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When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people. While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people. While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. Sightings of her ex-colleague-turned-ruthless-killer Mackie Morales have been reported. Wanted for three murders, Mackie has been in hiding since she escaped from custody. But now she’s ready to return to San Francisco and pay a visit to some old friends


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When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people. While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Detective Lindsay Boxer doubts that it will be anything as simple as a traffic accident. The scene is more gruesome than anything she has seen before. It definitely wasn’t the crash that killed these people. While Lindsay starts to piece this case together, she gets a call she wasn’t expecting. Sightings of her ex-colleague-turned-ruthless-killer Mackie Morales have been reported. Wanted for three murders, Mackie has been in hiding since she escaped from custody. But now she’s ready to return to San Francisco and pay a visit to some old friends

30 review for Unlucky 13

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chantal

    I used to love this series - and while I do still read it, the books as of late just haven't been as great. In terms of this one, I don't think having the three different plot lines worked well. The book jumped all over the place and impacted the overall flow negatively. Without spoiling anything, I think only one plot line was even slightly interesting, one was just ridiculous and the other seemed unfinished. This story almost read like separate novellas - rather then a unified book/ a unified I used to love this series - and while I do still read it, the books as of late just haven't been as great. In terms of this one, I don't think having the three different plot lines worked well. The book jumped all over the place and impacted the overall flow negatively. Without spoiling anything, I think only one plot line was even slightly interesting, one was just ridiculous and the other seemed unfinished. This story almost read like separate novellas - rather then a unified book/ a unified Woman's Murder Club. I mentioned this in a previous review, but I truly wish Patterson would stop releasing tons of books each year, and actually take more time with them. He is a great writer - his older works demo stare that. But the newer ones (stand alone and series's) seem to be churned out in a rapid pace often in combination with other writers. I think this rapid pace is ruining the books. What were once great series and books, seem to be going downhill. It makes me think that Patterson is definitely more about quantity (aka- money) over quality these days.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I usually enjoy the Women's Murder Club books less than I do Patterson's other series, but Unlucky 13 was really good! So much happened that there really was never a moment when I wanted to put the book down. There were people exploding (really), an Alaskan cruise ship being taken over by 'pirates', and a murderer from the past coming back to get revenge. Never a dull moment for our intrepid group of women. I especially enjoyed the scenes on the ship which were very well done. So the usual over th I usually enjoy the Women's Murder Club books less than I do Patterson's other series, but Unlucky 13 was really good! So much happened that there really was never a moment when I wanted to put the book down. There were people exploding (really), an Alaskan cruise ship being taken over by 'pirates', and a murderer from the past coming back to get revenge. Never a dull moment for our intrepid group of women. I especially enjoyed the scenes on the ship which were very well done. So the usual over the top, non stop action we expect from these books which are so addictive and so easy to read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    This was by far one, if not favorite installment of the Women's Murder Club series. The crime plots are amazing in this book. Cindy and Yuki are put to the test in this book and boy, do they shine! I thoroughly loved this installment! My quick and simple overall: James Patterson series are quick and fun to read and this is by far one of my favorites!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    This book is not much different than the others, it just has a different story line. However, I've especially noticed in this one and the last one that they are trying to cram so much into one book that the end result feels very rushed. I'm not buying into Boxer's motherhood. I think she held Julie twice in this book and it just feels forced, like the baby is an after thought. Also, Joe got to leave the house for an hour and he had to be back in "Godspeed" and if he's a stay-at-home-dad why is t This book is not much different than the others, it just has a different story line. However, I've especially noticed in this one and the last one that they are trying to cram so much into one book that the end result feels very rushed. I'm not buying into Boxer's motherhood. I think she held Julie twice in this book and it just feels forced, like the baby is an after thought. Also, Joe got to leave the house for an hour and he had to be back in "Godspeed" and if he's a stay-at-home-dad why is there a nanny? And if he's not a stay-at-home-dad, they are failing on his story line. I was all caught up in Yuki and Brady's storyline but I felt Cindy's storyline was forced and unbelievable. And the belly bomber suspect... Let's talk about that. The FBI had 400hrs of video tape to look at and came up with nothing. Boxer and Conklin get the same tapes and comment that it's like looking for a needle in a haystack and just like that Boxer sends 3 pics from the tapes, of what looks like the same guy, to her phone and takes them to a guy who does face recognition and voila, they have their suspect - just.like.that. The next book better be incredible because they are starting to lose me with improbable story lines.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Patterson's successful Women's Murder Club series makes a great return with its 13th instalment. When Lindsay Boxer stumbles upon a case of true 'hunger pains'; ground beef patties packed with explosives, all traced back to a popular fast-food restaurant. Who's been spiking the meat and what's a reason behind this most horrific murder spree? Meanwhile, a quickie wedding by one of the Club members leads to an Alaskan honeymoon, as serene as it is beautiful, that is until terror strikes the cruise Patterson's successful Women's Murder Club series makes a great return with its 13th instalment. When Lindsay Boxer stumbles upon a case of true 'hunger pains'; ground beef patties packed with explosives, all traced back to a popular fast-food restaurant. Who's been spiking the meat and what's a reason behind this most horrific murder spree? Meanwhile, a quickie wedding by one of the Club members leads to an Alaskan honeymoon, as serene as it is beautiful, that is until terror strikes the cruise ship and no one on board is safe from the wrath of a number of vigilantes. While working on her case, Boxer cannot help but panic as news of the ship's troubles splash across the television. All this, while an old nemesis of Boxer's has her in the crosshairs, with one goal in mind, to rid the world of the SFPD's most talented detective. Patterson has been able to rejuvenate the Club and their thrilling stories keep readers addicted well into the night. Patterson has been struggling with many of his novels of late, including his well-founded series with Cross and Boxer at the helms. That said, this was a great turn back towards an exciting and thrilling set of cases that could, given the right mood, leave the reader wanting more. While the idea is usually quite simplistic and straightforward, the approach is such that it works and keeps the ever-growing cast of characters from getting stale. We're thirteen books in and yet some of these characters have morphed enough to keep the reader interesting, while the likes of Ale Cross is well past his best-before date. One can hope that Patterson keeps coming up with good ideas and powerful ripped from the headline plots to keep the characters and readers alike jonesing for more. Kudos, Mr. Patterson for your insightful return to decent Club work.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carly Hughes

