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It's not sleigh bells that are ringing this Christmas. 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. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story ab It's not sleigh bells that are ringing this Christmas. 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. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco.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. All that Lindsay and the SFPD can figure out is that Loman's greed -- for riches, for bloodshed, for attention -- is limitless.Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women's Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.


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It's not sleigh bells that are ringing this Christmas. 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. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story ab It's not sleigh bells that are ringing this Christmas. 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. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco.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. All that Lindsay and the SFPD can figure out is that Loman's greed -- for riches, for bloodshed, for attention -- is limitless.Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women's Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.

30 review for The 19th Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    The Women’s Murder Club is back with another thrilling tale set in the days around the holiday season, headed by the great collaboration of James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. While out shopping with her family, Detective Lindsay Boxer encounters a man who is disrupting holiday shoppers as he flees in a panic. Once in an interrogation room, the man spills that he has news of an upcoming ‘big event’ that is set to happen on Christmas Day. Not wanting to take any chances, Lindsay takes up the case, The Women’s Murder Club is back with another thrilling tale set in the days around the holiday season, headed by the great collaboration of James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. While out shopping with her family, Detective Lindsay Boxer encounters a man who is disrupting holiday shoppers as he flees in a panic. Once in an interrogation room, the man spills that he has news of an upcoming ‘big event’ that is set to happen on Christmas Day. Not wanting to take any chances, Lindsay takes up the case, looking for a mysterious ‘Loman’ who might hold all the answers. While following leads, Boxer and her SFPD Homicide team are pushed in many directions, some red herrings, while others seem to point to a major heist only a few days away. Meanwhile, while working on a Christmas story, Cindy uncovers an undocumented man who has been sitting in prison for two years, charged with a murder he says he did not commit. Working her angle, Cindy soon pulls Yuki in from the D.A.’s office and tries to bring a little holiday cheer to a family that has been frazzled for the past few years. When Boxer and her crew feel they may be close to an answer, all things go haywire at the airport, on Christmas Day no less, forcing everyone to take drastic actions in order to save the general public. Well into this series, Patterson and Paetro still have a great handle on the series that does not show signs of letting up. Recommended for series fans looking to augment their holiday season, as well as those readers who enjoy the quick pace of a well-written Patterson novel. This book is a true gift and will likely be one that series fans have been hoping to receive. While there seems to have been some confusion with readers who were baffled throughout the eighteenth instalment, Patterson and Paetro were forced—silly, as it is—to explain the flashback they used in the past novel and promised that this instalment was entirely present-tense. The returning characters proved highly entertaining, not least of which Lindsay Boxer. She has left her character development and backstory behind, but is ready to tackle anything set before her as she hunts down a man keen on causing trouble at Christmas. Others characters will be familiar to many who are well-versed in the series, as well as adding a few new faces. The story ran well and sped along with quick chapters that push the reader to ‘try a few more pages’. At a time when no one can be sure what Patterson will do with the books bearing his name, this was a refreshing return to his strong skills, alongside the equally capable Maxine Paetro. A great stocking stuffer, if the reader can wait that long. If not, pull out the apple cider or eggnog and offer up a cup as the reader devours this treat! Kudos, Mr. Patterson and Madam Paetro, for another great book in the series. I hope you two have the collaborative stamina to keep going. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  2. 4 out of 5

