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21st Birthday

(Women's Murder Club #21)

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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  7,925 ratings  ·  491 reviews
Detective Lindsay Boxer vows to protect a young woman from a serial killer long enough to see her twenty-first birthday.

When young wife and mother Tara Burke goes missing with her baby girl, all eyes are on her husband, Lucas. He paints her not as a missing person but a wayward wife—until a gruesome piece of evidence turns the investigation criminal. 
 
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published May 3rd 2021 by Little, Brown and Company
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Kay
3.5⭐

Since book 18, I haven't been in love with this series. It's my go to series for JP so I'm disappointed.

In 21st Birthday all four ladies are back , but with more focus on Lindsay (cop) and Cindy (reporter). I enjoy when they meet at Susie's for some beer and food to discuss over a case, which this time is a serial killer who targets women and children. The ending was sort of blah. Maybe I just don't care for Cindy as much as the rest of the gang. I love the audio by January LaVoy.
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Matt
May 22, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I will give it 3.5 stars!

The latest in this long series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro offers readers something intriguing and somewhat unique, though twenty-one instalments can sometimes breed repetition. Full of minor character development and some fast-pace criminal work, the Women’s Murder Club has a new case that will pull all four of them in, using their specific skillsets, to catch a serial murderer. When a young woman and her daughter are reported missing, the husband is the prime
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
Hard to believe that The Women's Murder Club is 21! I have read and loved every single one and 21st Birthday is up there with my favourites. James Patterson is a go to author for me, I pick up his books without even reading the blurb these days. He very rarely lets me down. With short , sharp chapters, his books are binge worthy and addictive.'

As always, we have a case that all the ladies are involved in. Lindsay is dealing with a new boss and shake up of the department. Claire is returning to w
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npaw
May 08, 2021 rated it it was ok
So the first two thirds of the book were so good that I thought I might have a 5 star book when I finished. The last third was so bad that I feel like it was written by someone workshopping their first story. Freshman year of college. Not only was it totally rushed after a certain point (don’t want to have any spoilers ) but it had such ridiculous things going on that I am not even fully sure what happened. Things I still don’t get:

Boxer goes to Vegas for roughly 24 hours yet her husband and chi
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Scott
May 26, 2021 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 than not.

This year’s
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Mark Baker
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021, mystery
It all starts with a woman confronting Cindy Thomas in her office at the San Francisco Chronicle. The woman is certain that something bad has happened to her daughter and granddaughter, and her son-in-law is to blame. She wants Cindy to write stories about it and post about it on her blog, but Cindy quickly turns the woman over to her friend, San Francisco detective Lindsay Boxer, who pushes the police to start an investigation and make it a priority. Sadly, it isn’t long before a dead body turn ...more
Vanessa Menezes
When a distraught mother pleads with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, Tara, and baby granddaughter, Cindy immediately loops in SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer.

The prime suspect is Tara's schoolteacher husband, Lucas Burke, until he puts forward a theory of his own that unexpectedly connects the dots on a constellation of killings.

As the case grows into something far bigger than any of them could have imagined, the four friends will need
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deborah m chapman
Why did I but ?

What a disjointed load of rubbish , I've read all the Women's Murder club books and this was by far the worst , I think Mr Patterson is rolling out far too many books, quality not quantity please
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Elizabeth
First off I want to say a huge thank you to the publisher Hachette Audio , and to the authors James Patterson and Maxine Paetro for the invite to read and review their new book, as well as sending me the link to get it though Play Books. As well as for them helping me to find a new series to start , after listening to this one and since I just checked and saw that they was also narrated by January LaVoy , I can wait to listen to more of them. In fact this will be the seconds series of his that I ...more
Paula  Phillips

I have been for years a fan of James Patterson's books ever since I discovered the 2nd book in the Women's Murder Club at a book sale. Some of his books are misses and others are hits. A couple of his series that I have stayed faithful to are the Alex Cross Series and the Women's Murder Club series. However, this one had me questioning whether like the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich which is up to Book #27 whether this series is on its last legs. I just felt that this particular one wa
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Emma.catherine
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 ⭐️
Needless to say by this point I throughly enjoy this series but 21st Birthday is definitely up there in my top 3 of the series so far.

As per usual, James Patterson gets stuck straight in with the story line. No lead up necessary.

This story of a 20 year old Tara and her baby daughter going missing is simple yet intriguing. As the plot thickens, we are introduced to more characters and possibilities to explain their disappearance. In his usual style, Patterson conducts this in a controlled
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Elaine Tomasso
Feb 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of 21st Birthday, the twenty first novel to feature San Francisco’s Women’s Murder Club.