    So disappointing!! I have read all of the series in order and always look forward to the next one, I usually fly through the book in a couple of days. This one was such a chore to plough through, 3 completely separate and unconnected "crimes" that were so far fetched, had little to no involvement with the story line, no real plot or additional characters that you could relate to and no resolution to the "belly bombings" The "pirates" storyline with Yuki was ridiculous and irrelevant - the only par So disappointing!! I have read all of the series in order and always look forward to the next one, I usually fly through the book in a couple of days. This one was such a chore to plough through, 3 completely separate and unconnected "crimes" that were so far fetched, had little to no involvement with the story line, no real plot or additional characters that you could relate to and no resolution to the "belly bombings" The "pirates" storyline with Yuki was ridiculous and irrelevant - the only part of the story I was interested in was the return of Morales and it was so secondary to the rest of the plot you almost forget it is happening. Bad job James - bad job.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Krystin Rachel

    2.5 stars rounded up. This series: But I mean, it's addicting how bad these can be. I giggle, I roll my eyes, I scoff - I run the whole gamut of "feeling superior" reactions. It's no secret to anyone who has stuck it out with this series that these books have taken a hard dive from the top of the murder-mystery genre cliff into an ocean of gooey, unrealistic female drama. So on one hand I am disappointed that this isn't what it should have been, and on the other hand it's such easy, stupid readin 2.5 stars rounded up. This series: But I mean, it's addicting how bad these can be. I giggle, I roll my eyes, I scoff - I run the whole gamut of "feeling superior" reactions. It's no secret to anyone who has stuck it out with this series that these books have taken a hard dive from the top of the murder-mystery genre cliff into an ocean of gooey, unrealistic female drama. So on one hand I am disappointed that this isn't what it should have been, and on the other hand it's such easy, stupid reading why wouldn't I kill some time with it? There are 3 totally separate story lines crammed into this novel - so separate in fact that you could take each one and create novellas and miss nothing. One: Lindsay is trying to catch a bomber that is feeding bombs to unwilling victims and then blowing them up all around San Fran. This villain is aptly/lazily nicknamed "The Belly Bomber", but good luck getting Lindsay to care about anything more than baby clothes while she's invesitgating the case. Two: Yuki and her new husband are on a cruise taken over by pirates in Alaska. Not even kidding. And three: Mackie Morales is back from a previous novel and looking for some sweet, sweet revenge against Lindsay for killing her psycho murderer boyfriend. But Cindy is actually the one tracking Morales and Lindsay doesn't seem to care much, and Morales is basically just stealing cars and fantasizing about her mother's cooking for a large majority of her part in the book. But whatever. It's said to be an "emotionally charged novel" on the jacket, and I would agree with that if by emotional you mean totally over-the-top reactions to literally everything. There is so much of these women crying and kissing and hugging and declaring their love and support for each other that I think I've actually become a more emotionally cold person in response. I don't have any problem with female support and power as a concept and principal. And I'm all for the Ovaries over Brovaries thing going on here. Except that it comes off as total cheese, not realistic at all. Like the authors are trying to figure out how they could manipulate the reader's emotions in a very disingenuous way. And I'm wholly put off by that. Then you've got Yuki's new husband who cries and says "I'm so LUCKY to have found Yuki," in like every scene he's in. I get it! I heard you the first thirty times - but I guess if you don't keep saying it there is literally no reason for this to be called Lucky 13. Overall, the women were more concerned with ex-boyfriends, new babies, new husbands and cat-fighting then they were about any of the 3 crimes that were moving the story forward. Like I said, this series no longer really fits the mystery genre entirely, and it's more women's fiction with a mystery subplot. Still not gonna stop reading these though...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 4 I'm slowly working my way through this Women's Murder Club series. There is three different plot lines going on in this book. I was intrigued to find out why people had belly bombs, yes belly bombs, you did read that right. I did find it a bit far fetched though. Yuki and Brady have just got married and they are on their honeymoon on the Fin-Star cruise ship when it was hijacked. Cindy is keeping tracks on Mackie Morales who was featured in book twelve. Overall not a bad st 3.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 4 I'm slowly working my way through this Women's Murder Club series. There is three different plot lines going on in this book. I was intrigued to find out why people had belly bombs, yes belly bombs, you did read that right. I did find it a bit far fetched though. Yuki and Brady have just got married and they are on their honeymoon on the Fin-Star cruise ship when it was hijacked. Cindy is keeping tracks on Mackie Morales who was featured in book twelve. Overall not a bad story. Library book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    Unlucky 13 by Maxine Paetro, 13th book in the Woman's Murder Club series, begins with homicide cop Lindsay Boxer's cell phone ringing. The person on the other end is Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco and her best friend Clair Washburn. Clair says she is at the scene of a single car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge but she doesn't know what she's looking at. When Lindsay