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The most personalA young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The most dangerous The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus D The most personalA young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The most dangerous The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. The most exciting Women's Murder Club novel ever Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich--and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line--but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!


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The most personalA young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The most dangerous The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus D The most personalA young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The most dangerous The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. The most exciting Women's Murder Club novel ever Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich--and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line--but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

30 review for The 9th Judgment

  1. 4 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel (Here's The Fucking Twist)

    Why am i still reading this series you ask???? I have no idea other than I'm already 9 books in and I AIN'T NO QUITTER. I'm dedicated, I just keep going no matter how embarassing or pointless it is - like a boy band still touring into their 50s. You're balls hit the toilet water, don't they Jordan Knight?! Anyway, this series has been a metaphorical roller coaster of literary quality. The first 3 were decent, but it's been steep ups and downs ever since. And by that I mean, basically they all suc Why am i still reading this series you ask???? I have no idea other than I'm already 9 books in and I AIN'T NO QUITTER. I'm dedicated, I just keep going no matter how embarassing or pointless it is - like a boy band still touring into their 50s. You're balls hit the toilet water, don't they Jordan Knight?! Anyway, this series has been a metaphorical roller coaster of literary quality. The first 3 were decent, but it's been steep ups and downs ever since. And by that I mean, basically they all suck and sometimes one sucks less. It seems we're on a slight incline of less sucky-ness with this one, and so I can only expect number 10 to take a drastic dip. In The 9th Judgement a deranged killer is targeting women and children all over San Fran. I have to hand it to Patterson, the crimes were especially disturbing compared to some of his other works and the killer's calling card - WCF (meaning "women and children first") was pretty clever. As usual, there was a secondary plot moving the story along, but this time, thank Jeebus, the two crimes were actually connected! The plot flowed and everything came together in the end with a nice bow, except for that stupid epilogue that served no purpose! Yay! 1 out of 2 ain't bad. My complaints for this one include my usual "WOMAN DON'T BEHAVE THIS WAY" gripe, as well as my constant wondering about why a book meant to be dark and chilling kept it's language within the boundaries of things like "stink bomb." I'm sorry, but what is this? The Baby Muppets Murder Club? It just didn't come across as an adult tale. The sex was too delicate and cheesy and people saying things like "fricken'" and "gosh darn it" was just ridiculous given the crimes, the setting, and all we know about adults in this little thing I call reality. Final Rating: 3 stars up and one doo-doo face down

  2. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I am not usually a fan of this particular series. I find the four women high maintenance and tiresome. However in this one they are all more bearable than usual and anyway the story is so good I could ignore their sillinesses. As with all Patterson novels the book moves at a very brisk pace with short, choppy chapters each leading straight into the next. I think this is the main reason I read his books. They are ideal reading for a tired brain - not much concentration needed but plenty of action I am not usually a fan of this particular series. I find the four women high maintenance and tiresome. However in this one they are all more bearable than usual and anyway the story is so good I could ignore their sillinesses. As with all Patterson novels the book moves at a very brisk pace with short, choppy chapters each leading straight into the next. I think this is the main reason I read his books. They are ideal reading for a tired brain - not much concentration needed but plenty of action to keep the reader awake. I enjoyed the secondary story about the cat burglar and liked the way it was related to the main murder mystery. There was some foolishness (can you honestly ever imagine a cop stripping all her clothes off in public?) and some melodrama (that last unnecessary scene at the dinner party) but overall it was an entertaining read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Not my favourite James Patterson series (written with Maxine Paetro) but on the whole this was a good read. The main storyline was a killer shooting random women and children for no apparent reason, with a cat burglar nicknamed 'Hello Kitty', a secondary thread. I enjoyed the cat burglar more than the main thread, especially the way it ended. The main story didn't always make sense (view spoiler)[I'm not actually sure why the shooter was targeting women and children and how this and his tagline Not my favourite James Patterson series (written with Maxine Paetro) but on the whole this was a good read. The main storyline was a killer shooting random women and children for no apparent reason, with a cat burglar nicknamed 'Hello Kitty', a secondary thread. I enjoyed the cat burglar more than the main thread, especially the way it ended. The main story didn't always make sense (view spoiler)[I'm not actually sure why the shooter was targeting women and children and how this and his tagline WCF tied in with his wartime trauma (hide spoiler)] but it had a few twists and a good pace that kept me entertained for a few hours. 3.5★ but I'll bump it up to 4★ for Hello Kitty!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    What makes a writer continue on when the story is over? I was enjoying this tale until James Patterson needed to continue with a couple of chapters at the end that were not necessary. Is there a certain word count or page number that an author has to hit before their book is complete? Lindsay Boxer and her team respond to a gruesome murder – someone is killing young mothers and their children and leaving a horrific “WCF” message behind in the woman’s lipstick. It takes Boxer and her team most of What makes a writer continue on when the story is over? I was enjoying this tale until James Patterson needed to continue with a couple of chapters at the end that were not necessary. Is there a certain word count or page number that an author has to hit before their book is complete? Lindsay Boxer and her team respond to a gruesome murder – someone is killing young mothers and their children and leaving a horrific “WCF” message behind in the woman’s lipstick. It takes Boxer and her team most of the book to actually figure out the obvious, but that is typical Patterson. In a parallel storyline, a cat burglar whom the media has referred to as “Hello Kitty” is robbing homes while the owners are having a party and have just happened to leave their safes unlocked. A narrow escape involving Hello Kitty opens up an opportunity for an aging movie star to take care of a bit of his own business. As the two stories reach their conclusions and intertwine, Boxer and her team, with the help of a character from a previous book, try to end the WCF killings and bring peace once again to San Francisco. However, that would be too easy and once again, Lindsay is drawn into yet another round with a lying deceitful manipulating character that appears to turn Lindsay’s world on end. Patterson writes a very simple easy to follow book. Are you going to be mesmerized and tantalized with his writing – no. Are you going to brag to all of your friends that you just read a Patterson – I hope not. Are you going to say – darn these books are addictive and I hope that one day he writes a books that lives up to all of the hype – most definitely.

