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3 pulse-pounding stories from the world's #1 bestselling writer in one book! THE LAWYER LIFEGUARD with Doug Allyn: Are you the lawyer who got blown up with his girlfriend? Defense lawyer Brian Lord survived the car bomb that killed his fiancée. Out of work and out of his mind, he takes on a lifeguard job at the beach. But there's one wave he'll never see coming... THE DOCT 3 pulse-pounding stories from the world's #1 bestselling writer in one book! THE LAWYER LIFEGUARD with Doug Allyn: Are you the lawyer who got blown up with his girlfriend? Defense lawyer Brian Lord survived the car bomb that killed his fiancée. Out of work and out of his mind, he takes on a lifeguard job at the beach. But there's one wave he'll never see coming... THE DOCTOR'S PLOT with Connor Hyde: Abi Brenner is the new medical examiner in the Napa Valley, a dream job in a dream location. But her fairy tale will take a terrifying turn when she uncovers a series of murders --with one sinister thing in common. THE SHUT-IN with Duane Swierczynski: A woman who has solar urticaria, an uncommon allergy to the sun, watches the outside world through a flying drone as she is confined to her studio apartment. But when her high-tech toy records a vicious murder, she's determined to track down the killer--a killer who knows she's being watched.


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3 pulse-pounding stories from the world's #1 bestselling writer in one book! THE LAWYER LIFEGUARD with Doug Allyn: Are you the lawyer who got blown up with his girlfriend? Defense lawyer Brian Lord survived the car bomb that killed his fiancée. Out of work and out of his mind, he takes on a lifeguard job at the beach. But there's one wave he'll never see coming... THE DOCT 3 pulse-pounding stories from the world's #1 bestselling writer in one book! THE LAWYER LIFEGUARD with Doug Allyn: Are you the lawyer who got blown up with his girlfriend? Defense lawyer Brian Lord survived the car bomb that killed his fiancée. Out of work and out of his mind, he takes on a lifeguard job at the beach. But there's one wave he'll never see coming... THE DOCTOR'S PLOT with Connor Hyde: Abi Brenner is the new medical examiner in the Napa Valley, a dream job in a dream location. But her fairy tale will take a terrifying turn when she uncovers a series of murders --with one sinister thing in common. THE SHUT-IN with Duane Swierczynski: A woman who has solar urticaria, an uncommon allergy to the sun, watches the outside world through a flying drone as she is confined to her studio apartment. But when her high-tech toy records a vicious murder, she's determined to track down the killer--a killer who knows she's being watched.

30 review for Murder in Paradise

  1. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    This was a compilation of 3 short stories by 3 writers and James Patterson. The first, The Lawyer Lifeguard was the weakest of the 3 and I would give it 2 stars for lightweight characters, an unbelievable plot, and a story that didn't interest me much, in addition the author kept making statements as the protagonist, like, "This would be my last day to live." when it became evident it wasn't. Number 2 was much better; The Doctor's Plot was a solid 3 with a well-written female main character and This was a compilation of 3 short stories by 3 writers and James Patterson. The first, The Lawyer Lifeguard was the weakest of the 3 and I would give it 2 stars for lightweight characters, an unbelievable plot, and a story that didn't interest me much, in addition the author kept making statements as the protagonist, like, "This would be my last day to live." when it became evident it wasn't. Number 2 was much better; The Doctor's Plot was a solid 3 with a well-written female main character and an intriguing mystery about a string of deaths from a sinister wine owner in Napa Valley. It was sort of sci-fi esque in its heavy doomsday feeling of 'everyone is out to get you.' The best was saved for last, The Shut-In was tremendous, a sympathetic main character who can't go outside because she is allergic to the sun. She witnessed a murder and tries to tell someone before it's too late for her and whoever else the assassin has targeted. This was a 5 for sure and the author's name is Duane Swierczynski. I am going to see what else he has written.