and Richie Conklin, Lindsay's partner, arrive on scene Clair says "welcome to some kind of crazy. Let me give you t Unlucky 13 by Maxine Paetro, 13th book in the Woman's Murder Club series, begins with homicide cop Lindsay Boxer's cell phone ringing. The person on the other end is Chief Medical Examiner for San Francisco and her best friend Clair Washburn. Clair says she is at the scene of a single car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge but she doesn't know what she's looking at. When Lindsay and Richie Conklin, Lindsay's partner, arrive on scene Clair says "welcome to some kind of crazy. Let me give you the tour." The windshield had exploded outward and the front end was crushed accordion style. And that's not all. Two occupants, driver and passenger, have looks of horror frozen on their faces and their guts are strewn all over the footwell and dashboard. But there's no damage to the seats or car which would be the case if it was caused by an explosive device of some kind. Further, there are no components of metal, wires, or detonation parts that should be present among the rubble. As Lindsay attempts to take in the scene, she's thinking one thing. I've seen a lot of gruesome scenes in my 14 years in homicide and this one vaulted to the top of the most gruesome list. I mean number one. After untangleing the bizarre, it's been determined the two victims from the Jeep had eaten explosive devices planted in hamburgers from a fast food chain. The 'belly bombs' as they've been nicknamed, are made with a compound that, when mixed with stomach acid, triggers the explosion. And that's just the beginning. This is becoming a very scary nightmare of a case. Even with the help from the FBI the person or persons who could be responsible too numerous to count. Or comprehend. As if this case isn't enough, something else unfathomable happens. Jackson Brady, head of homicide and Lindsay's boss, says that a Macky Moralas sighting has been seen in Wisconsin and is now on the loose. Moralas had been an intern in the homicide squad for three months last year. However, as it turned out, she was not who she said she was. She was wrapped up with the notorious serial killer Randy Fish, who had made Lindsay the object of his sick affections. While running from the police, Fish and Moralas were involved in a fatal car accident. Macky survives and is taken by ambulance to the hospital. Despite being in police custody Macky somehow manages to escape. And she hasn't been seen since. Until now. But as Lindsay and Richie have their hands full with the belly bomb case, Cindy decides to follow up and go after Macky Moralas. Alone. She's not giving up on working this story so she keeps what she's doing a secret. She knows that if she's successful this story could win her a Pulitzer. But, Macky is extremely dangerous and won't hesitate to kill anyone in her way without any conscious. Will Cindy get her Pulitzer? Or a brand new headstone. Unlucky 13 starts out with a bang, with repeated clashes, booms, and loud cracks, ending with a heart pounding, breath snatching explosion! Maxine Paetro is at the top of her game and narrator, January LaVoy? She just keeps getting better and better! By making changes in her voice she creates each individual character, personality and all! Start with number one in the Woman's Murder Club series, 1st to Die, and be prepared to listen to every book in the series, one right after another, until you reach the final book to date, The 17th Shooter, which is set to be published in April, 2018! You will not be disappointed!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Being called to a car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge was unusual for Detective Lindsay Boxer, but as soon as she saw the victims she understood why she and partner Detective Richie Conklin had been notified. There was no possible way the two young people in the vehicle had died from a simple vehicle crash – their injuries were too horrific; the gruesome nature of these deaths was the worst she had seen in her long career in law enforcement. The Women's Murder Club, which was made up of Lindsa Being called to a car accident on the Golden Gate Bridge was unusual for Detective Lindsay Boxer, but as soon as she saw the victims she understood why she and partner Detective Richie Conklin had been notified. There was no possible way the two young people in the vehicle had died from a simple vehicle crash – their injuries were too horrific; the gruesome nature of these deaths was the worst she had seen in her long career in law enforcement. The Women's Murder Club, which was made up of Lindsay and her friends Cindy Thomas, who was a crime reporter with the Chronicle, Yuki Castellano, a prosecutor for the DA’s office and Claire Washburn, head Medical Examiner, were a tight bunch – they ran cases by each other all the time – and with Cindy it was always “off the record” until it wasn’t. But the day Lindsay forgot to say “off the record” to Cindy was the day she decided to do some investigating of her own. When ex San Francisco Detective Mackie Morales was sighted, Cindy decided she needed an interview with the ruthless killer even though she was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list… Suddenly the dangers were coming thick and fast - the SFPD along with the FBI, were frustrated; unable to get a credible lead. Plus Morales had vanished again and they had no idea where she was headed. But when one of their own became embroiled in an unimaginable terror, Lindsay had no idea where to turn – what to do. What on earth would happen? I thoroughly enjoyed Unlucky 13 – gripping and filled with tension, the pages flew by! I love the Murder Club girls – their growth through this series has been wonderful and I’m really looking forward to 14th Deadly Sin which is out next month. One thread wasn’t completely tied up at the end of Unlucky 13 and I suspect it will be in the next one. I have no hesitation in recommending this one, along with the series, highly.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cláudia

