- Published: 2016
- Number of pages: 144 pages
- Format: Epub
- File Size: 0.30 MB
- Authors: James Patterson
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.
James Patterson has written more bestsellers and created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today. He lives in Florida with his family.Maxine Paetro has collaborated with James Patterson on the bestselling Women’s Murder Club and Private series. She lives with her husband in New York State.
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⭐ 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.
⭐ WOW, WOW, and WOW! the Bookshots books are written by another author in collaboration of James Patterson. Most of these novellettes are only 110 to 130 pages depending if there is intros to the next book in the Women’s Murder Club. So far I have read three and will read the next two I have before ordering others.These are an easy read but filled with twist and turns. I literally can’t put the book down until I finish it. You can read this book in a few hours.This book is about a murderer name, the Kingfisher He is the leader of a Mexican cartel and alludes the feds., both American and Mexican. He was thought to be dead, but recently showed up in California. His killings are very brutal and is feared by many. Could not stop reading it until you are at the end.Great reading, great writing. Love this series and highly recommend.
⭐ 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.
⭐ A SIGH OF RELIEF.I have finally read a bookshot that I enjoyed. Okay, it was only the third one I have read, but the other two were so disappointing, it seems like I read more.Maybe it is just because I love the WMC series too much, or maybe it is Maxine Paetro’s writing that saved this one.Whatever it was, thank god! I was starting to lose hope in them.I think this storyline is what bookshots were made for, and the first two didn’t hit the mark.The Trial, as the title explains, follows one trial. The book is all about the one trial. I didn’t feel like any information was left out in this short format, and I didn’t feel like I was cheated. I could have read a full length novel and been satisfied as well, but it worked for bookshots.5/5 Stars
⭐ If this bookshot is any indication, this is a promising way to do literature. I have always been interested in the Womens Murder Club and one of Patterson’s most compelling detectives, Sgt. Lindsay Boxer. This thriller involves a villain introduced to us in The 14th Deadly Sin, The Kingfisher. In a violent shootout, the Kingfisher gets captured and then is awaiting trial. But he manages to communicate with the outside world- his crime gang- and they kill a grand jury member, and later on the ADA who is selected to prosecute the trial. The book moves along at a great pace and after only a short while, it’s tough to put down. Is this a prelude to the 15th? I’ll find out sooner or later, but meanwhile, give this bookshop a try.
⭐ As I’ve stated on the James Patterson Amazon Forum page, I am annoyed with the 2 authors (James Patterson and Maxine Paetro). Here is why: the Kingfisher character first appeared I believe in “14th Deadly Sin” novel. I happened to stumble upon (bookshot) “The Trial”. If I had not, how was I to know the outcome with the Kingfisher character is found in “The Trial? NOTHING in the “14th Deadly Sin” novel directed me to read the bookshot “The Trial”. I would have been wondering what happened to the Kingfisher character. Bit pricey for a book versus a novel.
⭐ I feel as if I’m done with Patterson. Anyone who turns out one book a month can’t be writing with the same depth and feeling as he did in prior years. Women’s Book Club is one of my favorite story lines. This one is awful, plus the addition of a partial Cross (also one of my favorites) story–just doesn’t make sense. Paterson was my favorite mystery writer for years. He’s fallen behind to bottom, sad to say.l
⭐ I have read all of the Women Murder Series and can’t wait for the next book to be released. No spoilers here. If you like a well written mystery that has a strong female character this is for you. However, there are 3 other strong female characters to love as much as Lindsey. The mystery is always well developed and when I start a book I can t put it down. I have never been disappointed.
⭐ Another great story in San Francisco Open and shut murder case or is it. The suspect is one the police thought was dead years before but when caught very much alive and jailed he still causes more murders. Finally the big trail begins with an explosive ending.
⭐ My favorite of all of Paterson”s series. The Woman”s Murder Club never disappoint me and I have readeveryone written and always will. Book Shots are short but are just as good as a full body Paterson book.The thrill and great read is never missing. Give just one of the Lady’s books a shot and I assure youwill want to read all that Patterson can write like me.
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