  2. 4 out of 5

    jv poore

    The second and third short-stories were not what I would consider 'classic' James Patterson. They were interesting, only a bit unexpected.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    Stumbling across this new BookShot within the recently released Murder in Paradise collection, James Patterson is collaborating with Connor Hyde to come up with this spine-tingling story. Abi Brenner is excited to have been hired as a new medical examiner in the Napa Valley. A Wisconsin farm girl, Abi and her husband, Jeremy, are trying to settle in to the California lifestyle and the pile of cases left by the previous M.E. who died in a freak accident. As soon as she begins working, Abi disco Stumbling across this new BookShot within the recently released Murder in Paradise collection, James Patterson is collaborating with Connor Hyde to come up with this spine-tingling story. Abi Brenner is excited to have been hired as a new medical examiner in the Napa Valley. A Wisconsin farm girl, Abi and her husband, Jeremy, are trying to settle in to the California lifestyle and the pile of cases left by the previous M.E. who died in a freak accident. As soon as she begins working, Abi discovers some oddities in a handful of the bodies awaiting her analysis, all of whom died in a similar manner. Meanwhile, working at a local free clinic, Jeremy also finds himself surrounded by inexplicable happenings that he cannot simply consider coincidental. When Abi begins to poke around, she soon runs up against a wall, but will not turn away until she has answers. There’s something not right going on and she needs to raise a warning flag to those in a position of authority. Abi also has something she needs to tell Jeremy, but is not sure if she’ll have the time before someone tries to silence her for good. Patterson and Hyde have crafted a wonderful short story that will keep the reader guessing until the final sentence. Perfect for those who love Patterson BookShots, particularly of the medical and criminal variety. This is the first collaborative effort to my knowledge between James Patterson and Connor Hyde, but I hope it will not be their last. The authors seem to have a great literary chemistry, whatever their contractual obligation might be related to this piece. Abi Brenner is a great character and she has some real pizzazz, mixing medical practitioner with all-around sleuth. She may be young, but she holds her own in this piece, keeping it light and yet poignant throughout. Because of his role in the piece, I will also call Jeremy an essential piece of the puzzle and give him protagonist accolades, developing his own narrative to propel the story in a few interesting directions. The handful of secondary characters offer an interesting glimpse into the sinister side to whatever is going on (read to find out) and keeps the reader wondering how large this web of deceit might go. The story itself is strong enough to keep my attention while also entertain me in the short space on offer to do so. It’s a BookShot, but not simply slapped together to fill space. Patterson and Hyde have invested some research and used the short-chapter trademark style that keeps BookShots crisp and interesting for the dedicated reader. I’ll gladly read another collaborative effort, should these two work together in the coming months or years. Kudos, Messrs. Patterson and Hyde, for an interesting piece. Glad I took the time to check out this BookShot collection, as this story was sandwiched between two I had read before. Love/hate the review? An ever-growing collection of others appears at: http://pecheyponderings.wordpress.com/ A Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/...

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    I didn’t realize til after I’d bought this book that it’s actually 3 Bookshots in one. And I had already read 2 of them. The one I hadn’t read wasn’t very good. I wish authors would stop repackaging books without a full disclosure as duh on the front cover. This one says “in print for the first time” but doesn’t mention that these were already in Kindle form.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    Been in a slight reading slump lately. Just been wanting to be out enjoying the sun and hiking lately. This was a quick read in general with three different small stories co-authored by James Patterson. I really enjoyed The Lawyer Lifeguard. It was entertaining with some good twists about a lawyer returning home to the beach he was a lifeguard at in his younger years. The Doctor’s Plot wasn’t bad at all but I did not get as into it as I did the Lawyer Lifeguard. There was a twist right at the en Been in a slight reading slump lately. Just been wanting to be out enjoying the sun and hiking lately. This was a quick read in general with three different small stories co-authored by James Patterson. I really enjoyed The Lawyer Lifeguard. It was entertaining with some good twists about a lawyer returning home to the beach he was a lifeguard at in his younger years. The Doctor’s Plot wasn’t bad at all but I did not get as into it as I did the Lawyer Lifeguard. There was a twist right at the end but the characters were just ok to read about. The Shut-In I really was not into much. I actually found it very bland to read which I really hate having to write here. My quick and simple overall: pretty good, short read. Would be a good beach read for sure.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Brouwer

