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The 9th Judgement (Women's Murder Club #9)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  32,612 Ratings  ·  1,478 Reviews
Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-r
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published 2010 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Krystin Rachel
Why am i still reading this series you ask???? I have no idea other than I'm already 9 books in and I AIN'T NO QUITTER. I'm dedicated, I just keep going no matter how embarassing or pointless it is - like a boy band still touring into their 50s.

You're balls hit the toilet water, don't they Jordan Knight?!

Anyway, this series has been a metaphorical roller coaster of literary quality. The first 3 were decent, but it's been steep ups and downs ever since. And by that I mean, basically they all suc
Jun 16, 2011 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What makes a writer continue on when the story is over? I was enjoying this tale until James Patterson needed to continue with a couple of chapters at the end that were not necessary. Is there a certain word count or page number that an author has to hit before their book is complete?

Lindsay Boxer and her team respond to a gruesome murder – someone is killing young mothers and their children and leaving a horrific “WCF” message behind in the woman’s lipstick. It takes Boxer and her team most of
why am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hill. and now it's what, six books later and i'm still surprised that they are getting worse?

there wasn't even anything INTERESTING in it. and it made NO SENSE. clues? a mystery? what? i'm kind of still confused. at least they used a map when plotting the chase scenes this time.

so glad i waited for this at the library. ugh. i still miss jill. the e
Oct 17, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of all of the Women's Club Murder mysteries, this one has to be my favorite! James Patterson and Maxine Paetro do a stellar job of weaving a tale that keeps the reader interested, cover-to-cover. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and finished it in a matter of several days!

This has to be one of the toughest cases yet for the Women's Murder Club - a deranged killer is targeting women and children all over San Francisco, and the bodies are piling up. Meanwhile, a string of jewel thef
Jill Cawthon
I read it only because I didn't have to pay for it. I am SO disappointed in James Patterson and his "cop-outs" over the last several years. He was such a good writer in the early "Alex Cross" novels, but now he just puts his name on other authors' works to give them notoriety so the book sells. I refuse to pay full price for a book that is as much "white space" as it is words. It is ridiculous to start a new chapter every 200 to 300 words! I don't understand why such an outstanding author would ...more
Nicole Alycia
Mar 22, 2016 Nicole Alycia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far, the most twisted book in this series.
You know from the get go who the bad guy is and boy do you want the cops to get him. He's sick and twisted and ... Ugh he was just bad.
There there was the second case in the story that you couldn't get a read on until it was coming to an end and you were almost glad to see it end the way it did.
Very very good 9th book in a series.
Jane Lee
Nov 30, 2016 Jane Lee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
After the disappointing 8th Confession, I didn't have high expectations with this book. Surprisingly, it was actually enjoyable. Here are the reasons why I like this book:

1. The lipstick killer. I like intelligence, even in serial killers. The harder they are to catch and figure out, the more difficult it is for the police to outsmart him, the more exciting it is for me because I become increasingly frustrated to get him caught. Dumb criminals invoke a 'meh' reaction from me because unless they
Oct 13, 2016 Glen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sick of this series and the fact that there's a 10th book already out pisses me off even more BECAUSE i CAN'T BELIEVE ITS NOT OVER YET. I followed this series because the first book was AMAZING, I enjoyed it and thought "Wow a women that's a cop and a series that centers around her life count me in!" I was interested in reading the rest of the series because I really enjoyed the first. Some of the other books I also enjoyed and the others not so much. But THIS one just pisses me off, its lik ...more
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
**Short "end of the month" Review**

Okay this was probably the hardest book for me to read. I really couldn't even rate this. I wanted to hate every part of it, i mean really, children are killed in this book. It was very hard for me to read, and i was glad when it was over. I really thought the guy was going to go after Claire when she was on tv and told people to carry a gun, it would have shown the city that even she isn't safe, but it's whatever. I would skip this one.
Sarah Schoesler
May 27, 2011 Sarah Schoesler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the 9th book of the Women's Murder Club series. A cat burgler is stealing jewels from the rich and famous only something goes wrong at one heist and the lady of the house is murdered. The police and the public assume that it was a result of the robbery and the cat burgler is to be blamed. But is she? Detectives Boxer and Conklin have their doubts. At the same time a seriel killer is terriozing the city doing the unthinkable......killing young mothers and their toddler children. ...more
Dec 10, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any of the other Women's Murder Club books, but you don't really need to to get the story. It reminded me of a more grisly Stephanie Plum type book.

The story kept my interest, though I was a bit disappointed and confused at the ending. Disappointed that they didn't seem to finish some of the story lines. It could be just me, but I like things wrapped up in little bows by the end of the book, and the book didn't do that for me (though I understand that the main character's storylin
Oct 15, 2016 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this installment of the Women's Murder Club the girls are faced with a depraved psycho killer targeting mothers and a thief targeting the rich. Detective Boxer is both overwhelmed and determined to solve both crimes. When things start getting a little too close for comfort the girls must step up their speed in order to get a crazy person of the street. A quick pace suspenseful read that I read in one day. Looking forward to reading the next book.
Elizabeth Tai
Dec 28, 2016 Elizabeth Tai rated it liked it
Patterson's books always make great audiobooks. Not bogged down with heavy prose to lull you into sleep (not great when you're driving), and always fast-paced and tightly plotted, making you excited about the next chapter. Still, this isn't an awesome book to say the least. The plot was intriguing enough but the characters were all one dimensional. And then, there was this weird plot involving a plane crash towards the end. It was pointless and totally weird.

