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"I'm not on trial. San Francisco is." An accused murderer called Kingfisher is about to go on trial for his life. Or is he? By unleashing unexpected violence on the lawyers, jurors, and police involved in the case, he has paralyzed the city. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm. Now comes a courtroom shocker you will never se "I'm not on trial. San Francisco is." An accused murderer called Kingfisher is about to go on trial for his life. Or is he? By unleashing unexpected violence on the lawyers, jurors, and police involved in the case, he has paralyzed the city. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm. Now comes a courtroom shocker you will never see coming.


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"I'm not on trial. San Francisco is." An accused murderer called Kingfisher is about to go on trial for his life. Or is he? By unleashing unexpected violence on the lawyers, jurors, and police involved in the case, he has paralyzed the city. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm. Now comes a courtroom shocker you will never se "I'm not on trial. San Francisco is." An accused murderer called Kingfisher is about to go on trial for his life. Or is he? By unleashing unexpected violence on the lawyers, jurors, and police involved in the case, he has paralyzed the city. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are caught in the eye of the storm. Now comes a courtroom shocker you will never see coming.

30 review for The Trial

  1. 5 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I am not always a fan of The Women's Murder Club series but this novella featured the most realistic of the four women and was a very easy read. The story was actually way over the top but for some reason I always accept that from Patterson. I just let myself be carried along with the general excitement expressed in short, snappy chapters and multiple messy deaths. There is very little of the actual trial in this book which suited me too because I am not keen on long drawn out court room scenes. I am not always a fan of The Women's Murder Club series but this novella featured the most realistic of the four women and was a very easy read. The story was actually way over the top but for some reason I always accept that from Patterson. I just let myself be carried along with the general excitement expressed in short, snappy chapters and multiple messy deaths. There is very little of the actual trial in this book which suited me too because I am not keen on long drawn out court room scenes. Most of The Trial was taken up with trying to get one to actually take place. A handy book to make an hour or so pass really quickly.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Monnie

    I'm still on the fence when it comes to the concept of BookShots, the project spearheaded by very prolific author James Patterson. The intent, I've read, is to produce thrillers that sell for around $4.99 and are no longer than 150 pages. Some are standalones, while others are rooted in some of Patterson's popular series including Alex Cross and, like this one, the Women's Murder Club. My mugwump attitude isn't because I want to see the concept fail; in fact, as authors struggle to make anywhere I'm still on the fence when it comes to the concept of BookShots, the project spearheaded by very prolific author James Patterson. The intent, I've read, is to produce thrillers that sell for around $4.99 and are no longer than 150 pages. Some are standalones, while others are rooted in some of Patterson's popular series including Alex Cross and, like this one, the Women's Murder Club. My mugwump attitude isn't because I want to see the concept fail; in fact, as authors struggle to make anywhere near decent amounts for their writing efforts, I think it's a clever idea that has merit. The books are affordable and perfect, I'd think, for something to do while waiting in the doctor's office or catching a red-eye flight. But I've never been much of a short story fan - and when stripped down to the nitty gritty, that's pretty much what these are - so my personal enthusiasm isn't very high. For the record, I read one, a standalone titled The Witnesses, back in July (it earned 4 stars from me as well). After I finished and had a better idea of how these books would play out, I first said that for me it would be one and done; later, I changed my mind and decided to someday try one involving my personal favorites just to test those waters. A few months later, I spotted this one, and away I went. As I already knew, it's way too short for my liking - I polished it off in just under an hour (actually, just 85% of the book is the actual story; the remainder is a four-chapter "special excerpt" of another BookShots entry featuring Detective Alex Cross). Besides that, any sort of balance among the four Women's Murder Club members (San Francisco Medical Examiner Claire, attorney Yuki, hot-shot crime reporter Cindy and Detective Lindsay) is pretty much nonexistent. While Lindsay usually takes the center front stage, the others typically get fairly strong supporting roles; but here, not so much - hardly at all, in fact. On the other hand, as short stories go, I have to say it's pretty good. As regular series readers already know, Lindsay and her husband Joe have separated, although they still love each other and share a love for their young daughter Julie. When club members gather for one of their regular restaurant meetups, Lindsay gets a phone call from her partner Rich, who tells her the notorious Mexican gangster dubbed the Kingfisher is back in town. That's especially disturbing since, as far as the police are concerned, he's dead. But surprise - he's not only very much alive, but apparently has committed two murders. He's then charged and is awaiting trial - a process that quickly goes to hell in a handbasket, turning the entire city upside down. Because it's so short, there's little more I can say without giving away too much (except that unlike a few other reviewers, I thought the ending was great). So for those who like a shorter format and Patterson's work, I'd say this one is worth a try. As for me, though, it's over and out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    When Detective Lindsay Boxer was called by her partner Richie Conklin to the scene of a double murder, she did not expect to be told the perpetrator was a man dubbed Kingfisher. His body had been found; he was buried – it couldn’t possibly be him. Could it? With the man eventually in custody, evidence finally proved it to be Kingfisher – just as violent and malicious as he’d always been. Lindsay and her department were determined to put him away for good this time. As the build-up for the trial k When Detective Lindsay Boxer was called by her partner Richie Conklin to the scene of a double murder, she did not expect to be told the perpetrator was a man dubbed Kingfisher. His body had been found; he was buried – it couldn’t possibly be him. Could it? With the man eventually in custody, evidence finally proved it to be Kingfisher – just as violent and malicious as he’d always been. Lindsay and her department were determined to put him away for good this time. As the build-up for the trial kept them on edge, revenge attacks spread across the city. Everyone involved in Kingfisher’s case, including Lindsay’s Women’s Murder Club were in intense danger. Murder, mayhem and a fear not felt before swept through San Francisco – what would happen in the courtroom; at Kingfisher’s trial? The Trial by James Patterson is another in the BookShots series of novellas and is a Women’s Murder Club #15.5. Fast paced and gritty, the tension of wondering how Lindsay would put this murderer away was immense. I’ve enjoyed the few BookShots I’ve read so far and will continue to seek them out. Highly recommended.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Li'l Owl

