Title: 12th of Never Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; Book Club edition (April 29, 2013) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 432 Genre: Suspense Source: Library Series: Women’s Murder Club #12
Not to say that James Patterson’s books are always plausible, but what mother reading this book would believe that Lindsay Boxer would rush back to work soon after the birth of her baby or for that matter, continue to work long hours while the child is in the hospital. Poor James and Maxine, they were in such a quandary as to how to solve murders while their main character was tied up with the messy business of recuperating and mothering.
After that harsh intro, I do have to admit that I am a fan of the Women’s Murder Club series, I love the women and their careers and support of each other, but let us face it - pulling Lindsay away from a sick child was too much.
In addition to investigating a psychic professor’s predictions, Joe and Lindsay are dealing with Joe’s sudden unemployment and the birth of their daughter. Yuki is in court watching a sure thing fall apart, Clare loses the body of footballer’s wife, Cindy and Conklin are have issues. There is a lot going on in this book so you have to be prepared to bounce around awhile and wonder how it will all boil down in 400+ pages.
The central characters are always the same with a few twists thrown in here and there. Patterson and Paetro do tend to throw in a funny quip from time to time, but for the most part, it is the same lightweight banter. I know that Lindsay is and forever will be the main character, but I love Clare. She is what makes me come back to these books. I hope in subsequent accounts that they bring her more to the forefront and find a way to push Cindy to the back.