Monday, June 29, 2015

14th Deadly Sin

Title: 14th Deadly Sin
Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Published: May 4, 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
Format: Paperback, 384 pages
Genre: Police Procedural
Series: Women's Murder Club #14

Finally, a murder club book that did not have the out of nowhere perfect ending.

Once again, my love hate relationship with James Patterson and his writer du jour was put to the test with 14th Deadly Sin. I love the women but sometimes the simplicity of the scenarios is absurd. This time, the ending was a bit of a dangler and the reader is left wondering if Lindsay will have finally met her match. Will the next book, number 15 in the series, be putting Lindsay’s family in danger? Will her clever mind not be able to jump to the correct conclusions? Sometimes I wonder how Lindsey can always guess the correct outcome without all the necessary parts. It is if the writing team does not have the answers either and just hopes that the reader will do it for them.

With baby Julie tucked in for the night, husband Joe Molinari is finally able to get back to work on a consulting job. Unfortunately, that is stymied when he is abruptly fired. For me, that part of the narrative never fully played out, but that takes a backseat when Lindsay receives a call that a woman has been stabbed. Lindsay was in the middle of dinner with her friends celebrating Medical Examiner Claire Washburn’s birthday when the call came in. Claire rolls her eyes and mentions that for the last several years, Lindsay has had to leave early on this annual celebration due to a police emergency. Soon Lindsay starts associating murders to the date and realizes that she just might be dealing with a serial killer. One that she is referring to “CBM” Claire’s Birthday Murders.

At the same time, there are a series of strong-arm robberies going on in San Francisco. The only problem, the men doing the robbing are wearing SFPD windbreakers. This has to be a coincidence since Lindsay is sure that her fellow men in blue would not be guilty of such heinous crimes. Now add that the most recent incident with the windbreaker gang involved the taking of drugs and cash from the notorious Kingfisher and Lindsay’s life will never be the same.

Back to Joe, since he is currently without a job and being a stay at home dad is making him whiney, he decides to do a little investigating on his own. Only to do something so ridiculous that you, as the reader, begin to wonder if any person can be that stupid.

Oh, there is also an additional subplot about Yuki Castellano. She is branching out a bit and when it comes to taking on the big guys, she does not back down and somehow, she is the one that is tying up all the loose ends.

I know, it is a love hate relationship and though I complain about these books, I tend to wait patiently for the next installment. I do not know what is wrong with me, but the women are so likable. Patterson and his fellow writer packs a great deal into his books so if one of the stories is troubling just wait a page or two and something new will come along.

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