  5. 4 out of 5

    stephanie

    why am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hill. and now it's what, six books later and i'm still surprised that they are getting worse? there wasn't even anything INTERESTING in it. and it made NO SENSE. clues? a mystery? what? i'm kind of still confused. at least they used a map when plotting the chase scenes this time. so glad i waited for this at the library. ugh. i still miss jill. the e why am i still reading this series?? it's TERRIBLE. i mean, the first ones were good. but then . . . i swear, after 3rd Degree everything went down hill. and now it's what, six books later and i'm still surprised that they are getting worse? there wasn't even anything INTERESTING in it. and it made NO SENSE. clues? a mystery? what? i'm kind of still confused. at least they used a map when plotting the chase scenes this time. so glad i waited for this at the library. ugh. i still miss jill. the end.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    The 9th Judgment audio book is number nine in the Woman's Murder Club series written by author Maxine Paetro and narrated by Carolyn McCormick Once again author and narrator pair up together creating another breathtaking, nail biting, thriller that's not to be missed! Maxine Paetro is an old hand at blending several story lines together creating even higher levels of suspense and anticipation throughout the story while Carolyn McCormick deftly accentuates each character's individual personality p The 9th Judgment audio book is number nine in the Woman's Murder Club series written by author Maxine Paetro and narrated by Carolyn McCormick Once again author and narrator pair up together creating another breathtaking, nail biting, thriller that's not to be missed! Maxine Paetro is an old hand at blending several story lines together creating even higher levels of suspense and anticipation throughout the story while Carolyn McCormick deftly accentuates each character's individual personality portraying them into living, breathing, larger than life people. A cat burglar, nicknamed Hello Kitty, has been breaking into lavish homes, stealing precious jewelry, then escaping into the night while the affluent owners are busy entertaining guests. Hello Kitty has never harmed anyone. Until now. The prominent actor Marcus Dowling and his wife, Stephanie, are having an intimate dinner party downstairs, Hello Kitty breaks into the upstairs bedroom, grabs the jewels and is about to escape when something goes terribly wrong and Stephanie Dowling ends up dead. Now it's up to Lindsay and Richie to find out why Hello Kitty has now killed someone. What went wrong? Lindsay has her suspicions that Marcus Dowling killed his wife, not Hello Kitty. But everyone else believes that the actor is truly devastated by his wife's death and that he couldn't have killed her. Across town a mother with a baby is getting into her car when a stranger suddenly shoots the mother twice then pitilessly kills the baby with a gun shot to the head. The killer leaves no clues or evidence behind except for three big letters written in lipstick on the windshield. WCF Who would do such a thing? Why a baby? And what does WCF stand for? Before Lindsay and Richie have a chance to find the first lead, the killer strikes again, this time killing a mother and her infant daughter outside a movie theater in the mall. The letters are again written in lipstick, dubbing the shooter The Lipstick Killer. Lindsay and Richie are neck deep in two homicide investigations with little to go on when confidential information gets leaked out to the media adding additional pressure on them. They finally get a break in the Dowling case when someone claiming to be Hello Kitty calls Lindsay and says that she didn't kill Stephanie Dowling and giving information that only the burglar would know. Hello Kitty then hints at who did kill Stephanie Dowling, even giving them a possible motive. Now they know that the cat burglar is female, but can they trust her that she is indeed innocent of murder? Is she telling them the truth about the person who did kill Mrs. Dowling? The merciless Lipstick Killer has killed yet again, this time the letters have been rearranged to FWC. The investigation stalls when they're still unable to decipher the letters or catch any leads until a man calling himself the Lipstick Killer writes the Chronicle asking for two million dollars. In exchange he says he will stop killing people in San Francisco. Who's going to pay off a psycho killer? And can they trust him to keep his word that once he gets the money that he will stop killing people in San Francisco? But then what? Lindsay will stop at nothing to catch this deranged killer. Is she prepared to lose her life to stop him? And if she fails more woman and babies will be killed—and it will be her fault. The 9th judgment has enough twists to keep things lively and exciting throughout and it never slows down enough for you to catch your breath. Despite the number of books in this series all of the characters remain fresh and the personal stories that occur amongst them raises the excitement level even higher with an extra zing alongside the suspense of the multiple murder investigations. There were several jaw dropping moments and a conclusion that brought me up short! Next up 10th Anniversary by Maxine Paetro

