Women’s Murder Club books in order
Bestselling author James Patterson brings us the Women’s Murder Club, a collection of women who solve crimes in their home city of San Francisco.
A detective, a reporter, a medical examiner, a district attorney, the founding members of the Women’s Murder Club have all seen their fair share of criminal cases, but none more thrilling than the ones they solve together.
As the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row, James Patterson is a crime writing force of nature. If you haven’t yet delved into Women’s Murder Club, then what are you waiting for?
James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club books in order:
1st to Die by James Patterson
1. 1st To Die
As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Detective Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing she has seen prepares her for the horror of the honeymoon murders, when a brutal maniac begins viciously slaughtering newlywed couples on their wedding nights.
Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by her own personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire, a leading coroner, Cindy, a journalist and Jill, a top attorney, for help with both her crises, and the Women’s Murder Club is born.
2nd Chance by James Patterson
2. 2nd Chance
When a little girl is shot on the steps of a San Francisco church, Lindsay Boxer reconvenes the Women’s Murder Club.
Working with reporter Cindy Thomas, assistant DA Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay tracks a mystifying killer who quickly turns his pursuers into victims. The unorthodox allegiances of the Women’s Murder Club lead them to suspect the unexpected – the killer may be an ex-cop. But nothing prepares them for the demented logic behind his choice of victims.
3rd Degree by James Patterson
3. 3rd Degree
Lindsay Boxer is jogging along a beautiful San Francisco street as a ferocious blast rips through the neighbourhood. A townhouse owned by an internet magnate explodes into flames, three people die and a sinister note signed ‘August Spies’ is found at the scene. A wave of violence is sweeping through the city – and it seems that whoever is behind it is intent on killing someone every three days.
Even more terrifying, the four friends who call themselves the Women’s Murder Club discover that the killer has targeted one of them. And Lindsay learns that a member of the club is hiding a secret so dangerous and unbelievable that it could destroy them all.
4th of July by James Patterson
4. 4th of July
In a late-night showdown, Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defence, she fires her weapon – and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, a city divided and a family destroyed. Now everything she’s worked for her entire life hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.
To escape the media circus, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay. Soon after, a string of grisly murders punches through the community. There are no witnesses; there is no pattern. But a key detail reminds Lindsay of an unsolved murder she worked on years ago.
As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts: in court and against a ruthless killer.
The 5th Horseman by James Patterson
A young mother is recuperating in a top San Francisco hospital when suddenly she’s gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. How and why did this happen?
With help from the newest member of the Women’s Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lindsay Boxer discovers that this is not the hospital’s first suspicious case. Other patients have taken unexpected and devastating turns for the worse just as they’re planning to go home. Are these just appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people’s lives?
When someone close begins to exhibit the same terrifying symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe. In a wild race against time she must fight an administration determined to shield its reputation even if it means hiding a killer…
6th Target by James Patterson
6. 6th Target
When a lone gunman goes on a shooting spree aboard a packed San Francisco ferry, Lindsay Boxer is called in to investigate. At the scene she finds three people dead and Claire Washburn fighting for her life. Lindsay promises to find whoever did this. But it’s a promise she may not be able to keep.
As the investigation makes its way to court, news of a child abduction comes through. Lindsay discovers that more children have been taken. But with no ransom demands the abductions don’t seem to make sense – unless the kidnappers aren’t planning on returning their hostages…
The clock is ticking as Lindsay tries to fit all the pieces together. She knows that if she doesn’t find the children quickly it will be too late…
7th Heaven by James Patterson
7. 7th Heaven
Lindsay Boxer is being pushed to her limit by the spate of lethal arson attacks on San Francisco’s wealthiest citizens, and the fires are closing in.
The governor’s popular son, known as ‘The Boy With the Broken Heart’ due to his childhood heart defect, has gone missing – and on top of the arson case, Lindsay is under immense political pressure to find him.
As the Women’s Murder Club fights to solve the two cases, Lindsay’s partnership with Detective Rich Conklin suffers under the strain, and Lindsay finds herself caught between all sides.