Kathleen Wyatt is distraught over the disappearance of her daughter, Tara and granddaughter, Lorrie and contacts reporter Cindy Thomas. Cindy, believing her story contacts Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of SFPD. Tara’s husband, Lucas Burke, on the other hand, think Tara is acting out. When bodies are found Lindsay and Cindy get toget
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Dan Morris-adams
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Dee
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

I enjoyed the fast pace of this book.
I liked the characters, the narrative and the twists and turns of the plot.

Unfortunately, the HUGE thing that spoiled it for me was the ending. I felt it was rushed and abrupt. A lot of questions remained unanswered and it just fell flat.

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Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller
The Women’s Murder Club mysteries constitute the longest running of James Patterson’s collaborative series. He and veteran co-author Maxine Paetro have crafted a template that is immediately familiar, but new elements are introduced to keep each installment fresh and unpredictable. Readers coming on board for the first time are never at sea with what has occurred before, while those who have been there from the beginning always find their loyalty rewarded.

That brings us to the newly published 21
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Gail
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Another awesome keep you guessing mystery.
Kathy Rhode
May 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
Continues to be my favorite Patterson series. Maybe not quite a 4 star read, but a good one.
Nina
Jun 02, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As many goodreads readers say, this series lost thrill and excitement a few books back. A good narrator couldn’t save it from disappointment. I don’t think I’ll read this any more.
Dana
I’m such a sucker for JP books. They are such a great palate cleanser between heavier reads!
Sue
May 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Of all the "partners" I truly think Maxine Paetro is the most talented. These engaging story lines are all hers and she never fails to please. I have followed the Women's Murder Club since Book 7 and it just keeps getting better and better. There is always one character who stands out and one who makes me mad in these books. In this case, it was Cindy Thomas. I am quite biased when it comes to American News Journalists so perhaps that is my gripe but that character was a bit irritating. My favor ...more
Kathy Smith
Mar 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Kept you guessing who really did it !could not put it down As usual a great book from James Patterson read all 1 to 21 love them
Karen Barber
May 30, 2021 rated it liked it
21st Birthday is fairly standard Murder Club fare...with a case that the club are desperate to solve.
We have a missing young mother and child, with an ex-husband suspected of the murder. Nobody is quite sure what has happened but we quickly work out that someone is determined to hide what they've done.
Our main suspect is teacher Lucas Burke, and his student girlfriend is definitely part of a potential reason. However, when Lucas is eventually brought in and charged he is adamant that his father
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May 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
21st Birthday is the latest installment in the Women's Murder Club series, which has at times left me let down or angry. These women whose professions are such that they would know better, have intentionally put themselves in danger and broken the law. In one book they could have easily been sent to prison for the felonies they committed. It infuriated me. This installment was make it or break it for me. And luckily the things I love are there: real, true friendships, and a great through-line. B ...more
Diane
May 23, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I really enjoy this series. I like the now-familiar characters in these stories. This storyline was good and kept me guessing. I just thought the ending was too abrupt and had too many loose ends. Won’t keep me from reading #22!
Christine Campbell
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
It started off slow but got better about halfway through it and couldn’t put it down.
Nicky Mottram
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, audio-books, libby
Audio version of this book 📚 - Another great addition to the series
Mary Dirksen
May 18, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021
I have always felt a pull to the suspense and family aspects of this whole series. Though some have not been more then a one star, this book has made a comeback toward the original feel of the series. Can't wait to see what the Womens Murder Club does next ...more
Rebekah
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I look forward to the end of May/beginning of June every year to spend two days with my favorite fictional characters, The Women’s Murder Club. Finally, Patterson spent more time on the crime story than recapping the characters. I really enjoyed this one! Hurry up, 2022!
Cathy Flenor
May 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: may-2021-read
Another good installment of the Women’s Murder Club! I wish the ending had not been so rushed and they would have revealed a bit more about the killer’s past. But...we can’t have everything. A solid, quick read!!!
Donna Lewis
Jun 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Well, it’s great to read about the Women’s Murder Club Again. I enjoy this group a lot. This story is about a serial killer and all the horrific crimes taking place in the San Francisco area. Cindy Thomas, with the San Francisco Chronicle, is forever on the race to get the story first. Lindsay Boxer, SFPD Lieutenant, is primary on the search for a missing 19-year-old mother and her baby. Dr Claire Washburn is the chief medical examiner who is responsible for determining the cause of death of the ...more
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