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Unlucky 13

(Women's Murder Club #13)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  34,290 ratings  ·  2,289 reviews
When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident.

The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people.

While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 5th 2014 by Little, Brown and Company
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May 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
I used to love this series - and while I do still read it, the books as of late just haven't been as great. In terms of this one, I don't think having the three different plot lines worked well. The book jumped all over the place and impacted the overall flow negatively. Without spoiling anything, I think only one plot line was even slightly interesting, one was just ridiculous and the other seemed unfinished. This story almost read like separate novellas - rather then a unified book/ a unified ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-2019
I usually enjoy the Women's Murder Club books less than I do Patterson's other series, but Unlucky 13 was really good!

So much happened that there really was never a moment when I wanted to put the book down. There were people exploding (really), an Alaskan cruise ship being taken over by 'pirates', and a murderer from the past coming back to get revenge. Never a dull moment for our intrepid group of women. I especially enjoyed the scenes on the ship which were very well done.

So the usual over th
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was by far one, if not favorite installment of the Women's Murder Club series. The crime plots are amazing in this book. Cindy and Yuki are put to the test in this book and boy, do they shine! I thoroughly loved this installment!

My quick and simple overall: James Patterson series are quick and fun to read and this is by far one of my favorites!
Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
This book is not much different than the others, it just has a different story line. However, I've especially noticed in this one and the last one that they are trying to cram so much into one book that the end result feels very rushed.

I'm not buying into Boxer's motherhood. I think she held Julie twice in this book and it just feels forced, like the baby is an after thought. Also, Joe got to leave the house for an hour and he had to be back in "Godspeed" and if he's a stay-at-home-dad why is t
Feb 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Patterson's successful Women's Murder Club series makes a great return with its 13th instalment. When Lindsay Boxer stumbles upon a case of true 'hunger pains'; ground beef patties packed with explosives, all traced back to a popular fast-food restaurant. Who's been spiking the meat and what's a reason behind this most horrific murder spree? Meanwhile, a quickie wedding by one of the Club members leads to an Alaskan honeymoon, as serene as it is beautiful, that is until terror strikes the cruise ...more
Carly Hughes
May 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
So disappointing!!

I have read all of the series in order and always look forward to the next one, I usually fly through the book in a couple of days.

This one was such a chore to plough through, 3 completely separate and unconnected "crimes" that were so far fetched, had little to no involvement with the story line, no real plot or additional characters that you could relate to and no resolution to the "belly bombings"

The "pirates" storyline with Yuki was ridiculous and irrelevant - the only par
Krystin Rachel
2.5 stars rounded up.

This series:

But I mean, it's addicting how bad these can be. I giggle, I roll my eyes, I scoff - I run the whole gamut of "feeling superior" reactions.

It's no secret to anyone who has stuck it out with this series that these books have taken a hard dive from the top of the murder-mystery genre cliff into an ocean of gooey, unrealistic female drama. So on one hand I am disappointed that this isn't what it should have been, and on the other hand it's such easy, stupid readin
 Li'l Owl
Unlucky 13 by Maxine Paetro, 13th book in the Woman's Murder Club series, begins with homicide cop Lindsay Boxer's cell phone ringing. The person on the other end is Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco and her best friend Clair Washburn. Clair says she is at the scene of a single car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge but she doesn't know what she's looking at. When Lindsay and Richie Conklin, Lindsay's partner, arrive on scene
Clair says
"welcome to some kind of crazy. Let me give you t
Louise Wilson
May 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 4

I'm slowly working my way through this Women's Murder Club series. There is three different plot lines going on in this book. I was intrigued to find out why people had belly bombs, yes belly bombs, you did read that right. I did find it a bit far fetched though. Yuki and Brady have just got married and they are on their honeymoon on the Fin-Star cruise ship when it was hijacked. Cindy is keeping tracks on Mackie Morales who was featured in book twelve. Overall not a bad st
Being called to a car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge was unusual for Detective Lindsay Boxer, but as soon as she saw the victims she understood why she and partner Detective Richie Conklin had been notified. There was no possible way the two young people in the vehicle had died from a simple vehicle crash – their injuries were too horrific; the gruesome nature of these deaths was the worst she had seen in her long career in law enforcement.

