The 9th Judgment is the latest book in the Women’s Murder Club series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. From the back cover.~
Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children.
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 Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars’ worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.
THE MOST EXCITING WOMEN’S MURDER CLUB EVER
Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rick-and her desire for him threatens to tear apart bother her engagement and the Women’s Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line-but is it enough to save the city?
I borrowed The 9th Judgment from the library, but plan on buying it once it comes out in paperback to add to my Women’s Murder Club collection. I liked The 9th Judgment, but didn’t really feel we got enough time with Lindsay and her friends in this book. The books have always focused on the crimes with the club getting together to solve it together. Seemed this time Lindsay was alone more and it didn’t really seem to come together as well. The thing I love most about the series is the time Lindsay and her friends spend together, either shooting the bull or working on cases. Even when they got together in this book, they were interrupted almost as soon as they sat down.
The reader also knew who the bad guy was from the very beginning. Not why he was killing women and children or how he fit into the story, but who he was from almost the first chapter. We also knew who the jewel thief was from the beginning, but I really liked how that story fit into the book, so it was fun to watch Lindsay and her team search for Hello Kitty, as Cindy nicknames the jewel thief.The 9th Judgment will be the only Women’s Murder Club book this year to my knowledge. I really love this series overall, but hope the next book gives us more time with Lindsay, Claire, Cindy, and Yuki.