1st to Die

1st to Die

Book - 2001
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Four crime-solving friends face off against a killer in San Francisco in the Women's Murder Club novel that launched James Patterson's thrilling series.

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 each other 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 the #1 New York Times bestselling series of crime thrillers.
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown, c2001
ISBN: 9780316666008
Characteristics: v, 424 p
Alternative Title: First to die


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Aug 21, 2020

I loved every part of this book. Definitely gets thrilling and keeps you on your toes! :) I can't wait to continue reading the rest of the series. I will say, I was hoping for a different ending! Oh well!

Apr 06, 2020

Excellent first book in the Women's Murder Club series. Each member of the Women's Murder Club brings a unique perspective and experience to the group and has an interesting story to tell. This book definitely hooked me on the series!

May 21, 2019

The mystery aspect of this book was great - the killer and the crimes held my attention. But the book read a little oddly. It might have been because of the alternating points of view, or perhaps because of the incredibly short chapters. Either way, I am on to the next book in the series.

Feb 25, 2019

Loved this book! I just about finished it in one day, that's how much it had me enthralled. I enjoyed how it was centered around women in power in the criminal justice system. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

May 06, 2018

This is the first book in A Women's Murder series. Someone is killing newly wed couples and there is a lot of pressure to solve these murders. Lindsay, a homicide detective, Claire, a medical examiner, Jill, an assistant DA and Cindy a reporter get together to try to solve them before another couple is killed. This is a page turner from beginning to end. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Looking forward to the next book in this series.

DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

This is the first book in Patterson's popular "Women's Murder Club" mystery series. A homicide detective, a medical examiner, a reporter, and an assistant district attorney, all women, all far better at their jobs than their male bosses, join forces to solve a series of "bride and groom" murders.
The book is well-written, the dialog is smooth, and there are no big holes in the mystery aspect. The identity of the killer is hidden right up to the end; there are a couple good red herrings leading you to other suspects, but the identity of the true killer and the motive, etc., are plausible. There were a couple small holes in the detective work, but nothing that affected figuring out the mystery itself.
I do have one fairly major quibble with the book, the one thing that keeps me from giving a five-star rating: the whole premise of the Women's Murder Club is that these four very capable women are being held back by their (often misogynist) male superiors. The "moral of the story" here is that these women don't need a man's help to get by. But the main character, Lyndsey, is saddled with this totally unnecessary romance, where she gets all weak in the knees and fluttery when her new male partner shows up. What kind of sad message are we giving women here? "You can do anything you want, be anything you want, you don't have to have a man to excel in life - except you do, because of your girl parts." There is actually a point in the book where the heroine (a police detective) is in the middle of a "liaison" with her man, and there's an earthquake (it's San Francisco), and she seriously considers not responding to the emergency call because she can't control her female horniness? For real? I'd really like to read a female character that isn't either a quivering mess around men or a ball-breaking man-hater.
After all that, believe it or not, I did really enjoy the book. Short chapters, with lots of often funny dialog, and as I said, the mystery part was well written as well.

Oct 18, 2016

I just finished this one and it was really good! A great read! I started getting bored with many authors, but I'm excited to begin this series. The story line was written perfectly.

Jul 31, 2016

Really great book! Definitely going to continue reading the series!

Jul 01, 2016

Great book, I have been reading James Patterson for a few years now and finally started on The Womens Murder Club series. Characters are well written, and keeps you intrigued from page one. I am now on to book two, I would highly recommend this series.

Sep 23, 2015

Love this book so love the ending what a great way to start a series

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May 18, 2019

I didn't reply. Possibility two: A fear was building inside me. The killer was signing his murders? He was toying with us? Purposefully leaving clues? One-time crime-of-passion killers didn't leave clues like the jacket. Professionals didn't, either.
Serials left clues.

Jul 11, 2016

"What is the worse thing that anyone has done?"


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In San Francisco newlyweds are bein stalked-and slaughtered.. Enter four unforgettable women, all friends...Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city's police department...Claire, a medical examiner...Jill, an assitant D. A....and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Fransisco Chronicle. Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goale. To find, trap, and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer ever imagined.


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