    Natalie M

    The one star because I can’t give a zero! Why, oh why, do I persist with Patterson and his posse of co-writers (oh yeah, they get my money)! I’m done with this JP series for good! Women’s Murder Club has become a cast of one - Boxer! Cindy appears briefly in the weirdest side story of the decade. Yuki, the same, some weird side story that is so unbelievable it is unbelievable - pretty sure you’ll forget she even appeared. Clare...a tango (literally) at the end. Plot...starts off well enough but wha The one star because I can’t give a zero! Why, oh why, do I persist with Patterson and his posse of co-writers (oh yeah, they get my money)! I’m done with this JP series for good! Women’s Murder Club has become a cast of one - Boxer! Cindy appears briefly in the weirdest side story of the decade. Yuki, the same, some weird side story that is so unbelievable it is unbelievable - pretty sure you’ll forget she even appeared. Clare...a tango (literally) at the end. Plot...starts off well enough but what the...again literally...what? This next comment may be considered a spoiler...there is absolutely no rhyme, reason or resolution to the plot. No idea what was even meant to be stolen! As for the Epilogue - I actually turned back to see if I was reading a preview of the next book...nope ...some weird ass twist involving Joe! If an English student wrote this they’d fail.

  3. 4 out of 5

    jv poore

    Lindsay Boxer has only one Christmas wish: to spend the day with her husband, daughter and their beloved Border Collie. She’s been with San Francisco Police Department long enough to know that “wish” is the right word. Accustomed to the typical increase in crimes during the holidays, Boxer and her partner fully expect a frenzy the few days before Christmas. But, even their combined experience in law enforcement did not prepare them for the full-out chaos created by the most unassuming of men. Thi Lindsay Boxer has only one Christmas wish: to spend the day with her husband, daughter and their beloved Border Collie. She’s been with San Francisco Police Department long enough to know that “wish” is the right word. Accustomed to the typical increase in crimes during the holidays, Boxer and her partner fully expect a frenzy the few days before Christmas. But, even their combined experience in law enforcement did not prepare them for the full-out chaos created by the most unassuming of men. This recent addition to The Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro, embodies everything I’ve come to expect from this righteous writing team. Flipping pages fast enough for paper cuts, I was mentally juggling the balls being hurled at Boxer—not in a confused way, but in a wholly engrossed, moral-support, sort of way. If you are already a fan of the four brilliant, hard-working women that make up the self-dubbed Murder Club, The 19th Christmas is sure to hit the spot when you reach for your next fast-paced, suspense-filled read. But, there’s no need to have read the previous stories, this series can be started at any point…but you may not be able to stop. Huge thank-you to Goodreads First Reads & Hachette Book Group for this copy!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    I never got very interested in the storyline but soldiered on hoping my interest would increase. Unfortunately, in the end this was another disappointing read in the Women’s Murder Club series. My biggest grievance is that after all the buildup, everything wrapped up abruptly. It happened first when Yuki and Cindy’s wrongful imprisonment case was just suddenly resolved out of the blue in 2 sentences about 2/ 3 of the way through the book. It was noticeably abrupt and disappointing as that subplo I never got very interested in the storyline but soldiered on hoping my interest would increase. Unfortunately, in the end this was another disappointing read in the Women’s Murder Club series. My biggest grievance is that after all the buildup, everything wrapped up abruptly. It happened first when Yuki and Cindy’s wrongful imprisonment case was just suddenly resolved out of the blue in 2 sentences about 2/ 3 of the way through the book. It was noticeably abrupt and disappointing as that subplot was more intriguing than the main plot. Then to cap it off, after Loman is finally caught, precious few details are provided regarding means and motive for his many felonious acts. So once again, I’m left feeling cheated out of the whys and wherefores of the story. Without that, you’re essentially left with random bad happenings and no satisfactory resolution. The story starts out and remains as one where some cops chase after an unknown man who is rumored to soon be possibly committing an unknown crime. You don’t get to know what or why, and at the end of the book you’re still left not really comprehending what or why. I felt dissatisfied; all that for what exactly? If you’ve made it this far, I know you hope I’ve aired all my complaints, but I have just one more. Why was that epilogue included? Was it supposed to stir up interest for the next book? For me, the epilogue does not leave me anticipating the next book in the series. After several disappointing entries in the series, I think we’re all hoping for more of the Women’s Murder Club – more of the women working together, more of a presence for each of the women in every book, more of the friendship and camaraderie. I like the small snippets we get to see of their personal lives and the celebratory get-togethers at Susie’s Café, but it seems that we’re getting less and less of that in each new book. And now to introduce a new character and take the personal dynamics in a different direction, well, I just don’t welcome it. I feel this epilogue could be expanded into a between-the numbers Bookshot and would do just fine there, but I have no interest in seeing it play out in 20th Victim. I would like to see the Women’s Murder Club get back to its core objective, but sadly they’ve drifted so far afield that I’m not sure it can ever be what it once was.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzy

