I recently read two novels:
*"Along Came a Spider"by James Patterson - I have seen the film adaptation (which was pretty poor) and the novel obviously expands on the story, but the novel itself is a cliché and isn't as good as it should be. Still, I hope that the rest of the series picks up...(I do own Crossfire and Four Blind Mice - I read Four Blind Mice years ago - but I'm going to be able to look at the series as a whole rather than based on one book).
My score: 2/5
The books I plan on reading next: "Fledgling" by Octavia Butler...and "Kiss the Girls" by the aforementioned James Patterson.
I read Along Came a Spider last year, and my thinking was not too far from yours. I don't get how Patterson is considered one of the biggest mystery writers today.
About ten years ago I tried Roses are Red and then eventually Violets are Blue and was massively underwhelmed by them both. 'Spider' was to check that if my inital reaction was wrong. I'm don't think it was.