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The 9th Judgment

(Women's Murder Club #9)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  44,324 ratings  ·  1,897 reviews
The most personal

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick.

The most dangerous

The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus

Hardcover, 355 pages
Published May 7th 2010 by Little Brown and Company
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Krystin Rachel
Why am i still reading this series you ask???? I have no idea other than I'm already 9 books in and I AIN'T NO QUITTER. I'm dedicated, I just keep going no matter how embarassing or pointless it is - like a boy band still touring into their 50s.

You're balls hit the toilet water, don't they Jordan Knight?!

Anyway, this series has been a metaphorical roller coaster of literary quality. The first 3 were decent, but it's been steep ups and downs ever since. And by that I mean, basically they all suc
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I am not usually a fan of this particular series. I find the four women high maintenance and tiresome. However in this one they are all more bearable than usual and anyway the story is so good I could ignore their sillinesses.

As with all Patterson novels the book moves at a very brisk pace with short, choppy chapters each leading straight into the next. I think this is the main reason I read his books. They are ideal reading for a tired brain - not much concentration needed but plenty of action
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, thriller
Not my favourite James Patterson series (written with Maxine Paetro) but on the whole this was a good read. The main storyline was a killer shooting random women and children for no apparent reason, with a cat burglar nicknamed 'Hello Kitty', a secondary thread. I enjoyed the cat burglar more than the main thread, especially the way it ended. The main story didn't always make sense (view spoiler) ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
What makes a writer continue on when the story is over? I was enjoying this tale until James Patterson needed to continue with a couple of chapters at the end that were not necessary. Is there a certain word count or page number that an author has to hit before their book is complete?

Lindsay Boxer and her team respond to a gruesome murder – someone is killing young mothers and their children and leaving a horrific “WCF” message behind in the woman’s lipstick. It takes Boxer and her team most of
 Li'l Owl
The 9th Judgment audio book is number nine in the Woman's Murder Club series written by author Maxine Paetro and narrated by Carolyn McCormick
Once again author and narrator pair up
together creating another breathtaking, nail biting, thriller that's not to be missed!
Maxine Paetro is an old hand at blending several story lines together creating even higher levels of suspense and anticipation throughout the story while Carolyn McCormick deftly accentuates each character's individual personality p
Jun 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
why am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hill. and now it's what, six books later and i'm still surprised that they are getting worse?

there wasn't even anything INTERESTING in it. and it made NO SENSE. clues? a mystery? what? i'm kind of still confused. at least they used a map when plotting the chase scenes this time.

so glad i waited for this at the library. ugh. i still miss jill. the e
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Was so awesome to get back to the these characters after years being away from them. When we were moving bookshelves because of a pipe busting so now want to get caught up on the series. Yep so that's my month goal! They aren't huge books and are fast reads so....on to book ten!

My quick and simple overall: loved the plot and getting reunited with the characters! Fast read you can do in one sitting.
Oct 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Of all of the Women's Club Murder mysteries, this one has to be my favorite! James Patterson and Maxine Paetro do a stellar job of weaving a tale that keeps the reader interested, cover-to-cover. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and finished it in a matter of several days!

This has to be one of the toughest cases yet for the Women's Murder Club - a deranged killer is targeting women and children all over San Francisco, and the bodies are piling up. Meanwhile, a string of jewel thef
Nicole Alycia
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
By far, the most twisted book in this series.
You know from the get go who the bad guy is and boy do you want the cops to get him. He's sick and twisted and ... Ugh he was just bad.
There there was the second case in the story that you couldn't get a read on until it was coming to an end and you were almost glad to see it end the way it did.
Very very good 9th book in a series.
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, series, june2020
4 Stars

Getting better…… I hope!

I much preferred this one I love ‘Hello Kitty’ what a brilliant character. Unlike the last 2/3 books in the series this one got back to the murders, thrills and police work rather than sex and love struck Lyndsey!

These are still very fast reads with short and snappy chapters which means these books are only taking me a day or two to read. This book was quite a page turner and I didn’t really want to know how this one was going to end! Cindy and Yuki didn’t make t
Jul 14, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm sick of this series and the fact that there's a 10th book already out pisses me off even more BECAUSE i CAN'T BELIEVE ITS NOT OVER YET. I followed this series because the first book was AMAZING, I enjoyed it and thought "Wow a women that's a cop and a series that centers around her life count me in!" I was interested in reading the rest of the series because I really enjoyed the first. Some of the other books I also enjoyed and the others not so much. But THIS one just pisses me off, its lik ...more
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
After the disappointing 8th Confession, I didn't have high expectations with this book. Surprisingly, it was actually enjoyable. Here are the reasons why I like this book:

1. The lipstick killer. I like intelligence, even in serial killers. The harder they are to catch and figure out, the more difficult it is for the police to outsmart him, the more exciting it is for me because I become increasingly frustrated to get him caught. Dumb criminals invoke a 'meh' reaction from me because unless they
Jill Cawthon
I read it only because I didn't have to pay for it. I am SO disappointed in James Patterson and his "cop-outs" over the last several years. He was such a good writer in the early "Alex Cross" novels, but now he just puts his name on other authors' works to give them notoriety so the book sells. I refuse to pay full price for a book that is as much "white space" as it is words. It is ridiculous to start a new chapter every 200 to 300 words! I don't understand why such an outstanding author would ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 1 day

Pages - 368

Publisher - Little, Brown Young Readers

Sources - gifted from another reader

Blurb from Goodreads

Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.