    4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I just love this series and was super excited that Patterson teamed up with Paetro and decided to do a Christmas installment with the ladies of the Women’s Murder Club. The holidays are the same as any other day when you’re in law-enforcement. When a criminal is planning to carry out a huge robbery, Lindsay Boxer and the rest of the group can kiss their quiet plans for Christmas goodbye. I found the story to be really entertaining and held my interest til the end. The short, cli 4 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I just love this series and was super excited that Patterson teamed up with Paetro and decided to do a Christmas installment with the ladies of the Women’s Murder Club. The holidays are the same as any other day when you’re in law-enforcement. When a criminal is planning to carry out a huge robbery, Lindsay Boxer and the rest of the group can kiss their quiet plans for Christmas goodbye. I found the story to be really entertaining and held my interest til the end. The short, cliffhanger chapters and twists that I’ve grown to love with the series is what makes these books such quick reads. The end was sweetly tied together. I can’t wait for the 20th book - coming soon!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. On a personal level, I must admit that his Women’s Murder Club series – focused on the professional and personal lives of four women in San Francisco - has been hit and miss over the last couple of years with more weak outings overall. “The 19th Ch Let me be honest up front. I read most of James Patterson’s books and have for several years. Some might ask why and that’s another whole discussion best saved for another day. I have really enjoyed some, liked some, and didn’t really care for others. On a personal level, I must admit that his Women’s Murder Club series – focused on the professional and personal lives of four women in San Francisco - has been hit and miss over the last couple of years with more weak outings overall. “The 19th Christmas” takes place from December 20th through January 2nd with a heavy focus on the holidays. It begins with each of the Murder Club members and their families preparing for Christmas and then the major mystery kicks off with Detective Lindsey Boxer and her partner, Rich Conklin, getting caught in a street crime in San Francisco’s Union Square. Catching the young criminal is only the beginning of their troubles as they are given clues about a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman", who is supposed to be planning a deadly surprise for Christmas in San Francisco. As the clues come in, it appears that “Loman” has organized himself a team of criminal colleagues who are out committing multiple crimes with the intent of distracting, dividing, and wearing out the police force before putting his real plan into action. Lindsay, Conklin, Brady, Jacobi, and the rest of the SFPD are running around chasing their tales with no real idea of who “Loman” is and how destructive his plan really is. There is also another subplot involving journalist Cindy, who is given an assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco, and discovers an immigrant family in which the father has been falsely imprisoned for murder and detained by ICE for 2 years pending a trial. She pulls in lawyer Yuki to help her try and get his freedom. This secondary plot started out well, but got choppy at key moments. The worst part was the key climactic moments took place off screen, disrupting the flow and letting the reader down. Patterson and Paetro weave between the primary and secondary plotlines in an overly fast-paced but predictable manner. There are foreseeable twists and turns along the way, but most of the distractions and obstacles “Loman” through at our heroes were not that compelling or interesting. Although “Loman” seemed interesting and had potential to be a quality villain, too much time was