This book isn't one that will make yo
Jan 28, 2012 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE 9TH JUDGMENT by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is 355 pages long in hardcover. This is #9 in the Women's Murder Club Series.

Brief Description:

The most personal

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The most dangerous

The same night, the wife
Jennifer Rayment
Apr 29, 2010 Jennifer Rayment rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jen's Review

Dear James

I can call you James right, after all your books I have read, I feel we are on a first name basis. Now James, you know I love you, but lets talk about your latest novel, The 9th Judgment. For the first time I have had to put down one of your books and decide not to finish it. I know this is a first for us, so I need you to understand. James, you murdered an infant and sweetie, I just cannot seem to handle that sort of storyline. My youngest child is close in age to the infa
Jul 11, 2010 Shonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2010
3.5 Stars

Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women’s Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick “WCF”. Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer t
Jul 23, 2010 Denise rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read in the Women's Murder Club series...., July 23, 2010

This review is from: The 9th Judgment (The Women's Murder Club) (Hardcover)
This is one of the better books in the Women's Murder Club series. It's fast-paced and has several different criminal actions going on that involve the members of the WMC.

In first person point of view, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD juggles simultaneous investigations involving the shooting death of the wife of a movie star, trac
May 03, 2010 Francie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
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I read this book once before but it has been so long ago, I decided to listen to it again before getting the 10th Anniversary and 11th Hour. This is the 1st series that I read and after having read other authors and stories since, I didn't quite enjoy it the 2nd time around. I will keep my original rating of 5 stars because I did enjoy it the first time I read it... It seemed a little corny and poorly written the 2nd time around, as far as the dialogue is concerned. The plot of the story was pre ...more
Paige Turner
Nov 22, 2010 Paige Turner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A new instalment in the Women’s Murder Club series. Patterson fans need no introduction to this book, most have been waiting patiently (or not) for this latest in the lives of these mystery solving women. A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood red lipstick. The ...more
Jeroen De Wijn
Oct 19, 2014 Jeroen De Wijn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
What a godawful book, in all likelihood the worst one I've read from a bestselling author. The dialogues were wooden and contrived, there was no character development all all, the characters themselves were interchangeable. There was no tension arch, the only tension present was created using some cheap effects and after the plot (as it was) resolved itself the book went on for some time without any justification or merit. I felt my IQ actually dropping during the struggle to read this drivel. I ...more
Jan 14, 2011 Louize rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

It took me 20 chapters before I figured this one out; and it was not while reading it. It happened when I considered to quit reading for the night and closed the book. Then, viola! It was right there on the cover. Uh-huh, stupid. I know!

For me, this is the most disturbing book in the series. I was so caught up with the drama, tension and violence I ended up eating bags of chips while reading it. Hahaha, the suspense caused too much emotional stress, I was eating comfort food. I guess that hap
May 18, 2010 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspence
I didn't think it was the best Woman's Murder Club book in the series but it was enjoyable for what it is. I will read anything in this series just because I'm so invested in all the character's already that I want to keep on finding out what is going to happen next. I really like the fact that he left the book sort of on a clifhanger perse so we know that there is another coming next year. Which I'm excited about(I wish we didn't have to wait a whole year but that's life).
Sep 24, 2015 Sonya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
my rating 4,5
Jun 28, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A whirlwind of mysteries hit San Francisco as a serial killer, a cat burglar/jewelry thief, and the murder of a well-known movie actor's wife seem to take over the town and grabs the attention of the Women's Murder Club. The book starts in the bedroom of actor Marcus Dowling and his wife. The two have just finished up with a houseparty, and things tie up with a pretty intense argument and some serious making up. Little do they know it, but their untimely return to the bedroom away from their par ...more
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The women who have all been part of the `Women's Murder Club' do all appear in the story but to varying degrees.

You have Lindsay Boxer the lead character who is meant to be a feisty detective and she works alongside Rich Conklin. Cindy is a reporter and not only does she cover the case of Hello Kitty she is also in a relatively new relationship with Rich Conklin. Yuki is a lawyer and isn't directly linked to the cases but appears in the story albeit briefly. Claire is a Medical Examiner and has
May 20, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh!!! This book more than made up for the last book I read in this series that I was unsure of. This book was full; and I mean sit on top of the suitcase to get it closed its so full; of action, mystery and edge of your seat suspense! I love how the action started off from page one and didn't end until the last sentence on the last page of this book. I would have to agree with the goodreads summary when it said, "the most personal, the most dangerous, the most exciting Women's Murder Clu ...more
Mar 25, 2016 Karina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“ She dropped her eyes at the gun he was holding- thinking that somehow she’d gotten it wrong- looked back into his face, and saw the chill in his dark eyes”.

Once again James Patterson has created a book that is captivating. I decided to read this book because I am always intrigued by the books that James Patterson writes. His thrillers always keep you guessing and things almost never go the way you predict.

The 9th Judgment is another installment in the women’s murder club series. The mysterie
Aug 26, 2013 Michelle rated it really liked it
The ninth book in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. I've been flying through these at lightning speed. It helps that they are as easy to read as they are. The beginning of this book was a bit more boring then any of the other books but about halfway through it got interesting.

Like all of the other books in this series, it starts you off with a few different crimes. The lovely Yuki is prosecuting a junkie who was getting high with a doctor when the doctor overdosed and died many hour
✿ Deni
Sep 20, 2015 ✿ Deni rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
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