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Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel | [Jonathan Kellerman]

Mystery: An Alex Delaware Novel

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way #1 best-selling 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 L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.
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Publisher's Summary

Few know the city of Los Angeles the way number-one best-selling 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 L.A. noir—and vintage Kellerman.

The 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 habitués for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more 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 hotel.

Two days later, Alex has even more 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 last.

But 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.

Psyched? Listen to all of Jonathan Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware thrillers.

©2011 Jonathan Kellerman (P)2011 Random House

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    Lynn Duncanville, TX, United States 11-12-12
    Lynn Duncanville, TX, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "great"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mystery to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Pretty much.


    What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

    Always good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I always like the guessing to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read Alex Delaware you won't be disapointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mariteje Trinidad, Colorado 08-20-12
    Mariteje Trinidad, Colorado 08-20-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Kellerman does it again"
    Where does Mystery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jonathan Kellerman's stories are at the top of my favorites in audio or print form.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Milo Sturgis and his sarcastic take on police work.


    Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

    Again, Milo Sturgis is my favorite.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't know.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 06-01-12
    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 06-01-12
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    "Keep me interested but not the best story line"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mystery to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The widow Suss- She obviously has a sorted past and come from nothing; now she is high society but you cannot leave your roots.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Suss twins in the pool with the hookers.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We are all actors!!


    Any additional comments?

    The plot was better than the ending. The ending drug on way too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Anneliese 04-04-12
    Anneliese 04-04-12

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    "Could have been better."
    Would you try another book from Jonathan Kellerman and/or John Rubinstein?

    Yes to Jonathan Kellerman; no to John Rubenstein.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jonathan Kellerman? Why or why not?

    Yes.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by John Rubinstein?

    No. Unfortunately, I find him to be a boring narrator which spoils the entire book for me.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ronald Ridgecrest, CA, United States 12-31-11
    Ronald Ridgecrest, CA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The Delaware novels seem to getting old to me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better linkage in the plot to the killer. I did see the story in the last 30 minutes, but until then I did not see much of a path. It all hinged on a huge coincidence in Delaware seeing a man at an event that just caught his attention. Then one leap after another and the crime is solved.

    Also the dialogue style has gotten annoying to me. All interviews are always one way. This style is practiced by both Milo the cop and Delaware the psychologist. Not saying it is not realistic. Just boring and annoying dialogue.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jonathan Kellerman again?

    maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Loved the introduction of the girl Mystery. She would have been a more interesting character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Beverly 08-29-11
    Beverly 08-29-11
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    "Yuck."

    If this had been the first Alex Delaware I'd ever read, I'd never have read another.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jene 06-02-11
    Jene 06-02-11
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    "Mystery"
















    This was rather a let down. Too many characters that didn't do anything much for the story. The retired "madam" (nice word for "pimp") was difficult to endure, her foul mouth, dying cigarette-cancer vocal chords - she, along with most of the characters - were just totally unredeemable, nothing made them sympathetic, not even Alex Delaware was anything like what I used to like. So much seemed to be aimed at how trashy and porny the author could make it. Not a redeemable character in the bunch. The narrator did a good job, though. Sometimes he slipped and made two or more characters sound alike, but overall he was good. Just didn't have characters with anything to say worth listening to. The episode where the killer was exposed was dragged out to the point where I thought the author was getting a high on his own words. The melodrama of the son losing his madam pimp mother and her sister who was left behind did nothing to stir me. Glad when the book came to an end.





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. Mckenzie 05-10-11
    L. Mckenzie 05-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Kellerman doing what Kellerman does!"

    If you love Kellerman's Alex Delaware books you will love this one as well. It is well written and enjoyable. You can read Kellerman's book out of order and enjoy them but I prefer to read them in the order they were written.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 04-16-11
    Yates East Windsor, NJ, United States 04-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "A great read!"

    It kept me guessing and I love Alex! I will always look for more from you, Mr. Kellerman!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Sievers Omaha, Nebraska 04-14-11
    Kent Sievers Omaha, Nebraska 04-14-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Guess you have to be a fan"

    Finally gave up on it. I tried hard, but the snarky protagonist and his cartoonish sidekick were less than endearing. I know the whole film noir thing is supposed to be kitschy, but this was over the top. It felt like the author was phoning it in. I found myself fast forwarding through long passages of self-indulgent over description when I wasn't yelling at the narrator to get on with it already. Would have been nice if his editor had asked the author to leave a few adverbs for the other authors to play with.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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