4th of July by James Patterson

The fourth book, 4th of July,  in the series of The Women’s Murder Club is another stellar book.  James Patterson brings back the now three women to the pages in this dynamic storyline where Lindsay is on the line.

“In a late-night showdown after a near-fatal car chase, San Francisco police lieutenant Lindsay Boxer has to make an instantaneous decision: in self-defense, she fires her weapon, and sets off a chain of events that leaves a police force disgraced, an etire city divided, and a family destroyed.  Now everything she worked for her entire life for hinges on the decision of twelve jurors.

To escape scrutiny during breaks from her trial, Lindsay retreats to the picturesque town of Half Moon Bay.  But soon after her arrival, a string of grisly murders punches through the peaceful community.  There are no witnesses and there is no discernible pattern.  But a key detail recalls a case Lindsay worked on as a rookie years before, an unsolved murder that has haunted her ever since.  As summer comes into full swing, Lindsay and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club battle for her life on two fronts: before judge and jury as her trial comes to a climax, and facing unknown adversaries who will do anything to keep her from the truth about the killings-including killing again.”

This book, 4th of July, was amazing to read.  It was a nice change from other plots because this one was primarily in the court room around this one crime that Lindsay was involved in.  Of course there is another crime that is happening which Lindsay will involve herself in, even though she was not supposed to.

Reading the book I have to say James Patterson doesn’t give too many clues that you can pick up on for who the murderer is, which is great!  I love a mystery and how the characters appear one way then another.  But during this book I did end up suspecting one person which was part of the crime.  They were unlikely but I have learned to suspect the ones you don’t think.  But in his books you get caught up in them that you don’t really think about it, just read.

As the suspect comes forward you still didn’t know the true reasons for what was happening until that person told you in the book.

This book was dynamic with the characters.  Showed a new side of Lindsay with her being guilty and vulnerable.  And there is a new friend that is made for the women in the book.

Lawless by Nora Roberts

This book was last of the series “Jack’s History” and it was fantastic to read.  I loved the wild western plot of the story and liked that this was the story that Jack in “Loving Jack” was writing about.

“Half Apache and all man, Jake Redman was more than a match for the wild Arizona Territory.  Sarah Conway, on the other hand, was an Eastern lady who belonged anywhere else but on the rugged land Jake loved.  But beneath Sarah’s ladylike demeanor beat the heart of the true pioneer, a woman he yeared to make his own.”

Sarah Conway come from Philadelphia to see her father and live with him but instead she finds that he was killed in a cave in.  Upon moving out there Jake Redman goes out of the way to help her but denied that he had any feelings for her.  As Sarah stays on her fathers land she is determined to make it out there on her own even with the threats of the wild west.

I really liked this novel with how Sarah Conway came from a privileged life but fought for her new life.  She could make it out on her own.  She earned her way through sewing for the woman in town.  I also loved how she went toe to toe with Carlotta who was the head of a brothel, and Sarah won.

Jake Redman was your true western who was tough and determined to do what he needed to do.  Of course all that changes when he meets Sarah.  He is besotted with her but doesn’t want to admit it.

This novel was great to read.  The characters were genuine and thought out, and the plot was great with sabotage and threats to Sarah.  Gave romance and thrills.