  7. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Was so awesome to get back to the these characters after years being away from them. When we were moving bookshelves because of a pipe busting so now want to get caught up on the series. Yep so that's my month goal! They aren't huge books and are fast reads so....on to book ten! My quick and simple overall: loved the plot and getting reunited with the characters! Fast read you can do in one sitting.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Of all of the Women's Club Murder mysteries, this one has to be my favorite! James Patterson and Maxine Paetro do a stellar job of weaving a tale that keeps the reader interested, cover-to-cover. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and finished it in a matter of several days! This has to be one of the toughest cases yet for the Women's Murder Club - a deranged killer is targeting women and children all over San Francisco, and the bodies are piling up. Meanwhile, a string of jewel thef Of all of the Women's Club Murder mysteries, this one has to be my favorite! James Patterson and Maxine Paetro do a stellar job of weaving a tale that keeps the reader interested, cover-to-cover. I had a very hard time putting this book down, and finished it in a matter of several days! This has to be one of the toughest cases yet for the Women's Murder Club - a deranged killer is targeting women and children all over San Francisco, and the bodies are piling up. Meanwhile, a string of jewel thefts ends tragically for one high-profile couple, when the wife is murdered, presumably by the jewel thief. Everything is not what it seems as two women struggle to come to grips with their painful marriages, and plot their escape, never really realizing how much danger they will face as the story unravels. Lindsey, Claire, Cindy and Yuki deal with their own challenges as they go about their jobs trying to protect their beloved San Francisco. The ending will surprise readers! The only disappointing part of the book is that we don't see much of Yuki this time!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Alycia

    By far, the most twisted book in this series. You know from the get go who the bad guy is and boy do you want the cops to get him. He's sick and twisted and ... Ugh he was just bad. There there was the second case in the story that you couldn't get a read on until it was coming to an end and you were almost glad to see it end the way it did. Very very good 9th book in a series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Glen

    I'm sick of this series and the fact that there's a 10th book already out pisses me off even more BECAUSE i CAN'T BELIEVE ITS NOT OVER YET. I followed this series because the first book was AMAZING, I enjoyed it and thought "Wow a women that's a cop and a series that centers around her life count me in!" I was interested in reading the rest of the series because I really enjoyed the first. Some of the other books I also enjoyed and the others not so much. But THIS one just pisses me off, its lik I'm sick of this series and the fact that there's a 10th book already out pisses me off even more BECAUSE i CAN'T BELIEVE ITS NOT OVER YET. I followed this series because the first book was AMAZING, I enjoyed it and thought "Wow a women that's a cop and a series that centers around her life count me in!" I was interested in reading the rest of the series because I really enjoyed the first. Some of the other books I also enjoyed and the others not so much. But THIS one just pisses me off, its like Patterson just wrote it to write it. the story line was so terrible and so typical. I don't understand why Patterson likes to ruin a good series by writing another book for it every 15 freaking seconds. Just writing about this book is pissing me off. The only thing that kept me interested in actually reading it was the relationship between Cindy and Conklin. I'm sick of Lindsay shes an idiot who doesn't know what she wants and is jealous of Cindy and can't be content with Joe she needs to get over herself and get married already. I sincerely hope the 10th book was the last because I can't take this series anymore, its already ruined for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ranny

    After the disappointing 8th Confession, I didn't have high expectations with this book. Surprisingly, it was actually enjoyable. Here are the reasons why I like this book: 1. The lipstick killer. I like intelligence, even in serial killers. The harder they are to catch and figure out, the more difficult it is for the police to outsmart him, the more exciting it is for me because I become increasingly frustrated to get him caught. Dumb criminals invoke a 'meh' reaction from me because unless they After the disappointing 8th Confession, I didn't have high expectations with this book. Surprisingly, it was actually enjoyable. Here are the reasons why I like this book: 1. The lipstick killer. I like intelligence, even in serial killers. The harder they are to catch and figure out, the more difficult it is for the police to outsmart him, the more exciting it is for me because I become increasingly frustrated to get him caught. Dumb criminals invoke a 'meh' reaction from me because unless they undergo a miracle, they're bound to get caught in the end anyway. 2. The Hello Kitty burglar. I liked how the Kitty burglar was somehow pitiful, not in a snide way but sincerely worth the pity. She's like the female version of Robin Hood, only instead of giving the money to the poor, she's saving it up to save the person she people she loves, including herself. 3. How everything was intertwined. You'll understand after you read the book. Now go ahead and read it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jill Cawthon

