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4th of July

(Women's Murder Club #4)

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4.06  ·  Rating details ·  68,682 ratings  ·  1,977 reviews
Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club make a courageous return for their fourth and most chilling case ever-one that could easily be their last. In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon-and sets off a chain of events that le ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 480 pages
Published May 2nd 2005 by Little, Brown and Company
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Miriam Smith
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson has joined up with Maxine Paetro in this 4th in the Women's Murder Club series and I'm pleased to say I enjoyed this much better than the last one which was written with Andrew Gross.
Although I would have like to have seen more input from the other members of the club (this one was all about Lt Lindsay Boxer) it was still a cracking book, fast paced, kept you guessing until the end and with an unexpected killer I hadn't foreseen it was certainly the traditional James Patterson s
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Gary
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 4th book in the Women's murder club by Maxine Paetro and probably the best so far.
Usual James Patterson proven formula, fast paced, short chapters etc.
 Li'l Owl
Another excellent instalment of the Woman's Murder Club series by Maxine Paetro.* I listened to this Audible audio book many years ago and all that I remembered was that I really, really liked it! Now I remember why! Fast paced and exciting the whole way through. And the revelation at the end was quite shocking and took me completely by surprise! What a great book! I have no reservations in recommending not only this book, but the entire Woman's Murder Club series! One of my all time favorite se ...more
Lauren
Aug 11, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
If this isn't the last James Patterson book I read, I invite you to punch me in the face.

I can't take these books seriously. There is no depth whatsoever to the characters, and after four books, I would expect to have more familiarity with them. Lindsay's romantic "relationships" are a joke. Dinner and sex does not = love and a lasting commitment.

The best thing that can be said about this book is that it reads very quickly and that you don't have to pause to look up any words ou don't know. It
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Phrynne
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Patterson's books are either really good or just average and this was one of the really good ones. Short, choppy chapters made it fast reading and the thrilling story line made it a page turner that was impossible to put down. The identity of the murderers came completely from left field. I had not even considered two of them as possibilities. Just the way it should be in a competently written mystery thriller. I have not read any of the earlier Women's Murder Club series but it did not ma ...more
Heidi
Mar 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
These books are in the category of "beach/vacation read,"-- they're a quick read but not the most thrilling of mysteries... I thought the first few were the best in the series. But if you like a book you don't have to think too hard to read, then these mysteries are for you.
Cyndi
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love James Patterson. His style of writing is fun and easy to read. And the Women's Murder Club is great! That said, this book slugged in a few places. Lindsey's trial felt a bit bogged down, and the extra murder investigation didn't get as much of the story as it needed to build suspense.
But, it's still a good addition to the series and worth reading.
Jodi
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Patterson fans
This book in the Women's Murder Club series was very different from the first 3 books in the series. In this book, Lindsey is put on administrative leave during a trial while she is being investigated for shooting her police gun at two children. The charges are found to be bogus and Lindsey is found to be innocent (no shock there). What makes this book different is that we learn about Lindsey in her free time. In the previous books, besides working A LOT, she dates, cooks amazing meals, works ou ...more
Diana
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 4 of the Women’s Murder Club seemed to get back on track for me. Part of this book includes an exciting courtroom drama storyline. Lindsay goes off on her own for a bit and ends up investigating crimes without the girls. 4th of July is back to the fast-paced, what’s going to happen next style I liked about the first couple of books in this series.
Freda Malone
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, didn't see that one coming. As usual, this series has got me picking up the next book in anticipation. The last book we lost one girl, this book, we seem to have adopted another in the women's murder club. Not all the girls assist Lindsay in this brutal crime but she holds her own. Her and her partner are shot down, but it didn't stop either of them from solving the crime after recovery. Lindsay is then put on trial and I have to say, I LOVED IT. One of the better novels of the women's murd ...more
Bob
Aug 17, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
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Carol
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favorite Women's Murder Club novel but definitely not the worst. Overall decent. The story was divided into 2 plots. The first plot being Lindsay's trial and the second being a murder case. I didn't like the constant back and forth between the trial and the case since there wasn't a connection between the two. I found that both plots wrapped up very quickly and I would have liked to know more about the murderers and their reasons for doing what they did.

Maxine Paetro picks up the series f
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Rachel C.
Maxine Paetro picks up the series from Andrew Gross. She introduces a new character, Yuki Castellano, who I think might end up joining the Club.

The bulk of this book features Lindsay on trial for a wrongful death suit. The courtroom stuff was about as good as in an episode of Law & Order, which is to say it was obviously dramatized but sufficiently convincing to me.

There was the obligatory serial killer plot thrown in, with a decent twist ending. I'm not great at guessing who the killers are
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Krystin Rachel
This book was not nearly the Cheesefest that the previous three were. I guess I have Maxine Paetro to blame/thank for that.

I don't know, I'm so conflicted!

