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Bones (Alex Delaware #23)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,656 Ratings  ·  452 Reviews
When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . bu
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Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 24th 2009 by Ballantine Books (first published 2008)
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Julie
Dec 02, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Honestly, the last three I've read have been fairly bland. Not that the murder mystery isn't salacious (it is) and nasty (ditto) but the characters have stalled out. Milo is Milo, Alex is Alex, Robin is an afterthought, we get a bit more of Dr. Rick but honestly, who cares? There's a new character, a rookie cop, named Moe. I found him the most interesting.

I'm tired of how all of Kellerman's killers are real sickos. (I know, I know -- aren't murderers, by definition, mentally unbalanced? Yes
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Brenda
Jan 06, 2009 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It seems like Jonathan Kellerman is getting more graphic, unnecessarily. I thought there was less psychology. I gave up the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell years ago for the same reason.
Mary JL
May 26, 2013 Mary JL rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any adult mystery fan
Recommended to Mary JL by: Fan of author
Shelves: mystery-horror
I have read and enjoyed most of the "Alex Delaware" series. Alex and his good friend, Milo Sturgis, are like old friends to me. I like the interaction between the two; I like the many twists and turns in the plots and I like Kellerman's brand of psychological suspense.


The body of a young strangled woman is found in a nature preserve. Her right hand has been cut off. Joined by a rookie Detective---Moe Reed--Alex and Milo begin a search of the scene---and discovere three more corpses buried in the
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Mars
Jan 17, 2015 Mars rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Il protagonista di Ossa e di tutti gli altri libri della serie – perchè sì, è una serie – è Alex Delaware, uno psicologo che lavora come consulente della polizia di Los Angeles affiancando nelle indagini il tenente Milo Sturgis.
Vi innamorerete di questi due perchè insieme sono divertentissimi, specialmente il tenente Sturgis, anche se il mio preferito è proprio Alex.
Studiando psicologia, normalmente, sono molto critica verso la figura degli psicologi nei romanzi, li trovo spesso terribilmente
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M.E.
Jan 16, 2012 M.E. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My full review can be found on my blog: http://decemberjoy.wordpress.com/2012...

It is hard for me to buy books from authors I do not know or am unfamiliar with; mostly if the author was not recommended to me by someone I know and who would have an idea of what kind of books I like. However, sometimes I do take that chance and this was one of those times. Part of the reason was the price…this book was only $2 and if I really hated the book, well, at least I wouldn’t have to beat myself up about p
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Alasandra Alawine
May 17, 2015 Alasandra Alawine rated it liked it
Seemed to drag out. When a child prodigies piano teacher (Selena) turns up dead in a local marsh, Milo and Alex start investigating Selena's life. The trail conveniently leads to disabled handyman Huck Travis. And the discovery of 3 prostitutes bodies deeper in the marsh does nothing to sway them from their course. Due to being railroaded by the police as a child Huck flees strengthening the case Milo is building against him. But Alex begins to have serious doubts about Huck's involvement and se ...more
Kai Palchikoff
Nov 16, 2014 Kai Palchikoff added it
Shelves: fiction
When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as __master of the psychological thriller__ (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something __real dead . . . buried in your marsh.__ The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it__s a prank, but when a young woman__s body ...more
Sahara
Mar 06, 2014 Sahara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first time reading a murder mystery book and this is also my firs Jonathan Kellerman book. If I were to base all murder mystery books by this one, then I wouldn't read another one. The crime and suspicion and small detective details are all fine, but the overall writing of this book is not good.

Maybe Kellerman's earlier books are better. I just don't like how I constantly forgot who was the narrator. Every time I read "I said, '(blah, blah, blah)'. Moe said, "(more blah, blah, blah)"
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Deborah
Nov 21, 2008 Deborah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
It was slow going and a tad bit boring. I could not wait to finish it. I expected more excitement and more explanations in the story line.