    I read it only because I didn't have to pay for it. I am SO disappointed in James Patterson and his "cop-outs" over the last several years. He was such a good writer in the early "Alex Cross" novels, but now he just puts his name on other authors' works to give them notoriety so the book sells. I refuse to pay full price for a book that is as much "white space" as it is words. It is ridiculous to start a new chapter every 200 to 300 words! I don't understand why such an outstanding author would I read it only because I didn't have to pay for it. I am SO disappointed in James Patterson and his "cop-outs" over the last several years. He was such a good writer in the early "Alex Cross" novels, but now he just puts his name on other authors' works to give them notoriety so the book sells. I refuse to pay full price for a book that is as much "white space" as it is words. It is ridiculous to start a new chapter every 200 to 300 words! I don't understand why such an outstanding author would end up selling himself out. It's shameful!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Marleen

    I mainly read these books in the Women’s Murder Club, because I enjoy the friendship between Lindsay, Sergeant in SFPD, Claire, Medical Examiner, Cindy, journalist at the Chronicle and Yuki working as an Assistant District Attorney. All 4 women are on the right side of the law – well except maybe not entirely true for Cindy – as a reporter she regularly antagonizes Lindsay by possibly printing information that shouldn’t be available to the public, yet. Mostly it works out and Cindy respectfully I mainly read these books in the Women’s Murder Club, because I enjoy the friendship between Lindsay, Sergeant in SFPD, Claire, Medical Examiner, Cindy, journalist at the Chronicle and Yuki working as an Assistant District Attorney. All 4 women are on the right side of the law – well except maybe not entirely true for Cindy – as a reporter she regularly antagonizes Lindsay by possibly printing information that shouldn’t be available to the public, yet. Mostly it works out and Cindy respectfully follows Lindsay’s lead. This 9th book is very disappointing in the fact that 4 lead women hardly interacted and little was happening with Claire, who’s my favorite. What also horrified me was the nature of the crimes committed by the Lipstick Killer. I’m serious here – what motivated the authors to have that psychopath kill young mothers with babies in deserted parking garages? I don’t know, but it was so unsubtly written, in my opinion, without decorum and respect – I was repulsed. Especially, as we don’t know what motivated these killings? At least the authors should have made the effort to put this in perspective – This was violence and horror, for shock effect – No more, no less.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lainy

    Time taken to read - 1 day Pages - 368 Publisher - Little, Brown Young Readers Sources - gifted from another reader Blurb from Goodreads Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children. A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield i Time taken to read - 1 day Pages - 368 Publisher - Little, Brown Young Readers Sources - gifted from another reader Blurb from Goodreads Detective Lindsay Boxer chases a Jewel thief, a murderous movie star, and a killer with a vendetta against women and children. A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood-red lipstick. The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich, and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line - but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best! My Review Lindsay is on the path of a killer, murdering innocent mothers with their children. A jewel thief who has murdered an actors wife. Discussing the case with her friends also serving the city in their roles they put the worlds to right, discussing the issues in work and their lives. We hear from the jewel thief, we hear from the killer and follow the investigation as the police try to catch the killer and jewel thief. As always with Patterson we have short chapters which I love and makes for easy reading. The plot is engaging, I do like the friendship aspect but some of it is a bit, well for me, I read like really?!?! However it doesn't spoil the actual book, some of the scenes are a bit hard hitting, murders of children are always hard to read. It is really good, action, friendship, relationships, police procedure and investigations. An easy read, I think I have read one or two of the previous books and have enjoyed them and I will read them as I come across them. A pool side read for me, enjoyable, not my favourite James Patterson book by any means but I do recommend it, 3.5/5 for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    There's nothing better than Sgt Lindsay Boxer on a case. She's smart, dogmatic, calculating and good at her job. This time, the killer is a military veteran that has set his sights on women and children. The funny thing is he has kids of his own! The 2nd case involves a cat burglar who commits a crime but later finds out one of the people they robbed was murdered and they're being accused of murder. James Patterson reels you in with the prologue and from there, the action begins. The stories are There's nothing better than Sgt Lindsay Boxer on a case. She's smart, dogmatic, calculating and good at her job. This time, the killer is a military veteran that has set his sights on women and children. The funny thing is he has kids of his own! The 2nd case involves a cat burglar who commits a crime but later finds out one of the people they robbed was murdered and they're being accused of murder. James Patterson reels you in with the prologue and from there, the action begins. The stories are interesting and feels as if they're happening at the moment you're reading the book. The activities in the story were believable and plausible. As each story unfolds, the suspense mounts and you want to get to the end. There's only one thing I don't like about this story. JP keeps dragging Lindsay's indecisiveness about her true feelings about Joe and marriage. She loves him but something is holding her back from saying I do. At least she's wearing the engagement ring. I rated this book a 4 because there's no long-winded downtime within the story. The action is top notch, the storyline is very plausible and keeps you reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I really really enjoyed this one at times but at other times it was very very hard for me to read. The whole case with the mothers and children really got to me as a mother myself. As for the cases they were interesting and it was very cool how they tied in the lipstick killer in with the hello kitty thief. It was cool. As for Cindy, she is really starting to annoy the hell out of me. Her and Yuki I really do not like very much anymore, can we just go back to just Lindsay stories?