    The Trial by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is # 15.5 in the Woman's Murder Club series. It's just a short chapter in the lives of the four best friends who fight for justice in San Francisco but, unsurprisingly, it still ends with the unexpected! Love this series! Now I'll be on to the 16th in the series 16th Seduction. The Trial by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro is # 15.5 in the Woman's Murder Club series. It's just a short chapter in the lives of the four best friends who fight for justice in San Francisco but, unsurprisingly, it still ends with the unexpected! Love this series! Now I'll be on to the 16th in the series 16th Seduction.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Matt

    Patterson and Paetro extend their partnership with another entry in the Women's Murder Club collection, this time a BookShot. As the story begins, readers are taken into events not long after 15th Affair, with Sergeant Lindsay Boxer still at odds with her husband, Joe. When Boxer receives word of a shootout at a high-end bar, she and her partner rush to the scene. More interesting than the shooting is the suspect, a drug kingpin named Kingfisher everyone thought perished the year before. As Boxe Patterson and Paetro extend their partnership with another entry in the Women's Murder Club collection, this time a BookShot. As the story begins, readers are taken into events not long after 15th Affair, with Sergeant Lindsay Boxer still at odds with her husband, Joe. When Boxer receives word of a shootout at a high-end bar, she and her partner rush to the scene. More interesting than the shooting is the suspect, a drug kingpin named Kingfisher everyone thought perished the year before. As Boxer seeks to track down Kingfisher, she learns more about him and discovers that his estranged wife is living in San Francisco as well. After arresting Kingfisher and identifying him as being the man some witnesses saw killing two women in their twenties, Boxer chooses to remove his cloak of power and personalises him with his given name, Jorge Sierra. While Sierra awaits trial, he does not back down in his off-the-wall fury, promising to kill anyone who tries to convict him. As the threats mount, so does the body count and the gang Sierra ran seems to have arrived from Mexico to do his bidding. Boxer flees the city with her daughter, Julie, and keeps the little one in protective custody, promising to bring justice and peace to San Francisco with Sierra's conviction. The trial proceeds and the evidence is strong, but one can never predict things in the justice system until the jury's verdict is handed down. Boxer knows all too well that sometimes good does not triumph over evil and that bloodshed is inevitable. Perhaps the best BookShot of those released to date, Patterson and Paetro deliver for fans of the series and curious readers alike. The idea of BookShots has been a mixed bag up to this point. Patterson nails it with some co-authors and shows a flaccid lack of ingenuity with others. Paetro's contribution, backed by one of the stronger series Patterson has on the go, makes this book a wonderful addition to both the Women's Murder Club and the BookShots concept. While the three other Club members play a backseat role, Lindsay Boxer is front and centre in such a way that I could not help seeing her dashing and dodging as she has in the 15 previous novels. The story is quick, the chapters even faster, and the narrative keeps the reader wondering how the legal and police aspects will meld. The tie-in to the previous full-length novel goes to show that both authors care enough to keep series fans in line, but it is the next novel that might also prove interesting, as some of the breadcrumbs offered herein will certainly shape what happens in the 16th incantation of the Club. And now we wait to see how it all plays out until late next Spring. Kudos, Mr. Patterson and Madam Paetro for this wonderful piece. I was hooked with the opening paragraph and am happy to keep reading anything you guys have to offer. Like/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Book Addict Shaun

