May 7, 2023

Series Sunday: 23rd Midnight

(Women's Murder Club #23) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is 23rd Midnight, the 23rd book in the Women's Murder Club series by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro. Previously, Detective Lindsay Boxer put serial killer, master manipulator Evan Burke in jail. Reporter Cindy Thomas put Burke on the bestseller list by writing a true crime book about his case. But now an obsessed fan is playing copycat, killing women in every city on Cindy's book tour. Even worse, he is threatening Cindy's life.

"A god in his own mind. A monster in ours." ~ 62%

Women's Murder Club is one of the few long-term series that stays interesting. It follows the personal and professional lives of four (4) successful women, their spouses/significant others, children, murder cases and news stories. With every book, it somehow intertwines and they all work together.

Since 23rd Midnight is deep-deep into the Women's Murder Club series and references an old suspect, it cannot be read as a standalone. Your reading experience will be totally different. Patterson and Paetro makes a good point of introducing each main character but to fully understand the plot, at least read the previous three (3) books in the series: 22 Seconds, 21st Birthday and 20th Victim. Then you won't be so lost and can follow the story better.

"...a laughing jury is an acquitting jury." ~ 37%

I read 23rd Midnight as a buddy read with Chickadee. We make a habit of reading new Patterson novels immediately upon release. We separately read up to a certain chapter then discussed and shared theories. She usually solves the mystery first whereas I can sometimes tell the twist. With all its layers and multiple storylines, this was a perfect buddy read. We agree on the 4⭐️ rating. We agree loose ends were tied up but the ending left us wondering what is next. Chickadee and I recommend it for other bookheart buddies, book clubs or online groups that enjoy mystery series. 

Authors: James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published: March 2023
Pages: 355
Edition: eBook
Genre: Mystery
Challenge: Keeping Up with Patterson
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤

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