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Rayment

    Jen's Review Dear James I can call you James right, after all your books I have read, I feel we are on a first name basis. Now James, you know I love you, but lets talk about your latest novel, The 9th Judgment. For the first time I have had to put down one of your books and decide not to finish it. I know this is a first for us, so I need you to understand. James, you murdered an infant and sweetie, I just cannot seem to handle that sort of storyline. My youngest child is close in age to the infa Jen's Review Dear James I can call you James right, after all your books I have read, I feel we are on a first name basis. Now James, you know I love you, but lets talk about your latest novel, The 9th Judgment. For the first time I have had to put down one of your books and decide not to finish it. I know this is a first for us, so I need you to understand. James, you murdered an infant and sweetie, I just cannot seem to handle that sort of storyline. My youngest child is close in age to the infant you knocked off and that just hits too close to home. Now I AM going to forgive you for this and not treat you like I did Stephen King after being horrified while reading Pet Cemetery. I actually finished that book, but it took me 20 years to get over my disgust and pick up another one of his books, even though his book The Stand is my favorite. Instead I have decided to treat you with the same respect that I gave Joss Whedon, even though he broke my heart twice. The first time with the sudden death of Buffy's Mom by brain aneurysm (Sorry Joss, but I like Buffy came home to find my mom dead of a brain aneurysm, I CANNOT watch that episode ever again) The second time from the abrupt death of Wash, one of your most beloved characters. Joss, you made me cry, but I came back for more and James I am going to do the same for you now. Now promise me darling, no more murdering innocent children --or while we are at it no evil murdering toddlers back from the dead either. However I do approve of the killing of psychopaths or politicians -- oh never mind, that is the same thing, so keep up with that. Thanks for all your previous books, I know many people say you aren't a good writer, but don't listen to them. A good writer to me, is someone who tells a good tale and makes you not want to put a story down, well except for when you murder off innocent children of course. Thanks Jen Rating: DNF

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brooke ♥booklife4life♥

    **Short "end of the month" Review** Okay this was probably the hardest book for me to read. I really couldn't even rate this. I wanted to hate every part of it, i mean really, children are killed in this book. It was very hard for me to read, and i was glad when it was over. I really thought the guy was going to go after Claire when she was on tv and told people to carry a gun, it would have shown the city that even she isn't safe, but it's whatever. I would skip this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎

    Rated 3.5 stars Still enjoying Lindsey Boxer and her girls

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Schoesler

    I really enjoyed the 9th book of the Women's Murder Club series. A cat burgler is stealing jewels from the rich and famous only something goes wrong at one heist and the lady of the house is murdered. The police and the public assume that it was a result of the robbery and the cat burgler is to be blamed. But is she? Detectives Boxer and Conklin have their doubts. At the same time a seriel killer is terriozing the city doing the unthinkable......killing young mothers and their toddler children. I really enjoyed the 9th book of the Women's Murder Club series. A cat burgler is stealing jewels from the rich and famous only something goes wrong at one heist and the lady of the house is murdered. The police and the public assume that it was a result of the robbery and the cat burgler is to be blamed. But is she? Detectives Boxer and Conklin have their doubts. At the same time a seriel killer is terriozing the city doing the unthinkable......killing young mothers and their toddler children. The victims seem to be random and there is no rhyme or reason to the killings. In past books there have always been duel storylines taking place. What makes ths book so good is that the storylines interwine without characters realizing it until the very end. The only part of the book I didn't care for was the plane crash involving Joe in the Epilogue. At first I thought that it was going to be a cliffhanger going into the next novel. I wouldn't have enjoyed not knowing, but it sure would have made me rush out to get the next book. However, after a few measly pages you find out the outcome. It just seemed like an afterthought that didn't give anything extra to the story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I haven't read any of the other Women's Murder Club books, but you don't really need to to get the story. It reminded me of a more grisly Stephanie Plum type book. The story kept my interest, though I was a bit disappointed and confused at the ending. Disappointed that they didn't seem to finish some of the story lines. It could be just me, but I like things wrapped up in little bows by the end of the book, and the book didn't do that for me (though I understand that the main character's storylin I haven't read any of the other Women's Murder Club books, but you don't really need to to get the story. It reminded me of a more grisly Stephanie Plum type book. The story kept my interest, though I was a bit disappointed and confused at the ending. Disappointed that they didn't seem to finish some of the story lines. It could be just me, but I like things wrapped up in little bows by the end of the book, and the book didn't do that for me (though I understand that the main character's storyline (Lindsey Boxer) wasn't wrapped up because it's a series, I'm talking about the "bad guys" in the book). Not as much resolution as I'd like. The epilogue also had some confusing elements to it, but with it being a series, I guess I can get behind it, it just seemed so out of place. I do love the Stephanie Plum books because they're fun, funny, and easy-to-read, and I am interested enough in this series to start at the first book because it reminded me of the Plum series. A coworker gave me the audio CD. I'd never listened to a book before. It was an interesting experience. One that I'd definitely do again. It kept me wanting to stay in my car to finish the CDs.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Πάνος Τουρλής