This series is my easy, cheesy, mindless escape-from-sitting-at-a-desk-at-work series. Do I like that this was a little more of a legit novel? Or am I sad that my cheese has been taken away?



The lack of cheese is not the only way in which 4th of July is different from it's predecessors. Instead of being a straight police procedural following t
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Obsidian
I hoped to get further into my re-read but stopped here. I forgot hot bad the writing and character development is in these books. I managed to get up to the 9th book before and threw in the towel at this point.

There is way too much happening in this one. We have Lindsay on trial after the shooting of two civilians. The case could leave Lindsay bankrupt if the jury rules against her. She and the rest of the ladies of the Women's Murder Club are still reeling from Jill's death in the last book. A
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Cecily Kyle
Jul 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: towers-vi
I keep reading this series because once I start a series I usually want to see it through and I am generally a pretty big James Patterson fan but I have a hard time with him writing as a bunch of different women. Sometimes things come off a little cliche and over the top female stereotype. I wouldn't expect much else though with a man writing from a woman's perspective the way that JP does.
I still enjoyed the overall story and the solving of the crimes as well as the different perspectives that
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Tiffy
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just breezed right through this novel. The 4th book in tbr Women's Club series starts off with a bang. It dives right into drama and suspense that will keep you turning pages late into the night to see what's going to happen. With plot twists that will almost have your head spinning this book was a solid 4 stars for me. Can't wait to read the next book.
Mahoghani 23
I must say that this book didn't impress me as the other 3. The suspense left after the court trial. This book made Lindsay appear sometimes incompetent instead of a seasoned police officer.

There was a lot of hum drum in between the stories that took place in two different cities but were connected. By the time the killer or killers was identified, I was so happy to be almost through with the story.

Let's hope the next book in the series is much better.
Larry Bassett
Mar 24, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I am looking for something mindless, something to take my thoughts away from ISIS and Ebola. A little mayhem. Patterson has been a better than expected tonic in the past so I think I will try that well again.

It dives right in. No leisurely lead in. Electrocuted body in the bathtub. Alright. Into the grime and gore. I am wondering if the name of the detective will be the only thing that will tell me she is a woman. I am hoping for a realistic woman protagonist. In the end I do not feel rewarded.

I
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Kevin
Mar 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lindsay Boxer is on the trail of a killer with her one of her ex-partners when the unthinkable happens... while chasing down a suspect's car, it crashes. When they go to help, they find two pre-teen kids in the front seat. But as they try to get them out of the car, both kids pull guns and shoot the two cops. Lindsay fires back, killing one and paralyzing the other from the neck down before passing out herself due to her injuries. While on forced leave from the SFPD during her trial, she takes a ...more
Sharon Mariampillai
This was an interesting read. I really love Lindsay Boxer. She is a really great character to read about. I also really like her friends. I just thought the story was there. I really enjoyed this read. I was really happy with the Joe scenes. I think listening to the audiobook has give the characters more depth, and I really enjoyed how the narrators told the story. As always, there is crime, and this time I was a bit more disturbed than the other times. I cannot wait to see what happens next to ...more
Kelly
Mar 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, mystery
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Ken
May 02, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’m always looking forward a new crime series to read, so gave the first couple of these a go.

The series follows three women from San Francisco: Lindsay Boxer (a Police Officer), Cindy Thomas (Reporter) and Claire Washburn (a Medical Examiner).

Whilst solving the crimes, the books follows each character’s personal lives.

I’ve only read the first four, and quite liked them.
Enjoyable enough, but wasn’t completely hooked to want to grab the fifth one...
Ivy
5 stars

Nice to see Lindsay again. Welcome Yuki Castellano. Also glad Lindsay was able to solve her Cold Case. Hope Lindsay and Joe get married.

Can't wait to read The 5th Horseman!!!
Daniel Balici
I think I'll always enjoy James Patterson's novels because they are entertaining, they have short chapters, therefore they are easy to read, they are action-packed and the cases Lindsay and her friends deal with are quite interesting. The only thing that bothers me now and then when reading a mystery book written by James Patterson is the silly writing style. I find myself laughing sometimes at Lindsay's thoughts and the conversations she has with her female friends. I'm going to give this book ...more
Jacquelyn Simon
Aug 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicole
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marleen
Mar 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
As always the Women Murder's Club gives me the satisfaction of fast-paced and quick read. I like the uncompleted nature of this series, mostly. Admittedly, I wish the authors would dig a little deeper into the characterization, but alas, we have to do with what we got and it's not bad.
Here the premise is of a rather personal nature, as Lindsay Boxer goes on trial for killing a teenager and maiming her even younger brother, when, in reality, it's the 2 teenagers who shoot at Det. Warren Jacobi a
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Linh
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly enjoyable.
Susan
This was another great book. I love how the Woman's Murder Club stays together and moves forward in each book. I can't wait to see what happens with Lindsey and Joe.
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