“The Women's Murder Club is probably the only series "by" Patterson that never seems to disappointment. Central character of the series, Lindsay Boxer is off to an interesting start, when she goes into labor during a major thunderstorm that seems to have pretty much shut down San Francisco. Fortunately, some friendly neighborhood fireman stop in to help with the delivery of little Julie.
Dr. Claire Washburn finds her first career troubles when the case of a model who has been murdered goes horribly in her office. As the medical examiner, she is not only responsible for checking for cause of death, but also keeping track of the bodies. When model's body turns up missing along with one of Claire's staff, she is in the hot seat and is demoted ... hopefully, only on a temporary basis.
Cindy Thomas, reporter for the"San Francisco Examiner" is, as usual, caught up on a big story, and her boyfriend is really tired of their relationship being strained by her dedication. Rich finds himself drawn to the new intern at the police station.
The story that Cindy is seeking is the case that Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting. A woman has turned up dead in a series of garbage bags at the local dump at about the same time her daughter has gone missing. Her husband is a well-known (and sleazy) defense attorney few like. There are few who question whether he did it, but he has a start defense attorney of his own, who has taken down just about any DA he has come up against, including Yuki's boss. Things start to go terribly wrong. Will Yuki become his next victim or will she get what she needs to recover.
And don't worry, Lindsey is falling into motherhood quite well while also balancing it all with the return of an old enemy. Fish is teasing the authorities from death row as he keeps promising details about some open cases he may or may not have been involved with, and he wants Lindsay to be the point person for his talk with the authorities.
This all proves to be quite draining as little Julie starts having trouble with a high temperature and it quickly starts to seem like she might be fighting leukemia.
As usual with this series, the twelfth book is a page turner. Readers have become quite attached to the for women in the Murder Club as well as the people who populate their lives. This volume doesn't disappoint in that area.
bring on volume 13!”