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10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club, Bk 10)
10th Anniversary (Women's Murder Club, Bk 10)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 85
Review Date: 4/29/2014


For every secret... Detective Lindsay Boxer's long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a badly injured teenage girl is left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminals -- but that the victim may be keeping secrets as well.

For every lie...

At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life -- a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of her two young children. Yuki's career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct?

There's a different way to die...

Lindsay's every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she'll ever be able to start a family.


1945
1945
Author: William Forstchen, Newt Gingrich
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 7/14/2008


The year is 1945 in Europe the Third Reich reigns triumphant. The Soviet Unin is a fragment of its former self and Stalin has accepted a dictated armistice int he Pacific, after a brief sharp war with Japan. America is the only significant military presence. Now the worlds two superpowers eye each other warily across the Atlantic Ocean that grows smaller daily. The Big Show is about to start.

Gringich has written alternate history and done it well.


2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, Bk 2)
2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, Bk 2)
Author: Andrew Gross, James Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 219
Review Date: 7/4/2008


Second in the series and the action is taut, down and dirty. Lindsey Boxer and her women's murder club are only getting better.


The 37th Hour (Sarah Pribek, Bk 1)
The 37th Hour (Sarah Pribek, Bk 1)
Author: Jodi Compton
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 116
Review Date: 3/28/2006


More twists and turns than you'd expect. A really good read.


3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
3rd Degree (Women's Murder Club, Bk 3)
Author: James Patterson, Andrew Gross
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1049
Review Date: 6/18/2008


The Women's Murder Club returns in a shocking suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Dectective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies ... and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends, Clair Washburn of the ME's office, Assistant DA Jill Bernhardt and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?


The 5th Horseman (Woman's Murder Club, Bk 5)
The 5th Horseman (Woman's Murder Club, Bk 5)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 540
Review Date: 6/17/2008


The Women's Murder Club faces an unspeakable horror in the most gripping medical and legal thriller in years. A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she suddenly gasps for breath and dies. Doctors are completely mystified as other recovering patients inexplicably become dealy ill. Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the deaths and hunts a merciless killer. The book reporter.com said "Those who haven't read any of the novels in the Women's Murder Club series are cheating themselves." That says it all.


The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club, Bk 8)
The 8th Confession (Women's Murder Club, Bk 8)
Author: Maxine Paetro, James Patterson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 178
Review Date: 2/21/2011


As San Francisco's most glamorous millionaires mingle at the party of the year, someone is watching--waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, the city's most celebrated couple. Finally, the killer pinpoints the ideal moment, and it's the perfect murder. Not a trace of evidence is left behind in their glamorous home. As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, someone else is found brutally executed--a preacher with a message of hope for the homeless. His death nearly falls through the cracks, but when reporter Cindy Thomas hears about it, she knows the story could be huge. Probing deeper into the victim's history, she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.

As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Women's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and her partner, Detective Rich Conklin. The 8th Confession serves up a double dose of speed-charged twists and shocking revelations as only James Patterson can.


The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club, Bk 9)
The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club, Bk 9)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 302
Review Date: 2/21/2011


Dectective Lindsay Boxer chases a cat burglar, a killer with a vendetta against women and children and suspects a beloved movie star of killing his wife and trying to act his way out of being caught. And to top it all off Lindsay is getting in her way of being happy with her fiance and is putting her working partnership and friendship with the Murder Club in danger.

A great read.


Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye, Bk 1)
Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye (Psychic Eye, Bk 1)
Author: Victoria Laurie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 543
Review Date: 3/2/2010


The back of the book says it all, "You'd think that being clairvoyant would give Abigail Cooper the ability to avoid danger. But being psychic doesn't necessarily allow you to sidestep murder and mayhem - it just lets you know that they're coming..."

This is a great cozy with a bit of an edge - just perfect for a night's read.


Accessory to Murder (Brenda Midnight, Bk 2)
Accessory to Murder (Brenda Midnight, Bk 2)
Author: Barbara Jaye Wilson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 1/16/2006


Very clever mystery and a definite knowledge of New York, the streets and the feel of the city.