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I keep saying the same thing, how I miss the good old James Patterson books, and why do I keep on reading them nevertheless... well, in the case of this book, it was fast paced as always, and the story was mildly interesting so it was not a boring read, but I expect a lot more from a thriller book and from this series. The Women Murder Club is just a name these days, right? They don't do almost anything together. The storylines we have on the cover of the book seem really appealling, but they don I keep saying the same thing, how I miss the good old James Patterson books, and why do I keep on reading them nevertheless... well, in the case of this book, it was fast paced as always, and the story was mildly interesting so it was not a boring read, but I expect a lot more from a thriller book and from this series. The Women Murder Club is just a name these days, right? They don't do almost anything together. The storylines we have on the cover of the book seem really appealling, but they don't deliver as promised. The belly bombs are a quite interesting theme and story but then it just ends too quickly and quite unsatisfyingly and not clear, in my opinion. The return of Mackie Morales could have been a thrilling thing but again it just "happens and ends". And then, the ship "pirates", where only Yuki is involved, so it really has no relation to the rest. Why so many story-lines, and separate the 4 women? Consistency would be good... And I must have missed something... why the unlucky 13?...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Zupich

    This series has slowly become a total trainwreck. I get that it's typical James Patterson fare, but this was even worse than usual. The whole thing was filled with cliched, cringe-worthy one-liners and an overall rushed story. There were three different things going on in this novel, all of which felt like a complete rush job. The last several books in the series have been a total let-down.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Read this whole series. All are good.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    One of the best of this series!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Hillary Charney