    I wish Patterson would go back to actually writing his own books and put out some QUALITY over QUANTITY. He has all these different co-writers pumping out books that are nothing like Patterson's old books. I miss Alex Cross and the original crime/murder mysteries like along Came a spider and Big Bad Wolf and Kiss the Girls. Go back to writing your own books and put some heart and effort into it. This will be the last Patterson Co Author crap i buy. When theres an actual book completely written b I wish Patterson would go back to actually writing his own books and put out some QUALITY over QUANTITY. He has all these different co-writers pumping out books that are nothing like Patterson's old books. I miss Alex Cross and the original crime/murder mysteries like along Came a spider and Big Bad Wolf and Kiss the Girls. Go back to writing your own books and put some heart and effort into it. This will be the last Patterson Co Author crap i buy. When theres an actual book completely written by this guy i will purchase again. For now ill stick with Jonathan Kellermans Alex or other authors that take the time and effort to write their own novels

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    A collection of 3 short stories involving the Lawyer Lifeguard, The Doctor's Plot, and The Shut In. The first deals with a bomb explosion, concussion, a mistress, and a crime family with clients that are quite the characters. The second deals with a newly hired med examiner uncovers a series of murders . The latter involves a woman allergic to the sun unable to go outside so she relies heavily upon drones. I wanted so much to enjoy these but the writing just wasn't there, the characters weren't enti A collection of 3 short stories involving the Lawyer Lifeguard, The Doctor's Plot, and The Shut In. The first deals with a bomb explosion, concussion, a mistress, and a crime family with clients that are quite the characters. The second deals with a newly hired med examiner uncovers a series of murders . The latter involves a woman allergic to the sun unable to go outside so she relies heavily upon drones. I wanted so much to enjoy these but the writing just wasn't there, the characters weren't enticing, the story line was simply too bland. This was again one of those I felt that was rushed, a story written for other means, with stories that simply fell flat. Read it for yourself and see how you feel but for me it just wasn't up to the par I know James possesses.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom MacCasarlaigh

    I've been a Patterson fan for years but I feel like I've been sold a pup with this one. Partly my own fault as I didn't research anything about this book but just decided to read it whilst on vacation. I didn't realise it was a collection of (3) short stories (unrelated in anyway) and each weaker than the other. Short stories don't work for me as they are either too short or they are rushed or are incomplete. These stories were poor by Pattersons usual standard. it's commendable to be giving you I've been a Patterson fan for years but I feel like I've been sold a pup with this one. Partly my own fault as I didn't research anything about this book but just decided to read it whilst on vacation. I didn't realise it was a collection of (3) short stories (unrelated in anyway) and each weaker than the other. Short stories don't work for me as they are either too short or they are rushed or are incomplete. These stories were poor by Pattersons usual standard. it's commendable to be giving your name to give budding talents a leg up but this collection is at the expense of the reader as the stories fall well short.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Judy at NewEnglandGardenAndThread

    This book includes three short stories by James Patterson and three other authors. The first story is okay. The second one is awful unless you want the good guys dead and the bad guys prospering. For that scenario, I usually watch the news. The third story was mediocre at best. I wouldn't recommend this book if you have anything else to read. Very disappointing.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah-Grace

    I liked the first two stories, the killer in the third one was a little far fetched.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ezra

    As others have mentioned, this "book" is really a collection of 3 short stories. While I liked the first story, I have to wonder how it got past the editor. Luka went from being the arms dealer to one of the arms dealer's hired hands. I reference pages 121, 139, 143, and 144. It's really sloppy to have this kind of error period and even worse when you consider that it wasn't corrected even though that short story was previously published. Minus that continuity error, I liked the overall story an As others have mentioned, this "book" is really a collection of 3 short stories. While I liked the first story, I have to wonder how it got past the editor. Luka went from being the arms dealer to one of the arms dealer's hired hands. I reference pages 121, 139, 143, and 144. It's really sloppy to have this kind of error period and even worse when you consider that it wasn't corrected even though that short story was previously published. Minus that continuity error, I liked the overall story and wish more pages would have been devoted to fleshing out the story. Still I was thrilled when one minor character got what was coming to him because I couldn't bear to have him be in the story for its duration.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Conney

    While James Patterson is my favourite author, I find it difficult to enjoy these 3 mini books in one. Not enough time to fully develop a character or the plot line which he does so well with his regular books. But it was still an easy “by the pool” read

