4th July – James Patterson

Well hello Women’s Murder Club! It’s been a while! I started this blog with my passion for the genre of Crime and it has changed with me as I have gone deeper down the YA Fantasy genre. But with this Covid-19 lock down I have found myself reading a lot more and re-read all of the Women’s Murder Club books I already have (1-11) and then I bought the next 4, nearly catching up to the 19 that are out. I figured I would continue the series review I was up to!

Plot

We find ourselves with a WMC without Jill, we are a woman down. I went into this book wondering how we would cope without Jill and Patterson doesn’t leave it long!

Lindsay is out with her friend’s at the club house of Susie’s, drinking a margarita whilst off duty, when Jacobi comes in and tells her that a case they have been working on might break. They go off together, Lindsay fully disclosing the couple of drinks she has had to Jacobi and off they go to conduct some surveillance. A car they have been looking for for months is in sight and all of a sudden they are in a high speed car chase across the city. The car crashes and Lindsay and Jacobi approach the car, guns drawn. Seeing that the drivers were a young teenage girl and boy and they were clearly in distress, with blood and vomit everywhere, the two cops holster their weapons and approach the car to give aid. Getting the kids out of the car, the lad shoots Jacobi and then when he is down, kicks him in the head. Lindsay pulls out her gun but not quick enough as she is also shot and on the ground. Before the kids can pull the lethal shot, Lindsay shoots them, killing the girl and paralysing the boy.

One would assume that after a police investigation, which Lindsay is cleared from, that would be the end. The evidence points to the young siblings as serial killers of the city’s forgotten. However, the young pair are part of a wealthy family and their father sues Lindsay for police malpractice, meaning Lindsay has to fight for her career in a court of law.

With all the media attention, Lindsay escapes to a sleepy village in California, house sitting for her sister to avoid the attention. This is actually the scene of Lindsay’s first ever homicide, one she never solved. Whilst trying to keep her nose clean, she begins to dive into the new homicide’s that are occuring in the village that seem suspiciously like the now cold case of hers.

Fighting on two fronts, can Lindsay clear her name and clear the sleepy village of a vicious killer?

Opinion

I kept hinting in the other 3 reviews that one of these books got a 10 and although I can’t quite remember which one it was for me back then, having re-read them all recently, it is definitely this one. Police brutality, especially in America, is rife and the apparent obvious racism that comes with it needs to be eradicated. However, this book shows just how perilous a police officer’s job is and that fine line and split second decision making they have to do on a daily basis. As a UK audience member, police shootings are very rare here as our normal police cannot carry a gun. We have had a few taser incidents which have resulted in deaths but rarely is it a gun shooting. I was fully behind Lindsay on this case and believe she was in the right to do as she did so it was interesting to see how money can play a big part as if the family had no money, you can be sure that there would have been no law suite, whether it be warranted or not. This case brought into the lives of the WMC the newest lawyer to replace the space left by Jill. Yuki is a delight and is also very different to Jill.

The second story line I thought was also excellent. With Lindsay making friends in the area but also managing to find herself in the middle, and eventually in the centre, of a serial killer case. Some people cannot leave the job at home! I thought the case was well done and the twist was excellent.

I have already given my rating away but here it is: 10/10. 

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