    As a fan of this series, I buy the next book as soon as it comes out and devour it. I read the sample that was available online and couldn't wait for the book to come out. This book was a disappointment. The story is disjointed--and there were times when I felt I must have missed something and went back to look (I hadn't missed anything--it was just disjointed). I don't feel that any real care was put into the character development and the plots--it was just a "grind it out and make the money" e As a fan of this series, I buy the next book as soon as it comes out and devour it. I read the sample that was available online and couldn't wait for the book to come out. This book was a disappointment. The story is disjointed--and there were times when I felt I must have missed something and went back to look (I hadn't missed anything--it was just disjointed). I don't feel that any real care was put into the character development and the plots--it was just a "grind it out and make the money" effort. I felt the same way with the last Patterson book in the Michael Bennett series. I think it's time for him to stop concentrating on how prolific he (and his partners) is, and go back to his strengths--plot and character development.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    Ahhh.... I love the Women's Murder Club!! These books are fast-paced, quick reads with all the twists and turns of a good detective story!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Terri Wino

    Another good entry in the Women's Murder Club. These books never blow me out of the water, but they're easy reads with short chapters and always interesting enough to hold my attention. I do have to say that in this particular book, I liked the side story involving Yuki and Brady more than the main mystery, even though it was kind of rushed and a little implausible. But I enjoyed seeing them front and center with their own story for a change.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    This is my final attempt to get into the murder mystery club comprised by Patterson. I care little for clothing descriptions, babies, pursuits of boyfriends and the like while a serial killer reemerges. 2 of 10 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    This book #13 in the Women’s Murder Club series is different than the others in the series. The group usually works together to figure about a case. This time, they all had their own cases to worry about. The exception was Claire she was working with Boxer. There are three different storylines that are all intertwined and affected each partly differently. Lindsay Boxer is trying to balance her work with her home life with new child Julie. She and Conklin are assigned to a case of people being bl This book #13 in the Women’s Murder Club series is different than the others in the series. The group usually works together to figure about a case. This time, they all had their own cases to worry about. The exception was Claire she was working with Boxer. There are three different storylines that are all intertwined and affected each partly differently. Lindsay Boxer is trying to balance her work with her home life with new child Julie. She and Conklin are assigned to a case of people being blown up randomly by “belly Bombs.” Yuki and Brady were married and are off on their honeymoon. The cruise ship they are on was taken over by pirates. The pirates are killing some passengers every hour until the cruise line pays them ransom. Cindy is after Mackie Morales, you will remember her as a psychopath that got away in a prior book in the series. Morales is on the FBI most wanted list. Cindy finds out that Morales is back in San Francisco and she believes she is after Lindsay. Cindy has been unable to warn Lindsay so Cindy sets out to track Morales. All these stores are developed well and kept me listening wanting to know what would happen in each of them next. One of the stories gets a rather short climax as a result of trying to cram so much into the novel. This book is like reading three separate novellas rather than one unified book. Maxine Paetro and James Patterson should have published three separate books, rather than jamming them together. I read this as an audio book downloaded from Audible. January LaVoy does a good job narrating the book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gary

