Book Review: ‘Unlucky 13’ Is Totally Uninspiring

Review by Ann McDonald

The Women’s Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose.

This tale has our four intrepid heroines up to their necks in murder, terrorism and piracy in Alaska. Lord have mercy, Alaska? And an old enemy returns to take down as many of the Murder Club members as she can. If you are a fan of this series, you’ll probably enjoy this edition and you will forgive the conveyor belt sameness of the plots. We have Lindsay Boxer, a detective in the San Francisco Police Department and her partner, Inspector Rich Conklin, who are on their way to a road fatality called into them by Claire Washburn, the chief Medical Examiner and from the looks of things, it appears that the dead students were victims of belly bombs. And here we go!

Lindsay gets a heads-up from the Feds about an old nemesis, Mackie Morales and they give her a photo of Morales at a stop light in Wisconsin. She was the girlfriend of a deceased serial killer who had a fixation on Lindsay. When Cindy, our reporter, finds out about Morales resurfacing, she sets out to track her down without telling the girls so of course, scenario two is set up. Yuki Castellone works in the DA’s office and is getting married to Brady, a detective out of Lindsay’s office when they decide to take a cruise to Alaska for their honeymoon. Scenario number three.

The problem I had reading this from cover to cover was the lack of continuity. It has the makings of a very good yarn but overall, it’s empty and has no backbone and the story just ends, no tying up loose ends or sub-plots. I sat there fuming and I’m sure that was not the desired reaction Mr. Patterson or Ms. Paetro were looking for. It felt like they both went on vacation themselves and never came back. Recommended for die-hard fans only.

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Ann McDonald

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