8th Confession by James Patterson
A rock star, a fashion designer, a software tycoon and a millionaire heiress are murdered in quick succession – and Lindsay Boxer is charged with solving the case. The only problem is that there’s virtually no evidence to go on – it’s almost the perfect crime.
A local hero, ‘Bagman Jesus’, has been slain too – but San Francisco is too distracted by the high-profile murders. Only intrepid reporter Cindy Thomas, member of the Women’s Murder Club, is on the case, and she soon uncovers hints of dark secrets in the life of this beloved street icon…
With the help of tough-as-nails attorney Yuki and compassionate medical examiner Claire, Lindsay and Cindy race to solve the case before the killer strikes again – but tensions are running high, and the strain threatens to tear the Women’s Murder Club apart for good.
9th Judgement by James Patterson
A young mother and her child are ruthlessly gunned down in a shopping centre car park. Lindsay Boxer has only one shred of evidence: three mysterious letters scrawled on the windscreen in blood-red lipstick.
The same night, the wife of a Hollywood star walks in on a notorious cat burglar, known as “Hello Kitty”, in the middle of a multi-million-dollar jewel theft. Seconds later, the safe is empty, and the woman is dead – but there’s more to this cat than meets the eye.
As San Francisco descends into hysteria, Lindsay and the Women’s Murder Club try to piece together the case, but one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line…
10th Anniversary by James Patterson
10. 10th Anniversary
Lindsay Boxer has finally tied the knot – but there’s no time to celebrate her big day. A teenage girl has been attacked and left for dead – and the attacker has taken her newborn baby.
As Lindsay investigates, she discovers that there’s no trace of the criminals behind the assault. Now, she has to face the possibility that the victim is keeping dark secrets from the police.
At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the case of her life: a woman accused of murdering her husband in front of their young children. But when Lindsay finds evidences that could destroy Yuki’s case – and career – she’s forced to make a terrible choice.
11th Hour by James Patterson
11. 11th Hour
When a weapon stolen from her department’s evidence locker is used in a series of vigilante murders, Lindsay Boxer must confront the unthinkable. Investigating her closest colleagues, she’s forced to question which of her friends she can trust…
Another horrifying murder scene is also on Lindsay’s to-do list. Two severed heads have been left on display in the garden of a famous actor, and when a third is unearthed, Lindsay is left wondering how many heads are buried there – and how many more the killer plans on taking.
Amid all this, Lindsay struggles with her pregnancy and a vindictive reporter dragging her personal life into the public eye. As she works the cases, she knows she and her unborn baby are heading into dangerous territory…
12th of Never by James Patterson
12. 12th of Never
Lindsay Boxer is stunned when an eccentric professor walks into her homicide department to report a murder. The catch is that the murder hasn’t happened yet – but when it does, the professor’s prophecy is correct in every detail…
Meanwhile, a serial killer wakes from a two-year coma. He says he’s ready to reveal where the bodies are buried – but Lindsay suspects he has a much more sinister scheme in mind.
As Lindsay investigates, she’s pushed to breaking point – and she finds herself faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life…
Unlucky 13 by James Patterson
13. Unlucky 13
When two dead bodies are found inside a wrecked car on the Golden Gate Bridge, Lindsay Boxer quickly realises that the gruesome scene is no ordinary traffic accident.
As Lindsay starts to piece the truth together, she gets an unexpected call. Her ex-colleague Mackie Morales, now a ruthless killer, has been spotted back in San Francisco.
Wanted for three murders, Mackie has been in hiding since she escaped from custody – but now she’s back in San Francisco, ready to pay a visit to some old friends…
14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson
14. 14th Deadly Sin
Lindsay Boxer is investigating a terrifying video of a murder, one committed by masked figures – wearing cop uniforms. Overnight, the entire San Francisco police department become suspects.
On the other side of the city, dozens of witnesses see a woman viciously stabbed to death in the streets – but there are no clues, and no apparent motive. All Lindsay has to go on is one significant date…
As public hysteria and anti-police sentiment take over the city, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club might be the only thing standing between San Francisco and a lethal city-wide crime wave…
15th Affair by James Patterson
15. 15th Affair
Lindsay Boxer is on the case of a professional multiple murder in a luxury hotel – a man who checked in under a false name, two men in a room full of surveillance equipment, and a maid who saw too much are all dead.