spent on the SFPD reacting to each of the distractions in a foolhardy manner rather than taking a strategic approach. To make it worse, the biggest weakness in this book (and I have to be careful to give away any specific spoilers) is that suddenly at the last possible moment, our heroes get all of the information on who “Loman” is and what he looks like in a manner that is so unrealistic and unbelievable. All of the plot development of the first 270 pages is suddenly discarded and all of the complex dots connecting the villain’s plan are just ignored in a way takes away all of the worthiness of the villain and turns him into a crybaby. The climax of the primary plot was a raging mess. Patterson and Paetro also add a well-intended epilogue with the women’s club being together on New Years eve and Joe’s first daughter suddenly showing up from his past. However, the part about Joe felt awkward being thrown in at the end. It didn't connect to anything else and would have been better used as a subplot in a book where it could be developed better than just being a throw-in. In my humble opinion, the structure of the book, using the Christmas holiday season, and creation of a strong villain had a lot od potential. However, the actual writing came across as a rushed first draft, lacking strong editing and rewriting to fill the obvious plot hole problems. In addition, other than Joe’s weird epilogue there was no real growth or development for any of the main characters, either professionally or personally. Our fearless club members are so stagnant that they almost seem like caricatures. Some of the things that disappointed me included no connective tissue between the four Murder Club friends until the very end, Joe being relegated to Super House-husband, and Claire Washburn being sent out of town and missing in action for the most part. Overall, Patterson and Paetro have lost some of their Women’s Murder Club mojo over the last three or four books, and that includes this time out. If you like the standard Patterson recipe, then I hope you can find a way to enjoy this. But this one breaks no new ground or character development, and the obvious plot problems make it feel way too one-dimensional. For me, this is a weak outing for Patterson and Paetro.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin were on the spot to catch the bag snatching thief but when they took him in to interview him, he gave them threads to a planned heist which would happen on Christmas Day. From then on, Lindsay barely saw her husband Joe and three-year-old daughter Julie as they chased leads, followed misinformation and generally grew more and more frustrated. As the SFPD tried to cover every area they could think of, including the mayor, Lindsay and Rich inched Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin were on the spot to catch the bag snatching thief but when they took him in to interview him, he gave them threads to a planned heist which would happen on Christmas Day. From then on, Lindsay barely saw her husband Joe and three-year-old daughter Julie as they chased leads, followed misinformation and generally grew more and more frustrated. As the SFPD tried to cover every area they could think of, including the mayor, Lindsay and Rich inched closer to the conclusion. But would they catch the perpetrator before the heist went down, and before more people died? Would they see their families any time over the Christmas holidays? 19th Christmas is another fast-paced thriller for the Women’s Murder Club by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and I loved it. The short chapters are great because you can easily read “just one more” until suddenly it’s finished! Lindsay was front and centre in this one, with Cindy, Yuki and Claire doing their own things on the side; quick, easy and interesting to follow. I’m looking forward to #20 which I have ready and waiting on my book shelf 😊 Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Skip

