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Mystery explained Mystery, review Mystery, trailer Mystery, box office Mystery, analysis Mystery, Mystery f832 Few Know The City Of Los Angeles The Way Bestselling Author And Acclaimed Suspense Master Jonathan Kellerman Does His Thrilling Novels Of Psychological Drama And Criminal Detection Make The Capital Of Dreams A Living, Breathing Character In All Its Glamour And Infamy That Storied History Of Fame, Seduction, Scandal, And Murder Looms Large In Mystery, As Alex Delaware Finds Himself Drawn Into A Twisting, Shadowy Whodunit That S Pure LA Noir And Vintage KellermanThe Closing Of Their Favorite Romantic Rendezvous, The Fauborg Hotel In Beverly Hills, Is A Sad Occasion For Longtime Patrons Alex Delaware And Robin Castagna And Gathering One Last Time With Their Fellow Faithful Habitu S For Cocktails In The Gracious Old Venue Makes For A Bittersweet Evening But Even Poignant Is A Striking Young Woman Alone And Enigmatic Among The Revelers Waiting In Vain In Elegant Attire And Dark Glasses That Do Nothing To Conceal Her Melancholy Alex Can T Help Wondering What Her Story Is, And Whether She S Connected To The Silent, Black Suited Bodyguard Lingering Outside The HotelTwo Days Later, Alex Has Even To Contemplate When Police Detective Milo Sturgis Comes Seeking His Psychologist Comrade S Insights About A Grisly Homicide To Alex S Shock, The Brutalized Victim Is The Same Beautiful Woman Whose Lonely Hours Sipping Champagne At The Fauborg May Have Been Her LastBut With A Mutilated Body And No DNA Match, She Remains As Mysterious In Death As She Seemed In Life And Even When A Tipster S Sordid Revelation Finally Cracks The Case Open, The Dark Secrets That Spill Out Could Make Alex And Milo S Best Efforts To Close This Horrific Crime Not Just Impossible But Fatal

  • Hardcover
  • 320 pages
  • Mystery
  • Jonathan Kellerman
  • English
  • 06 April 2018
  • 9780345505699

10 thoughts on “Mystery

  1. says:

    In this 26th book in the Alex Delaware series, the psychologist helps investigate the death of a sugar baby The book can be read as a standalone Alex Delaware and his girlfriend Robin go to a bar for drinks and notice what looks like a bodyguard outside the bar and a beautiful blonde inside Soon afterwards the blonde is found dead with her face shot off and Alex a psychologist helps homicide detective Milo Sturgis investigate Turns out the blonde had been the honey of a rich married sugar daddy The blonde s bodyguard, the sugar daddy s family, and the agency that pairs sugar daddies and young hotties are all investigated and a lot of unpleasant, arrogant people are interviewed Meanwhile Alex is also counseling a terminally ill former prostitute and her young son Jonathan Kellerman s villains are usually interesting sociopaths psychopaths but that s not quite the case in this story The murderer is finally revealed in a long rather boring scene towards the end and the revelation of the culprit is not particularly believable or satisfying I don t think the side plot with the sick woman and her son added much to the story either Not one of Jonathan Kellerman s best books.You can follow my reviews at

  2. says:

    It s a bittersweet evening for Alex Delaware and his Main Squeeze, Robin For a long time one of their favorite romantic hangs has been at the bar in the aging Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills But the place is closing and on the the bar s last night, Alex and Robin go in for a farewell drink The occasion is beyond sad and their attention is drawn to an apparent bodyguard outside the hotel and to an attractive young woman who is the only other patron inside the bar She s dressed in white, wearing an expensive diamond watch, and is apparently waiting for someone who never shows.Two days later, Alex is working at home when his pal, Lt Milo Sturgis drops in As usual, Milo cleans out the refrigerator and he shows Alex photos from his latest homicide In an amazing coincidence, which is somewhat typical of this series, it turns out that the murder victim is none other than the young woman that Alex had seen in the bar.Although there is absolutely no reason for a consulting psychologist to be involved in this case, Alex naturally tags along with Milo as he investigates the crime There are some fairly seedy and kinky characters involved some of them wealthy, others not Simply identifying the victim becomes a major challenge.Milo ultimately gets an anonymous tip that leads them to a website where wealthy Sugar Daddies attempt to make arrangements with Sweet Young Things The victim was registered with the site and had made a connection with a very wealthy patron Alex and Milo will formulate and discard several scenarios that might have led to the crime before hitting upon the solution It s still fun to watch them work, but after twenty six books, the series has settled into a pattern that can be a bit frustrating for readers who have been along for the entire ride.As an example, Milo s rude eating habits are really getting tiresome Certainly, there ought to be a way of defining the character without having him clean out every refrigerator in sight and spilling half of his meals all over himself But the hardest thing to come to grips with here is Delaware s role in a lot of these cases.In the earlier books, which were much better than many of the later ones, Alex served the department as a consulting psychologist, most often dealing with the children who were involved in the homicide cases In these instances, he had a legitimate reason for being involved In a lot of the later books, though, he simply tags along as Milo investigates his cases As in this instance, there s no legitimate reason for Alex to be anywhere near this case, and certainly no real homicide investigator would allow a civilian to play the role that Alex does.During the course of this book, Alex will deal with a situation in which a child needs his help, but it has little or nothing to do with the investigation and the reader is left to wonder why Milo doesn t simply attend to his own business.That isn t to say that this is a bad book It is entertaining, but for those who yearn for the compelling and sophisticated cases of Delaware s early career, it s still something of a disappointment.

