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21st Birthday (Women's Murder Club, 21)

by James Patterson

Series: Women's Murder Club (21)

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In Cindy's office, a woman claims her son-in-law, Lucas Burke, has harmed her daughter, Tara, and her baby granddaughter. Cindy calls Lindsay to ask for help. New organization at SFPD, with Clapper, former head of forensic science is now chief. He tells Lindsay to leave it to missing persons.
When bodies turn up, homicide is assigned to the case. Lindsay gets partnered with Brady, and Conklin gets partnered with new cop from Vegas--Alvarez.
Lucas swears innocence. As case unfolds, Cindy gets material for new book on prolific serial killer.
I thought the book had too pat of an ending. Killer wants to be famous so he gives Cindy all the info on his killings and confesses. Seems like it came out of the blue to quickly wrap the book. ( )
  rmarcin | Aug 14, 2021 |
3.5 stars, definitely a step up over the previous books since the Club members are all involved. Tara Burke and her infant daughter disappear, ostensibly after a fight with her husband over her spendthrift ways. Her husband Lucas, is of course, the primary suspect, especially because Tara's mother publicly accuses him of abuse in a posting on Cindy's blog at the San Francisco Examiner, and even further, when his affair with a high school senior is revealed. Cindy refers the mother to her WMC partner, detective Sergeant Lindsay Boxer of the SFPD. Lindsay bucks protocol and the direct orders of the new police chief, commencing her investigation, even though the case is in Missing Persons. When the baby's body is found at the beach, dead not by drowning but suffocation according to chief medical examiner Claire Washburn. Lucas has an alibi, and then bodies start piling up. When a murder weapon is found with his prints, Lucas is arrested and prosecution of the case is assigned to WMC's own Yuki Castellano. Lucas's defense is that someone close to him did it, and Lindsay works this angle via husband Joe's shady friend in Washington. At the end, it's still not clear whodunit. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
Tara Burke and her baby daughter, Lorrie, are missing. And Tara’s distraught mother, Kathleen Wyatt, is certain that Tara’s husband, Lucas Burke, is responsible. She’s certain he killed the young mother and her baby girl.

But high school teacher Lucas is adamant . . . Tara’s gone off in a huff because Lucas cut up her credit cards.

When Kathleen goes to Cindy Thomas, it isn’t long before Lindsay Boxer is involved in the investigation. Despite conflicting statements, there’s no doubt that the young mother and her baby daughter are missing. What is the truth behind their disappearance?

This book, the twenty-first in the Women’s Murder Club series, brings all four women into the storyline, but Lindsay and Cindy are the focus of the unfolding story. As with earlier books in the series, the chapters are short, the plot twists and turns, the story is intriguing and keeps the reader invested in the telling of the tale.

With the investigation and a trial being major elements of the narrative, readers see Lindsay, Cindy, and Yuki in action; Claire plays a strong supporting role. Unfortunately, the ending feels rushed and abrupt and the question of ultimate guilt remains, leaving the reader to make a determination. Nevertheless, fans of the series are likely to enjoy this addition to the series.

Recommended. ( )
  jfe16 | Jun 27, 2021 |
Another well written, nail biting book. Lots of twists and turns that will keep you guessing. I love the camaraderie between the women in the Murder Club.
Good Fast Read. ( )
  cjyap1 | Jun 15, 2021 |
Much better than the last several. Great, convoluted plot ( )
  busyreadin | May 11, 2021 |
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