    2 stars. Lindsay and the SFPD are being led around by a master villain named Loman, who is planning a big score on Christmas Day. He is leaving clues everywhere to confuse and overwhelm the police, including a series of dead bodies. Yuki and Cindy and working on freeing an innocent man wasting away in the legal system, and Claire is pretty much gone (to a conference in San Diego.) It was nice to have Lindsay's ex-partner, Warren Jacobi, come back to assist. Other than pure greed, we really don't 2 stars. Lindsay and the SFPD are being led around by a master villain named Loman, who is planning a big score on Christmas Day. He is leaving clues everywhere to confuse and overwhelm the police, including a series of dead bodies. Yuki and Cindy and working on freeing an innocent man wasting away in the legal system, and Claire is pretty much gone (to a conference in San Diego.) It was nice to have Lindsay's ex-partner, Warren Jacobi, come back to assist. Other than pure greed, we really don't get much insight into Loman either.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    By now, the 19th book in the series, the members of the self-described Women's Murder Club seem like old friends to me: San Francisco Police Department Detective Lindsay Boxer, attorney Yuki Castellano, medical examiner Claire Washburn and crime reporter Cindy Thomas. As usual, Lindsay's escapades take center stage in this one, with Yuki and Cindy getting some page time as they deal with inequities in the U.S. immigration system (a timely issue for sure). Claire shows up only a couple of times - By now, the 19th book in the series, the members of the self-described Women's Murder Club seem like old friends to me: San Francisco Police Department Detective Lindsay Boxer, attorney Yuki Castellano, medical examiner Claire Washburn and crime reporter Cindy Thomas. As usual, Lindsay's escapades take center stage in this one, with Yuki and Cindy getting some page time as they deal with inequities in the U.S. immigration system (a timely issue for sure). Claire shows up only a couple of times - seems she left town over the Christmas holidays to teach college students. For the most part, it's the usual fare (which is fine with me, for the record); the only noticeable difference here is that the first and last chapter or two are set in the present, while the rest of the book takes place five years earlier. Everything ties together just fine in the end, but I can't say it made the book any better or worse. It all begins with all four women hoping for a carefree Christmas holiday with their significant others. Then readers are backtracked to a time when Lindsay and her partner Rich (Cindy's beau) chased down a street thief. He spills the beans on a really bad guy who's holed out in a hotel; the FBI is called in and a shootout ensues. Yuki and her sweetie Brady are prepping for a pre-Christmas dinner with the district attorney (Yuki's boss) when Brady gets called to the hotel scene. From that point on, it's mostly Lindsay and Rich investigating leads that suggest something big-time is going to go down with an eye toward prevention and apprehension. Concurrently, based on Cindy's research that suggests an innocent immigrant man may be languishing in jail too long awaiting trial, Yuki gets involved with trying to get justice for him as Cindy hustles to make her story deadline. All told, it makes for an enjoyable adventure that won't tax your brain - great for curling up next to a cozy stocking-hung fireplace with a mug of hot mulled cider.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I wish I could just let this series go. It's been a surface level churn for so long, I wonder what's wrong with me that I keep hanging on. This latest installment makes matters worse, and after the book with exploding cheeseburgers, that's surprising. Not only is the cat and mouse thriller a stinker, but the women don't even interact. Women's Murder Club. Seems like a weird element to leave out. They never meet to discuss the mystery, because really there isn't anything good to discuss, and the I wish I could just let this series go. It's been a surface level churn for so long, I wonder what's wrong with me that I keep hanging on. This latest installment makes matters worse, and after the book with exploding cheeseburgers, that's surprising. Not only is the cat and mouse thriller a stinker, but the women don't even interact. Women's Murder Club. Seems like a weird element to leave out. They never meet to discuss the mystery, because really there isn't anything good to discuss, and the subplots they do have are underdeveloped and uninteresting. Where is Claire? Seriously, she's always the lowest on the totem pole, but did she even make a single appearance? I can't even remember and I read it in one sitting. So many of the other reviews were this book are unbelievable. Makes me wonder if this "social media" site is just as bot-infested as the others. "Great to have the women back together!" Seriously? What page were the women back together? Boxer has become Benson, she's surrounded by dudes, not her girls, and this read like another generic episode of another generic cop show. I'm pissed I paused reading another book to jump on this one. James Patterson must think his readers are idiots, and because I'm one of the ones who keeps buying, hoping for a resurgence of the quality these characters deserve, he must be right.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White

