Easily read over a two day period, 12th of Never is the latest Women's Murder Club mystery novel by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. It follows a number of interesting and complex cases: An eccentric English professor delights in his new-found precognitive ability to dream upcoming murders with uncanny detail. A former sleazy lawyer's wife and young daughter are believed dead. The body of the fashion designer girlfriend of a prominent San Francisco 49ers player unexpectedly goes missing from the morgue, and most notably, a cagey serial killer enjoys messing with the minds of his law enforcement captors. Kindle version at Amazon
All occur in the working life of Detective Lindsay Boxer, a new mother recently returned to the job, who now also has an ill child on her hands and on her mind.
12th of Never is characteristic Patterson and Paetro. Short interesting chapters grab and hold, making for a fast and entertaining read. This reader believes scenes are best and more relevant when focus is maintained on a single case for a longer period of time before another shift occurs. Although there is flipping back and forth between cases, the writing is organized, compelling and well done.
There is a crazy, explosive trial, decidedly odd twists, and complicated shockers that cause you to stop and take notice, all while life behind the scenes has a very human feel.
Lighter than The Private Novels and the Alex Cross series, 12th of Never is a good book, with enough meat on its bones to interest Women's Murder Club fans, and also those of not-too-intense but definitely not fluffy mysteries.
Other James Patterson Reviews
Judge & Jury: Great mystery novel that keeps you interested all the way through.
Cross - An Alex Cross Novel: The latest Alex Cross mystery by James Patterson. Excellent except for the ending.
Step On A Crack: Excellent thriller. Easy read, hard to put down.
You've Been Warned James Patterson and Howard Roughan: Read the review and you've been warned.
Double Cross - An Alex Cross Mystery: a strong, addictive page turner. a mystery novel definitely worth the trip to the book store.
I, Alex Cross: This case hits close to home for Alex Cross
The Murder of King Tut - with Martin Dugard: Patterson's take on the subject will entertain most.
The Postcard Killers with Lisa Marklund: A very good mystery novel
Toys: Action action action in SF novel
Guilty Wives - Patterson & David Ellis: is an often intense, always interesting escape that is hard to put down
Private Berlin - Patterson and Mark Sullivan: Not for the faint of heart and described as “spectacularly violent”,
Cross Justice - An Alex Cross Mystery: Cros goes home in a thriller that left me cross.
15th Affair - A Women s Murder Club Mystery: a gripping and exciting mystery from the start
Woman of God - with Maxine Paetro: It is Easter Sunday. Amidst great stirrings and controversy, a new pope is about to be chosen. The rumour is, she could be a woman.