    James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series is my favourite series of his so I was excited to read the first BookShot to feature the characters I have come to love across the fifteen books I have read so far. As the BookShots premise promises, The Trial is an incredibly fast-paced read. However the issue I had with it was that it was cliched and had little to no realism whatsoever. Patterson’s novels are known for being quite over the top and exaggerated however here it just felt silly. The dea James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club series is my favourite series of his so I was excited to read the first BookShot to feature the characters I have come to love across the fifteen books I have read so far. As the BookShots premise promises, The Trial is an incredibly fast-paced read. However the issue I had with it was that it was cliched and had little to no realism whatsoever. Patterson’s novels are known for being quite over the top and exaggerated however here it just felt silly. The deadly leader of a Mexican cartel known as Kingfisher has finally been captured and is awaiting trial. Whilst cut off from the world he seemingly manages to orchestrate the deaths of people connected to the case such as jurors and the defence lawyer. The amount of death and destruction that occurs (apparently there’s nobody Kingfisher can’t kill) left me wondering just how the story was going to end. Just how would this character eventually be stopped? Given the fast-paced nature of the story there was no time at all for character development especially as the book actually ends at the 83% mark. Lindsay once again proves that she is incapable of managing a work/life balance and her daughter is palmed off first with her neighbour (aka the world’s best and most reliable babysitter) and then her sister. Also given that it’s the Women’s Murder Club we saw very little of the club and the characters involved had no storyline nor did they play any significant role in the story. I feel like The Trial was written as a Women’s Murder Club story just to cash in on the popularity of this series and it feels like a really cheap and ugly move to me. The story, despite featuring a character regular readers will be aware of, could have worked without the WMC characters present and as a stand-alone story featuring completely new characters. I always highly recommend the WMC series because I absolutely love it but The Trial is nothing more than a way to increase Patterson’s bank balance by buying into familiarity and expecting a story of the standard we get in the main series and instead getting what was a huge disappointment with a terribly cliched and laughable ending.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    The Trial is a novella in the popular Women’s Murder Club series by prolific American author, James Patterson. It is co-written with Maxine Paetro and is released under the BookShots: stories at the speed of life banner. At a mere 114 pages, it is intended to be read in one sitting. It is set after 15th Affair, and readers should be aware there are spoilers in this story for previous books, so it is advisable to read them in order Detective Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin are call The Trial is a novella in the popular Women’s Murder Club series by prolific American author, James Patterson. It is co-written with Maxine Paetro and is released under the BookShots: stories at the speed of life banner. At a mere 114 pages, it is intended to be read in one sitting. It is set after 15th Affair, and readers should be aware there are spoilers in this story for previous books, so it is advisable to read them in order Detective Sergeant Lindsay Boxer and partner Rich Conklin are called to a shooting where the shooter is apparently a Mexican drug lord they believed dead and buried (is this a common theme with BookShots? Cross Kill started with an identical scenario). After a shootout with SWAT that kills his two accomplices, the shooter, who indeed turns out to be Jorge Sierra aka The Kingfisher, is taken into custody. Lindsay’s last encounter with The Kingfisher featured personal threats, but now she has him: now he will stand trial. Or will he? There is not very much of the Women’s Murder club in this short read: Yuki, Claire and Cindy make only brief appearances. The laxity of security for those involved in a case where the accused obviously commands a wide influence is little puzzling, and the reason that Lindsay gets Sierra’s first counsel to remove himself from the case is never made clear. The fast pace and a good twist at the end save this little dose of WMC from a lower rating.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)