    Another great installment of the Womens Murder Club. The series is showing no signs of slowing down. Loved that we get a sneak peak at book 20 at the end.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bobbi

    The Women's Murder Club books used to be my favorites of James Patterson's. I enjoyed the way the women all have different specialties and each used their expertise to help solve the crime of that particular book. There used to be a number of scenes with them working together and then meeting to enjoy each other during the process. However, now the Women's Murder Club seems to be a club in name only. There is little to no interaction between the women and the cases they are working on don't even The Women's Murder Club books used to be my favorites of James Patterson's. I enjoyed the way the women all have different specialties and each used their expertise to help solve the crime of that particular book. There used to be a number of scenes with them working together and then meeting to enjoy each other during the process. However, now the Women's Murder Club seems to be a club in name only. There is little to no interaction between the women and the cases they are working on don't even overlap, in many cases. The solution of this book was interesting but not enough to really carry the book alone. I sorely missed the interaction of the women. One of them wasn't even present for the entire book until the very end. The book was okay, but I was disappointed in it overall. I won't rush to read the next installment.....if I read it at all.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    4.5 really. I can only say a spot-on, wonderful, pre-xmas read. Of course I have a weakness for the Women's Murder Club series. This one was delightful.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa Lockhart

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Just someone tell me what the big heist even was, because At the end , we still don't know. All that distraction and murder to rob a computer company? Of what? This book is one big plot hole. The plot is set up then nothing happens. Big buildup to the courtroom scene for the ridiculous plot of Yuki getting a motion set up in less than a week to free the poor, hapless immigrant, but then we only know what happens from a newspaper story. Doh! Back to the main ridiculous plot that the mysterious sup Just someone tell me what the big heist even was, because At the end , we still don't know. All that distraction and murder to rob a computer company? Of what? This book is one big plot hole. The plot is set up then nothing happens. Big buildup to the courtroom scene for the ridiculous plot of Yuki getting a motion set up in less than a week to free the poor, hapless immigrant, but then we only know what happens from a newspaper story. Doh! Back to the main ridiculous plot that the mysterious super villian , who has the power to force people to commit crimes and go to jail just to distract the police, just gives up at the end with no fight. OK he kidnapped the company CEO, shot his own accomplice, and forced the CEO inside a secure room...then NOTHING HAPPENS! We next see him in overalls, super cop Boxer picks him right out a crowd instantly, they have a brief standoff and boom, it's over. Come to find out, through a retelling days later, that while there was surveillance video of Super Villian shooting his accomplice, there is no video of where he hid the CEO and he, not even dead, is found in an a.c. room. What happened? That's the main theme of the book; set up a scene, then just drop it, leaving readers frustrated. If SV were going to steal from a computer company on Christmas when the place would be empty but for the CEO, there would be zero need for a week of distraction and threatening even the mayor. Why even gives hints of the heist? Just do it. Once we found out the target, the book totally fell apart. The only way to have saved it would have been if SV had successfully stolen whatever, gotten away and had to be chased down. But no, the authors has 12 other books to write and decided this one was over. Proof of this is the nonsensical epilogue where Joe's daughter shows up out of nowhere. Huh? The epilogue should bring it all together and answer any questions. But again, no, the main plot is just over and we're on to something else. Then there's a teaser for the 20th book. Sheesh! I think I'm done with JP and this series. Enough phoning it in. We don't need numerous books a year. Take some time and write good books. Fans will wait.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    Oh no! I love the Women's Murder Club series and look forward to each new installment. #19 was little bit of a let down. I liked the whole Christmas feel when Lindsay and her family are holiday shopping when she witnesses a guy grabbing shopping bags from unsuspecting people. Her instincts kick in and she is in hot pursuit. When she does catch up to him and begins to interrogate him, he has key information about a guy "Loman" who is going to bomb the city. Boxer and her partner Conklin are on th Oh no! I love the Women's Murder Club series and look forward to each new installment. #19 was little bit of a let down. I liked the whole Christmas feel when Lindsay and her family are holiday shopping when she witnesses a guy grabbing shopping bags from unsuspecting people. Her instincts kick in and she is in hot pursuit. When she does catch up to him and begins to interrogate him, he has key information about a guy "Loman" who is going to bomb the city. Boxer and her partner Conklin are on the case to find this guy. A second storyline is where Cindy discovers an immigrant family and the father has been in prison for 2 years for a crime he did not commit. Yuki steps in to help. This has all the Christmas feels, but felt like it truly was secondary and spliced in. Overall I enjoyed this Christmas themed edition, but fell short of my expectations compared to the rest of the series. Onward to #20!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Donna L

