Has Patterson’s murder club gone off the boil?

7th Heaven (Women's Murder Club, #7)7th Heaven by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve been absolutely hooked on the Women’s Murder Club novels, at times devouring a whole book in a day. Reaching book 7 though I’m getting a little worried about the future for my favourite girl detective and her friends.

The books seem to have settled into a formulaic familiarity. Mystery going on in the background which is visited concurrently alongside chapters about an ongoing court case which Yuki the assistant district attorney will be trying. Boxer leads the investigation into the ongoing case while Yuki tries a suspect Boxer has already caught.

Play all the above against the ongoing love triangle between Boxer, Joe and Rich Conklin and the books are losing their sparkle a little. It’s mystery writing by numbers and i struggled more with reading this one than any so far. It didn’t grip me in the same way and the plot was much weaker.

I pray book 8 is redeeming and that the Joe/Rich indecision moves on as it’s getting staid and tired. I had such joy reading the initial books it would be a shame to lose that feeling now.

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