    I am giving the 15.5 novella installment in the "Woman's Murder Club" series ("The Trial:) 4 SOLID stars. Newly released by James Patterson and my favorite of his sidekicks: Maxine Paetro, "The Trial" is an enjoyable 110+/- pages. I love love love the WMC SERIES and am digging these bookshot/novella options that give us a little teaser in between novels! This was super duper fast paced and a really quick yet intense read. However, I JUST REEEEEEALLLLY NEED Lindsay & Joe FIXED STAT, seriously. Thei I am giving the 15.5 novella installment in the "Woman's Murder Club" series ("The Trial:) 4 SOLID stars. Newly released by James Patterson and my favorite of his sidekicks: Maxine Paetro, "The Trial" is an enjoyable 110+/- pages. I love love love the WMC SERIES and am digging these bookshot/novella options that give us a little teaser in between novels! This was super duper fast paced and a really quick yet intense read. However, I JUST REEEEEEALLLLY NEED Lindsay & Joe FIXED STAT, seriously. Their underlying relationship strife is ripping my heart out and, to me anyhow, feels completely unnecessary for the storyline (s) from now forward. I had a love/hate with the previous novel that put those two in this mess, but I think it's bordering on absurd at this point. TRUST ME, I AM VERY empathetic when it comes to broken trust issues in a relationship, but seriously? This was legitimate - not Boxer's man out whoring around. Let's get that over with and move on to the juicy crimes/mysteies, please! IMHO.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    It seems that James Patterson's Bookshots are about resurrected enemies of his main characters. Like Cross Kill, this book starts out with Detective Lindsay Wagner and partner Rich Conklin called to a fancy nightclub where the Kingfisher has supposedly executed two attractive girls, one of whom was a lover who jilted him. He is taken into custody, but everyone is scared, especially after key people start getting killed, attacked or threatened. Not really sure this is worth reading as little is a It seems that James Patterson's Bookshots are about resurrected enemies of his main characters. Like Cross Kill, this book starts out with Detective Lindsay Wagner and partner Rich Conklin called to a fancy nightclub where the Kingfisher has supposedly executed two attractive girls, one of whom was a lover who jilted him. He is taken into custody, but everyone is scared, especially after key people start getting killed, attacked or threatened. Not really sure this is worth reading as little is added to the series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    I hereby offer my services to any writer who wants to try to create realistic court scenes. I'm looking at you, James Patterson - the DA can't call a defendant to testify against himself. And if a cop interfered with a defense attorney's representation, that would be misconduct. Easy read but not a great effort from the WMC writers. I hereby offer my services to any writer who wants to try to create realistic court scenes. I'm looking at you, James Patterson - the DA can't call a defendant to testify against himself. And if a cop interfered with a defense attorney's representation, that would be misconduct. Easy read but not a great effort from the WMC writers.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tiffy

    A quick short novel that brings another Women's Murder Club case front and center. With the biggest trial the SFPD in Sergeant Boxer's history the tension is high. With threats of death and terror to everyone and anyone involved this story is a quick read that will keep you going until the very last page. The shocker of an ending will have you hoping the next book comes out soon. A quick short novel that brings another Women's Murder Club case front and center. With the biggest trial the SFPD in Sergeant Boxer's history the tension is high. With threats of death and terror to everyone and anyone involved this story is a quick read that will keep you going until the very last page. The shocker of an ending will have you hoping the next book comes out soon.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suzzie

    This is my first time reading a Book shots. I have seen so many in the store and on GR but never read one. I read it and plan to read some more of them but for some reason it was good but more just okay. I guess I like more in-depth mysteries/thrillers. I kinda only like short books for romances and some fiction. Will read more book shots though. My quick and simple overall: not bad at all but wanted more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Medhat The Book Fanatic

