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The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club #8)

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Someone is killing the richest people in the city--and the Women's Murder Club will pay a high price for hunting him. At the party of the year, San Francisco's most glamorous couple is targeted by a killer--and it's the perfect murder. While Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile killings, a saintly street preacher is brutally executed. Reporter Cindy Thomas ...more
Paperback, 339 pages
Published 2009 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kelly Hager
He and I are thisclose to breaking up. I'm going to give the next Alex Cross book another try and if that isn't fantastic, Patterson and I are done.

For real.

This is the 8th installment in Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. There are two murder mysteries going on. The first is a series of crimes involving the wealthy; various people are found dead, but there's no apparent reason for it. The victims are all young and healthy and there's no definite cause of death. The other is a homeless man
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Hannah Ciceu
I can't help it. I love murder mysteries, especially the quick, easy-to-read one's. My obsession with one of these novels is such that I have to refrain from reading them during the school year, because otherwise I would get nothing done. I become so enthralled with whichever novel I'm reading that I will choose to read it over pretty much any other activity or obligation. This is why I save these books for my summer reads, when I can fill endless hours with disturbing images and high-adrenaline ...more
Tim
This is the first of the series that I actually read. I listened to all of the others on CD while working. I have come to the conclusion that's the best way to experience these books.

When I picked up the book at my library, I thought I'd mistakenly put the Large Print version on hold. Tons of white space, two or three page chapters. All short declarative sentences. Characters that don't act like themselves or real people...and who, if you haven't read the other books in the series, won't make a
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James Petterson has been writing a series of books which are part of the 'Womens Murder Club' series.They involve four women who have all featured heavily in previous books. They are Lindsay, Cindy, Yuki and Claire.

The story for the 8th Confession focuses on two main threads. The first is a murder of a "saintly" homeless man and Cindy who is a journalist finds her senses telling her to keep on at this, and she is convinced there is a story there. The other thread features the serial murders of t
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Aymee
So, I’ve had this love/hate relationship with James Patterson since I read my first Alex Cross novel quite a few years ago. See, he writes these amazing stories but he breaks them up into itty bitty chapters. Why is this a bad thing? Well, mainly it’s a bad thing because you find yourself sitting there, at nearly nine o’clock at night thinking, “Hmmm, it’s only three pages… I can do one more chpater.” Before you know it, it’s creeping up on eleven o’clock and five thirty AM is staring you in the ...more
Dana
I have been a James Patterson fan for quite awhile, and has given me a lot of reading pleasure. Patterson's books are by no means "heavy reads" and for me, this is part of their appeal and charm. This work, like many, many of his previous novels, which can easily be read over the weekend, are entertaining, you don't really have to think all that much while reading them and they are fast. I personally rather liked this 8th addition to the Women's Murder Club Series.

The authors have given us two s
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Tim
The four members of the Women’s Murder Club are present in this novel, but this time their activities are more disparate than collusive. Two main threads are woven through the tight 112 chapters: the sidewalk slaying of Bagman Jesus and the serial murders attributed to Pet Girl.

Reading almost like movie trailers, the first several pages describe two different, horrific scenes that seem irrelevant when Boxer initially takes up the storyline. Patterson’s usual cliff-hanging chapter endings are ab
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Elizabeth
Pretty good. Interesting combination of several different crimes that are woven together into one storyline. Though I found there to be a lot going on, and I kind of felt like I had ADD every time that my attention was diverted a different mystery from a different character's point of view. First the school bus/portable meth lab exploded. Then a homeless man named Bagman Jesus was brutally murdered. And then a super rich couple was murdered while sleeping, with no trace of the murder weapon and ...more
Becky
This one was good, but still not as good as the 1st or 6th in the series. I'm still on the edge of my seat for the 9th book, but I wasn't as speechless with this one. It was a little ho-hum.

I enjoyed the tension between Cindy and Lindsey in this one. It's made the whole situation a little more real as far as their personal lives are concerned. I also really liked the wisdom that Yuki gave to Lindsey about her love life. Then, Yuki's situation with Doc was a shocker! It was a great twist that I t
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Aaron
San Francisco is once again confronted with a serial killer and it will be up to the Women's Murder Club and the beaus to solve the case. Someone is targeting high society folks, but no one can figure out how the killer is taking them out. Other than the fact that they might have a taste for partying, drinking, drugs and other debauchery, the victims show no signs of injury or illness. In fact, they are in prime shape.

Claire, the cities chief medical examiner, has done everything she can to find
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Jenny
As I go along into the series, the girls' friendship seems more and more fake. It is hard to imagine how close these girls are within the formula that Patterson and his co writer seem to write within. I also have noticed that the books are less about the Murder Club and more about individual people and their individual roles such as Lindsey being the super cop with all the hard cases and Yuki's appearances in court and how she loses everything and now with Cindy's new romance with Rich. It's les ...more
Suzanne
I just have to read the Women's Mystery Club books because they are so good. This one seemed to have more chattiness amongst the women than the others. Or was it just me? I wanted to read more of the crimes,who did it and how they found why they did them. The chapters were short as they always are but found them to be disjointed and they seemed to jump around alot. The first crime was foremost on their books and then they had another crime on the hands. Alright, I realize that Jacobi told them t ...more
Kim
Honestly don't know why I keep reading this series...the women, in my opinion, with the exception of Claire, are lame. Boxer and her drama about marrying one guy and wanting another to want her, Yuki and her rejection of a perfectly great guy because...well, don't want to give it away, but geez, what a wimp. And Cindy...can you spell n-a-i-v-e? Wait, can I spell naive - yeah, "a" first, that's right. Anyways, I mean again, geez, she's supposed to be a crack crime reporter and she gets played lik ...more
Beth (Ducky)
Originally on my book blog

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

If I thought the last few books were lacking something, this one brought it all back. I couldn’t stop reading it because the two story lines were intense and interesting. The writing was spectacular in this one as well. I never once thought about giving up on this series, but I am sure glad that I didn’t take a break from it. For anyone that felt like the last few weren’t as good, keep going. It gets better. Now onto the book!

