. I have read each of the books in this series and was eagerly awaiting this book. I am disappointed to say the least. There were so many sub plots going on at the same time and none of which felt truly developed. I felt pulled in too many directions as I read what was happening on so many different cases from each character's perspective. It is possible that was the author's intent, but it felt disjointed and scattered. It seems by the ending of the book that it was written simply t ...more
Jun 18, 2013 Matt rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Patterson returns to the scene with his latest installment of the Women’s Murder Club with a bang, or at least a screech. Boxer is finally ready to have her baby and nothing is as simple as it needs to be. With a very eerie case of premonition, a courtroom drama that falls apart the more it unfolds, and a body that seems to have gone missing as soon as it enters the morgue, the WMC is left frayed at the edges. Patterson returns with his ability to tell multiple stories at once and still flesh ou ...more
Jeannie Walker
Aug 23, 2013 Jeannie Walker rated it it was amazing
Do you think you could become so distracted that you are not able to feel a wave of pain coming from your belly and washing over you like an ocean wave?
Have you ever had a dream that seemed to come true? Truthfully most people have had such a dream.
Have you ever experienced lightning cracking outside from a vicious storm, no electricity and nobody around to assist you if you needed help.
Just to let you know: This is just a small sample of the beginning (my friends and fellow readers) to this fas
Apr 16, 2013 Birgit rated it really liked it
I am not really a James Patterson fan but I am a Maxine Paetro fan. I have loved all of the womens murder club books and have found this one to be the best yet.

I really liked all the different cases/crimes/story lines, I think there were four happening at once and found that really kept me interested. The book really flowed well from one into the other. I liked the developing relationships and breakdowns between the main characters and how not everything always works out well in the end. It giv
Sep 09, 2013 Skip rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
I would have liked this better if there were fewer plot lines. Between the crimes (jailed serial killer jerking around the FBI and Lindsay, a precognitive professor dreaming of crimes before they happen, and the killing of a NFL star's girlfriend)and the stuff happening in the personal lives of Lindsay (baby birth and illness) and Cindy's love life, this one tried too hard.
Oct 31, 2013 Amber rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-crime
Okay, I really got a bit miffed at all the incorrect actions that were written from Lindsey's perspective on the NICU.

As a NICU nurse, I can say that most of the actions that occurred were inaccurate. First of all, pediatrics is not nicu, separate areas. A baby can be admitted to peds, then transferred of course. In what nicu would parents not be allowed to be at the bedside for almost 24 hours with their infant, and not in a waiting room, unless during shift change. Some hospitals require a sm
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I have read each and every one of the Women’s Murder Club books and just lately they seem to be losing their flair. It seems that for each book, one of the characters has a major change of personality. Having said that, book 11 was a vast improvement on book 10! With this latest instalment, I was hoping to see things settle down once again but sadly this wasn’t the case.

With Lindsay Boxer as a new mother, her baby’s birth was the intro to this latest book. That alone is something that just feel
Book Addict Shaun
Feb 27, 2013 Book Addict Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library, 2013
I can never choose between Michael Bennett or the Women's Murder Club as my favourite Patterson creation. Both are fantastic and both feature characters who I love. After finishing this book though I am leaning more towards the WMC are my favourite. It certainly isn't Alex Cross anyway, Supercop who loves his kids and who has met the love of his life in every single book. Booooooooring.

I love the Murder Club because it's like catching up with old friends. However in this one the friends hardly
Brad Friedman
Oct 25, 2013 Brad Friedman rated it did not like it
I wrote this review on Amazon, where 12th OF NEVER enjoyed more than 1200 five-star reviews!!! I'm happy to also have Goodreads to spread the word, which has been well-documented by other reviewers here.

This was a particularly incoherent, lazily written mess of a book. By now James Patterson is a zillion-dollar making machine who, along with his various cowriters, cranks out dozens of books a year. It's impressive that he can keep track of the multiple series he has created. (I can imagine a la
Jun 24, 2016 Nola rated it liked it
3.5 stars. This is the 12th in the 'Women's Murder Club' series. There are crimes galore - a man accused of murdering his wife and child, a serial killer who wakes up after spending two years in a coma, a professor who dreams murders before they happen and a body stolen from the morgue. Can police Sargeant Lindsay, lawyer Yuki, coroner Claire and reporter Cindy make headway with any of these crimes, while keeping the dramas of their personal lives in check?

This is the first book I've read in the
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Basic Info

Format: E-Book
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Murder Mystery

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?: No
Cliff Hanger: Eh.
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 2.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 4
Characters: 5
World Building: 3
Flow: 5
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 6
Ending: 6

Total: 5

In Dept

Best Part: Um.
Worst Part: Really?! That "plot"
Thoughts Had: ha, but really!


Continuing the Series: yes
Recommending: Eh

Short Review: So we are supposed to believe this guy is having dreams about future
Mar 30, 2016 Bob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-mystery
The Women's Murder Club is starting to get stale, maybe the club should disband, saving us all from further disappointments.
Jun 13, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Not to say that James Patterson’s books are always plausible, but what mother reading this book would believe that Lindsay Boxer would rush back to work soon after the birth of her baby or for that matter, continue to work long hours while the child is in the hospital. Poor James and Maxine, they were in such a quandary as to how to solve murders while their main character was tied up with the messy business of recuperating and mothering.

After that harsh intro, I do have to admit that I am a fan
Fiona Robson
Apr 25, 2013 Fiona Robson rated it really liked it
Shelves: james-patterson
“It's finally time! Detective Lindsay Boxer is in labor--while two killers are on the loose.

Lindsay Boxer's beautiful baby is born! But after only a week at home with her new daughter, Lindsay is forced to return to work to face two of the biggest cases of her career.

A rising star football player for the San Francisco 49ers is the prime suspect in a grisly murder. At the same time, Lindsay is confronted with the strangest story she's ever heard: An eccentric English professor has been having vi
May 11, 2013 Courtney rated it it was amazing
It is that time of year again --
My person is back! Lindsay Boxer and the rest of the Women’s Murder Club is back for the 12th installment!
And as always, Mr. Patterson does not disappoint!
Lindsay has just become a mother, but she doesn’t get any time off. After having baby Julie, she is thrown right back into the hectic mess that is investigating homicides in San Francisco.
Claire’s job is on the line when a high-profile murder victim’s body disappears.
Cindy and Rich’s relationship hits a bump
May 20, 2013 Czombie rated it liked it
12th of never title means just "never". The book was full of fun, fun, fun, for the reader in that it is fast paced and keeps your full attention. The criminal plots are interesting but the 4 women's lifes are what keeps it going. Lindsay had her baby, but the baby becomes ill. Lindsay still goes to work while baby is in hospital, unbelieveable!! In realty, Linsay would have stayed at the hospital bitting her nails, instead of chasing after the degenerate, Fish. Enjoyable is the Richie/Cindy sag ...more
Jun 19, 2016 Sibil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not good and it's not bad, it's one of the typical summer readings. Fast, not demanding and passable. The things are hurried and you can enjoy the reading but it's not a masterpiece, or a good book. It's just good if you want to read something fast and not demanding. Good but not so good.
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Women's Murder Club (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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