    If Danielle Steel wrote a crime novel, this would be it. This reads like a cheap crime story. Full of cliches. Writing-style is basic and matter-of-factually. The story was boring. The characters were lame. TOO MANY characters with no significance to the story. You would think that with James Patterson's reputation as one of the world's most famous crime writers he writes great action and bad-ass scenes, unfortunately, he didn't deliver; even with a very short book, Patterson fails to write the si If Danielle Steel wrote a crime novel, this would be it. This reads like a cheap crime story. Full of cliches. Writing-style is basic and matter-of-factually. The story was boring. The characters were lame. TOO MANY characters with no significance to the story. You would think that with James Patterson's reputation as one of the world's most famous crime writers he writes great action and bad-ass scenes, unfortunately, he didn't deliver; even with a very short book, Patterson fails to write the simplest of action scenes. He fails to engage me as a reader, and intrigue me, to be honest, in anything. F P.S.: And no, I am not going to blame the co-author Maxine Paetro, like every one seems to do every time Patterson releases a disastrous books.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caidyn (he/him/his)

    Dear James Patterson, I used to like you. Really, I did. I enjoyed Maximum Ride and Daniel X as a middle schooler because they had great characters. However, as I got older, I suddenly realized that all the books were the same. I tried another series of yours and, guess what? Same main character and side characters as before. I do not want emails about your shitty books. You're just a bad author who found a formula and sticks with it. With all due sincerity, given that I did really enjoy a couple s Dear James Patterson, I used to like you. Really, I did. I enjoyed Maximum Ride and Daniel X as a middle schooler because they had great characters. However, as I got older, I suddenly realized that all the books were the same. I tried another series of yours and, guess what? Same main character and side characters as before. I do not want emails about your shitty books. You're just a bad author who found a formula and sticks with it. With all due sincerity, given that I did really enjoy a couple series, fuck off. Love, Caidyn

  15. 5 out of 5

    Krystle

    Not sure how I feel about these new Book Shots. At only ~100 pages I found it hard to get invested in the characters or storyline. Also beware of spoilers if you are not up to date on the Women's Murder club series. Not sure how I feel about these new Book Shots. At only ~100 pages I found it hard to get invested in the characters or storyline. Also beware of spoilers if you are not up to date on the Women's Murder club series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Alice-Elizabeth

    I'm interested in the Bookshots collection, mainly because it promises high fast-paced thriller stakes. Even though The Trial did deliver on that aspect, I just didn't find the characters nor the action to be hugely believable. The story follows a murderer about to go into the courtroom on trial but in reply, he wants to show huge acts of violence across the city. When scary things start happening, main detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are thrown headfirst into carnage. It is I'm interested in the Bookshots collection, mainly because it promises high fast-paced thriller stakes. Even though The Trial did deliver on that aspect, I just didn't find the characters nor the action to be hugely believable. The story follows a murderer about to go into the courtroom on trial but in reply, he wants to show huge acts of violence across the city. When scary things start happening, main detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club are thrown headfirst into carnage. It is a very quick read, but the weakness of that is a strong lack of development. I just couldn't connect to anyone at all. The setting at times was also a little hazy. The ending was action packed, which was the most exciting part. I just wanted more.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber Garabrandt

    First, who else was dying for this book?  I was so excited!  The last WMC book ended on a horrendous cliff hanger where you really did not know what was going on between Lyndsay and husband Joe.  If you haven’t read the other books do not pick this one up.  There is too much in the book that relies on back story and, it being a novella, there just isn’t time for enough explanation.  That said, this is very fast paced, original and exceptional. The Kingfisher, a man in the drug cartel that plagued First, who else was dying for this book?  I was so excited!  The last WMC book ended on a horrendous cliff hanger where you really did not know what was going on between Lyndsay and husband Joe.  If you haven’t read the other books do not pick this one up.  There is too much in the book that relies on back story and, it being a novella, there just isn’t time for enough explanation.  That said, this is very fast paced, original and exceptional. The Kingfisher, a man in the drug cartel that plagued boxer before his supposed death, is back.  After being at the scene where two women are murdered, he is brought in.  Before he can go on trial he does something crazy and reckless- he reacts violently, threatening everyone in the courtroom.  Pandemonium ensues and they have to postpone.  When a juror and the prosecuting attorney wind up dead, it’s even worse.  Kingfisher may still be behind bars, but everyone knows he called these kills.  When it is time for the second trial attempt there is gunfire.  How will this all play out?  Lyndsay and her family, targets of Kingfisher in the past, must make hard decisions to stay safe. To begin, obviously I loved this book.  It was well written, and even though it was really short, it packed a huge punch.  It was exciting and I loved to see the play between Lyndsay and her family.  Her relationship with Joe is still up in the air, but he does play a role in the book.  Now, I do wish we had had more time with the cartel.  I feel like there was just not enough room for the villain’s point of view- which is something I enjoy from Patterson.  All in all I still loved it and remain devoted both to the idea behind Bookshots and the WMC

