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7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club).

7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club)

James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Little, Brown and Company

c/o Hachette Book Group

237 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017-0010

ISBN 9780316004329, $29.99, 2008, www.HachetteBookGroupUSA.com

My New Year's resolution for 2008 is simple--I am going to quit reading James Patterson works. The sleepless nights, the tension it creates and the nagging desire to get back to the book to continue reading where I left off.... it's truly getting to me. That said, this is the umpteenth time I have made this resolution, and the umpteenth time I have broken the resolution, and this time the culprit was "7th Heaven." As a confirmed Patterson addict, there is not even one Patterson work which I have left unread. I have with me 49 of his books--including non-fiction, romance, children's books? you name it and I have it.

James Patterson is truly the ultimate thriller author. There is no sub-genre in the thriller genre that the author has left untouched. Be it psychological thrillers (Alex Cross series of books including "Kiss the Girls," "Along Came the Spider" etc.), science fiction ("When the Wind Blows," "The Lake House" etc.), children's books ("Santa Kid"), Romance ("Sam's Letters to Jennifer"), Historical thriller ("The Jester"), Legal Thriller ("The Beach House"); James Patterson has churned gold wherever he touched his hands.

The Women's Murder Club Series started with "1st to Die" published seven years back, closely followed by "2nd Chance" and "3rd Degree." This adventure series which is a fine blend of the psychological suspense and mystery genre has four dynamic, young ladies as protagonists. There are the Detective, Lindsay Boxer; the attorney, Yuki Castellano; the scribe, Cindy Thomas and the Doctor- pathologist Clair Washburn. And together the foursome has solved some neat cases. But this time around in "7th Heaven," Lindsay Boxer is called to investigate two cases. The first one involves the kidnapping and suspected murder of a teenager, Michael Campion--the son of the Governor of California. The boy with great looks and a congenital heart disease was the golden boy of the media, and the whole state is in a frenzy looking for the missing boy. At the same time, in the other end of the town, a series of arson cases has caught the attention of the police. The arsonist(s) specialize in torching the houses of the rich and the wealthy; they also make sure that the owners of the houses die in the fire. And the only clue the police have is the Latin phrases inscribed in books collected from the scene of the crime. The novel is all about the investigation that follows. The work is a hard and fast-paced suspense thriller, one with a twist in the tale finish.

And of course, just like with any other James Patterson work, "7th Heaven" kept me engaged, enthralled and engrossed. A sure-fire bestseller. Highly, highly recommended.

Reviewed by Narayan Radhakrishnan for RebeccasReads
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