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Double homicide: Boston / Sante Fe

3.30  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,509 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
For the first time ever, bestselling novelists Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman team up to deliver the launch book in a thrilling new series of short crime novels!

It's a reader's dream come true: a new series co-written by the royal couple of crime fiction--Jonathan and Faye Kellerman! Each book contains two novels jointly written by the duo, featuring different detec
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Published 2004 by Warner Books
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Jerry
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short novellas disappoint -- we wanted Decker & Alex !!

We were so excited to learn that two of our favorite authors -- Faye and Jonathan Kellerman (husband and wife as well) -- had teamed up to write "a novel" entitled Double Homicide. We were all set for a sparkling Alex Delaware (on one murder) meeting Peter Decker (on the other), and the twain happily and merrily collaborating to nail the bad guys. Alas, we and the publishers and authors were not seeing eye to eye; instead, we got two rat
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Laura
Apr 29, 2012 Laura rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction
In my mind, I'm not sure the Boston story qualifies as a murder mystery. Plus, the motivations of the victim's mother felt way too forced. That a mother always protects her child felt way too simple. I just kept thinking to myself - no one's really talked to the mother. And the police officers' judgment of the father went in the other extreme. Mother-good. Father-bad.

I was expecting some cross over between Boston and Santa Fe. Nothing - just people dying in separate cities.

In the Santa Fe stor
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Carol
Aug 22, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the 2 novella-length mysteries - for the 2nd time, I discoverd. Loved the first one - about a mom who is a detective and her basketball--playing son. For the second time, when the end came, I didn't realize it WAS the end. I wanted MORE - and waited for the CD to move to the next chapter. It didn't. Instead, we moved (from Boston, I think, to Santa Fe) to another story - less engaging, with less attractive characters. The end wasn't particularly satisfying, in part because we had n ...more
Thom Swennes
Not all stories set around Christmas can be classified as Christmas stories. This book is two independent stories taking place in Boston, Massachusetts and the other in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The first story entitled In the Land of the Giants is of a murder that just might not be. When someone you know is killed, as a police officer you must maintain your distance and objectivity. As a mother it may just be asking too much. How can you suppress your emotions and stay focused on your job? It is a ...more
Kim
Jul 15, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the first book of the pack, the one in Boston. The story made sense and I was interested. The one in Santa Fe though? Awful. I couldn't get connected to the characters, and the resolution didn't feel like one at all. I felt like we got a lot of background into the detectives for no reason, and not enough of the motive of the killer.
Janet
Dec 28, 2011 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really care for either of these books. The plots weren't very developed, nor were the characters. By the time the story gets going, WHAM, they tell you who did it in about one paragraph and there's no more. It's like "I'm tired tired of writing so I'll just tell you who did it". The end.
Elli
Feb 02, 2014 Elli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
Double Homicide flip over for Double Homicide Santa Fe by Faye & Jonathan Kellerman. Two shorter novels in one book. Each has some characteristics in common with the other, and some differences, too. The Santa Fe involved prominent figures in the arts scene and was solved by two detectives, all of whom you really got to know. The Boston Homicide was also solved by two detectives and involved up and coming young sports hopefuls who had a decent chance of fulfilling their dreams. It was bi-rac ...more
Tommye
Feb 14, 2013 Tommye rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I didn't care for these stories as I enjoy their individual novels. Not by a longshot. I was expecting more, not less, from their joint effort.
Betsy
Oct 27, 2014 Betsy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the 2 novella-length mysteries - for the 2nd time, I discoverd. Loved the first one - about a mom who is a detective and her basketball--playing son. For the second time, when the end came, I didn't realize it WAS the end. I wanted MORE - and waited for the CD to move to the next chapter. It didn't. Instead, we moved (from Boston, I think, to Santa Fe) to another story - less engaging, with less attractive characters. The end wasn't particularly satisfying, in part because we had n ...more
Stacey
May 21, 2014 Stacey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Listened on audiobook. I enjoyed the plot of Jonathan's more, but Faye's narrator more. Overall, though, light fare.
Kris
Aug 31, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Boston:

Two pages in a mother finds a gun in the bottom of her teenaged son's back pack. Being as the mother in question here is a Police Detective, does she go into ball busting mode? Not a chance and On page three, her 21 year old son chews her out for invading his brother's privacy... all I can think of is "I'm your MOTHER, he is a minor and you still live under my roof, you do not have any damned privacy from ME!" From there she goes into a weepy reconciliation scene that gave me the creeps a
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Andrew
The celebrated crime-writing family, the Kellermans (Jonathan & Faye) have collaborated on 2 books; both consist of 2 novellas featuring new characters in new (at least for the Kellermans) locales.