Rich people were dro
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Jennifer
In The 8th Confession, James Patterson continues with the same fast paced intensity we've experienced in the previous Women's Murder Club books. Lindsay, Yuki and Cindy all have their own separate "cases" to work on. Claire covers all the medical evidence for them and finds herself stumped for what may be the first time in her career. Meanwhile, love, lust and romance take the forefront as Lindsay, Yuki and Cindy all find themselves dealing with interesting relationship situations.

The 8th Confes
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Shonda
The 8th Confession begins with a bombing of a school bus. Next Cindy Thomas discovers the mutilated body of a homeless man. Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin are working both cases. Things quickly get complicated when the super-rich are being targeted. Medical examiner Claire Washburn is stomped on the cause of their deaths. To her, it’s the perfect crime: no evidence has been left behind.

Meanwhile, Yuki Castellano is prosecuting a woman on trial for murdering her father and the attempt
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Kathy (Bermudaonion)
The 8th Confession is the latest installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series. This book finds the police officer, Lindsey Boxer, and her partner, Rich Conklin, trying to solve the murders of some of San Francisco’s high society, but they can’t determine the method or motive for the murders. An old friend of Lindsey’s who works cold cases provides some information that proves to be helpful.

In the meantime, Cindy, the news reporter, discovers a homeless man, Bagman Jesus, brutally
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Swissmiss
First of all, why are all of James Patterson's books co-written by someone else? Is he ghost-writing other people's stories? Or is he the one with the great plot ideas but can't string three words together? Has the well run dry, so to speak, after so many years, and he's mining other, little-known authors who are willing to sell their soul for the chance to have their name on a cover with James Patterson? Wikipedia says: "Patterson is also well known for sharing the spotlight with different co-a ...more
Rhonda
The 8th Confession is the latest installment in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. This book finds the police officer, Lindsey Boxer, and her partner, Rich Conklin, trying to solve the murders of some of San Francisco's high society, but they can't determine the method or motive for the murders. An old friend of Lindsey's who works cold cases provides some information that proves to be helpful.

In the meantime, Cindy, the news reporter, discovers a homeless man, Bagman Jesus, brutally
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Amy (amyb2332)
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Julie
Oh my goodness! Another great story from the Women's Murder Club...

Typical Patterson, short chapters, cliffhanger endings. The thing that made this story so good was the unique choice of murder weapon. I really don't want to give anything away, but I want to say it was very imaginative! The characters were all good, as usual. I like how the chapters switch back and forth from one character's story to another. The one thing that kept me from thinking this installment was five cups, was Lindsay's
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Danie
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Lisa Miles
Great read

Kept your interest & your heart rate going hard till the end. Another winner by Patterson! Can't wait to read the next murder book series!
Josh
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Dyana
This series has become formulaic with fast reading short chapters. The book opens with a yellow school bus exploding on a busy street. SFPD Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin rush to the scene. They are quickly called off this case to investigate another. This tragedy isn't referred to again until the end of the book and is related to one of the following:

1. Pet Girl is murdering young glamorous millionaires for revenge with a unique murder weapon. It had me all shivery. She le
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Sue
Another great read in this series
Jjudyfl
----Some of these Women's Murder Club Mystery stories aren't bad (this is # 8) but, unfortunately, this isn't one of the good ones.
---- Sargeant Lindsay Boxer has 3 big deal cases to deal with. A school bus explodes, killing people. A homeless man, Bagman Jesus, viewed as practically a saint, is murdered. Who would possibly want to kill HIM?
---- Rich couples are mysteriously dying with no apparent cause of death. Claire, the medical examiner, said she would be issuing a Chines Death Certificate:
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Julianne Zaremba
I love this series from James Patterson. It has been very suspenseful and I plan on reading the rest of the series. The characters are great and lovable.
Emily
A good mystery story that took until about half-way through the book to really get going, which is why I only gave it three stars. There were also a few off-putting things like the fact that the author felt she (I don't think Patterson wrote this one but just gave his name to it to help a new author out) needed to mention Lindsay Boxer's bra size and that she was having a "blonde moment" early in the book. That just seemed cheap and awkward to me -- I can only assume she was pandering to the (pr ...more
Jack Skummer
8th Confession by by James Patterson follows many different characters. All of their occupations are apart of the law in some sort or another. A homeless man was gunned down on the side of the road and the reporter is searching for his killer. As this is happening, a serial killer is on the loose killing only the upper class.
I took me a long time to really get into this book. At first, I had troubles trying to keep up with the constantly changing storylines of each character. But maybe halfwa
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Women's Murder Club (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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