The 19th Christmas by Maxine Paetro & James Patterson *Stephanie’s Review*

Posted April 6th, 2020 by in *Review / 2 comments

The 19th Christmas by Maxine Paetro & James Patterson *Stephanie’s Review*The 19th Christmas by Maxine Paetro, James Patterson
Also by this author: The 9th Judgment, The 9th Judgment
Series: Women's Murder Club #19
Also in this series: Unlucky 13, 16th Seduction
Published by Little Brown and Company
Genres: Adult, Thriller/Suspense
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Read in: March 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

If the Women's Murder Club can't be together this Christmas, a killer is to blame.

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. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

I picked up The 19th Christmas by Maxine Paetro & James Patterson because I needed something quick and easy to pick up and set down. I honestly don’t know why I continue with this series. The issue is that the series has gotten way too big. The first books were great. They focused on three women and their roles in the criminal justice system.

Now there’s a journalist, all their significant others, and children and its just too much for 368 pages. I think in The 19th Christmas there might have been a chapter where the Women’s Murder Club got together with all their spouses. It’s just not the same.

Despite all of that the storyline really keeps The 19th Christmas going. I really think that is why I keep reading them. They are just satisfying enough. I have got to stop buying these books though. They’re worth a library check out but not $15.00 on release day. (I got this one on sale for $5!)

Stephanie

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2020 GoodReads
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