    The thirteenth book in the Women's murder club by James Patterson. I admit that I long for more novels like Patterson's early work when his books were a lot better and maybe more time spent on the writing. These day's it seems to be more about getting as many books out as possible and covering every possible genre rather than sticking to what made him a success in the first place. This book is certainly fast paced and readable but lacks the craft of the earlier books by serving up 3 different plo The thirteenth book in the Women's murder club by James Patterson. I admit that I long for more novels like Patterson's early work when his books were a lot better and maybe more time spent on the writing. These day's it seems to be more about getting as many books out as possible and covering every possible genre rather than sticking to what made him a success in the first place. This book is certainly fast paced and readable but lacks the craft of the earlier books by serving up 3 different plots that are unbelievable and lack the togetherness that the original books had in this series. I know it won't happen but I wish James Patterson would go back to quality not quantity.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Unlucky Thirteen is the thirteenth book in the popular Women’s Murder Club series by American author, James Patterson. When Claire Washburn summons Lindsay Boxer and Rich Conklin to a traffic accident on The Bridge, it quickly becomes apparent that this is much more. The explosion that caused the accident turns out to be from two belly bombs, ingested by two innocent motorists shortly before. The FBI decides to get involved, much to the SFPD’s disgust. Meanwhile, Chronicle journalist, Cindy Thoma Unlucky Thirteen is the thirteenth book in the popular Women’s Murder Club series by American author, James Patterson. When Claire Washburn summons Lindsay Boxer and Rich Conklin to a traffic accident on The Bridge, it quickly becomes apparent that this is much more. The explosion that caused the accident turns out to be from two belly bombs, ingested by two innocent motorists shortly before. The FBI decides to get involved, much to the SFPD’s disgust. Meanwhile, Chronicle journalist, Cindy Thomas, gets a lead on what she believes will be the story that makes her career: Lindsay lets slip to her that Mackie Morales, the deranged killer posing as a police intern just months earlier (see Twelfth of Never), has been caught on camera recently. Cindy is determined to track her down to get an exclusive interview. And Yuki Castellano drops the bombshell that she and Jackson Brady (Lindsay’s boss), are getting married, pronto! The Women’s Murder Club as such doesn’t get a lot of action in this book. Claire remains very much in the background after the first crime scene. Yuki is busy being a cruise-ship honeymooner with new hubby, Jackson while Cindy and Lindsay are each concentrating separately on their own cases. As for the action on the cruise ship, that seems to be pretty much the Jackson Brady show with Yuki showing a bit of her mettle at the end. Cindy shows her smarts in this instalment: she’s so clever, in fact, that she figures out stuff the FBI and the SFPD with all their resources haven’t been able to. She’s like a dog with a bone when it comes to Mackie Morales. Lindsay’s case is not conclusively resolved, but she and Rich are convinced they have the guilty in custody. There is plenty of action and excitement: Patterson’s trademark short chapters and a few heart-thumping climaxes make this instalment another page-turner. 3.5 ★s

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I have always been a fan of the Women's Murder Club books, but this one just didn't do it for me. There were too many plot lines that didn't flow together, and one of the major ones simply was left unfinished. So much so that I went back to "find the ending" of the story multiple times only to realize..."oh, that was it?" Not how the title was integrated into the storyline at all. Overall, I'm feeling pretty bummed by the lack of resolution and follow through.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lexy

    Oh my God unlucky 13 by James Patterson was a book that I couldn't put down I don't know how you only took breaks to think about what was happening in the book and also James Patterson had me hooked on every word he put in this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I always pick up a James Patterson Women's Murder Club book knowing it's going to be a quick, easy read, and it is. However, the story lines seem disjointed and incomplete. The belly bomb plot is interesting, but it felt unfinished. Did we really understand why the antagonists did what they did? I did not. Then there's the return of Mackie Morales - the ending seems too pat. Cindy just happened to be following Lindsay when Mackie decided to make her move? It's too convenient. Lastly, the "pirates I always pick up a James Patterson Women's Murder Club book knowing it's going to be a quick, easy read, and it is. However, the story lines seem disjointed and incomplete. The belly bomb plot is interesting, but it felt unfinished. Did we really understand why the antagonists did what they did? I did not. Then there's the return of Mackie Morales - the ending seems too pat. Cindy just happened to be following Lindsay when Mackie decided to make her move? It's too convenient. Lastly, the "pirates" that hijacked Yuki's cruise ship - their motivations (aside from money) were not fully explained. It's like the authors thought, "Oh no, Yuki and Brady are in a happy place! That can't be, let's do something to mess up their honeymoon!" James Patterson is a very prolific author, but quality of the books seems to have suffered in favour of quantity.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Hmmm...don't really know how to rate or review this one. Up until now I have loved the Women's Murder Club but for some reason this one just didn't even feel like part of the series. Yes, it has all the familiar characters but the story just didn't flow for me. I'm not real sure why Lindsey got married, had a child, just the whole family thing because she wasn't ready for something like this. You can't be involved with the big cases she is involved with and take care of a newborn. So it looks li Hmmm...don't really know how to rate or review this one. Up until now I have loved the Women's Murder Club but for some reason this one just didn't even feel like part of the series. Yes, it has all the familiar characters but the story just didn't flow for me. I'm not real sure why Lindsey got married, had a child, just the whole family thing because she wasn't ready for something like this. You can't be involved with the big cases she is involved with and take care of a newborn. So it looks like Joe gives up his FBI career to do this? I'm still a little confused on how all that happened. The pirate attack on the ship that Yuki and Brady were on felt like something was just shoved into the book to take up pages. It was never resolved for me and I didn't feel connected to Yuki at her time of need the way I would another character in the same situation. Cindy embarks on a most dangerous situation and I felt like she was doing it all for Rich so WTH!? You don't do something that extreme to get a guys attention. I am wondering if maybe this series needs to be retired. It has served it's purpose and during the beginning of the series I was delighted and couldn't wait for the next novel to come out. Not so much now. I believe I have read my last Women's Murder Club novel.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Denise