  18. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    The Trial I thoroughly enjoyed this Bookshots short novel much more than James Patterson's longer novels. These shorts get right to the point and tell the story. With that being said The Women's Murder Club is my favorite series that Mr. Patterson writes and he certainly didn't go wrong with this one. The Trial I thoroughly enjoyed this Bookshots short novel much more than James Patterson's longer novels. These shorts get right to the point and tell the story. With that being said The Women's Murder Club is my favorite series that Mr. Patterson writes and he certainly didn't go wrong with this one.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Plum-crazy

    I'm only up to book three in the Women's Murder Club series & so am a bit out of sync as now Lindsay is not only wed but has a child. In fact, two of Lindsay's mates are now hooked up with either one of Lindsay's colleagues or are in the police/justice dept. Anyway it doesn't matter in the slightest as this story would make sense to anyone coming in new to the series. It's a good, quick read in which San Francisco is being held hostage due to the trial of a drugs cartel boss. Not a lot to say abo I'm only up to book three in the Women's Murder Club series & so am a bit out of sync as now Lindsay is not only wed but has a child. In fact, two of Lindsay's mates are now hooked up with either one of Lindsay's colleagues or are in the police/justice dept. Anyway it doesn't matter in the slightest as this story would make sense to anyone coming in new to the series. It's a good, quick read in which San Francisco is being held hostage due to the trial of a drugs cartel boss. Not a lot to say about it really, its typical JP, it moves quick & its entertaining -it would be great on the big screen. The ending, to my mind, was left open & I can see one character coming back again to haunt Lindsay in the future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mahoghani 23

    33 chapters! I'm done before I'm actually enjoying the book. This book had so much violence and death, I'm hesitate about which group to recommend it to. In book 15, Detective Lindsay Boxer was working a case on crooked cops when she got entangled with King Fisher, a notorious drug lord. She was informed that his body was found somewhere outside the United States until he's spotted in a upscale nightclub. Gunfire, murder, mayhem, threats and all the macabre involved shows that if you didn't see t 33 chapters! I'm done before I'm actually enjoying the book. This book had so much violence and death, I'm hesitate about which group to recommend it to. In book 15, Detective Lindsay Boxer was working a case on crooked cops when she got entangled with King Fisher, a notorious drug lord. She was informed that his body was found somewhere outside the United States until he's spotted in a upscale nightclub. Gunfire, murder, mayhem, threats and all the macabre involved shows that if you didn't see them take their last breath, never take someone else's word for it. I would give this book four stars but there is craziness and then there's reality. I would only recommend this book to crime lovers.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cameo Tarver

    though I enjoyed reading this book I felt a little lost in the story because I jumped so far ahead in the series from where I was in the books. also I felt like this story could have just been a part of a book that goes into greater detail about Kingfisher unlike rushing through it in this Bookshot. it didn't give me the at peace conclusion that I like with a book. I still had a lot of questions left over. though I enjoyed reading this book I felt a little lost in the story because I jumped so far ahead in the series from where I was in the books. also I felt like this story could have just been a part of a book that goes into greater detail about Kingfisher unlike rushing through it in this Bookshot. it didn't give me the at peace conclusion that I like with a book. I still had a lot of questions left over.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Connor's Library Corner

    3.5⭐, This was a nice continuation of the Kingfisher storyline which seemed to have wrapped up up much too quickly in book 15, as that storyline was pretty much non-existent apart from a throwaway line As this is only a bookshot, obviously we were missing some important elements that really allowed us to to dive into this story but given what it was I enjoyed it being the short, fun, quick read

  23. 5 out of 5

    Margie

    Using the same characters from the Women's Murder Club novels, these are short, quick reads. This one involves the capture of a very dangerous man. Even as he waits in lockup for the trial to begin, he could care less, but the witness, jury, the police, etc are another thing-they are very scared as the killings start. Using the same characters from the Women's Murder Club novels, these are short, quick reads. This one involves the capture of a very dangerous man. Even as he waits in lockup for the trial to begin, he could care less, but the witness, jury, the police, etc are another thing-they are very scared as the killings start.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Megan Jones

