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
Author James Patterson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Thriller
Publisher Little, Brown
Published March 5, 2001[1] - present
Media type Print (hardcover, paperback)
No. of books 15

Women's Murder Club is a series of mystery novels by bestselling author James Patterson. A television series is also based on the book series.

The books are set in San Francisco and feature an "ensemble" of lead characters.


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, Cindy Thomas, Claire Washburn, and Jill Bernhardt, and 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 (4-15). Patterson has also written other books with both of these authors.



In 2007, the books were adapted to a television police procedural drama by the same name,[5] which ran from October 12, 2007 through May 13, 2008 and starred Angie Harmon. The first book in the series, 1st to Die, had previously been a TV movie starring Tracy Pollan.[6]


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, video game called 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. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/overview.html. The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  4. ^ Jonathan Mahler (January 20, 2010). "James Patterson Inc.". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ Alessandra Stanley (October 12, 2007). "Homicide and Heels". The New York Times. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Hugh Hart (February 16, 2003). "No resisting '1st to Die' / Detective role lures Pollan away from her nest". SFGate. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  7. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20221282,00.html. EW.com. "James Patterson talks 'Women's Murder Club: The Game'. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  8. ^ http://www.adventuregamers.com/articles/view/18304. Adventure Gamers. "Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey Review". Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  9. ^ http://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/971424-womens-murder-club-twice-in-a-blue-moon. Game Faqs. "Women's Murder club, Twice in a Blue Moon". Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  10. ^ http://jayisgames.com/archives/2010/10/womens_murder_club_4_little_black_lies.php. JayIsGames.com. "Women's Murder Club: Little Black Lies". Retrieved December 12, 2012.
  11. ^ http://www.atomicgamer.com/games/5286/womens-murder-club-games-of-passion. Atomic Gamer. Women's Murder Club: Games of Passion. Retrieved December 12, 2012

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