1st To Die by James Patterson

After reading the book Along Came a Spider I was off in search of another book by James Patterson.  I thought to give James Patterson another chance since I wasn’t thrilled with Along Came a Spider.  I came across 1st To Die which is the first story in the series Women’s Murder Club.

The plot of the book:

“In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked-and slaughtered.  Enter four unforgettable women, all friends…Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city’s police department…Claire, a medical examiner…Jill, and assistant D.A…and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal.  To find, trap, and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer every imagined.”

I thought the series name was interesting being called the Women’s Murder Club.  The name was intriguing and made me want to find out more with the book.  After reading it I was glad that I did.  The book was enjoyable and I became enthralled with it.  I had to find out who the killer was but with all the twist and turns it became hard to do.

I found this book enticing to read from the very first page which it opens with a bang as Lindsay the main character was crying about all that was happening.  My first thought was she was going to commit suicide but I stopped and thought about it.  The series with her as a character couldn’t really do that but it had me nervous.  I liked that the book started out with a few pages close to the end, it automatically drew me into the book.

The characters of the book were fantastic.  The heroes the four women were all entertaining and I can’t wait to see their character develop throughout the series.  I loved how each of them worked together to solve the case.  Each helped the other with probing questions and thinking about the situation.  Lindsay who was the main character you felt for her when the news of her health was in question and for the tragedy that she had to overcome, past and present.  I felt scared, sad, nervous and happy for Lindsay throughout the entire book.

Now the villain in this book well you do not know exactly who but the man who is going be thought as the killer is sick, twisted and crazy.  And the scenes from the murders are gruesome but it gets the point across that the killer is brutal with the couples.

1st To Die is a fantastic start to the series Women’s Murder Club.  It was witty, kept you guessing with the twist and turns, interesting characters and a twisted plot.  You think you know the end but everything keeps twisting back and forth that you can not figure it out till the last page.

Skin Deep by Mark Del Franco

Three identities, three lives how does a girl do it but Laura Blackstone finds a way to be three different women and a member of the Fey.

“Laura Blackstone, public relations director for the Fey Guild, can spin with ease.  Across town, Janice Crawford works her magic as the druids backup for the D.C. Swat.  Meanwhile, as an operative for an international intelligence agency, Mariel Tate uses her beauty and brains to hunt down terriosts.  Laura, Janice, and Mariel have nothing in common-except they’re the same woman…

Being an undercover agent has its occupational hazards, but Laura makes it look easy.  As a spy for a fey intelligence agency, she uses her magical abilities to create disguises that are skin deep-glamours, or persnas, that must never be compromised.

Now, while Laura publicizes a special fey exhibition at the National Archives, Janice is almost killed in a drug bust gone wrong, and Mariel discovers a connection between the drug raid and threats made against the exhibition’s debut.  Laura’s different worlds are about to collide, and if she can’t keep it together, she’ll have more to worry about than being forced to retire an identity.  She may lose her life.”

“Skin Deep” is the first book to the Laura Blackstone series by Mark Del Franco.  I have to say when reading this book my first thought was that it was going to be strange, very strange but interesting and it was.  I like the concept of the mythical creatures.  I have noticed that there is a steady trend with the Fey being a part in books instead of the traditional vampires, which is a nice change every now and then.  I also liked the use of glamour which kept her appearances up for those she was around.  And most of all I liked the crime fighting and the mystery of the novel.

The character of Laura Blackstone is interesting.  I thought that with her being a complete three people it would be confusing to keep track of them but within the book everything was kept straight.  I did not forget any of the characters, Laura, Mariel or Janice while reading and it was enjoyable to read.