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1st to Die

(Women's Murder Club #1)

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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  296,188 ratings  ·  6,441 reviews
James Patterson, bestselling author of the Alex Cross novels Along Came a Spider, Kiss the Girls, and Pop Goes the Weasel, offers the first of a new series dubbed The Women's Murder Club, featuring a four-woman team that occasionally works outside the system. None of the gritty darkness or frenzied action is lost in 1st to Die, although the female protagonists offer an eve ...more
Paperback, 424 pages
Published May 20th 2005 by Grand Central Publishing (first published March 5th 2001)
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Zachariah
Jan 16, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: almost nobody
Recommended to Zachariah by: my mom
Shelves: stupid-books
How in the world is he a best-selling author? His characters are shallow, his writing is mediocre, and when he writes about romance it feels mechanical and formulaic. This book had a twist at the end, but it was the worst sort of twist - the kind that you can't really predict because he probably didn't think to add it until after the book was already written - leaving out any traces of foreshadowing. I haven't read any of his other books and don't plan to now. When you have as little time for le ...more
The Book Maven
Mar 18, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-mystery
Am I the only one that thinks that "Women's Murder Club" sounds not only hokey but juvenile and begging mockery?

The story: a psycho serial killer begins murdering newly married couples. 4 women, each with their own stake in cracking the case, are determined to nail the killer, and so band together outside of official channels to pool their resources and figure it all out. There is a red herring (if one could call it that) and a vaguely surprising twist at the end, but I read this with an unusual
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Lydia
Feb 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mystery/ Thriller/ Suspense Lovers
This is my first Patterson experience. The book was quite captivating and enthralling.There are half a million detective-serial killer novels out there... Patterson's are by far near if not at the top of the list! His chapters are so brisk you'll find your self half-way through the book before you know it. As well, the suspense is so well paced, and he also tosses in so many possibilities and clues to murderer's identity into the mix, there's no way you'll be able to set the book down until you ...more
James Tivendale
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
I tend to read Patterson's books when I don't want my brain to work that hard. 1st to Die fits that bill perfectly. I loved the concept of a group of extraordinary females - including a detective, a lawyer, and a journalist - working together to solve crimes. It was an easy to read, page-turning thriller featuring a complicated, gruesome killer of newly-weds, and more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.
Paula
I enjoyed this book so much. I really liked the idea behind the Women’s Murder Club. Four female friends-- homicide inspector Lindsay, medical examiner Claire, assistant D.A. Jill, and reporter Cindy—working together to come up with ideas to try to solve the grisly killings of newlywed couples. They each have something to bring to the table, they’re smart, and each have distinctive personalities. The secondary cast was also fantastic, interesting, and quite a colorful group of characters. The pl ...more
Erica Poole
Oct 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing
While I greatly enjoyed this and the next 2 books in the Women's Murder Club series, I was unable to continue reading the series with the same enjoyment due to comments that Patterson himself made in regards to it. He basically said that they were crap, that he just wrote them because he knew that they would sell, and he basically made me feel as if by reading them, and enjoying them, he was belittling me. I know it might be a bit extreme, but he ruined this series for me, as well as other serie ...more
Lorena
Dec 15, 2007 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
I was curious about this series because it's obviously very popular, but I can't say I'm terribly impressed by it. First of all, the sappy "you go girl" female characters didn't seem very true to life to me. Patterson seems to think that name-checking Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos, plus a lot of hugging and randomly saying "I love you, girl", means he has created believable female characters. Not so much.

Also, I thought the plot was melodramatic, and the continual twists were more tedious than
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Diane
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes James Patterson
My impulse as I read 1st to Die was to start editing. Overwriting, reduncancy, and sentimentality took the place of plot structure, character development, and freshness. Each of the four women was described in terms of her profession and ethnic background--sassy Black woman medical examiner with a faithful musician husband, sleek, sophisticated put-upon woman DA who gets no respect from her male superiors, perky newspaper reporter whose risk-taking allows her to get the scoops that more seasoned ...more
Heidi
Jan 06, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2009-reads, mystery
I’ve been having trouble concentrating enough to read anything involving thought and effort so mindless mysteries/thrillers are just what the doctor ordered. This one, though? No thanks.