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Kauble

    3.5 stars. Overall I enjoyed these three stories.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    The Lawyer Lifeguard w/ Doug Allyn Are you the lawyer that got blown up with his girlfriend? Defense lawyer Brian Lord survived the car bomb that killed his fiancee. Out of work and nearly out of his mind, he takes on lifeguard job at the beach. I was very impressed with his recertification skills. Cool!!. The Doctor's Plot w/Connor Hyde: Abi Brenner is the new medical examiner in the Napa Valley, a dream job in a dream location. But her fairy tale will take a terrifying turn when she uncovers a s The Lawyer Lifeguard w/ Doug Allyn Are you the lawyer that got blown up with his girlfriend? Defense lawyer Brian Lord survived the car bomb that killed his fiancee. Out of work and nearly out of his mind, he takes on lifeguard job at the beach. I was very impressed with his recertification skills. Cool!!. The Doctor's Plot w/Connor Hyde: Abi Brenner is the new medical examiner in the Napa Valley, a dream job in a dream location. But her fairy tale will take a terrifying turn when she uncovers a series of murders with one sinister thing in common. The Shut-In w/Duane Swierczynski: Because an unusual allergy to the sun confines Tricia Celano to her apartment, she watches the outside world through a flying drone. When her high tech toy records a murder, she is determined to track down the killer--a killer that knows Tricia is watching. I've noticed that there is a wide range of how readers like these books. I liked this set better than the one they called Triple Homicide. Not everyone will like it, but it was three bookshots in one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Borsey

    Three fast paced and entertaining short story mysteries.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Three short stories. The Lawyer Lifeguard with Doug Allyn is about an attorney who survived a car bomb that killed his fiancé but he is now under suspicion by the police. He has to deal with the jealous husband of one of his clients, the mob, and a crooked attorney before he returns to a less-stressful job as lifeguard. The Doctor’s Plot with Connor Hyde is about a group of people reporting to a multi-billionaire who wants to control the people living nearby by eliminating those who disagree wit Three short stories. The Lawyer Lifeguard with Doug Allyn is about an attorney who survived a car bomb that killed his fiancé but he is now under suspicion by the police. He has to deal with the jealous husband of one of his clients, the mob, and a crooked attorney before he returns to a less-stressful job as lifeguard. The Doctor’s Plot with Connor Hyde is about a group of people reporting to a multi-billionaire who wants to control the people living nearby by eliminating those who disagree with them. The Shut-In with Duane Swierczynski is about a woman unable to go outside due to sun allergy. She uses a drone to view the outside world and watches a murder. The murderer notices the drone and causes it to crash and finds and terrorizes the woman. The Doctor's Plot was a terrible story. Awful way it ended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Wieme

    The first one was ok (there are three stories in this book) the second one was stupid and the third one got me to read about 25 pages... and decided I've read enough. For murder/mystery you need so much more development in plot and characters that this just fell flat. If I had realized BEFORE I got it from the library that it was three stories in one book, I would have passed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    The ending took me by surprise. That changed my rating from 3 to 4.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I only needed to read the second story in this book as I’ve already read the first and the third as Book Shots and reviewed them separately. I found “The Doctor’s Plot” enjoyable. It really did not feel like a short story to me. This is one of those times when Mr. Patterson gets it right and puts just the rights amount of detail into the story to make it work and not feel rushed.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    3 short stories . None of them appealed to me at all .