The Women's Murder Club, which was made up of Lindsa
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Nicole Zupich
This series has slowly become a total trainwreck. I get that it's typical James Patterson fare, but this was even worse than usual. The whole thing was filled with cliched, cringe-worthy one-liners and an overall rushed story. There were three different things going on in this novel, all of which felt like a complete rush job. The last several books in the series have been a total let-down.
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this whole series. All are good.
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of the best of this series!
Hillary Charney
May 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
As a fan of this series, I buy the next book as soon as it comes out and devour it. I read the sample that was available online and couldn't wait for the book to come out. This book was a disappointment. The story is disjointed--and there were times when I felt I must have missed something and went back to look (I hadn't missed anything--it was just disjointed). I don't feel that any real care was put into the character development and the plots--it was just a "grind it out and make the money" e ...more
Feb 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Ahhh.... I love the Women's Murder Club!! These books are fast-paced, quick reads with all the twists and turns of a good detective story!
Terri Wino
Dec 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: year-2015
Another good entry in the Women's Murder Club. These books never blow me out of the water, but they're easy reads with short chapters and always interesting enough to hold my attention. I do have to say that in this particular book, I liked the side story involving Yuki and Brady more than the main mystery, even though it was kind of rushed and a little implausible. But I enjoyed seeing them front and center with their own story for a change.
May 15, 2014 rated it did not like it
This is my final attempt to get into the murder mystery club comprised by Patterson. I care little for clothing descriptions, babies, pursuits of boyfriends and the like while a serial killer reemerges. 2 of 10 stars
May 12, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2014, mystery
This book #13 in the Women’s Murder Club series is different than the others in the series. The group usually works together to figure about a case. This time, they all had their own cases to worry about. The exception was Claire she was working with Boxer. There are three different storylines that are all intertwined and affected each partly differently. Lindsay Boxer is trying to balance her work with her home life with new child Julie. She and Conklin are assigned to a case of people being bl ...more
May 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
The thirteenth book in the Women's murder club by James Patterson.
I admit that I long for more novels like Patterson's early work when his books were a lot better and maybe more time spent on the writing. These day's it seems to be more about getting as many books out as possible and covering every possible genre rather than sticking to what made him a success in the first place.
This book is certainly fast paced and readable but lacks the craft of the earlier books by serving up 3 different plo
Unlucky Thirteen is the thirteenth book in the popular Women’s Murder Club series by American author, James Patterson. When Claire Washburn summons Lindsay Boxer and Rich Conklin to a traffic accident on The Bridge, it quickly becomes apparent that this is much more. The explosion that caused the accident turns out to be from two belly bombs, ingested by two innocent motorists shortly before. The FBI decides to get involved, much to the SFPD’s disgust.

Meanwhile, Chronicle journalist, Cindy Thoma
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, series
I have always been a fan of the Women's Murder Club books, but this one just didn't do it for me. There were too many plot lines that didn't flow together, and one of the major ones simply was left unfinished. So much so that I went back to "find the ending" of the story multiple times only to realize..."oh, that was it?" Not how the title was integrated into the storyline at all. Overall, I'm feeling pretty bummed by the lack of resolution and follow through.
Jul 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh my God unlucky 13 by James Patterson was a book that I couldn't put down I don't know how you only took breaks to think about what was happening in the book and also James Patterson had me hooked on every word he put in this book.
May 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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Hmmm...don't really know how to rate or review this one. Up until now I have loved the Women's Murder Club but for some reason this one just didn't even feel like part of the series. Yes, it has all the familiar characters but the story just didn't flow for me. I'm not real sure why Lindsey got married, had a child, just the whole family thing because she wasn't ready for something like this. You can't be involved with the big cases she is involved with and take care of a newborn. So it looks li ...more
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-reads
2.5 Stars

I do eventually get sucked into the suspense in these books, and number 13 was no exception. However, SOO much here is getting old and unbelievable. I liked these books much better when the Women's Murder Club actually got together (in the same location) and tried to solve crime instead of always being the victims. I know Unlucky 13 is the title, and I know that people in law enforcement have dangerous jobs, but there's only so much I can believe. They even get drawn into crimes when th
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I was never a fan of the "soaps" on TV, I certainly get hooked on the characters I've come to care about in numerous novel series...So, I can understand soap operas attraction to the viewers...Patterson's "Women's Murder Club" series is one of those series...In this one, the gang is battling evil on a couple of fronts, from a bomber targeting a fast-food chain, a ship hijacking, to a vengeful crazy woman from their past...Good stuff!
Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...
After book 12 I had no plans to continue reading the series and yet I did. I think FOMO got me.

The series is about a homicide detective named Lindsay Boxer and her three friends: district attorney Yuki Castellano, medical examiner Claire Washburn and crime reporter Cindy Thomas. They fight crime in their jobs and then they get together to share information and fight crime after hours.

There are several things that bother me. Most of what they do is unprofessional and irresponsible. Some of it is
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Totally fell short. A lot I felt wasn't finished.
Le Petit
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book 5 of my “Seven books in seven days” challenge:

High paced and gripping the book centers on one main crime and two later ones. The main crime begins when two young adults are suddenly killed while driving, the method of death is identified as individual bombs that they have ingested. The detectives have to track down the killers before more innocent people are murdered.

While this is happening a sighting of a fugitive, Mackie Morales, the girlfriend of a now deceased serial killer and a murder
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