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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Audiobook Review: 1st to Die by James Patterson

Book Cover 1st to Die by James Patterson
1st to Die by James Patterson
Book 1 in the Women's Murder Club Series
Unabridged, 9 hrs.
Time-Warner Audio
Suzanne Toren (Narrator)
March 1, 2001
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Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Series

Source: Personal Collection

1st to Die is a dazzlingly powerful new thriller by master suspense novelist, James Patterson, the #1 bestselling author of Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider.

Four women-four friends-share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.

But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.

The four women develop intense bonds as they pursue a killer whose crimes have stunned an entire city. Working together, they track down the most terrifying and unexpected killer they have ever encountered-before a shocking conclusion in which everything they knew turns out to be devastatingly wrong. Full of the breathtaking drama and unforgettable emotions for which James Patterson is famous, 1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining new series of crime thrillers.

I have read a few of James Patterson’s books before from his Alex Cross series but this is my first from the Women’s Murder Club series. I really enjoyed the way he gave each of the 4 women a distinct personality. Time was spent on character development as well as the development of the mystery.

The main character of this book is Lindsay; she is a police inspector with the San Francisco Police Department. She begins investigating a murder of a newly married bride and groom; appearing to be a standard double homicide. This spree escalates as another double homicide turns up with the same situation. Lindsay begins working with her 3 friends, off the record, to try to solve these crimes in conjunction with the official investigation. These women represent all sides of the investigation process: Claire the Medical Examiner, Cindy the Crime Reporter, Jill the Assistant District Attorney, and Lindsay the Police Inspector.

This story takes many twists and turns along the way. Just when you think you know who Bride and Groom Killer is, new evidence comes up and it sends you a completely the opposite way. I was so sure of who it was twice, and fell into the trap they wanted me to fall into. You will never see the ending coming. As soon as the book ended I wanted to begin the next one; unfortunately for me I have to wait until it arrives and I get back from my trip.


I really enjoyed listening to this story. The narrator is Suzanne Toren, a prolific audio book narrator. She did an amazing job of creating a different feel for each of the four women in the story.

You can listen to a short sample of this audiobook (links to Audible)

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Where to Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | RJ Julia

Also by James Patterson:
James Patterson has penned many mystery/thriller novels, the other books in the Women's Murder Club series include:

2nd chance
2nd Chance [My Review]

3rd Degree
3rd Degree [My Review]

4th of july
4th of July [My Review]

5th horseman
5th Horseman

6th target
6th Target

7th heaven
7th Heaven

8th confession
8th Confession

9th judgment
9th Judgment

10th anniversary
10th Anniversary

11th hour
11th Hour

12th of never
12th of Never

Unlucky 13
Unlucky 13

14th deadly sin
14th Deadly Sin
(To be released in May 2015)

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  1. I recently bought Along Came a Spider :) I want to start the Alex Cross series first.

  2. I read that book and really liked it.


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