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The 19th Christmas

(Women's Murder Club #19)

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It's not sleigh bells that are ringing this Christmas.
As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner's office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true
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Hardcover, 339 pages
Published October 7th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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Matt
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
The Women’s Murder Club is back with another thrilling tale set in the days around the holiday season, headed by the great collaboration of James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. While out shopping with her family, Detective Lindsay Boxer encounters a man who is disrupting holiday shoppers as he flees in a panic. Once in an interrogation room, the man spills that he has news of an upcoming ‘big event’ that is set to happen on Christmas Day. Not wanting to take any chances, Lindsay takes up the case, ...more
Monnie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
By now, the 19th book in the series, the members of the self-described Women's Murder Club seem like old friends to me: San Francisco Police Department Detective Lindsay Boxer, attorney Yuki Castellano, medical examiner Claire Washburn and crime reporter Cindy Thomas. As usual, Lindsay's escapades take center stage in this one, with Yuki and Cindy getting some page time as they deal with inequities in the U.S. immigration system (a timely issue for sure). Claire shows up only a couple of times - ...more
Scott
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. On a personal level, I must admit that his Women’s Murder Club series – focused on the professional and personal lives of four women in San Francisco - has been hit and miss over the last couple of years with more weak outings overall.

“The 19th Ch
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Sue
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable read. The twists and turns were really exciting and the hunt was so entertaining that one almost felt a let down when the killer got caught. I docked one star for 2 reasons. First, I didn't need to know 2 times how Lt Brady got his job. I know they repeat in case you are new to the series BUT twice? And the whole undocumented story line was not necessary. It was a fluffy story line that was not up to par with the abilities of Cindy the investigative reporter. The end of the that l ...more
Donna L
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t get it.

Really nonsensical plot. I have been following this series enthusiastically for years but the last couple have made me feel it’s time to move on.
Bertha
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Women’s Murder Club with a large focus on Lindsay Boxer, her husband Joe, her daughter Julie and her partner Inspector Richard Conklin. Who is Mr. Loman? Willy Loman? It’s a good read.
John
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another great for this series. Can’t wait for the next one!
Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
Occasionally, a long-running series will become stale and require a bit of literary surgery to freshen it up. This has never happened with the Women’s Murder Club novels. James Patterson and Maxine Paetro have demonstrated a continuing practice of keeping the series in flux while preserving an internal continuity, striking a delicate balance between the new and the familiar. This is particularly evident in THE 19th CHRISTMAS, the latest installment in a series that is approaching the conclusion of i ...more
Annick
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Rick
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime, own
Any more feel this is the best long running series James Patterson writes. I like the characters as they seem reasonably human and, over the duration of the series, you get to know the critical ones. In one review, first time reader of the series, they were very frustrated by lack of depth with left a lot of the inside comments in the book really hanging - and, yes I can completely understand the reviewers comments.

In many ways this series follows a basic formula and this one fits right in. Ver
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Michelle Tuite
Oct 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Reading 2019
Book 115: 19th Christmas by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

My guilty pleasure, James Patterson books, specifically the Women's Murder Club series and Alex Cross series. There I was reading another book on my Kindle when an email came through that the newest James Patterson book that I had pre ordered had been delivered to my Kindle. Dropped that other book, and got right into the latest Women's Murder Club book.

The story is not about solving a murder a
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Joan
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cindy Thomas is writing a piece about the true meaning of the Christmas season and things are quiet in San Francisco. Enter a formidable criminal known only as Mr. Loman. His Christmas morning surprise promises to be deadly and he’s hired dozens of criminals to carry out crimes that will mask his own plans. As Lindsay Boxer and her colleagues try to identify the illusive mastermind, they’re kept busy by the diversionary crimes. Can they find the illusive Mr. Loman before he pulls off his deadly ...more
Ellen Moore
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I like this series a bout the Women's Murder Club, and this book was not disappointing. Medical examiner Claire Washburn and her husband Edmund were out of town as she was scheduled to teach an extra credit course for students in the master's program in San Diego. Cindy Thomas asks Yuki for her help as she writes a Christmas article for her newspaper and learns of a man (Eduardo) who is an undocumented immigrant and has been jailed for 2 years without a trial being set. Cindy believes he is inno ...more
Darcy
What I really like about these books are how all the friends work together to solve the crime. This book, while good, felt a bit off because Claire was missing, Yuki and Cindy were working on something together, but it was a very small part of the book and Lindsey was off on her own. The case that Lindsey was working on was a wild goose chase, so many red herrings you had to wonder if they would catch the bad guy. Of course being the bad guy, he did his best to set things up so that Lindsey and ...more
Vickie
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is packed full of action and all of the regular characters from the Women’s Murder Club series. Of course, Lindsey Boxer takes the lead, along with Brady and Conklin. Re-appearing after a forced retirement is Lindsey’s former boss, Jacobi. From the standpoint of a fan of this series, having the whole gang together was great! The action was fast-paced and the chapters were short and attention-keeping. My one problem with the book was that the villain was totally unbelievable. He deals i ...more
Bobbi
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
The Women's Murder Club books used to be my favorites of James Patterson's. I enjoyed the way the women all have different specialties and each used their expertise to help solve the crime of that particular book. There used to be a number of scenes with them working together and then meeting to enjoy each other during the process.