A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield i
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: james-patterson
I mainly read these books in the Women’s Murder Club, because I enjoy the friendship between Lindsay, Sergeant in SFPD, Claire, Medical Examiner, Cindy, journalist at the Chronicle and Yuki working as an Assistant District Attorney. All 4 women are on the right side of the law – well except maybe not entirely true for Cindy – as a reporter she regularly antagonizes Lindsay by possibly printing information that shouldn’t be available to the public, yet. Mostly it works out and Cindy respectfully ...more
Mahoghani 23
There's nothing better than Sgt Lindsay Boxer on a case. She's smart, dogmatic, calculating and good at her job. This time, the killer is a military veteran that has set his sights on women and children. The funny thing is he has kids of his own! The 2nd case involves a cat burglar who commits a crime but later finds out one of the people they robbed was murdered and they're being accused of murder.

James Patterson reels you in with the prologue and from there, the action begins. The stories are
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really really enjoyed this one at times but at other times it was very very hard for me to read. The whole case with the mothers and children really got to me as a mother myself. As for the cases they were interesting and it was very cool how they tied in the lipstick killer in with the hello kitty thief. It was cool. As for Cindy, she is really starting to annoy the hell out of me. Her and Yuki I really do not like very much anymore, can we just go back to just Lindsay stories?
Jennifer Rayment
Feb 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Jen's Review

Dear James

I can call you James right, after all your books I have read, I feel we are on a first name basis. Now James, you know I love you, but lets talk about your latest novel, The 9th Judgment. For the first time I have had to put down one of your books and decide not to finish it. I know this is a first for us, so I need you to understand. James, you murdered an infant and sweetie, I just cannot seem to handle that sort of storyline. My youngest child is close in age to the infa
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
**Short "end of the month" Review**

Okay this was probably the hardest book for me to read. I really couldn't even rate this. I wanted to hate every part of it, i mean really, children are killed in this book. It was very hard for me to read, and i was glad when it was over. I really thought the guy was going to go after Claire when she was on tv and told people to carry a gun, it would have shown the city that even she isn't safe, but it's whatever. I would skip this one.
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Rated 3.5 stars

Still enjoying Lindsey Boxer and her girls
Jodie (whatjodiereads)
Although it took me a while to read this one, I still loved it just as much as the others. This is definitely now one of my favourite series, and I’m excited to read the next book. After having a short break from the series, I’m happy to be reading it again! This one was definitely another emotional rollercoaster. You get to know the main characters so well that you become attached to them. I liked that there was two storylines in this book, and enjoyed both of them. Another short review for thi ...more
Sarah Schoesler
May 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the 9th book of the Women's Murder Club series. A cat burgler is stealing jewels from the rich and famous only something goes wrong at one heist and the lady of the house is murdered. The police and the public assume that it was a result of the robbery and the cat burgler is to be blamed. But is she? Detectives Boxer and Conklin have their doubts. At the same time a seriel killer is terriozing the city doing the unthinkable......killing young mothers and their toddler children. ...more
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any of the other Women's Murder Club books, but you don't really need to to get the story. It reminded me of a more grisly Stephanie Plum type book.

The story kept my interest, though I was a bit disappointed and confused at the ending. Disappointed that they didn't seem to finish some of the story lines. It could be just me, but I like things wrapped up in little bows by the end of the book, and the book didn't do that for me (though I understand that the main character's storylin
Jeroen De Wijn
May 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: thriller
What a godawful book, in all likelihood the worst one I've read from a bestselling author. The dialogues were wooden and contrived, there was no character development all all, the characters themselves were interchangeable. There was no tension arch, the only tension present was created using some cheap effects and after the plot (as it was) resolved itself the book went on for some time without any justification or merit. I felt my IQ actually dropping during the struggle to read this drivel. I ...more
Elizabeth Tai
Patterson's books always make great audiobooks. Not bogged down with heavy prose to lull you into sleep (not great when you're driving), and always fast-paced and tightly plotted, making you excited about the next chapter. Still, this isn't an awesome book to say the least. The plot was intriguing enough but the characters were all one dimensional. And then, there was this weird plot involving a plane crash towards the end. It was pointless and totally weird.

This book isn't one that will make yo
Jason Schneeberger
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book as well! Looking forward to starting book #10 once it arrives in the mail
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
First crime is a lady burglar who is stealing high priced jewelry from the rich and famous. The crimes are tinted by an afterthought homicide by an actor, who wanted to get rid of his wife without being the prime suspect.

Second crime is much more disturbing - an average Joe is killing moms and their babies, with one thought - for Kenny. He hates his own family and also demands two million dollars in cash to stop the killing spree.

Lindsay is engaged, but still somehow mooning over her partner, R
3.5 Stars

The 9th Judgment is a police procedural that gives readers a glimpse into the minds of the criminals, as well as into their home lives. There were two storylines and the chapters jumped back and forth between the two, although the chapters were so short it was easy to follow. My primary complaint was with the sex scenes, which felt a wee bit forced and unrealistic. Bottom line: I found the book to be a quick read that didn’t require me to think too much! 😉
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: electronic
"...and died."
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love this series!
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