By page 45 I decided I hated James Patterson writing women. The head of the homicide division and the chief medical examiner of San Francisco are disgusted, sickened, and “have to turn away” from a body. What atrocity can these two strong, experienced, professional women not handle? A body with a single stab woun
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Marwan
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first James Patterson book I ever read, and one of the best I read this year. It has exceeded my expectations. Honestly I didn't know serial killer novels could be this fun. It's filled with suspense and thrill, and Just when you thought you've seen the last of the twists, another one jumps at you in the final pages.
The plot revolves around a serial killer who targets newlyweds at their wedding night, and it's up to the homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer to track him down. However, in order
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Wendy
Sep 14, 2012 rated it did not like it
I believe this will be the last James Patterson novel that I read. It was another of his titles with cardboard characters, stilted dialogue, and a plot with unlikely but convenient and contrived coincidences, which all equal a very thin read.

In this book, the women's "friendship" came across as canned and forced. I think the characters were developed solely on a quota system for just the perfect mix that could solve murders. It was almost as if I could hear him thinking, "Hmmm...let's see...I n
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 Li'l Owl
This is an audio book that I listened to many, many years ago. It's narrated by Suzanne Toren who did an excellent job. I remember that I loved it so much that I listened to the entire series back to back, or at least up until the point where I had to wait for the next one to come out. Then I listened to it immediately. This was published in 2002 and I own all of them on Audible audio books. Now, the 16th one, 16th Seduction, is out so I've decided to start back to the beginning of the series fo ...more
Joyce
Sep 20, 2008 added it
Shelves: librarybook
There's nothing specifically GOOD about this book, but damned if the pages don't practically turn themselves. It's pure junk food, and I mean that as a compliment insofar as processed food is very highly engineered by very skilled workers to be universally appealing to the widest possible market.

Patterson -- a top advertising exec before his writing career -- seems to have decided that in addition to his bestselling Alex Cross novels and film adaptations, he needed a series that appealed to wome
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Jessica
Sep 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a good crime novel
I love love love James Patterson, he's my new favorite author. His writing style is great, easy to read and fast. He explains things so you understand but without making you feel stupid. His characters are well developed in this series and are entertaining. Another thing I love, his chapters are very very short so you can always get to a good stopping place!
Celia
Jan 02, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: mystery, really-awful
Oh god - I really hated the first book I read of Patterson's, but I'd read about the Women's Murder Club TV series, and thought it sounded kind of cool, so I wanted to try the books. I'm about half way through, and this is pretty awful so far, in the same way as the previous book I read. Clumsy, cliched writing, ridiculous characters, a really ridiculous killer... bah. Why are these popular? At least it's a quick read.

***

Skimmed my way frantically through the second half of the book in order to
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Anuradha
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: anyone who likes John Grisham and Dan Brown.
Meh. Quite forgettable, honestly, but it was exactly what I needed after the emotional turmoil I went through following my previous read. I needed fluff; either a laugh out loud romantic comedy or a conventional, highly predictable "thriller", and really, I wasn't quite in the mood for romance. Anyway, this was "high-octane", overly dramatic, and very fast. I mean, I'm feeling generous, because this book really doesn't deserve two stars. But, sigh, circumstances.

I'm sure Patterson is a bestsell
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Ashley B.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Athena (OneReadingNurse)
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG, OMG, OMG

The ending of this book just fried my brain, I couldn't have seen that coming from five miles away.

I held off on reading this series for so long because the concept of a women's murder club just sounded ridiculous, but it ended up being SO, SO good. Boxer and the women are smart, sassy, and everything else I could ever want from a group of characters.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is from Claire, the coroner: "I'm in shape. Round is a shape." All of the women have their ow
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Diana
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
4-1/2 Stars!

