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Mystery (Alex Delaware #26)

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Jonathan Kellerman's Victims.

The closing of the grand old Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna, who go there one last time for cocktails. But even more poignant—and curious—is a striking young woman in elegant attire and dark glasses, alone there and waiting in va
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Published (first published 2011)
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James Thane
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, wearin ...more
Daniel Audet
Dec 31, 2011 Daniel Audet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 more 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
Deborah Gray
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 ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Cheryl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Larry Bassett
Jan 09, 2013 Larry Bassett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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 w
Kate Roman
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
Mary Chrapliwy
Jun 22, 2012 Mary Chrapliwy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I've never read a Jonathan Kellerman novel before, so I didn't have a huge interest in reading this book. Unlike some other authors, whose characters I already know and will slog through dull first pages for, I didn't have that with Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis. I lacked that past history and interest, When the book didn't grab me right away, I put it down... repeatedly. If you have already read any part of this series, you'll have the patience required to get to the meat of ...more
Nov 23, 2013 Moira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Alex Delaware and his partner, Robin Castagna, are having a melancholy evening at one of their favorite places, the bar at the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills. The hotel is slated to be demolished and this is the last night there will be service at the bar. Most of the furniture is gone, the lightbulbs have been removed from all but a few of the wall lights, and the only member of the staff on duty is the long-time bartender who knows just how his regular customers like their drinks.

Alex and Robi

Alex Delaware and his partner, Robin Castagna, are having a melancholy evening at one of their favorite places, the bar at the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills. The hotel is slated to be demolished and this is the last night there will be service at the bar. Most of the furniture is gone, the lightbulbs have been re
Sep 01, 2011 Marie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Mystery, Milo Sturgis, a police detective, asks Alex Delaware, forensic psychologist, for his thoughts on a brutal homicide. The body has been mutilated and with no DNA match or ID on the body, her identity is a mystery. Stranger still, Alex has seen this striking young woman before. Two nights previous, she caught his attention at the Fauboug Hotel in Beverly Hills, where she had been sitting all alone obviously waiting for someone. As they try to determine her identity and solve this crime, ...more
Steven Belanger
I've read every Kellerman, even his nonfiction stuff, like Savage Spawn, and I have to say that his Alex Delaware series now is suffering from the series disease--nothing new to say; no new ways to say it. I figured out the ending in advance here, as I have with many of his lately, unless the denouement purposely came out of left field. Every now and then a series writer will strike gold with a late addition to his series, as Robert Parker did with his second April Kyle book, but Mystery is not ...more
Lukasz Pruski
Dec 31, 2013 Lukasz Pruski rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What a depressing way to end my book year! "Mystery" by Jonathan Kellerman is the 115th book I read and reviewed in 2013. My "brain off" mini-marathon of Kellerman's works included "Twisted" (quite good, three stars), disappointing "Deception" (two stars), and outright weak "Mystery". No mystery about my star rating.

A luxury hotel in Beverly Hills goes out of business. Good Doctor Delaware and Robin go there for cocktails on the closing night. They are intrigued by one of the restaurant's guests
Feb 01, 2011 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jonathan Kellerman's latest Alex Delaware novel, "Mystery," plumbs the depths of internet dating, identity theft and even the so-called "CSI effect."

Delaware and his wife, Robin, first see a mysterious woman in white while they are dining out at Fauborg, a soon-to-be-torn-down restaurant. Within 48 hours, she is found murdered. Through various circumstances, Delaware and his intrepid detective friend Milo Sturgis learn that the woman is a member of an internet dating site, SukRose. Her handle? "
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 ...more
Kaje Harper
May 10, 2011 Kaje Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Jonathan Kellerman writes books with interesting plots, often hinging on the darker workings of the human mind and human interactions. This is a typical Alex Delaware mystery and well done as always. Kellerman keeps a little bit of a cool distance from his characters, even after all these years. I wish he would give us more depth, especially with Milo who is a fascinating character with a lot of quirks and contradictions, and a life with inherent conflicts. In a couple of books, Kellerman had gi ...more
Aug 19, 2011 michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
So, as expected this book wasn't great. It was readable, yes, but I found myself getting more and more irritated by Delaware's underlying snark. Perhaps it is that of Kellerman showing through? I was quickly over the portrayal of anyone who is willing to sleep with other people for money as being vacuous, manipulative and flat-out stupid.

