I had pretty much given up on Patterson a few years back, but given that this book was set in a place I used to live I decided to check it out. I can't say that things have gotten much better. The sad part is Mr. Patterson has the talent, but it is hard to keep up the quality when you churn out four books a year (but then again the general reading public keeps swallowing this stuff). I have not read the whole Woman's Murder club series, but I did read 1st to Die (one of the last Patterson books I really enjoyed) so I do not know the whole Lindsey Boxer story, but I do not think that effects my ability to review this book. The story follows Boxer, who is taking a little R and R from SFPD, and from an upcoming trail involving a wrongful death suit. She heads for Half Moon Bay (which is a little to close and too foggy for a vaction for most San Franciscans, she would at least have headed for the sunshine of Santa Cruz, or better yet Mexico!), and of course is immediatly is embroiled in a murder investigation. Residents of the small town are being murdered in a gruesome fashion. and of course it is up to Boxer to figure things out. The plot is mildly entertaining, on the level of a made for TV movie of the week. The short chapters do nothing for me and I thought the level of deatail insufficent, but that is a matter of taste. The Half Moon Bay is that of 25 years ago. The locals can no longer afford to live there as the place has become a bedroom community for San Fransisco. I wouldn't say to not buy this book, if you are a fan of this series you probably will enjoy it, but if you are a casual reader or someone like me who has noted the decline in this author's quality, you might want to wait for paperback or a used copy. AND PLEASE MR. PATTERSON TAKE A COUPLE OF YEARS OFF AND WRITE A TRUELY WONDERFUL THRILLER! (you need the rest and so do we). May I suggest "A Tourist in the Yucatan" if you are looking for a good thriller/mystery.
Was this review helpful to you?YESNO