It’s been a few years since I’ve read James Patterson. I considered myself a fan in the past but then I felt disappointed after reading Zoo, so I took a break. The Women’s Murder Club series ended up being a good choice for me. This is the Patterson I remember loving to read. Suspenseful and unpredictable.
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
Audio.

A really light easy read. It helps with audio versions when the chapters are short and pithy, as these definitely were.

This book is the first in the Woman's Murder Club series.

Inspector Lindsay Boxer of the San Francisco Police Department suddenly finds herself in the middle of two horrifying situations: The first is that she's just learned she has an often-fatal blood disease. The second is a double homicide case she is now heading up that involves the murder of newlyweds on their wedding
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Obsidian
I fell in love with this series when I was 23. I also played the games based on this series too. Too bad I ended up despising the characters and writing around book #10 and tapped out. I decided to do a re-read since my library had pretty much all of the books available right now.

1st to Die follows homicide inspector, Lindsay Boxer. Lindsay has plans to be made a lieutenant one day. When she gets devastating medical news on top of being involved with what looks to be a serial killer, she ends up
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Bren
“You can't tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks.”
― James Patterson, 1st to Die



This was the first Patterson book I read.

As you may have guessed, from my one star rating, I disliked it. Very much.
I REALLY did not care for it. It was to violent, rather icky (for lack of a better word) and just to run of the mill thriller for me in general. I did read the whole thing but I disliked it greatly.

What is odd is I saw the movie after reading the book and the movie was actually BETTER t
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Baba
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
2003 review
The first James Patterson I've read... and first observations are you just know that the very short chapters, large text layout of these books is a result of customer research - and it works, the books feel so easy to read, as you fly through them! The series itself, despite being choc full of cliches and tropes, the core concept of a number of women from different professions and backgrounds working together to solve murders is all kinds of cool! 6 out of 12.

2010 review:
Women's Murde
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Tina
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is a Thriller/Mystery, and it is the first book in the Women's Murder Club series. I really liked this book. I love the twisted. There was two stories in this one was the murder/solving the murders and the other was the health problem the office was learning to live with. (*)
Jacquelyn Simon
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it


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I'd choose Camie from The A-List series because she probably would've called me names and had strange guys over while babysitting!

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Marleen
It goes to show that we as readers evolve, meaning that we as individuals evolve; we grow older and our taste in books change, which is a good thing. I gave this book 5 stars when I first read it, 15 years ago, now, well, I still like it, but I'm not so impressionable anymore; I do find flaws with it.
For instance, the insanity of the murders, and what's behind it, is rather flimsy. You will say that a psychopath often has no good reason to inflict pain, to kill. He simply enjoys it - but to infl
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Hari Kumar
My goodness, I've completed this book. I decided to try this novel as it had (and still have) a really good rating on GR. And I thought this would make a good read.
I have imagined this would be better read than the Alex Cross, but not much.
It seems Mr.Patterson has read a way lot of Agatha Christie and had confusions on whether the ideas are his or someone else's and finally decides to
write books before the conclusion of those idea's origins and ignoring their quintessentiality in their real
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Rob
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-thrillers
For me James Patterson can be a hit or a miss. On this occasion 1st to Die was a hit.
Typical of the James Patterson format, short chapters, strong plot, fast paced and more twists and turns than you can poke a stick at. To be honest, there was probably too many twists and turns. By the time the last one happened I was getting just a tad over them.

The main theme of the book is, there is someone out there getting his kicks from killing the bride and groom on their wedding night. And of coarse once
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Crystal Starr Light
It has been some time since I have read any mystery novels, so after much hunting through bookstores, I eagerly picked up the New York Bestselling book, 1st to Die.

The beginning had me hooked. Looking through the eyes of the criminal-and the eyes of his soon-to-be victims-was awesome. I started out liking Lindsay, Cindy, and Claire. Lindsay's medical condition helped me grow closer to her (which I found slightly surprising). And as a public transportation rider, I enjoyed the short chapters. But
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