The 19th Christmas

The 19th Christmas

Large Print - 2019
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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. Then a fearsome criminal known only as "Loman" seizes control of the headlines. He is planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning. And he has commissioned dozens of criminal colleagues to take actions that will mask his plans.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, ©2019.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780316494014
Characteristics: v, 390 pages ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Paetro, Maxine - Author
Alternative Title: Nineteenth Christmas

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janetnorm
Feb 02, 2020

Half way through it got boring.

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mystery66
Feb 01, 2020

I am tired of authors revealing political correctness or their political opinions as happened in latest murder club book 19th Christmas. If want fans continue reading your books knock it off!

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Womantraveller
Jan 15, 2020

An easy read. Find his books usually grab me from the first page. Always look forward to the next one

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sheba9898
Jan 09, 2020

I read fiction for relaxation and don't know if this book was any good or not since I stopped at page 52. As soon as I encounter any political correctness/"social justice" references, I close the book and I'm done. I, for one, am tired of political correctness, etc. permeating everything I see and read these days. If, and when, I want that, I will read a political book knowing what I'm getting into. Although just a brief reference to "undocumented immigrants" and how they were trying to celebrate their Mexican Christmas traditions while living "in the shadows" in San Francisco, was enough for me. So sad that books, movies and TV shows cannot be simply for entertainment purposes any more, but MUST contain subtle, but overt, references to how unfair my country is (even though not integral to the plot itself), an otherwise, possibly, good story is relegated to the dust bin. Just my opinion.

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NRBBrady
Dec 27, 2019

I will continue to follow the Alex Cross offerings but I think I will have to part ways with James Patterson (and co-authors) on everything else. The Murder Club originally was pretty entertaining but the last couple were a disappointment for me and this one was nearly in the category of what I would put down before completing. James Patterson's early works were so exciting and captivating -- it seemed unnecessary to read the back jacket info as long as his name was on the book. Alas, that is no longer the case in my humble opinion. Too many titles in too short of time seems to result in disappointment. Readers are so hard to please -- I have a few authors who seem to take FOREVER to bring out the next part of their series, and it is hard to be patient. When the newest does come out, it seems to be well worth the wait. Perhaps James Patterson should treat all his efforts like his Alex Cross titles.

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Zoelexi777
Dec 25, 2019

Love the Murder Club series but I feel they’re getting a little weak. The last few books don’t have the same depth. I found it took awhile to get into the story and then it was over. A little anticlimactic. Sure hope the next book is more of a thriller.

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McCReader
Dec 23, 2019

I have read all of the books in this series... this one was seriously boring...

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FVReader
Dec 11, 2019

This is the first of this series that I have read. I will not be reading any of the others. Despite being later in the series, I didn't feel that I missed out on any information or past events that emphasized anything in this story. This book could read as a stand-alone.
This book was dull and boring. It's a mess. Two story lines; not related and with no overlap. One thrown in for a Christmas "feel good" and so much in the background that it seems there for "filler". The main story is thrown in for the intrigue of the mystery & murder. It fails.
Neither story was intriguing or satisfying.

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MB_kcls
Dec 05, 2019

As I've mentioned in other reviews, I have pretty much walked away from James Patterson with the exception of the Women's Murder Club and the Michael Bennett books because he's become more of a page producing machine than a thoughtful author and, in my opinion, the writing talent has suffered for sheer quantity. Lord, I hope he keeps his 'co-authors' Maxine Paetro for the Women's Murder Club books and Michael Lewidge for the Michael Bennett books. I will still read Alex Cross but that's only because they are so few and far between lately . . . and, because 25 years ago, he was my first.

I am pleasantly surprised that James Patterson gave us a Christmas present with 'The 19th Christmas'! It was actually directly focused on a case to be solved with none of the women drama, and, further, it was an interesting case with twists, turns and red herrings. I do have to admit though, even I figured out how they would get the proof they needed.

The epilogue is completely random and out of the blue. I suspect there is some nefarious intent and some problems coming for Lindsey and Joe.

4 stars

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USAF1969
Nov 30, 2019

The 19th CHRISTMAS by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro is one of the best Women's Murder Club Novels yet. A smart, wily bad guy goes for a big score on Christmas Day. Prior to that he clandestinely let's the SFPD know it's coming and then in the days leading up to Christmas, keeps providing misdirection-style clues about where the big score is going to happen and his identity. Keeps the police running around following up on leads that are all over the place. Great character development and good follow through with the main characters of this series of books - including a fun surprise for Molinari (and Boxer) at the end. Enjoy. PS - also the book is a good reminder that while most of us are enjoying Christmas Day, the police (and all other first responders) are working. Thanks to all of those who do.

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