    2.5 Stars I do eventually get sucked into the suspense in these books, and number 13 was no exception. However, SOO much here is getting old and unbelievable. I liked these books much better when the Women's Murder Club actually got together (in the same location) and tried to solve crime instead of always being the victims. I know Unlucky 13 is the title, and I know that people in law enforcement have dangerous jobs, but there's only so much I can believe. They even get drawn into crimes when th 2.5 Stars I do eventually get sucked into the suspense in these books, and number 13 was no exception. However, SOO much here is getting old and unbelievable. I liked these books much better when the Women's Murder Club actually got together (in the same location) and tried to solve crime instead of always being the victims. I know Unlucky 13 is the title, and I know that people in law enforcement have dangerous jobs, but there's only so much I can believe. They even get drawn into crimes when they're on vacation! Also - I'm not really buying Lindsay Boxer as a mother. Very minor spoiler--> (view spoiler)[Did she seriously just hand her baby off to a total stranger and order her to watch her baby because she was a cop and she was working a case?? ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? I have to believe that most human police officers would probably have at least have called for backup at that point. And not have thrown the baby into the arms of a total stranger. (hide spoiler)] They are quick, easy reads. I just hope #14 can keep some suspense and tone down the drama.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mark

    Although I was never a fan of the "soaps" on TV, I certainly get hooked on the characters I've come to care about in numerous novel series...So, I can understand soap operas attraction to the viewers...Patterson's "Women's Murder Club" series is one of those series...In this one, the gang is battling evil on a couple of fronts, from a bomber targeting a fast-food chain, a ship hijacking, to a vengeful crazy woman from their past...Good stuff!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    After book 12 I had no plans to continue reading the series and yet I did. I think FOMO got me. The series is about a homicide detective named Lindsay Boxer and her three friends: district attorney Yuki Castellano, medical examiner Claire Washburn and crime reporter Cindy Thomas. They fight crime in their jobs and then they get together to share information and fight crime after hours. There are several things that bother me. Most of what they do is unprofessional and irresponsible. Some of it is After book 12 I had no plans to continue reading the series and yet I did. I think FOMO got me. The series is about a homicide detective named Lindsay Boxer and her three friends: district attorney Yuki Castellano, medical examiner Claire Washburn and crime reporter Cindy Thomas. They fight crime in their jobs and then they get together to share information and fight crime after hours. There are several things that bother me. Most of what they do is unprofessional and irresponsible. Some of it is actually illegal. There are too few books where the protagonists are all females, and especially in such powerful roles. But it undermines the story, the respect, the inspiration, when we make them act like idiots. Although this one is over-the-top and unbelievable, it was more enjoyable than book 12.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    Totally fell short. A lot I felt wasn't finished.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    Another set of three plots are at the center of this 13th book in this series. Not the best of plots, I have to admit. Certainly the belly bombs and what motivated the bad guys was a rather absurd story-line. You could easily deduct and feel that it wasn’t given much thought. It wasn’t up to even these authors mediocre standard overall. I thought that the ordeal on the cruise-ship FinStar which newlyweds, Yuki and Brady, went through was a bit more compelling and I was glad that they made it thr Another set of three plots are at the center of this 13th book in this series. Not the best of plots, I have to admit. Certainly the belly bombs and what motivated the bad guys was a rather absurd story-line. You could easily deduct and feel that it wasn’t given much thought. It wasn’t up to even these authors mediocre standard overall. I thought that the ordeal on the cruise-ship FinStar which newlyweds, Yuki and Brady, went through was a bit more compelling and I was glad that they made it through; but there again, not much thought went in to the motivation of all these killings. There was so much gratuitous violence, it felt that it was only done for shock effect and that felt horrendous and ridiculous. Still, I like these characters, I like the Women’s Murder Club and I liked how Cindy digs into her journalism, even recklessly. She kept tabs on Mackie Morales, the whacko girlfriend featured in book 12, and as such, she was able to save Lindsay’s life. **2,5**

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