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tgordon

    Short stories some were good or ok and some really interesting

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark Mindel

    A trilogy of previously released e-books compiled into one. Not JP at his best. Each short story is co-written by a different author. The Lawyer Lifeguard takes a look at what all of us would like to do: go back to simpler times, but there's a murderous twist of course; The Doctor's Plot is an unrealistic look at the Napa Valley run by a Hitler-esque gestapo who will go to all lengths to keep their town pure and at the expense of the newly minted Medical Examiner; The Shut-In is an almost comedi A trilogy of previously released e-books compiled into one. Not JP at his best. Each short story is co-written by a different author. The Lawyer Lifeguard takes a look at what all of us would like to do: go back to simpler times, but there's a murderous twist of course; The Doctor's Plot is an unrealistic look at the Napa Valley run by a Hitler-esque gestapo who will go to all lengths to keep their town pure and at the expense of the newly minted Medical Examiner; The Shut-In is an almost comedic look at a "boy in the bubble" type millenial gal who views Philly from her drone and discovers a sinister serial killer and what she does about it from the sanctity of her ivory tower apartment.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    This James Patterson book is a little different from his usual ones. It's 3 short stories wrote by him and 3 others. The first story is about a lawyer whose fiancee is murdered. I didn't really care for it. The second one is about a Doctor who moves to Napa valley, and ends up trying to figure out what is going on in the town. It ended kind of weird. I felt it was lacking. The 3 story is about a shut-in which lives thru her drone. She's trying to solve a murder. That was the best one to me. Happ This James Patterson book is a little different from his usual ones. It's 3 short stories wrote by him and 3 others. The first story is about a lawyer whose fiancee is murdered. I didn't really care for it. The second one is about a Doctor who moves to Napa valley, and ends up trying to figure out what is going on in the town. It ended kind of weird. I felt it was lacking. The 3 story is about a shut-in which lives thru her drone. She's trying to solve a murder. That was the best one to me. Happy Reading 😊

  24. 4 out of 5

    Natalie M

    3 short novels (bookshots) that could put you off reading for life! The first story warrants no more comment than I’ve read better from high school students than this drivel. The second instalment is marginally better but gross inaccuracies and inconsistencies make for such a far-fetched plot it becomes laughable. The final story tries at least but when you have a young woman allergic to the sun who can’t go out at night, it just goes from bad to worse. Save your time and money!

  25. 4 out of 5

    patti showalter

    Terrible book! I'm surprised James Patterson would allow his name be associated with this book. I'm not a big fan of his Bookshot short stories and this book was worse than any of them.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. NOTE : This review relates to “The Doctor’s Plot” - don’t know why this has changed to the 3 stories in 1 book! This was a good story but I think it needed to be longer. The plot had potential to really twist and turn if it had been novel length. Dark ending though which I liked!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    Last short story I enjoyed the most and wished was a novel. Otherwise it was ok. I don't think short stories are for me as I kept craving more character development.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    A compilation of three novellas: The Lawyer Lifeguard --- When a bomb destroys his car, defense attorney Brian Lord narrowly escapes death. His fiancée isn’t so fortunate. While he’s recovering, his boss visits his hospital room and tells him he no longer has a job at Garner and Mackey. Signing on as a lifeguard, he finds solace at the beach, unaware of the danger that stalks him. The Doctor’s Plot --- Abi Brenner comes to Napa Valley as the new medical examiner. It’s a dream job in a dream locati A compilation of three novellas: The Lawyer Lifeguard --- When a bomb destroys his car, defense attorney Brian Lord narrowly escapes death. His fiancée isn’t so fortunate. While he’s recovering, his boss visits his hospital room and tells him he no longer has a job at Garner and Mackey. Signing on as a lifeguard, he finds solace at the beach, unaware of the danger that stalks him. The Doctor’s Plot --- Abi Brenner comes to Napa Valley as the new medical examiner. It’s a dream job in a dream location. But she is about to learn there is something quite sinister in this town . . . and the bodies of the murdered are piling up. The Shut-In --- Tricia Celano suffers from a rare affliction and is a virtual prisoner in her apartment. Allergic to the sun and phobic about the dark, she flies her drone over the city in order to see the outside world. But on one of her innocent excursions, the drone’s camera sends her video of a murder and she decides to track down the killer. But the killer knows that Tricia is watching . . . . Told with Patterson’s trademark short chapters, the stories are short on character development and lightning-fast on plot development. Tension-building plots keep the stories racing along and draw readers into the telling of the tale. Surprising twists keep readers guessing as each story unfolds and the suspense builds. Readers should remember, however, that not all stories end happily or as the reader expects. [Note to authors: unhappy readers are not a good thing.] Recommended.

  29. 4 out of 5

    John

    This is another bound book of bookshots. I had already read 2 out of 3, so just read the 141 pages of "The Doctor's Plot". It is well worth the read, even though you can pretty much figure it out in the first 1/3 of the book. Some interesting twists at the end. the other 2 bookshots are also well worth the read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Libby Cowling

    Fab book all round. 3 short stories which are very different. Story 1 was very good and kept you on your toes all the way through. Story 2 was good not as quick paced but had a great ending Story 3 was good kept you on your toes with twists and turns I was not expecting.

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