This book was just ok for me. I understand his previous writings are much better which is good to know because after reading this one I might now have picked up another one of his books
Michelle Matthews-Calloway
This book is a 4.5

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say (and the time to type it), here's the breakdown of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the aut
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Nd
Dec 16, 2015 Nd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good Alex Delaware mystery. He & Milo have added a sidekick, Moe Reed, a relative newbie to the force, who's a good addition. I always enjoy the books where Robin is in the picture; and in this one, Moe's brother factors in as well. I do have a small problem early in the story with the depiction of several of the bad-guy characters (Chance's father is the first I remember), where it seems that each one is introduced with the exact same abusive, nasty, hateful demeanor. Perhaps a varie ...more
Jackie W.
It was okay. I feel like I used to be more surprised by the endings of these books. Either I'm older so I'm able to see it coming or the last two haven't been as suspenseful as older ones. Still enjoyable though.
Hilary
Jun 11, 2014 Hilary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
3.5 but rounding up

This is the first book where I learned something about Alex's childhood. (Maybe it was covered in some of the middle books, but I quit reading the series for a while.) It felt like these tantalising morsels were dangling just in front of me, dropped there and then snatched away. Maybe it'll be explored more later.

The standard plot and techniques will be familiar to regular readers, as will unfortunately be the lack of psychology that's now common in the later books, but what's
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Chris
This is more like a 2.5 I finished it but................

When it comes to writing deftly layered, tightly coiled novels of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman reigns supreme as “master of the psychological thriller” (People). Now, Kellerman has worked his magic again in this chilling new masterpiece.

The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . buried in your marsh.” The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone
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X5-494
Oct 19, 2012 X5-494 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well... What can I say? A book like a friend. You know that you like the main characters and you know – more or less – what to expect.

In this particular case I have to agree – unfortunately – with many other readers and reviewers: This book just TAKES too long! I mean, it’s nice to have a new character (Moe Reed) and it’s nice to not get thrown in to the action right from the start (though, that’s hardly ever the case in Alex Delaware novels), but during the first 300 of 428 pages practically n
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Laurel-Rain
Nov 17, 2008 Laurel-Rain rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a body is discovered, via anonymous tip and openly displayed in a marsh near LA, the strangest thing about it is the missing right hand. Shortly thereafter, three other bodies are discovered – also missing hands.

Then a man who goes to auctions for the contents of storage units finds a carved box containing small bones. Polished bones, like a treasure. The bones turn out to be human
hands.

Detective Milo Sturgis and his sidekicks, along with Dr. Alex Delaware, the psychologist who frequently
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Janne
Mar 24, 2009 Janne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like all the Kellerman books - this one was good - I really liked the new detective and his brother - they added a much needed new dimension to the series.... I liked the series better when there was more personal interaction with Robin and home - Alex seems to never be home much anymore and since when is Robin OK with that?
This one had almost too much twisting in the plot to the point where I was nearly losing interest - I don't get to just sit down and read a book cover to cover - I need to
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Brett
Apr 23, 2012 Brett rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bones is an interesting enough story, not overly fast moving, but with a well thought out plot. The pace picks up somewhat as we head towards the climax, but I would not describe it as a page turner.

The characters who we have come to know and love from previous adventures, Milo and Alex Delaware, seem strangely anonymous this time round. Milo is there, but you get no real feel for his character, and, whilst some of the story is told by Alex in the first person, his involvement is rather limited
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Judith
Jul 27, 2013 Judith rated it liked it
I read the Alex Delaware-Milo Sturgis novels from time to time. At times Delaware’s personal life is as much of the story as is the mystery. Other times it takes a decided back seat. This one is of the latter type. We get to check in with Robin, Delaware’s gf, from time to time, but it’s peripheral. The emphasis is on Alex’s involvement in a multiple-murder case.

The case starts with an anonymous phone call saying there is a body in the marsh. Eventually that body is found and dogs find addition
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Sherrie
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The anonymous caller has an ominous tone and an unnerving message about something “real dead . . . buried in your marsh.” The eco-volunteer on the other end of the phone thinks it’s a prank, but when a young woman’s body turns up in L.A.’s Bird Marsh preserve no one’s laughing. And when the bones of more victims surface, homicide detective Milo Sturgis realizes the city’s under siege to an insidious killer. Milo’s first move: call
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Sandie
Oct 01, 2013 Sandie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teen doing community service at the marsh gets the call. The caller says there is a body in the marsh, and indeed there is. Selena Bass, a local musician, whose main gig these days is teaching a genius child of a multi-millionaire. Milo gets the call and goes to the scene, but calls in his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware.

