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The 19th Christmas

(Women's Murder Club #19)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  3,848 ratings  ·  278 reviews
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
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published October 7th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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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
Dean J. Hill
A fast-paced, suspenseful page-turner that leaves nails bitten and hearts pounded . . . an exhilarating follow-up to the Women’s Murder Club series with realistic characters and thrilling storylines. 19th Christmas reads like an episode from an American television production, but one where Patterson and Paetro should reshoot its closing scenes . . . like a literary takeaway, the starter is delicious, the main course delectable, yet dessert has begun to melt and threatens to trickle sweet lines down your ...more
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
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
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
Natalie M
Nov 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The one star because I can’t give a zero! Why, oh why, do I persist with Patterson and his posse of co-writers (oh yeah, their money and mine is gone)! Im done with JP for good!

Women’s Murder Club has become a cast of one - Boxer!
Cindy appears briefly in the weirdest side story of the decade.
Yuki, the same, some weird side story that is so unbelievable it is unbelievable - pretty sure you’ll forget she even appeared.
Clare...a tango (literally) at the end.
Plot...starts o
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
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.
Oct 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
I wish I could just let this series go. It's been a surface level churn for so long, I wonder what's wrong with me that I keep hanging on. This latest installment makes matters worse, and after the book with exploding cheeseburgers, that's surprising. Not only is the cat and mouse thriller a stinker, but the women don't even interact. Women's Murder Club. Seems like a weird element to leave out. They never meet to discuss the mystery, because really there isn't anything good to discuss, and the ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A really quick read. It was nothing special. Just another average Patterson book.
Mark Baker
Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
San Francisco Homicide Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin are using their lunch hour for a little holiday shopping, and they happen to be on hand to catch a petty criminal. The criminal immediately wants to talk deals. He’s heard rumors that someone named Loman is planning some kind of big heist on Christmas Day. As the tips begin to pour in, the police are left chasing their tails as they try to figure out what Loman really plans. Or who he even really is. Meanwhile, reporter ...more
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.
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
Readable, but a weak one in the series. This one has a lot of Cindy, but not the other two friends. I think there's a lack of depth due to authors trying to crank out two books a year plus book shots. A let down.
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.
Madeline Snipes
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mission Accomplished!! Oh boy, does it feel good to have been able to read again. The thrill I got from just picking up the book made me so excited! I was able to find my life again, though now, I’ll be storing it away for another week until Thanksgiving.

Boy let me tell you, I have missed the gang!! I’ve missed the Women’s Murder Club! I’ve missed my favorite guys; Richie, Brady, and my absolute fav Joe! 🥰. I’ve missed every single aspect of these books! 19th Christmas was so sweet, really. The
Donna Hines
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Ring the bells the season is almost upon us and everything is coming up roses....
Well not quite!
It's time to deck the halls and begin to celebrate the approaching New Year, but why would we have normalcy.
There's a problem with this "Loman" character and readers are led on a chase to find out why.
So, of course panic ensues, time frames linger from past to present, plot twist are ratcheted up and quite frankly everything goes haywire.
After all a deadly surprise being offer
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.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
was great to have the girls back together!!!!
Oct 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I've really enjoyed reading the first 17 books in the Women's Murder Club series. (The description of #18 didn't interest me). The story line for #19 was really fairly good. However, when I got to the end of the book, I remembered that it was supposed to be about the four friends that make up the Women's Murder Club. I would say that 75% of the book didn't include them. The ending of the book was really a very interesting twist that I hope will be continued in #20 of the Women's Murder Club. Als ...more
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wom2019, tt7
The latest in this exceptional series finds Lindsay trying to stop a major crime set for Christmas.
Kathy Rhode
Oct 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
My favorite Patterson series.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio, mystery
I think the author is tired of writing this series. I can't understand how this book is getting 4-5. This is not a good book. Lindsay whines all the way through it and thinks will she live out the day? The books should be part of a new series called Lindsay whines. Making the choice of a case instead of her husband and daughter. Also, the rest of the Women's Murder Club friends play miner roles in this book. The city is under seige by a man named Loman. Rumor has it that a big heist is going to ...more
Lisa Tudor
I love the series but it's become so predictable that it's boring. The same chase the same drama that I fast forward through a lot of it. They need to get back to the women's murder club and less just police drama.
Eva Hughes
Nov 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
What a weakling! Amazed that it has an average of 4.5 stars. It appears as if it were written by an English 101 student. Plot? Non-existent or hodge-podge at best with a non-event solution at the end. Character development? Who? Literary tools? What are those?
What a piece of nothing-writing.
Lavonne Card
Nov 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am not sure why I bothered.
Two story lines that are in no way connected.
No interaction between the girls.
No relationship between the ending of the book and the plot. Where did that come from?
Was part of my copy missing? What did the attempted heist even involve?
What was the rest of the plan for the heist? How was it going to make Logan rich?
Sure there was some action but it was all very predictable.
This was a very disappointing book.
Debra Belmudes
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series ... this was an intense book with a nice Christmas ending!
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
Vanessa Lockhart
Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
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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
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