    Στο ένατο βιβλίο της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων οι συγγραφείς ακολουθούν ένα μοτίβο που συνάντησα και σε προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς: δύο παράλληλες υποθέσεις πονοκεφαλιάζουν τη Λίνζι και ακόμη περισσότερο τον διευθυντή της Αστυνομίας που δε γλυτώνει τη συνεργασία με το FBI. Έχουμε έναν κατά συρροήν δολοφόνο που σκοτώνει μανάδες και βρέφη ενός έτους το πολύ και ταυτόχρονα έναν μπουκαδόρο που έχει κατακλέψει τα πλούσια σπίτια ώσπου μια μέρα κατηγορείται και για τη δολοφονία μιας γυναίκας στο σπίτι Στο ένατο βιβλίο της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων οι συγγραφείς ακολουθούν ένα μοτίβο που συνάντησα και σε προηγούμενα βιβλία της σειράς: δύο παράλληλες υποθέσεις πονοκεφαλιάζουν τη Λίνζι και ακόμη περισσότερο τον διευθυντή της Αστυνομίας που δε γλυτώνει τη συνεργασία με το FBI. Έχουμε έναν κατά συρροήν δολοφόνο που σκοτώνει μανάδες και βρέφη ενός έτους το πολύ και ταυτόχρονα έναν μπουκαδόρο που έχει κατακλέψει τα πλούσια σπίτια ώσπου μια μέρα κατηγορείται και για τη δολοφονία μιας γυναίκας στο σπίτι που έκλεψε την τελευταία φορά. Πώς θα λυθούν αυτές οι δύο υποθέσεις και πόσο θα επηρεάσει η δολοφονία των μωρών την αρχιφύλακα Λίνζι; Αυτό το βιβλίο είχε αρκετή ένταση και αγωνία και ελάχιστη αναφορά στις προσωπικές ζωές των ηρωίδων, με εξαίρεση τη Λίνζι που στο τέλος ετοιμάζεται για τον γάμο της με τον Τζο, μιας και δέχτηκε την πρότασή του ήδη από το προηγούμενο βιβλίο. Παρ’ όλ’ αυτά μου φάνηκε τόσο ουρανοκατέβατο, μιας και το μεγαλύτερο βιβλίο εκτυλίσσεται στους δρόμους του Σαν Φρανσίσκο, οι δύο υποθέσεις μας απασχολούν πάρα πολύ και τσουπ, σχεδόν μετά τη μέση του βιβλίου, εμφανίζεται ένας ουρανοκατέβατος Τζο, που μέχρι τότε, με όσα δεινά είχε περάσει και όση πίεση είχε ζήσει η μέλλουσα γυναίκα του, δεν είχε εμφανιστεί ακόμη για να τα αντιμετωπίσουν μαζί ενώ όταν οι υποθέσεις τείνουν να κλείσουν ο Τζο και η Λίνζι μοιράζονται την ευτυχία τους με διαλεγμένους φίλους. Εξίσου επιδερμικά παίρνει απόφαση η Λίνζι πως αγαπάει μόνο τον Τζο και αρχίζει να δέχεται τη σχέση της φίλης της, Σίντι, με τον συνάδελφό της, Ρίτσι. Το γεγονός πως δολοφονούνται βρέφη είναι από μόνο του αρκετό για να με εξοργίσει και να με συγκινήσει, παρ’ όλ’ αυτά, δυστυχώς, τα κίνητρα του δολοφόνου δε με έπεισαν. Το γεγονός που πυροδότησε τη δολοφονική του μανία και η οικογενειακή του καθημερινότητα που ενέτειναν τα αισθήματα μίσους δε με κέρδισαν ούτε στιγμή. Όταν δολοφονούνται αθώα πλάσματα, πρέπει να υπάρχει και ένα ισχυρότατο κίνητρο από πίσω, πειστικό και στέρεο, οπότε εδώ το υπόβαθρο χωλαίνει. Μου άρεσε όμως ο τρόπος με τον οποίο ολοκληρώθηκε η ιστορία, γιατί οτιδήποτε άλλο ίσως να ήταν παρατραβηγμένο ή να μη με έβρισκε σύμφωνο. Ο μπουκαδόρος «Χελόου Κίτι» είχε μια καλή προσωπικότητα. Ήταν απλώς ένας κλέφτης κοσμημάτων με ηθική και αγνό σκοπό για να διαπράττει τις διαρρήξεις. Μπλέχτηκε άθελά του σε μια δολοφονία και χειρίστηκε έξυπνα την υπόθεση, ώστε να διαλυθούν οι αμφιβολίες της αστυνομίας ως προς το άτομό του. Από την άλλη, ούτε αυτή η προσωπικότητα με έπεισε ως προς το περιβάλλον μέσα στο οποίο δρα και κινείται, γιατί οι επιλογές του ήταν αντικρουόμενες και δεν επεξηγήθηκαν καθόλου. Δεν μπορώ να πω περισσότερα αλλά είμαι σίγουρος πως ο αναγνώστης θα καταλάβει σχεδόν αμέσως πως τέτοιοι χαρακτήρες πρέπει να έχουν και μια καλή δικαιολογία για να πράττουν κατ’ αυτόν τον τρόπο. Τέλος, θεώρησα περιττές τη μίνι περιπέτεια που ακολούθησε το τέλος των υποθέσεων και αφορούσε τον Τζο (σωρεία υπερβολών και συμπτώσεων σε ελάχιστες σελίδες) και κυρίως τη μίνι υπόθεση των 8 σελίδων στο τέλος, και καλά εν είδει δώρου: «η τελευταία υπόθεση που χειρίζεται ως ανύπαντρη»! Η «9η κρίση» (που ως τίτλος μάλλον αναφέρεται στις 9 δολοφονίες που διαπράττονται στο βιβλίο) είναι άλλο ένα καλό θρίλερ της σειράς της Γυναικείας Λέσχης Φόνων, με ελάχιστες αναφορές στο παρελθόν, μπόλικο σασπένς και ανατροπές ως τη λύση του μυστηρίου ενώ οι ηρωίδες μας είναι σα να έχουν αφήσει στην άκρη την προσωπική τους ζωή ώστε να ξεμπερδεύουν γρηγορότερα με αυτό το απάνθρωπο τέρας (κυρίως).