However, now the Women's Murder Club seems to be a club in name only. There is little to no interaction between the women and the cases they are working on don't even
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Mary
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-read
This book center around an investigation in which the mastermind had set off a chain of events to keep the police distracted while he executed his true crime, on Christmas. This story was very Boxer and Conklin oriented. Claire and her husband are in San Diego. Except for the beginning and the epilogue, she is not in the story. Cindy is tasked with a story about Christmas traditions from the immigrant community. Cindy uncovers a wrongful imprisonment story and takes it to Yuki. Those two storyli ...more
Michelle
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
By now the members of the Women's Murder Club know that crime never stops, and it doesn't take off for the holidays either. Each one of them gets involved in something that takes them away from their originally scheduled holiday plans but in the end they learn that celebrating can happen anytime. What matters most is being able to get together with loved ones .It makes the celebration sweeter when the bad guys have been taken care of and your mind can be at ease. Cindy gets a special story to wr ...more
Gloria Zak
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Judith Roberts
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who needs sleep.

I enjoyed this book and read it in a couple of sittings. However, I didn't love this book, which is my usual response when I read a Women's Murder Club mystery. In my opinion the book seemed rushed and disjointed. There was little backstory, and not a lot of information to understand the plot. There were at least two different stories being told. Again, in my opinion, most of the book was written without any thought as to the reader understanding the actions of the characters.
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Ann Boytim
Oct 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Lindsay Boxer and her friends are eagerly awaiting the holidays but all are slammed with work.Lindsay and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have much to celebrate this season b ut crime goes on and Lindsay and her partner Rich get involved in a strange crime spree, lots of fasle clues and chases and things are getting frantic for a deadline and they still do not know where this crime will take place. The women all pull together to help so that everyone/;s Christmas will go as planned.
Skip
Oct 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 stars. Lindsay and the SFPD are being led around by a master villain named Loman, who is planning a big score on Christmas Day. He is leaving clues everywhere to confuse and overwhelm the police, including a series of dead bodies. Yuki and Cindy and working on freeing an innocent man wasting away in the legal system, and Claire is pretty much gone (to a conference in San Diego.) It was nice to have Lindsay's ex-partner, Warren Jacobi, come back to assist. Other than pure greed, we really don't ...more
Teresa Williams
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Pam Snyder
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book until the end. I thought it was quite a page turner then it just ended. It feels like someone said “hey finish that book really fast so we can get it on the shelves.” And it was finished. It seemed like there should be more. I am starting to wonder, as do other critics of James Patterson, if he is just cranking out too many books and sacrificing quality for quantity. I wish Mr. Patterson would allow page numbers on the Kindle version. I find the percentage or time left in cha ...more
Gerri
Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Giving this a 2 star rating as opposed to 1 star as it began well. However and having said that….I can’t believe I decided to read this novel. My Goodread friends know I gave up on Patterson sometime ago but I somehow got sucked into reading this one. What another disappointment and come down from the original books in this series. All the characters were so weak and although the story line started out ok, it quickly dissolved into being so convoluted and unbelievable. What PD acts and responds ...more
Mary Dirksen
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Better then 18 but still not impressed. The womens murder club is about all 4 women and claire wasn't even in this one because she was travling for the holidays which is ok but i feel like it ruins the feel of the book. Also it was supposed to be about murder,and there was murder but it was more running around trying to figure out the heist. I am not impressed with the later books in this series i wish it would be more like 1-15 I feel as though they've gone a little off course.
Sheila Siarkiewicz
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The days leading up to Christmas are peaceful ones for the ladies of the Women's Murder Club. Theya re all looking forward to celebrating the holiday with their loved ones. Unfortunately that doesn't happen. A few days before Christmas several incidents happen that point to a bigger crime being committed. As arrests are made and dead bodies pile up the ladies find themselves working non-stop. Another excellent book in this series! I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend!
Kathy
Oct 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
I have read all of the Women’s Murder Club books. This one was the worst by far. By about 3/4 through the book I really didn’t care who did what to who. I just quit. The characters seemed overly dramatic, the plot absurd and really just boring. I rarely give up on a book and waited longer than I should have to call it quits. I cared so little I didn’t look to see how it ended. I didn’t care. The last few WMC books haven’t been great but this one did it for me. I’m done with the series.
ILona Maracle
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Bad but could be better

I gave this book a 4 star and not 5 because it seemed to me like this was written within a month. Storyline slapped together and wasn't well thought out. Kept my interest but not one of those can't put it down books. Mr. Patterson seems to think anything with his name should be great. A 368 page book does not make it worth the money. Take some time mr. Patterson, either that or just kill off this series.
Lindsey Gandhi
Another great installment to the Women's Murder Club series. I actually liked that this one focused more on only a couple of the ladies versus extensive storylines on each one. The plotline is brilliant. If I were a criminal, this is the book to read for a blueprint on how to carry out a robbery/heist.
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