On January 6, 2020, the Carrollton, Texas Police Department tweeted “YOU LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY DAY! Today we learned two things: 1) Covering cars in cheese slices is apparently the new trend in criminal mischief. 2) Cheese slices produce GREAT fingerprints.”
I am not making this up! You can check out the Carrollton Police Department on twitter – @CarrolltonTXPD
Or read the story here.
Will your main sleuth, detective, police officer, etc. crack the case/solve the murder/solve the mystery because of fingerprints left behind on a slice of cheese?
Yes, this is cheesy!
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I read the book 19th Christmas by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro in part because I like James Patterson’s work. The other reason, the title and front cover of the book intrigued me along with the words “The New Women’s Murder Club Novel.” (For the record, I had never heard of The New Women’s Murder Club Novels before.)
Spoiler alert: The title is deceiving. Nineteen is the number of the book in the women’s murder club novels. And, it just happens to take place during the Christmas holiday.
At the onset, the authors introduce you to four women (Lindsay, Yuki, Cindy, and Claire) of the club.
While the book is mostly Lindsay’s story of catching the bad guy and solving the crime, Cindy and Yuki are off in another direction and Claire appears as an afterthought at the beginning and again at the end of the book.
Throughout the book, I fully expected the issue that Cindy and Yuki were working on to tie in some way with the crime/murder that Lindsay was working on. And while Claire was in another town, I had hoped she would also have a hand in solving the crime. I was greatly disappointed as there was no connection between the story that Lindsay was chasing and the story issue that Cindy and Yuki were working on. And as I said above, Claire seemed to be an afterthought.
I was also hoping that 19th in the title would refer to something like this was the nineteenth year in a row this type of crime happened at Christmas or this was the 19th crime of similar nature to take place prior to Christmas and it would be the final one. Again, I was disappointed.
I suggest if you wish to read this book, first read the other eighteen in the series. That way, the story, and the whole book might make more sense (not making any promises here as I don’t have any immediate future plans to read any of the other eighteen books in this series).
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