    In this short story in the Women's Murder Club series, notorious criminal dubbed the Kingfisher is due to go on trial. For Lindsay Boxer this is a personal trial as the Kingfisher has been threatening her family and now he is due to go on trial he is threatening San Francisco. As Kingfisher inflicts violence and terror on the streets of San Francisco will justice ever be done? I enjoyed this short story and if you are reading the Women's Murder Club series then you have to read this as it ties up In this short story in the Women's Murder Club series, notorious criminal dubbed the Kingfisher is due to go on trial. For Lindsay Boxer this is a personal trial as the Kingfisher has been threatening her family and now he is due to go on trial he is threatening San Francisco. As Kingfisher inflicts violence and terror on the streets of San Francisco will justice ever be done? I enjoyed this short story and if you are reading the Women's Murder Club series then you have to read this as it ties up some loose ends and lines up a new plot thread as well. I am quite enjoying Patterson's BookShots as they have the same kind of plot as his regular books but without unnecessary chat so you get pure drama. 'The Trial' comes in at 114 pages so is a nice quick read as well. As usual it was great to be following the gang of Lindsay, Claire, Cindy and Yuki, although they do not feature as much due to the book being short. Patterson does still manage to get a bit in on each character as well which was nice. There are also developments with Lindsay and Joe which follow on from the previous book in the series. Once again this was an enjoyable exciting read with a fantastic ending.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Ugh! This was like reading fan fiction. It was an afterthought when they dropped the story from 14th Deadly Sin and took up with 15th Affair. And it was bad. I don't understand the title at all because there was anything but a trial. I never connected to the Kingfisher character because he was mentioned in one freaking book! He was not a continuing villain, so I had no vested interest in him other than they left a big gaping opening at the end of 14th Deadly Sin. For 110 pages, there was a pretty Ugh! This was like reading fan fiction. It was an afterthought when they dropped the story from 14th Deadly Sin and took up with 15th Affair. And it was bad. I don't understand the title at all because there was anything but a trial. I never connected to the Kingfisher character because he was mentioned in one freaking book! He was not a continuing villain, so I had no vested interest in him other than they left a big gaping opening at the end of 14th Deadly Sin. For 110 pages, there was a pretty high body count. Towards the end they tried to get me to feel the feels for a character I didn't even know. The only good thing I can say is: At least that story line is "over". Also...I still don't know what the 14th Deadly Sin is, nor do I know what the first 14 affairs were (15th Affair).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Amy the book-bat

    This is one of the "Bookshots" that Patterson has started putting out. The stories are around 100 pages or so. This one picks up where Women's Murder Club #15 left off, so it is advised to read that first if you are reading the series. There was plenty of action in the 110 pages for this one. I am wondering if this will be included when book 16 comes out, or will that book pick up where this bookshot left off? This is one of the "Bookshots" that Patterson has started putting out. The stories are around 100 pages or so. This one picks up where Women's Murder Club #15 left off, so it is advised to read that first if you are reading the series. There was plenty of action in the 110 pages for this one. I am wondering if this will be included when book 16 comes out, or will that book pick up where this bookshot left off?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    I found myself shaking my head while reading this one. It seemed like if it could go wrong it did. Kingfisher had too much power and managed to do the unthinkable from prison. But it was the bit at the end that makes a person wonder...I smell set up, if so it was done in an excellent way.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    Quick story featuring the Women's Murder Club. The Kingfisher, a drug lord thought dead, has resurfaced and is suspected of killing 2 women. Boxer and Conklin, along with the DA, attempt to finally get a conviction to stick. Quick paced, enjoyable. Quick story featuring the Women's Murder Club. The Kingfisher, a drug lord thought dead, has resurfaced and is suspected of killing 2 women. Boxer and Conklin, along with the DA, attempt to finally get a conviction to stick. Quick paced, enjoyable.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    WOW! What a fast paced, thrilling short story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It will keep you reading wondering what is going to happen next. So glad I grabbed a copy of the book. What a surprise ending that I never saw coming!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jwls Mac Ray

    A quick read and excellent murder mystery. The ending has me wondering if there will be another one. Very good. Like the characters and the whole plot story. Fun to read these short ones in between the lengthy books. Glad he began writing these. Great writer as always.

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