The obvious arrogance of Delaware got to me more in this as well. He is The Greatest Doctor Ever and all others should be grateful for his opinion of them. Urg
Shannon Brown
I started reading the Dr. Alex Delaware books way back in high school because my dad loved them, and now they're like a comforting mug of tea. You know, if tea had really disturbing crimes involving vulnerable children. This is not one of his better efforts, but I love the relationship between Alex and his bf L.A. homicide detective Milo Sturgis, and his love of his French bulldogs and his koi. I have a soft spot for these novels for those reasons, and will always pick up the latest at the airpo ...more
May 29, 2011 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I wish Kellerman would get out a map of Kansas and realize that there are towns in Kansas besides Lawrence. Several times, he has given characters a one-line, thrown out background in Lawrence. It seems lazy on his he's taking a cheap shortcut in characterization. I'm not quite sure why I would expect's just slightly annoying.

Other than that, this was a pretty typical mystery solved by Alex and Milo...they don't really change, which is pretty comfortable and easy to read. I
Apr 08, 2011 Nette rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As usual: a fun, twisty plot, but ridiculous dialogue straight out of a bad 1950s movie. A few examples: the ex-madame explains why she's got lung cancer: "Cleaned-and-sobered-up for seven years but kept dating Tommy Tobacco." The detective is impressed by the price of some property: "Twenty-four million bazoongas!" The psychologist describes the victim: "The whole Pygmalion bit, down to the accent. Talk about My Spare Lady." If Big Boy Kellerman doesn't break this habit, it's gonna be curtains ...more
Natashya KitchenPuppies
This was the first Jonathan Kellerman book I have read, although he has tons. He is a bestselling author, many times over, and a Doctor of Psychology. His education and background give a fascinating and exciting edge to his style of mystery writing.
This particular book is a buddy crime solving murder mystery. Alex Delaware (psychologist) and Milo (cop) pursue a the baffling murder of a mysterious young lady, rife with intrigue and old fashioned Hollywood seduction and trickery.
Apr 01, 2011 Sue rated it liked it
I have to say that this was really OK but not much more. I enjoyed it as a quick read but I miss the characterizations that I have in my other favorite mystery series. The plot was intricate to the point of seeming over-thought. Perhaps it was my mood as I have been enjoying Kellerman's novels for a long time now, or maybe it's time for me to move on to books I enjoy more. Not sure if this is a 2.5 or a 3.
Apr 28, 2011 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like Alex, Milo, and Robin you will like this story. Kellerman is pretty run of the mill as far as his plots but it is the banter between the two main characters that makes these books so much fun to read. They are like old friends that come for a visit once a year and you reconnect with them. Don't get me wrong. Kellerman is a tallented writer and delivers a good read but there is not much that is too unique from one book to the next. Only rarely does one of his characters amaze you.
Jun 21, 2015 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While the series has grown long in the tooth, I'm glad (after a long hiatus) to have picked back up on the Delaware novels. While in no way as engrossing as his earlier novels, Mystery still manages some gusto every now and then. The best part of the book is the woman dying of lung cancer who used to run a prostitution business. Some touching moments whenever she appeared on the page.
Apr 11, 2011 Beverly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-series
As Faye Kellerman becomes horribly unreadable, Jonathan improves. Or so it seems. This was a page-turner. Alex and Milo seek the killer of a semi-prostitute code-named Mystery. The chase takes the detectives into a lot of interesting LA real estate, and the solution looks back to old Hollywood.
Amy Gable
This wasn't my favorite book of JK's. Of course, it was the first one of his that I listened to rather than read. I kept thinking "i would probably really ger into this book if I were reading it rather than listening to it.
Jan 26, 2016 Lynn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like Kellerman's books a lot. This one is not as good as some, but it's still pretty interesting. I love the interplay between Alex and his detective friend Milo. Pretty good mystery, but it feels like Kellerman hurried the finish.
Adam Buongiovanni
Nov 09, 2014 Adam Buongiovanni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the characters. They were very likable, and at sometimes the story would lose me as there was SO much detail, I enjoyed it. No pause in action, and I think Kellerman has a lot more to offer. I'll definitely be getting some more of the Alex Delaware series!
Steph (loves water)
Have to give Kellerman a break, though, I need to space his books out over a year or so. Too much is not a good thing.
R.J. Vaccarelli
Jul 25, 2015 R.J. Vaccarelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Real good story. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book by Jonathan Kellerman.
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Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles. He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician. As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction.

Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D. in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t
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