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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
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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
    Babydimps (Suzy)
    Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4 stars!

    I just love this series and was super excited that Patterson teamed up with Paetro and decided to do a Christmas installment with the ladies of the Women’s Murder Club.

    The holidays are the same as any other day when you’re in law-enforcement. When a criminal is planning to carry out a huge robbery, Lindsay Boxer and the rest of the group can kiss their quiet plans for Christmas goodbye.

    I found the story to be really entertaining and held my interest til the end. The short, cliffhanger
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    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
    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 off well enough but what
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    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
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    Emma
    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
    Suzanne
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    4.5

    What a fast-paced read. I loved the Christmas setting and reading it in front of my Christmas tree made the setting even more so. Now to wait until March for the 20th Women’s Murder Club. The crime plot of this one moves at a good rate but it’s the epilogue that really adds even more so to this installment of the series.
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    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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    Vanessa Lockhart
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
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    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.
    Deb
    Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
    A really quick read. It was nothing special. Just another average Patterson book.
    Kay
    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.
    Mark Baker
    Nov 12, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: mystery, 2019
    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
    Mahoghani 23
    Im a real fan of J. P., but this one was a little flaky. There were so many minimal characters that took away some of the spitfire of the plot. The mega heist that was suppose to take place was blocked by one of the key characters (who stated in another part of the book, "We never make mistakes.") because he didn't follow through to get the right information. The cops caught onto this intricate plan by mistake & it was over in a few seconds whereas the story took up most of the book; ...more
    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 offered up on Christmas in
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    Donna
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it liked it
    Only 4 days before Christmas, Det Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin arrest a guy for assaulting an elderly man and he tells them about a big heist coming on Christmas Day. Here come a few more tidbits about a heist but they're all non-specific and seemingly unrelated.

    I've always liked the women's murder club as my favorite of any of Patterson's series. I rated the last couple of books a 3.5 and I'm afraid I have to give this one a 3. It didn't have a very strong plot. There's not enough
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    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.
    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 ...more
    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.
    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.
    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.
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    Wayland Smith
    Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    Some of these books are balanced between the club, and some tend to focus on Lindsay Boxer. This is one of the second. A mysterious underworld boss known as Loman is lurking out there somewhere, and sending all manner of false clues to the police about what he's going to do next. The stories seem to agree that the job will be on Christmas, but that's about it.

    Boxer and company have to figure out what's going on, sort out the bad leads, and run down the various mazes. It's a very complex plot,
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    Daphne
    Nov 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
    Quite bad, I have got to stop reading James Patterson co-authored books. They are always such a disappointment.
    Erin
    Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
    Good story but tons of plot holes. I like this series because it's kind of mindless, easy, relaxing reading. That effect is ruined when things aren't making any sense throughout. Neither the motive nor the crime made any sense. It all seemed super smart until the execution and then it felt impossibly ridiculous. And then the epilogue. How random can you get? Why not incorporate that into the entire story? It could have added real tension between Lindsay and Joe, not the melodramatic "I wish you ...more
    Donna Lewis
    Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Another delightful Women’s Murder Club book. Maxine Paetro is one of my favorite Patterson collaborators. This was a fast-paced Christmas crime spree. Very exciting. There wasn’t as much back and forth between the Women, as there normally is, but the San Francisco sites were great, especially the New Year’s celebration.
    Sherrie Howey
    Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
    In this latest Women's Murder Club book, the majority of the story focuses on Lindsey and Conklin. Right before Christmas they are alerted to a possible major crime that will occur on Christmas day. The book starts off strong but then takes some unrealistic turns. Cindy has a minor part in the book as does Yuki but Claire is away and not part of the story.
    What I have always enjoyed about this series is the interaction between the 4 friends and this was lacking. As with all Patterson books, it is
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    Joanne
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    was great to have the girls back together!!!!
    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
    Jan
    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. ...more
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