Tuesday, January 26, 2010

7th Heaven (The Women's Murder Club)

Title: 7th Heaven

Author: James Patterson (with Maxine Paetro)
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
Pub Date: Feb. 2008 (this ed: Apr. 2009), Grand Central Publishing
Trade Paperback, 376 pages


A terrible fire in a wealthy suburban home leaves a married couple dead and Detective Lindsay Boxer and her partner Rich Conklin searching for clues. And after California's golden boy, Michael Campion has been missing for a month, there finally seems to be a lead in his case - a very devastating lead.

As fire after fire consume couples in wealthy, comfortable homes, Lindsay and the Murder Club must race to find the arsonists responsible and get to the bottom of Michael Campion's disappearance. But suddenly the fires are raging too close to home.
Frightened for her life and torn between two men, Lindsay must find a way to solve the most daunting dilemmas she's ever faced - at work and at home.

My Thoughts

I must admit, I received a copy of 7th Heaven by James Patterson from The Hatchette Book Group some time ago, and am finally getting around to reviewing it. This book is a continuation of the Women’s Murder Club book series, composed of Sergeant Lindsay Boxer, crime reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano and medical examiner Claire Washburn, all of San Francisco.

If you have not read any of the books in this James Patterson series, I highly recommend that you do so. I am a huge suspense/thriller book and movie fan, so this one was right up my alley. Each chapter averages between two and two and a half pages, a quick and easy story with great twists and turns.

There are two storylines to this book. The first storyline addresses the restoration of the investigation into the disappearance of Michael Campion, the son of a former California governor who enjoyed near-celebrity status in the community. The case appears to be solid since, when questioned, Moon (prime suspect) not only confesses to the crime but provides the name of her accomplice. The trial is burdened with unexpected obstacles, antagonized by the media frenzy surrounding the case, and the peripheral storyline relating to a reporter covering it.

The second storyline focuses on whose murdering wealthy couples in their homes and then committing arson to the homes with the bodies inside.

Fans of the series are already addicted, and are sure to be pleased when they pick up the seventh installment. 7th Heaven is written well enough that it could stand alone from the series, so if you’ve never read the other books in the series, feel free to jump on board with this one. This is a swift and easy ready that may consume a good part of your day.

More about the Author and the book:

Visit James Patterson’s website for more information on this book. You can click here to read an excerpt. The book can also be purchased on Amazon for $7.99.

*** I received this book from the Hatchette Book Group for review purposes. No monetary compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.


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