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

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A quiet afternoon in San Francisco turns nightmarish for Detective Lindsey Boxer and Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt when a townhouse explodes in flames inches away from them. When a sinister note signed "August Spies" is found at the scene of the disaster, and the body of an infant who was asleep in the house at the time of the explosion cannot be found, events ...more
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Published March 1st 2004 by Sound Library (first published 2004)
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Emily Henderson That may just be a misprint because the aame man that co-wrote 2nd Chance co-wrote 3rd Degree. We shall see in 4th of July if it is corrected.
Emily Henderson In my opinion you will have questions that will be answered in 1st to Die and 2Nd Chance. You will be able to pick it up of you don't but to me the…moreIn my opinion you will have questions that will be answered in 1st to Die and 2Nd Chance. You will be able to pick it up of you don't but to me the passion of the way the Women's Murdee Club was formed is what makes these books that much more intense.(less)
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Krystin Rachel
This book was all cheese.



The story line was cheese.



The dialogue was cheese.



And the romance was mega cheese.



But, let's face it: most of us aren't reading these novels for the literary brilliance.

The Women's Murder Club series is my favourite to read of Patterson's. They are fast and entertaining...yes, including all the cheese.



I like to make a game out of taking a shot every time one of the female characters says something no women would say to another women, even if they are best friends. Seri
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Erica
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Rebecca
Dec 08, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
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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
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Ivy
5 stars

RIP Jill Bernhardt. :-(. Good book. Hope Lindsay and Joe Molinari get together. Case was very weird. Somewhat scary.

Can't wait to read 4th of July!!!
Bex
Jul 01, 2010 Bex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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Stacy
Mar 24, 2009 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, audiobooks
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Edmond Gagnon
Dec 04, 2014 Edmond Gagnon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Damn good read!
Believable characters and plot...not a thing I dislike about this book.
Kathy
Jan 07, 2009 Kathy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Basic Info

Format:
E-book
Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Mystery

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
No
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 3.5 stars

Score Sheet
All out of ten


Cover: 8
Plot: 8
Characters: 7
World Building: 7
Flow: 8
Series Congruity: 8
Writing: 7
Ending: 7

Total: 7

In Dept

Best Part:
Short, quick read.
Worst Part: Death. Not cool.
Thoughts Had: I feel betrayed....

Conclusion

Continuing the Series:
Yes
Recommending: Yes

Short Review: Mr. Patterson how dare you do this to me?! How dare you!? No
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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
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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
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Nicole
May 23, 2012 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicy
Feb 12, 2015 Nicy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3,5
The Cats Mother
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?
Kris
Sep 10, 2015 Kris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pro Tip: If you in any way value your life, do not become friends with Lt. Lindsay Boxer. I'm only three books into this series, and already multiple friends, coworkers and lovers have been attacked, shot at or killed, not to mention the harassing emails. (In fact, I'm only 40 pages into the 4th book, and another Lindsay - connected person is shot - two, if you count Lindsay herself. )

In this 3rd volume in the Women's Murder Club series, someone is killing people (ostensibly ) to make a politica
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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.
Dalila.
I really enjoy this series especially since the main characters are female, which you don't find too often in crime novels.You don't have to be female to appreciate the great plot, strong characters and fantastic writing style Great book I Highly recommend it...
Margo Kelly
May 26, 2015 Margo Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy the characters in this series, and the character development was great in this particular one. I especially liked the addition of Joe. There was a subplot of domestic abuse that was never resolved (to my satisfaction). I wondered why it was there in the first place. I don't particularly care for the extremely short chapters. I would rather have more words on the actual pages than half a page empty at the end and at the beginning of each new chapter (which is about every three pages). The ...more
Hoyt
Jun 03, 2011 Hoyt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, I couldn't even finish this. The dialogue was just atrocious, and the 2 page chapters were extremely irritating. Why is this author so popular?
Patricio
El libro es bastante formulaico pero el caso es muy interesante y la relación entre las cuatro protagonistas me gusta bastante.

Urszula
Jan 24, 2015 Urszula rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio-book
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
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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
Tara Chevrestt
Sep 24, 2009 Tara Chevrestt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Mar 30, 2012 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Aaron
Aug 20, 2009 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Mariane
Aug 23, 2013 Mariane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
Jan 17, 2010 Holly Lee (Bellas Novella) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
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
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David Roberts
Sep 16, 2013 David Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 24, 2008 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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Other Books in the Series

Women's Murder Club (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • 1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)
  • 2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, #2)
  • 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)
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