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Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel Mass Market Paperback – April 24, 2012
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best Alex Delaware books I have read. Keeps your attention from beginning to end and especially liked the use of characters from previous stories. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Kit Kat
As usual - never disappoints. Not sure why I need to write a lot of words - sometimes less is more. Great book.Published 25 days ago by CameronBlaggIII
I love all Johnathan Kellerman novels, especially the Alex Delaware series.Published 1 month ago by Linda G
This one had me really confused & was a bit anticlimactic! What ever happened yo the sisters & their brother? What was the reaction of Leona's two sons? I have NO closure here! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Marci Kimball
Two stories in one novel, done very well. Great writing, great story. Looking forward to reading another of Kellerman's novels.Published 1 month ago by Flatty Flat
Good murder-mystery. Kept me guessing "who-done-it". I liked the mix of medical and murder. I would recommend this to anyone who wants a relaxing evening escape.Published 1 month ago by Mary Jo