Book Reviews

Book Review: The 19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, the Women’s Murder Club gets ready for a quiet Christmas—until a mysterious killer decides to terrorize the city. As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The medical examiner’s office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. And the news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco. Then a fearsome criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines. Solving crimes never happens on schedule, but as this criminal mastermind unleashes credible threats by the hour, the month of December is upended for the Women’s Murder Club. Avoiding tragedy is the only holiday miracle they seek.

My Thoughts

I picked up this book before Christmas thinking that I would like to have a mystery to read. It was that. Officer Lindsey Boxer along with her partner Conklin and Chief Jacobi are on a case. They heard a criminal named Loman is heard to have a heist planned out on Christmas day. It was fun to see how the steps fell in line, how the people worked together, and how it all panned out in the end. I really liked Boxer and her personality. I enjoyed her husband Joe too.

Along with Boxer solving this crime, a friend of hers, Cindy had a journey of her own. Cindy is a crime journalist who set out to write a good story and instead got more than she bargained for. She wrote a story that inspired when the life of a man changed based on her connections and investigation into what really happened in the past. It really was a nice way to bring the season spirit in a time when it was scarcely seen.

The epilogue has me intrigued and maybe wanting to go back to the beginning of the series to see what has happened and what will happen next. If I can find the time, I may do that. I’d be intrigued and interested because I did really enjoy this book and the characters.

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