The 19th Christmas

The 19th Christmas

Book - 2019
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As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women's Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner's office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. Then a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman" seizes control of the headlines. He is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. And he has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780316420273
Characteristics: v, 344, 15 pages ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Paetro, Maxine - Author
Alternative Title: Nineteenth Christmas

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MB_kcls
Dec 05, 2019

As I've mentioned in other reviews, I have pretty much walked away from James Patterson with the exception of the Women's Murder Club and the Michael Bennett books because he's become more of a page producing machine than a thoughtful author and, in my opinion, the writing talent has suffered for sheer quantity. Lord, I hope he keeps his 'co-authors' Maxine Paetro for the Women's Murder Club books and Michael Lewidge for the Michael Bennett books. I will still read Alex Cross but that's only because they are so few and far between lately . . . and, because 25 years ago, he was my first.

I am pleasantly surprised that James Patterson gave us a Christmas present with 'The 19th Christmas'! It was actually directly focused on a case to be solved with none of the women drama, and, further, it was an interesting case with twists, turns and red herrings. I do have to admit though, even I figured out how they would get the proof they needed.

The epilogue is completely random and out of the blue. I suspect there is some nefarious intent and some problems coming for Lindsey and Joe.

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USAF1969
Nov 30, 2019

The 19th CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is one of the best Women's Murder Club Novels yet. A smart, wily bad guy goes for a big score on Christmas Day. Prior to that he clandestinely let's the SFPD know it's coming and then in the days leading up to Christmas, keeps providing misdirection-style clues about where the big score is going to happen and his identity. Keeps the police running around following up on leads that are all over the place. Great character development and good follow through with the main characters of this series of books - including a fun surprise for Molinari (and Boxer) at the end. Enjoy. PS - also the book is a good reminder that while most of us are enjoying Christmas Day, the police (and all other first responders) are working. Thanks to all of those who do.

The plot didn't really make much sense to me. At the end, the reason for the extravagant crime spree wasn't really explained. The story seemed to drag and get a bit too confusing. I think the authors think that dragging the story out and being many pages long means it is a
good book to read. I was disappointed that I wasted my time reading this book. Mr. Patterson you need to improve your writing!

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billhorton11
Oct 16, 2019

The reference librarian said that this book would be a quick read. She wasn't kidding. One of the better "Murder Club" books and it kept the blood pumping from beginning to end. Cheers!

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