The Accidental Florist (Jane Jeffry, Bk 16)
The Accidental Florist (Jane Jeffry, Bk 16)
Author: Jill Churchill
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 43
Review Date: 4/23/2009


Surburban supersleuth Jane Jeffry and Detective Mel VanDyne have finally decided to get married, but they're going to have to fight off Jane's new mother-in-law and find a killer along the way down the aisle. The Jan Jeffry books are always worth the read, nice and cozy, laced with subtle humor and a good plot.


Acts of Malice (Nina Reilly, Bk 5)
Acts of Malice (Nina Reilly, Bk 5)
Author: Perri O'Shaughnessy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 173
Review Date: 5/6/2009


This was one heck of a read. I almost pulled a one-nighter because I found it hard to put the book down. Plot twists, characters who aren't what they seem, some who are exactly what they seem, but which is which? The plot centers around Lake Tahoe and Nina Reilly, single mother, one-woman law firm. Her new client is a man accused of murdering his own brother, a crime too horrible to believe. Suddenly Nina is at the center of the storm as her client's family turns against him and Nina finds that his life isn't the only one hanging in the balance, cuaght by an act of malice.


Advantage, Miss Seeton (Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton)
Advantage, Miss Seeton (Heron Carvic's Miss Seeton)
Author: Hampton Charles
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 7/5/2013


The ultimate cozy. Small English village, retired art teacher solving crimes the police can't begin to figure out.

Miss Seeton's summer outing to a tennis match serves up more than expected when Britain's up-and-coming female tennis star receives mysterious death threats. The police are counting on Miss Seeton to unravel some baffling clues before victory goes to the villain.


After All These Years
After All These Years
Author: Susan Isaacs
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 1/16/2006


This was a new author for me and a welcome surprise. Her characters are real, we've all met people like them. Well maybe not just like them unless you happen to know a murderer! Definitely a good read.


Airtight
Airtight
Author: David Rosenfelt
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 4/19/2017


Judge Daniel Brennan is only days away from achieving a seat on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals bench when he's brutally stabbed to death in his garage. An army of media and law enforcement descend on the case, and thousands of tips pour in from the public. When one tip leads New Jersey policeman Luke Somers to Steven Gallagher, things quickly go wrong, but Luke is instantly glorified for solving the case.

But to one man, Luke is no hero. Chris Gallagher raised his brother, Steven, almost single-handedly, and, certain that Steven is innocent, he won't rest until he sets the record straight. Thanks to Luke's newfound fame, he's an easy man to find, and Chris quickly makes it clear that Luke's own brother will die if Luke refuses to help clear Steven's name. So begins Luke's desperate attempt to find another suspect -- any other suspect -- in Judge Brennan's death. But Luke's investigation might open the door to powerful forces even more dangerous than Chris Gallagher.


Alfred Hitchcock in the Vertigo Murders
Alfred Hitchcock in the Vertigo Murders
Author: Dan Aulier
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 2/9/2017


Hitchcock is in the middle of filming his latest film, Vertigo, when he receives a macabre present, the severed ear of a woman. Joining forces with ex-LAPD detective Chess Slattery, Hitch follows a trail that takes the pair from the mansions of Bel Air to the degraded haunts of Hollywood wannabes and the shabby bungalows of Venice in 1957.

This was a really good read.


All Signs Point to Murder
All Signs Point to Murder
Author: Kat Goldring
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 12/10/2009


Willi Gallagher is a regular kind of gal who loves to eavesdrop - through she prefers to call it curiosity. While sandwiched between books in the school library where she teaches she really gets an earful ... two students are whispering about witchcraft and murder! Of course, Willi can't help but ju,p to conclusions. And it's not until one of her students is found dead that the town starts listening. Now, along with her psychic neighbors and Sheriff Tucker, Willi must sift through celestial and earthly clues to put the rumors and the killer to rest.


Alternate Sides (Nina Fischman, Bk 5)
Alternate Sides (Nina Fischman, Bk 5)
Author: Marissa Piesman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/23/2006


Great New York atmosphere right down to the problems of alternate side of the street parking in Manhattan. The characters are interesting and the story line will keep you turning the pages.


The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Author: Michael Chabon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 417
Review Date: 4/7/2016


This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America the comic book. Inspired by their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapists, The Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men.


American Cookery
American Cookery
Author: James Beard
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 8/26/2015


This is the real thing, solid recipes, lessons in technique, discussions about ingredients and a history of American cuisine mixed together to create one of his best books.


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