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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Ballantine; First Edition edition (2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0345524381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345524386
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)

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The beginning was too much of a coincidence and the ending was stretched out.
P. N. Anderson
If you have not read any of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels, well you have missed the best series of mystery books out there.
Stephen Cunningham
They are page turners that keep you interested and involved right to the very end.
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233 of 244 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 25, 2011
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Okay, Jonathan Kellerman's new book, "Mystery", deserves a 5 star rating, not because it's comparable to, say, "War and Peace" (it's not) but because it is a very good Jonathan Kellerman book in the Alex Delaware series.

As a long time reviewer at Amazon and Vine, I've always tried to compare apples to apples - in this case Kellerman to Kellerman. It's the only way to get an accurate rating of a book. Kellerman's written a few clunkers in his time - characters and plots becoming "tired" - but his last few have been very good.

The title, "Mystery" refers to the name taken by a high end prostitute in Los Angeles, who manages to get murdered by persons unknown. "Persons" unknown, because she was killed by two shots - fired simultaneously - by two guns.
Alex Delaware and his lady friend, Robin, were among the last to see her alive and he's brought into the case by his friend, Lt Milo Sturgis. There's a secondary case - about a dying madam - that Delaware is also involved in. As usual in these plots, the two storylines do meet briefly. There's also the requisite rich and creepy and malevolent Beverly Hills family involved in all this.

One of the past complaints about Jonathan Kellerman's series is the highlighting of Milo Sturgis instead of Alex Delaware. This book brings the two together in a more even way. It's a good story, well-written, and one his long-time fans will enjoy.
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By E. Burian-Mohr TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2011
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I'm a longtime Kellerman fan (both Faye and Jonathan, though I haven't tried the son yet) and have read every Alex Delaware book, in order. I love Kellerman's style, his pacing, his dialogue, and his insights. For Kellerman fans, this book won't disappoint. For newer Kellerman readers, you may want to start with one of the early Alex Delaware books to get more of a feel for the characters. But as a story, it stands strongly on its own.

Psychologist Alex Delaware and his longtime girlfriend Robin visit a local bar for its last night and happen to watch a strange scenario unfold. When the woman they watched turns up murdered, Alex and his friend, police lieutenant Milo Sturgis, follow a trail of clues to discover who she was and who her murderer is. In a B plot, Delaware helps the son of a dying ex-madam (and the ex-madam herself) who Sturgis busted long ago.

That being said, here are the top ten things I liked about "Mystery."

10. It's a solid police procedural. Kellerman does his research and the reader comes away with a greater understanding of how police work is done in Los Angeles.

9. Always interesting psychological insights. The Delaware character, after all, is a psychologist who, among other things, consults for the police department. And Kellerman is a psychologist. So when Sturgis asks his what some behavior indicates, Delaware will come up with a pretty good response. He's not always right, but that's how he and Sturgis work things through, trying out different scenarios.

8. An homage to the golden years of Hollywood. Kellerman loves bringing us acting types, and all the baggage that goes with them. His love of film history shines through.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Manygoats on January 31, 2011
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As a long-time Kellerman fan, I found this to be a satisfying read. Kellerman has neither gotten stale, nor outrageous in an attempt to avoid doing so. The story was an intriguing one and well told. However, when I looked at it from the view of a first time Kellerman reader, I decided that there was insufficient background information. For some detective series, this works fine. But, when the central character has a buddy who is the actual police detective and has, over the years, progressed from someone who learns about and gets draw into the case by his detective friend to someone who is more of an active partner, at the crime scene, interviewing suspects, etc, more information is needed or a credibility gap arises that interferes with the enjoyment of the story. For this reason, I would recommend this book to Kellerman fans, but would be reluctant to suggest it as a first Alex Delaware novel.
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51 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Susan K. Schoonover VINE VOICE on February 14, 2011
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MYSTERY has an interesting detective story at its core. Nice guy and series hero, psychologist Alex Delaware, and his always annoyingly perfect girlfriend Robin are at a favorite watering hole during its final night in operation. They curiously watch the antics of a beautiful young woman drinking solo while dressed in the glamorous Hollywood style of forty plus years ago. In a strange coincidence the woman is found murdered the next day with bullets from two shooters. Alex's old friend Detective Milo Sturgis is in charge of the investigation and Alex and Robin help him unravel first the mystery woman's identity and then that of her murderers and their motivation.

For the first three quarters of this "whodunit" I was very hopeful Jonathan Kellerman's latest was a return to the quality of the early years of the Delaware/Sturgis series. Unfortunately the resolution of MYSTERY is as ridiculous and contrived as the worst examples of Kellerman's work. And the subplot where Alex uses his pediatric psychology training doesn't work.
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Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world's most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to more than thirty bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher's Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted,and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children's books, and three volumes of psychology, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children, as well as the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.

Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico. Their four children include the novelist Jesse Kellerman.

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