The 9th Judgement, by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

The 9th Judgment (Women's Murder Club Series #9) by James Patterson: CD Audiobook CoverFinished audio 1-27-11, rating 3/5, thriller, pub.2010

Unabridged audio approximately 7 hours.  Read by Carolyn McCormick

Book 9 in the Women’s Murder Club series. (Book 1) (Book 2) (Book 3) (Book 4) (Book 5) (Book 6) (Book 7) (Book 8)

There is a killer walking the streets of San Francisco murdering mothers and their infants in cold blood.  There is a jewel thief who robs houses while the owners are throwing dinner parties and has earned the nickname Hello Kitty.  And between these two stories is police detective Lindsay Boxer and a woman named Heidi with very poor judgement of people.

Lindsay is front and center in this latest installment with the other three members of the Women’s Murder Club having little to no effect whatsoever.  The storyline of the man killing mothers and babies in parking garages creeped me out more than it might have if I didn’t currently have a three-month old son.  The killer himself was horrible, but one-dimensional.  The storyline involving Hello Kitty was actually more interesting to me, but was more of a secondary plot than a full one.

This was pretty typical for this series.  A murderer, close calls, and friendship all told with a light hand so that it’s fun to listen to, but nothing sticks.  I think these are great for car listening because I have to pay so little attention to keep up.  I don’t know if I would have taken the time to sit down and read it although it doesn’t usually take long to get through one.  You know what you’re going to get with this series, and I followed along this time because I won the audio in a giveaway.  As I linked to my past reviews I noticed that I’ve rated every book in this series with a 3 or 3 1/2 which makes me think that if I didn’t continue with the series it would be no great loss.

This audio is from my personal library.