  23. 4 out of 5

    it'chy

    "...and died." right

  24. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Tai

    Patterson's books always make great audiobooks. Not bogged down with heavy prose to lull you into sleep (not great when you're driving), and always fast-paced and tightly plotted, making you excited about the next chapter. Still, this isn't an awesome book to say the least. The plot was intriguing enough but the characters were all one dimensional. And then, there was this weird plot involving a plane crash towards the end. It was pointless and totally weird. This book isn't one that will make yo Patterson's books always make great audiobooks. Not bogged down with heavy prose to lull you into sleep (not great when you're driving), and always fast-paced and tightly plotted, making you excited about the next chapter. Still, this isn't an awesome book to say the least. The plot was intriguing enough but the characters were all one dimensional. And then, there was this weird plot involving a plane crash towards the end. It was pointless and totally weird. This book isn't one that will make you think at all; the kind of audiobook that you put on while you're tidying up the house.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keisha

    3.5 stars

  26. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    THE 9TH JUDGMENT by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is 355 pages long in hardcover. This is #9 in the Women's Murder Club Series. Brief Description: The most personal A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The most dangerous The same night, the wife THE 9TH JUDGMENT by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is 355 pages long in hardcover. This is #9 in the Women's Murder Club Series. Brief Description: The most personal A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in bloodred lipstick. The most dangerous The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling is woken by a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars' worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is a nearly empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria. The most exciting Women's Murder Club novel ever Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner, Rich--and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her engagement and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line--but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, THE 9TH JUDGMENT is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best. This is a fast paced book and can be read in an afternoon. I believe if they took out some of the blank pages this book would be a 250 page read instead of 355. I do like all the female characters in this book, but this is definitely more about Lindsay and not Claire or Cindy. Claire and Cindy are in the book, but not the focus. I am still not sure if Lindsay is going to stay with Joe, as the tension between Rich and Lindsay seems to be mounting. I am not sure that Lindsay really likes Cindy seeing Rich. I do enjoy this waffling though. There were some interesting developments in the relationship between Cindy and Rich, but also between Lindsay and Rich. Joe is not a main character and maybe if he had more of a story, it would be a more interesting dynamic. I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars. I don't believe it was the best book that I have read by these two writers, but it wasn't the worst either. I would like to see more in the story. I did enjoy this, but I didn't love it. BUY NOW: Conniesbookshelf.com $5.99