  3. says:

    It s still an okay read for most murder mysteries It s just disappointing for an author of his calibre and experience I expect fussy detail from Kellerman, but the descriptions of people and places went on ad nauseum It was over the top, mind numbingly boring Who cares about a minor character s yellow toenails Especially after a microscopic focus on every other part of his anatomy, when we ll never see him again Every single detail of every single character we encountered in this book was itemized, massaged, drawn out and described in minute detail I listened to this book on CD and found my mind wandering many times Descriptions started to feel like nothing than filler Where was the plot It was wedged, inserted, slipped, filed paper thin between THE DESCRIPTION As if that wasn t enough, the snarky, forced humor felt hackneyed and weirdly homongenous, as if each character with the exception of the superior and oh so restrained Dr Delaware were all morphing into one another, and at the same time vying for attention and one upmanship I thought Jonathan Kellerman was too consumate a professional to stoop to phoning it in, but apparently I was wrong I won t give up on him just yet I ve always enjoyed Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, but if the next one is as flimsy and arrogant I will not hesitate to relegate him to the ranks of the former favourites, along with James Patterson and Patricia Cornwell.

  4. says:

    Kellerman is always good for a thrill ride In this, the 26th installment of his awesome Alex Delaware Series, our hero is after a killer who seems to have a taste for beautiful young women A shrink himself, Mr K gives unique insight to the mind of both the good guys, most notably Delaware who is a shrink himself, and uniquely, the bad guys Characteristic of a top 10 writer in this field, thriller fiction, Kellerman s sentence composition, dialogue and arcing work so well it s almost too simple Simple in the sense that, like say, Patterson, you read along and stay in the action, in 1st person, forgetting that you are a mere mortal reader and feeling and thinking like our hero This is the sign of a craftsman Mr K is a master of narration, description and dialogue and the oh so smooth blending of the elements that make up a good story Where he gets his ideas God only knows but the ideas work.I m at chapter 18 and the pace is quickening, having myself just recovered from a low key beginning to this book and suddenly blind sided by the twisted murder of a beautiful young woman A woman sitting by herself in an upscale and soon to close landmark eatery that Delaware and his lovely wife dined at themselves, Delaware and wife notice her but think nothing of it Then she turns up dead by mutilation and the case falls to Delaware and his partner, a cop, Milo Sturgis A very twisted tale unfolds, a tale that could only have happen in LA You ll find out why as you get sucked into this book from page 1.Get ready for a twisty ending as the pace picks up Our guy Alex stays on the case and you won t believe what happens I highly recommend this book.

  5. says:

    Robin and Alex attend a gathering for Marcel Jabotinsky Robin and Alex head to the bar for some drinks While waiting for their drinks a woman dressed in white and sunglasses is sitting at the bar Robin and Alex think nothing of the woman until Alex is called on his friend, Milo to help with a murder investigation The victim the woman in the white dress.I have not read many of Mr Kellerman s Alex Delaware s books However you don t have to read the prior novels as this book reads as a stand alone novel Having said this, I did not really care where in their relationship Alex and Robin were at Like for example do I really care that Robin kicked Alex in the leg but not hard enough to hurt him as that is not the relationship they have What does this have to do with the murder Nothing I had to give up on this book after chapter 12 and this is only because the chapters are short that I got this far I was hoping this book would get better and this is another reason why I did not give up until I had made it about a dozen chapters in There were too many details given about nothing First there was Robin and Alex going for a drink and then Robin crying for the murdered woman and then Alex sees a friend about his problems, then the clich s For these reasons, I could not make myself read any of this book.