    I didn’t get it. Really nonsensical plot. I have been following this series enthusiastically for years but the last couple have made me feel it’s time to move on.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Brown

    I love JP. This series turned me into a reader when I picked up 1st to Die but this book wasn't executed well. Loman is the brilliant criminal but then they magically find his photo, he turns into a dumb criminal and what exactly was he going to steal? The Joe plot should've been brought up during the actual book not the epilogue

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    I have read all of the Women’s Murder Club books. This one was the worst by far. By about 3/4 through the book I really didn’t care who did what to who. I just quit. The characters seemed overly dramatic, the plot absurd and really just boring. I rarely give up on a book and waited longer than I should have to call it quits. I cared so little I didn’t look to see how it ended. I didn’t care. The last few WMC books haven’t been great but this one did it for me. I’m done with the series.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a fast-paced read. I loved the Christmas setting and reading it in front of my Christmas tree made the setting even more so. Now to wait until March for the 20th Women’s Murder Club. The crime plot of this one moves at a good rate but it’s the epilogue that really adds even more so to this installment of the series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Readable, but a weak one in the series. This one has a lot of Cindy, but not the other two friends. I think there's a lack of depth due to authors trying to crank out two books a year plus book shots. A let down.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Brandy

    I love this series! It was a 4.5 stars but rounded up since it was set in the season of giving - Christmas!❤️❤️🎄 The entire gang is back in this read - unlike the previous book. So it made this gal a happy reader!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Backyard Majority

    The authors should be unabashedly ashamed of themselves. Worst. Ending. Ever.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany PSquared

    Not my favorite of this series, but a good story nonetheless. It made me really feel for all the public service providers who don't get to spend holidays with their loved ones because they're busy taking care of us. They have my respect and gratitude!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    A really quick read. It was nothing special. Just another average Patterson book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Carol Hennion

    This is another in the women's murder club series and, while it was not the best of the series, it still kept my interest and included some surprises that I was not expecting.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Vicki

    I love James Patterson and I love the characters in this series, Women's Murder Club. I know that Patterson writes in a lot of his books now with author Maxine Paetro, so I'm not sure who really wrote what but that doesn't matter. Detective Lindsay Boxer is like the main MC of all the books in this series, although the other women play major roles as well and no book would be the same without them. This book is no different except that it's obviously set around the holidays. Lindsay "runs into" I love James Patterson and I love the characters in this series, Women's Murder Club. I know that Patterson writes in a lot of his books now with author Maxine Paetro, so I'm not sure who really wrote what but that doesn't matter. Detective Lindsay Boxer is like the main MC of all the books in this series, although the other women play major roles as well and no book would be the same without them. This book is no different except that it's obviously set around the holidays. Lindsay "runs into" a man during the pique of shopping season and he's taken in for questioning for something. While being interrogated he tells them that something huge and bad is going to happen. While Cindy, another of the Women's Murder Club main characters is looking into an entirely different case of an undocumented man who's basically left to rot away in prison. There are new characters added to this book, which is always fun and easy to remember if you've following the series. I just love it and from what I understand there will be more but, NO, I'm not getting tired of the series!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))