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shonda

    3.5 Stars Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women’s Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick “WCF”. Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer t 3.5 Stars Lindsay, Claire, Yuki and Cindy are back for the ninth installment of The Women’s Murder Club series. A serial killer, penned the Lipstick Killer by the police, is terrorizing the streets of San Francisco. Mothers and their children are being targeted and killed in a vicious manner. The killer only leaves one clue: a message in lipstick “WCF”. Lindsay and her partner, Rich Conklin, are angry that someone is killing mothers and innocent children. They are determined to bring the killer to justice. Lindsay and Rich are also pulled into the “Hello Kitty” case. A robber, who breaks into homes while the home owners are entertaining, to steal their jewelry. This time, the jewelry thief breaks into the home of actor Marcus Dowling and before the night is over, Casey Dowling, his wife, is shot and killed. Given his celebrity status, Lindsay and Rich have their hands full trying to solve his wife’s murder. I really enjoyed The 9th Judgment. It started out with a bang—literally—and did not slow down until the final page. The authors did a good job with going back and forth between the two cases. What helped with the transitions were reading the perspectives from both the Lipstick Killer and Hello Kitty. I do have to admit, I wasn’t prepared for knowing the identities of both from the beginning. It added to the suspense when Patterson and Paetro revealed more of their private lives. All in all, The 9th Judgment is a great addition to The Women’s Murder Club series. Fans will sympathize with the police force as they race to stop the Lipstick Killer from killing innocent mothers and children. True to Lindsay’s style, she risks her life to make sure justice is served. As usual, I’m waiting for the tenth book to be released. I do hope Patterson will soon allow Lindsay and Joe to marry. I want Lindsay to receive her happy ending—she definitely deserves it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read in the Women's Murder Club series...., July 23, 2010 This review is from: The 9th Judgment (The Women's Murder Club) (Hardcover) This is one of the better books in the Women's Murder Club series. It's fast-paced and has several different criminal actions going on that involve the members of the WMC. In first person point of view, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD juggles simultaneous investigations involving the shooting death of the wife of a movie star, trac 4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining read in the Women's Murder Club series...., July 23, 2010 This review is from: The 9th Judgment (The Women's Murder Club) (Hardcover) This is one of the better books in the Women's Murder Club series. It's fast-paced and has several different criminal actions going on that involve the members of the WMC. In first person point of view, Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD juggles simultaneous investigations involving the shooting death of the wife of a movie star, tracking a cat burglar who steals from the rich during dinner parties, and chasing a psycho dubbed the LIPSTICK KILLER who is running rampant in the garages of San Francisco shopping malls killing women and their children. The other members of the WMC, Yuki, Claire, and Cindy, are all involved, as usual, in various aspects of these cases. This particular book is more focused on Lindsay although the romance between Cindy and Lindsay's current partner Rich Conklin, also gets some page time. Although not great literature, this was an absorbing and entertaining page turner; a quick read with Patterson's trademark short chapters, perfect for summer travel or for reading while lounging at the pool with a cold drink.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Francie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have 4 problems with this book. 1. Baby killings!!!! Please for the love of God James Patterson, NEVER EVER write about someone who kills innocent babies. It's bad enough you write about kidnappers, but killing little babies..that is too much for me (I had to stop reading the Alex Cross books after book 3 because it was about a child killer). I know it's fiction..but some fiction is based on fact. And this story reminded me of those mall killings a few years ago. 2. What the hell does WCF mean I have 4 problems with this book. 1. Baby killings!!!! Please for the love of God James Patterson, NEVER EVER write about someone who kills innocent babies. It's bad enough you write about kidnappers, but killing little babies..that is too much for me (I had to stop reading the Alex Cross books after book 3 because it was about a child killer). I know it's fiction..but some fiction is based on fact. And this story reminded me of those mall killings a few years ago. 2. What the hell does WCF mean!??! I think I may have missed where they explained what those letters ment... 3. The Epilogue. I understand the part with Lindsay & Joe relaxing, after all those horrifying events. The missed calls from Jacobi made a lot of sense too.. But the call for Joe to go to Washington, then the plane going down and him not being on it. WTF!! How does that even fit in with the story?? Does it have something to do with Lindsay's love for Joe?? 4. The book ends on a cliffhanger. What did Jacobi do?? We have to wait for book 10..and that could come out sometime next year. Overall, this book was a real page turner. It also helps that the chapter were super short. But I just couldn't get past the babies, which is why I had to give it 2 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Aiesha

    I read this book once before but it has been so long ago, I decided to listen to it again before getting the 10th Anniversary and 11th Hour. This is the 1st series that I read and after having read other authors and stories since, I didn't quite enjoy it the 2nd time around. I will keep my original rating of 5 stars because I did enjoy it the first time I read it... It seemed a little corny and poorly written the 2nd time around, as far as the dialogue is concerned. The plot of the story was pre I read this book once before but it has been so long ago, I decided to listen to it again before getting the 10th Anniversary and 11th Hour. This is the 1st series that I read and after having read other authors and stories since, I didn't quite enjoy it the 2nd time around. I will keep my original rating of 5 stars because I did enjoy it the first time I read it... It seemed a little corny and poorly written the 2nd time around, as far as the dialogue is concerned. The plot of the story was pretty good though. I like the girls as a team and will definitely read the more recent installments of this series. As for James Patterson, this is the only series that I've read of his. He's just doing too much for and his work is WAY overpriced. I don't like how he ALWAYS has a co-author just to get books out and I don't like how he has over 100 chapters in an average sized book! Makes no sense the way he ends chapters in the most odd places! It's hard to get into the flow of the story when you're switching chapters ever 2 pages!! I really hope his Alex Cross series isn't the same way because I'd love to read those one day.

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