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12th of Never

(Women's Murder Club #12)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  37,083 ratings  ·  2,239 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
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Debs Lehner I started at 10, then went 12,13,14,15,16. The books explain a history throughout, which is great if you don't know the history, if you do you just sk…moreI started at 10, then went 12,13,14,15,16. The books explain a history throughout, which is great if you don't know the history, if you do you just skim the paragraph. I would say they are pretty much stand alone, but once you know the characters you want to learn more about them.(less)

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May 03, 2013 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
Apr 30, 2013 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
Louise Wilson
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Women's Murder Club are back and they are working on four unrelated cases. Lindsay has just had her baby but has had to return to her work early and is investigating a professor who predicted two different murders before getting murdered himself. Claire has had the body of a murder victim stolen from the morgue. Yuki is in court for a man accused of murdering and dismembering his wife. Cindy is breaking up with her fiancé. Apart from also helping the FBI investigate cold cases, Lindsay's bab ...more
Krystin Rachel
Twelve books deep and I think I've come to a decision most all of us can probably agree on - let's stop this series.

Just end it. Stop writing it.

Stop reading it.

Let it slowly back away out of the room, as if it was never here at all.


....I'm sorry, what? Oh really? The 16th one is about to be published? Do they get any better? Do I have to keep reading to find out?! I do?!

I think what bothers me the most (and what also keeps me reading - S.O.S. please send help) is that this series started out
May 04, 2013 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
Aug 13, 2016 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.
 Li'l Owl
It's a dark and stormy night. Lightning flashes, followed by window rattling peals of thunder. Then, the electricity goes out. Lindsay had been asleep in bed when the storm woke her. Joe is out of town until tomorrow and she's all alone. Without warning pain grips her belly. Once. Then again. No! The baby isn't due for another week! And this is just the beginning!

Harry Judd, a nutty professor, comes to the Homicide department and claims that he wants to report a murder. But the murder hasn't ta
Apr 15, 2013 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
Jun 15, 2013 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
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting installment with a lot of emotion tied to the characters personal lives and one's professional reputation. The crime plots were interesting and did have some good twists and turns but I wasn't as hooked as I was with the personal life plots.

My quick and simple overall: read for the hits to the characters personal lives over the crime plots even though you will end up enjoying both!
May 15, 2013 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
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
Paula  Phillips
Mar 16, 2013 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 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
Jan 02, 2021 rated it did not like it
You ask what is wrong with this book? EVERYTHING.
From the characters to the setting to the plot - everything is a hot mess! Don't get me wrong - I'm sucker for Patterson's novels (I usually pick up Patterson's novels because of the short chapters & refined plots) but this one didn't go well with me.

The book revolves around the life of 4+ characters and this is where everything went wrong! Too much information for even an advance reader to take in, no correlation between character and plot at c
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It’s very possible that this was one of the books in the Women’s Murder Club that captivated me more than the previous ones. There’s no doubt that I liked these various story-lines a bit better than what I’ve read so far. First, there’s the disappearing corpse from the ME’s office, making Claire (my favorite) a little more present in the book, which I always welcome wholeheartedly. Second there’s the weird English professor who dreams of murders (is he clairvoyant?), and then those murders happe ...more
Kat Dietrich
12th of Never by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is the 12th in the Women’s Murder Club Series.

The cast of the Murder Club includes: Lindsay Boxer, Homicide Detective; Claire Washburn, Medical Examiner; Yuki Castellano, Assistant District Attorney; and Cindy Thomas, Reporter. These ladies come together to fight crime “after-hours”, and often at a favorite restaurant called Susie’s.

My Synopsis:
There are a lot of things going on in this book.

Lindsay returns to work after having her b
Amie Bjorklund
Sep 04, 2013 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
May 07, 2013 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.

Dec 10, 2013 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
Bruce Snell
Mar 30, 2013 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
May 31, 2013 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
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Brad Friedman
Oct 25, 2013 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
Jeannie Walker
Aug 23, 2013 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
Book Addict Shaun
Feb 23, 2013 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
Apr 13, 2013 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
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I have always loved the characters of the WMC. I look forward to following their stories. But this book was not good. The story was disjointed; the character development poor. When Lindsey left her newborn baby girl alone in the hospital it infuriated me. It wasnt realistic. There were characters who moved on from broken relationships too quickly. There were few interactions between the four women. I found myself angry with Mr
Sep 09, 2013 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. ...more
3.5 Stars

The 12th instalment of the women’s murder club and another ok read!

Again these book are easy a quick to read – although I did still enjoy this book just enough to keep me interested it did lack a little cohesion!

I found this book bounced back and forth a little too much. I’m still not convinced that James Patterson knows how women’s emotions work if he did do much writing for this himself.

This story focuses on all four women in the murder club and still has a half decent plot to fol
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