March 13, 2021

21st Birthday by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

21st Birthday

James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

Penguin UK books

The 21st book in the Women’s Murder Club series

Over the years I have read quite a few of James Patterson’s books and this story was another reason while I always choose to read crime and police procedural books over other types.

When the opportunity of finding a missing woman and her child arises, The woman’s murder club takes over the case and they worked together to discover what’s actually happening behind all these crimes as more bodies show up and the prime suspect is not going to be the only one for a long time.

I was invested in the close friendship of the team and how they complement each other in more than one aspect. The twist and turns of the story kept coming and while I was looking forward to read the ending, I had my theories of what was happening and this time I was right.

Enjoyable and captivating story that many readers will enjoy.


In the latest instalment in the globally bestselling Women’s Murder Club series, SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer vows to protect a twenty-year-old victim long enough to see her twenty-first birthday.

When a distraught mother pleads with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, Tara, and baby granddaughter, Cindy immediately loops in SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer. The prime suspect is Tara’s schoolteacher husband, Lucas Burke, but he tells a conflicting story that paints Tara as a wayward wife, not a missing person.

While the city’s chief medical examiner, Claire Washburn, harbours theories that run counter to the police investigation of the Burke case, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano sizes up Lucas as a textbook domestic offender – until he puts forward a theory of his own that unexpectedly connects the dots on a constellation of killings.

As the case grows into something far bigger than any of them could have imagined, the four friends will need each other to help unpick the truth from a web of lies.

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