Women's Murder Club (novel series)

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Women's Murder Club
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Women's Murder Club Book 1–12

1st to Die
2nd Chance
3rd Degree
4th of July
The 5th Horseman
The 6th Target
7th Heaven
The 8th Confession
The 9th Judgment
10th Anniversary
11th Hour
12th of Never
Unlucky 13
14th Deadly Sin
15th Affair
16th Seduction
17th Suspect
18th Abduction
19th Christmas
20th Victim
21st Birthday
22 Seconds
AuthorJames Patterson
CountryUnited States
PublisherLittle, Brown
PublishedMarch 5, 2001[1] – present
Media typePrint (hardcover, paperback)
No. of books22

Women's Murder Club is a series of mystery novels by American author James Patterson. The books are set in San Francisco and feature an ensemble of lead characters.

The books have been adapted into a made for TV movie, a television series and several games.


Set in San Francisco, the novels follow a group of women from different professions relating to investigating crime as they work together to solve murders. The series follows the women through their personal issues, including Lindsay Boxer's medical issues, marriage, and pregnancy. The main characters were originally Lindsay Boxer (police officer), Cindy Thomas (reporter), Claire Washburn (medical examiner), and Jill Bernhardt, but later in the series, defense attorney, Yuki Castellano, is introduced.[2]

Every book except 7th Heaven and 10th Anniversary were #1 New York Times Best Sellers.[3]

A New York Times article states that Patterson set The Women's Murder Club in San Francisco to gain more fans on the West Coast, where competitor John Grisham had been leading in book sales.[4]


Patterson wrote the first novel, 1st to Die. Subsequent novels have been cowritten with Andrew Gross (2–3) and Maxine Paetro (4–19). Patterson has also written other books with both of these authors.


  1. 1st to Die
  2. 2nd Chance
  3. 3rd Degree
  4. 4th of July
  5. The 5th Horseman
  6. The 6th Target
  7. 7th Heaven
  8. The 8th Confession
  9. The 9th Judgment
  10. 10th Anniversary
  11. 11th Hour
  12. 12th of Never
  13. Unlucky 13
  14. 14th Deadly Sin
  15. 15th Affair
    15.5 The Trial, novella
  16. 16th Seduction
    16.5 The Medical Examiner, novella
  17. 17th Suspect
  18. 18th Abduction
  19. 19th Christmas
  20. The 20th Victim
  21. 21st Birthday
  22. 22 Seconds


The first book in the series, 1st to Die, had previously been a TV movie starring Tracy Pollan.[5]

In 2007, the books were adapted to a television police procedural drama by the same name,[6] which ran from October 12, 2007 through May 13, 2008 and starred Angie Harmon.


Four games based on the books have been released for the PC – #1: Death in Scarlet,[7] #2: A Darker Shade of Grey,[8] #3: Twice in a Blue Moon,[9] and #4: Little Black Lies.[10] In addition, a video game called Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion has been released for the Nintendo DS.[11]


  1. ^ http://ncdigital.lib.overdrive.com/8D5680A2-99D1-4DF7-AFDC-BCF7ACBDCFC0/10/50/en/ContentDetails.htm?id=3f130c84-a6cf-4179-84de-de2ca3c25d35. North Carolina Digital Library. 1st to Die. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  2. ^ "James Patterson". Mostly fiction. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "The New York Times Best Sellers". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Jonathan Mahler (January 20, 2010). "James Patterson Inc". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  5. ^ Hugh Hart (February 16, 2003). "No resisting '1st to Die' / Detective role lures Pollan away from her nest". SFGate. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  6. ^ Alessandra Stanley (October 12, 2007). "Homicide and Heels". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  7. ^ Gary Eng Walk (August 27, 2008). "James Patterson on his 'Murder Club' game". EW.com. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  8. ^ Andrea Morstabilini (July 15, 2009). "Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey Review- Adventure Gamers". Adventure Gamers. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Women's Murder Club: Twice in a Blue Moon for PC – GameFAQs". GameFAQs. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Women's Murder Club 4: Little Black Lies – Walkthrough, Tips, Review". Jay is Games. October 1, 2010. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  11. ^ "Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion". Atomic Gamer. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2018.

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