  6. says:

    I am a bit of a novice with Alex Delaware so I am not sure if he and his girlfriend Robin have aged chronologically as the series has moved along Mystery is the twenty sixth book and would make them in their late fifties if the years have passed as expected A bar they frequent in an old hotel is closing and they turn out to bid it farewell on its last night The normal staff has already retired evidently and they are served by a young man from a temp agency who is poorly suited for the job in what must have been once a classy establishment My friend, Ariane, also from ages ago, would have termed the exchanges a hoot and I would have to agree It was the beginning of setting a tone of faded glory and I wondered if Mr Kellerman hadn t perhaps faded as well in the decades since he began this series I have books that I have started by Raymond Chandler, Cormac McCarthy, and James Jones sitting on my coffee table It is a snow day I was supposed to be driving to Michigan on this January day but snow in West Virginia has delayed my travel I am bored but not ready for the challenge of a good author or work of real literature Intrigued by the passage of years, I think that a current era Delaware might just be what the doctor ordered We shall see Mystery has some good, concise writing and some fun paragraphs to keep you entertained while you meander through the story The sandwich was an architectural masterpiece of pastrami, ham, turkey, coleslaw, white and orange cheese, red and green peppers But the woman s aqua frock was spotless, as were her lips Her eyes were soft, hazel, world weary The office was large, bright, unpretentious, set up with a photocopier, a small fridge, and an old gray PC that would ve brought a sneer to the lips of the Agajanian sisters Olga Koznikov looked like a woman who accepted herself at face value and that brought a certain serenity Only longish nails, French tipped and glossy as they clawed the sandwich, testified to tension and vanity And don t forget the interesting chit chat between homicide detectives discussing related cases followed by an amazingly graphic description of a decomposed body Shop talk for the reading voyeur Some kind of carnivore had feasted on the neck, extruding blood vessels and muscle fibers and tendons The white shirt was shredded, the black tie turned to bloody ribbon Splintered ribs protruded from a massive exit wound The rotted sponge of lung and the degraded rubber of heart littered the ravaged chest Now, I am something of a neophyte with mysteries but this one does seem to be due an extra star for taking us into the thick of the battle You might be a smart aleck and note, as some reviewers have, that our child psychologist and homicide cop seem to have little or no rationale to be actually working on this case together But over two decades of sleuthing together does seem to have developed ties that bind and books that sell Like the book jacket says, 1 NY Times Bestselling Author and whom are we to complain The book has a Hollywood, double ending but Alex evidently has never managed to make it into a movie series for some reason Mystery would require some editing to avoid some of the soft porn aspects but Kellerman must be making enough from the books that he is not pouting about missing the movies But with the proliferation of cable it seems like only a matter of time until there will be a made for TV series of Dr Delaware The wrap up of this story made my head spin and stitching in the child psychologist aspect was forced but this book was mostly enjoyable to read It falls just short of rating four stars but is better than many three star efforts due to the cleverness of the dialogue Alex and Milo are a fine pair with a wink to a stocky and svelte duo interplay.

  7. says:

    A friend warned me this was the worst Kellerman they d ever read , which, after the disappointment of Evidence, concerned me some However, Deception had a number of redeeming features, so I soldiered bravely on, and despite my friend s dire warnings, I am pleased to say I found Mystery not too bad.It lacks the sparkle and brilliance of the early Alex years, I admit that, and it has the ever present Robin present, but barely drawn, this time, I found her Which is interesting, as she always annoys me, but I felt he had a puppet Robin in the book this time.As usual, Alex is far concerned with running about with Milo than with his nuptial concerns, not hidden by Robin s girl detective his words, not mine number.However, plotwise and writing wise, it s a very readable Kellerman, it kept me engaged up til nearly 2am in fact, although, I admit, that s mainly because it was due back at the library and I did like that on this occasion, there were three plausible solutions fitted up before the slightly predictable ending.In short, if you re a Delaware fan, it s a nice visit with the boys if not, skip it and pick one of the early ones to meet and greet Kellerman s Dynamic Duo I keep getting the feeling K s tiring of them it s a great shame, because I feel like they still have stories to tell us Stories that Kellerman is missing

  8. says:

    Was a mediocre attempt compared with many other Alex Delaware novels.Alex and Robin watch a beautiful and gracious lady with British accent being stood up at a restaurant They also encounter a body guard thug with a gun outside waiting The very next day, Sergeant Milo Sturgis shows them pics of the very same girl dead and sprawled out with guns shot wounds They set out to ID her and seek out her killer s.And they encounter many strange persons and hidden secrets on the way The initial half was quite captivating, but the story soon slid into boredom and mayhem.Overall, a readable book, but nothing to gawp about.

  9. says:

    So I was boarding a plane last week and saw that someone had placed this book on top of a trash can right outside the door to the plane What a brilliant idea to leave a book for a fellow traveler And since I like to read Alex Delaware stories and didn t remember reading this one, I took it It was especially good replete with old Hollywood references, twins and a twist I didn t see coming But perhaps my enjoyment was enhanced by getting it the way I did So if you see a book by the entrance to a plane some day, it might just be from me

  10. says:

    One of the worst Kellerman books One to be avoided, really.

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