By the next day, things have gotten worse. Not only is Selena's body in the marsh, but so are the bodies of three other women. All killed the same way, all buried facing t
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Elizabeth
Feb 04, 2009 Elizabeth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
On a recent roadtrip, my mom asked me to run into a bookstore and pick up a book on tape. A good thriller, she said. I scanned the picked over shelf, and my eyes settled on BONES, with the promising banner across the top - #1 New York Times Bestselling Author. This should do it, I thought, scooping it up and scurrying back to the car.

What a mistake. If I could rate a book with negative stars I would. This was awful from it's discouraging start to it's banal, unimaginative end. Worst part is my
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Lain
May 21, 2009 Lain rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another classic Alex Delaware whodunnit. I am tempted to give this four stars, just because of his consistency, but I have to admit that this one just wasn't up to his usual standards.

Alex has moved from consultant to full-on police detective, in function if not in title. He abandons all pretense of tag-along in this book, going off on his own tangents in the investigation of bodies found in a wildlife preserve.

Pluses: deft interweaving of characters and plot, with twists and turns that are jus
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Jim Thornton
Oct 16, 2012 Jim Thornton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Bought about three years ago from an airport stall.... still not read... does that say too much about my expectations?

Well.... that took a bit longer than I thought, mainly because there was nothing whatsoever in this book that shouted at you to keep reading, or to pick it up again.

Basic Plot? Mundane, poorly explored, largely unexploited as there was some real interest there at the beginning.

Characters? Flat, boring and uninteresting

Development of story? None - no plot twists or interest. The g
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Margaret
Normally I like the Alex Delaware series, but this one just seemed not to make the grade, even though it featured our old friends, Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis. it was actually a relief to have a new character. The story didn't use psychologist, Alex Delaware as interestingly as in other of this series. he seemed to be more of a sidekick. The most entertaining part of the book was the relationship between Moses Reed and Milo Sturgis.
Jon
Aug 12, 2015 Jon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read Kellerman in a while and I forgot what a solid writer he is--his plotting is assured and he gives even minor characters unexpected shadings. His style is sparse and I could have used some support for what I assume are series regulars--it felt like there were a lot of assumptions made about readers' knowledge. I was into the mystery for most of it, but the end felt a little pat to me with the tying up of various plot lines.
Sooz
Aug 25, 2013 Sooz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
i don't tend to read crime novels .... but a rainy day, on my own, at a cottage in the middle of nowhere and i'm going to read what happens to be around once i have finished the book i brought with me.

i gather Kellerman is a well-regarded author of the genre. really? this particular book was kind of bland and followed a terribly over-used formula in which the detectives are totally focused on the wrong guy. i get it .... it's a method to build suspense and to give the 'good guys' something to do
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Quinn
Aug 30, 2014 Quinn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I love Jonathan Kellerman mysteries. They are always suspenseful, make the familiar characters come alive and move along the story, and keep you flipping pages. Maybe it was just the time and way I read the book, but this one seemed to have more characters that aren't easily rememebered, or too many characters I couldn't keep apart. I'm willing to say it was not the book, it was me, but it was not as memorable, and not as wonderful a mystery tour.
Traci Haley
I recently read Faye Kellerman's (Jonathan Kellerman's wife) newest book. I think this is partly why I am rating JK's book so highly -- it's not that his books are phenomenally new or different... it's the same old story: Alex Delaware helps solve a case. It's the differences between FK and JK's writing style. FK is strictly procedural, hardly any character development these days. JK is still all about his characters, even when he's concentrating on the story. I love submerging myself into Alex' ...more
Lisa
Mar 19, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It has been a while since I have listened to any of the Alex Delaware books and now I think I remember why. I didn't find this book all that interesting and felt both main characters (Alex and Milo)just very dry and dull this time. The story line was ok, but felt that they got fixated on one suspect (which cops aren't supposed to do) and I find the conversations of speculating of what happened over and over gets a little old. Just felt it wasn't one of the best books in the series.
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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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