Her investigation takes her down unexpected paths – and when her husband Joe abruptly goes missing, Lindsay begins to fear that the elusive suspect might be the man she married.
As Lindsay faces the worst case scenario, things get worse when an explosive tragedy rocks San Francisco to its core. Following new leads, Lindsay once again finds them pointing to her own front door – and starts to wonder if this case could be the end not just of her marriage and career, but her life…
16th Seduction by James Patterson
16. 16th Seduction
Fifteen months ago, Lindsay Boxer had the perfect life with her beautiful baby daughter and her loving husband Joe. That was before she discovered everything she knew about Joe was a lie – and his betrayal cuts deep.
As Lindsay grapples with her personal life, a wave of mysterious heart attacks strikes across San Francisco, killing seemingly unrelated victims. Is it just chance – or is something more sinister at work?
At the same time, a maniac bomber captured by the combined efforts of Joe and Lindsay is on trial – and his defence raises damning questions about Lindsay and Joe’s investigation. Before long, Lindsay faces the prospect of her being the one on trial…
17th Suspect by James Patterson
17. 17th Suspect
Lindsay Boxer is on the case of a series of shootings of the homeless in San Francisco, where the killer is methodical yet unpredictable. An encounter with a confidential informant leads her to disturbing conclusions – something has gone very wrong inside the police department itself.
The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction, and Lindsay’s friends in the Women’s Murder Club are concerned that she’s taking the crimes too much to heart.
But with lives on the line, Lindsay can’t stop herself from following the case into ever more terrifying terrain – even though the killer could cost her everything…
18th Abduction by James Patterson
18. 18th Abduction
When three teachers disappear without a trace, Lindsay Boxer takes the lead in the investigation. But with no clues and no suspects, the odds of finding the women alive are getting slimmer by the second.
Under pressure at work, Lindsay needs support at home. But her husband Joe is drawn into an encounter with a woman who’s seen a ghost – a notorious war criminal from her Eastern European home country, walking the streets of San Francisco.
When Joe’s informant disappears, the two investigations collide. It will take the combined skills of Lindsay, Joe and the entire Women’s Murder Club to protect their city, and themselves, from a monster.
19th Christmas by James Patterson
19. 19th Christmas
Lindsay Boxer is looking forward to spending time with her family over the holidays. But when she receives a tip-off that the biggest heist ever to hit San Francisco is being planned for Christmas Day, everything changes.
The architect of the ambitious attack unleashes chaos across the city, laying traps and false alarms to distract Lindsay and the SFPD from his ultimate goal.
As time runs out, will Lindsay be able to save the people of San Francisco from a Christmas they’d never forget?
20th Victim by James Patterson
20. 20th Victim
Simultaneous murders hit LA, Chicago and San Francisco. SFPD Sergeant Lindsay Boxer is tasked with uncovering what links these precise and calculated killings.
Lindsay discovers that the victims all excel in lucrative, criminal activity. As the casualty list expands, fear and fascination with this shocking spree provoke debate across the country.
Are the killers villains or heroes? And who will be next?
21st Birthday by James Patterson
21. 21st Birthday
Lindsay Boxer has sworn to defend against all enemies, foreign and domestic. As Lindsay prepares to celebrate her own daughter’s birthday, she clashes with rising Chief Charlie Clapper over a family case.
When a distraught mother pleads with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to investigate the disappearance of her daughter, Linda, and baby granddaughter, Lorrie, Cindy immediately loops in SFPD. But Linda’s schoolteacher husband, Lucas Burke, tells a conflicting story that paints Linda as a wayward wife, not a missing person. And there’s reason to believe he may be telling the truth.
While M.E. Claire Washburn harbours theories that run counter to the police investigation of the Burke case, ADA Yuki Castellano sizes Lucas up as a textbook domestic offender – until he puts forward a theory of his own that unexpectedly connects the dots on a constellation of copycat killings. If what Lucas tells law enforcement has even a grain of truth, there isn’t a woman in the state of California who’s safe from the reach of such an unspeakable threat.
There you have it – James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club books in order! How many have you read? Let us know in the comments below…