Double Homicide contains two excellent examples of the standalone novella. Both books introduce new characters - cops and the people in their lives, and victims and the people in THEIR (former) lives. By the time the story has concluded, we know enough about the protagonists and other supporting ch
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Bobbie N
Feb 23, 2016 Bobbie N rated it liked it
SUMMARY: In Still Life by Faye Kellerma, Santa Fe police officers Darrel Two Moons and Steve Katz investigate the murder of a prominent art gallery owner. In the Land of Giants by Jonathan Kellerma, when a flagrant foul during a college basketball game leads to the death of one of the teams’ star players, Boston detectives Dorothy Breton and Michael McCain are called upon to investigate. COMMENTS: Two short stories make for a couple of evenings’ light reading.
Nanosynergy
Jan 05, 2009 Nanosynergy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kellerman fans.
Jonathan Kellerman and wife Faye Kellerman co-authored this book. Double Homicide is a quick read. It is not representative of their books. Their fans will probably like it. Double Homicide contains two short novels. The first story is Double Homicide: Boston. A city college basketball star is shot at a nightclub after a game. The suspect is from the opposing team. The crime appears open-and-shut to detectives Michael McCain and Doris Breton. But all is not as it appears according to the forensi ...more
Ed
Aug 16, 2015 Ed rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crime novels - Two short novels by the husband and wife authors who suffer in collaboration. "In the Land of Giants" has a pair of Boston cops trying to solve the nightclub shooting of a college basketball star after a hard fought game. "Still Life" has a pair of Santa Fe detectives trying to find who among many suspects bludgeoned an art dealer to death with a sculpture.
Bert
Mar 30, 2014 Bert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Jonathan Kellerman is a child psychologist, as is protagonist Alex Delaware. He works with fictional detective Milo Sturgis, and together they try to make sense out of ambiguity in Los Angeles. This novel makes the primary victim a psychologist as well, someone who got into a helping profession in part to search for comfort in her war against her own personal demons. There's an enigmatic connection between one of the institutionalized patients at a hospital for the criminally insane and c ...more
Isobel
Nov 01, 2011 Isobel rated it did not like it
I got this book years ago and when I first read it, Double Homicide wasn't that bad. However I recently picked it up and gave it another read and it is terrible. The idea of having two books in one is horrible and I believe it doesn't give the authors enough time to flesh out the stories or have a feel for the characters.

The endings feel rushed, yes I was surprised but the plot was thin and hardly there so you couldn't work out or even guess who did it in the end. Boston is marginally better tha
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Yuki
Mar 10, 2012 Yuki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery junkies
Recommended to Yuki by: Marque Guanzon
Double Homicide: Boston is one of those books with misleading titles. (view spoiler) I also found the story too simple and lacked characters, making it easy to predict.

Santa Fe, on the other hand, was thrilling. It revolved around art, which was an interesting subject, had multiple suspects, and had interesting twists. You'd think they already have the suspect, but then, as you read on, you're proven mistaken. It was told in such a way that eve
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Julie
May 03, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Johnathan Kellerman, so I knew I'd like this double murder mystery. I wasn't disappointed. Overall I think I enjoyed the Boston mystery a bit more, but both were excellent. I would've liked it even better if the stories were a little longer.
Deborah Sloan
Jan 05, 2010 Deborah Sloan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anyone who loves a good murder mystery has read Jonathan Kellerman books and Faye Kellerman talent matches Jonathan's in every way. This husband and wife team have brought mystery to a new level in DOUBLE HOMICIDE BOSTON and DOUBLE HOMICIDE SANTA FE
. Two tales in one book: one takes place in Boston surrounding the death of a promising basketball star; the other takes place in Santa Fe with the death of a prominent art dealer. Of course numerous suspects for both and an investigative team that ma
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Wanda
Aug 21, 2014 Wanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Didn't really enjoy it. It was lacking quite a bit. The end of both parts of the book was very unsatisfying and left questions. Needed more development and not sure why they combined the two stories into one book.
Judi
Feb 03, 2015 Judi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2000s, crime
Book contains two different crime novels, Boston and Santa Fe which take place in the title cities. Good readable stories that move along at a good pace. Straight forward crime fiction.
Bonnie
Mar 26, 2014 Bonnie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This wasn't at all what I expected when I checked it out in audiobook form at the library, but I did rather like both stories. I felt they were well-written and interesting.
Susan
Feb 09, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't what I expected, it was two very distinct, short stories put together into one book. The first story just started to get interesting when it ended. The other one wasn't as good, and ended rather abruptly. I would have rather just had one story with a little more detail.
Louann
Jun 20, 2013 Louann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I did not like this. I love Jonathan Kellerman, have never read Faye Kellerman. I listened to the audio book. This is divided into 2 books. The first book about a dead basketball player revolved more around the personal lives of the police detectives and less about the homicide. When the case was solved it was anti-climatic. This book moved verrry slowly and I found my self resisting to fast forward through the slow parts. If it were a book I would have been flipping pages.

The second book was a
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Christine
Jan 26, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A two-for-one treat in one volume from the masters of crime fiction. Two short novels from the husband and wife team of topnotch crime writers.
Shandi Leonard
Nov 11, 2014 Shandi Leonard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. Both stories are intriguing. There's always twists and clues to jeep the pages turning. Even the endings will blow you away!!!
Nancy
Oct 11, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok
Two short mysteries - In the Land of Giants and Still Life which is set in Santa Fe. The Santa Fe story is about an egotistical art gallery owner who is a real jerk, (I suspect there are many like him). His body is found with few clues.

In the Land of giants a single mom who is a police detective is raising her two sons. She and her partner investigate the death of the star of the college basketball team her son plays on. the solution is even sadder than the murder. His over-the-hill pro basketb
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alice Tileston
not what I expected. different characters from their norm. I guess the stories were ok, but I was disappointed. .....
Billie jo smith
I liked the fîrst one but I wish it had a better ending, and the second one almost had no point at all. I would not recommend this book at all
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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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