    Women’s Murder Club is my favorite of Patterson’s series and aside from Michael Bennet is the only one I pick up anymore. As they’re usually published in summer, 19th Christmas was a fun gift. It definitely wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was an okay pre-Christmas suspense read. I liked the main storyline and thought it was clever at first, but then the “criminal mastermind” just kind of…lost his criminal mastermind groove? The ending was wrapped up too neatly and felt rushed. I kept w Women’s Murder Club is my favorite of Patterson’s series and aside from Michael Bennet is the only one I pick up anymore. As they’re usually published in summer, 19th Christmas was a fun gift. It definitely wasn’t my favorite of the series, but it was an okay pre-Christmas suspense read. I liked the main storyline and thought it was clever at first, but then the “criminal mastermind” just kind of…lost his criminal mastermind groove? The ending was wrapped up too neatly and felt rushed. I kept waiting for a twist that never happened. “She would begin her research with the Christmas traditions of people from Mexico and Central America, focusing on a central question: Was it possible to keep cultural tradition alive when you were living under a shadow? Sometimes that shadow was decades long.” I liked Cindy’s immigrant Christmas storyline best and would have loved to have seen more of that. The past few books I feel we’ve seen too much of Lindsay Boxer and her family, and not enough of the other characters. And they don’t work together as much as they used to, which was pretty much the whole point of the series. This book was okay and there were festive holiday scenes, but I fear this series may soon go the way of other Patterson books for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Ring the bells the season is almost upon us and everything is coming up roses.... Well not quite! It's time to deck the halls and begin to celebrate the approaching New Year, but why would we have normalcy. There's a problem with this "Loman" character and readers are led on a chase to find out why. So, of course panic ensues, time frames linger from past to present, plot twist are ratcheted up and quite frankly everything goes haywire. After all a deadly surprise being offered up on Christmas in Sa Ring the bells the season is almost upon us and everything is coming up roses.... Well not quite! It's time to deck the halls and begin to celebrate the approaching New Year, but why would we have normalcy. There's a problem with this "Loman" character and readers are led on a chase to find out why. So, of course panic ensues, time frames linger from past to present, plot twist are ratcheted up and quite frankly everything goes haywire. After all a deadly surprise being offered up on Christmas in San Fran isn't what anyone needs at the moment and certainly not the members of the Women's Murder Club. Now if you follow my reviews you know I'm knowledgeable about narcissists and toxic individuals. This book has that feel of the crazy train in the sense that smoke and mirrors are offered up with colleagues doing the dirty work for 'Team Logan' yet a disconnect happens within the plot. Go figure! RIGHT? After all who is "Loman" ? Primary and secondary plots are woven tightly but with predictability. Each distraction and smoke screen did nothing to add to the complexity of the villain. Will the identity of Loman be revealed? What about those 4 ladies of the club? Claire had very little involvement having left for holidays to teach while Cindy and Yuki deal with complications to immigration issues. Lindsay has taken center stage with her escapades. It's a typical JP novel with nothing out of the norm here for the fans. Always quick and relevant to today's times but I'd love to have more thrills..

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Very enjoyable read. The twists and turns were really exciting and the hunt was so entertaining that one almost felt a let down when the killer got caught. I docked one star for 2 reasons. First, I didn't need to know 2 times how Lt Brady got his job. I know they repeat in case you are new to the series BUT twice? And the whole undocumented story line was not necessary. It was a fluffy story line that was not up to par with the abilities of Cindy the investigative reporter. The end of the that l Very enjoyable read. The twists and turns were really exciting and the hunt was so entertaining that one almost felt a let down when the killer got caught. I docked one star for 2 reasons. First, I didn't need to know 2 times how Lt Brady got his job. I know they repeat in case you are new to the series BUT twice? And the whole undocumented story line was not necessary. It was a fluffy story line that was not up to par with the abilities of Cindy the investigative reporter. The end of the that line was everyone being thrilled that Cindy was able to help the undocumented people go back to their lives and no one raised an eye to the fact that they were illegal aliens. More leftist BS getting added to a fictional story. I suppose most people won't be bothered by it but I don't think it is necessary to alienate half your reading audience and resent that Patterson thinks he is too important for it to matter. Stepping off the soapbox.....semi spoiler: Joe and Lyndsey add to their little family (for the next book)!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Gandhi

    Another great installment to the Women's Murder Club series. I actually liked that this one focused more on only a couple of the ladies versus extensive storylines on each one. The plotline is brilliant. If I were a criminal, this is the book to read for a blueprint on how to carry out a robbery/heist.

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