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Evidence (Alex Delaware #24)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,419 Ratings  ·  362 Reviews
In a half-built mansion in Los Angeles, a watchman stumbles onto the bodies of a young couple—murdered and left in a gruesome postmortem embrace. Veteran homicide cop Milo Sturgis is shocked at the sight: a twisted crime that only Milo and psychologist Alex Delaware can hope to solve. While the female victim’s identity remains in question, her companion is ID’d as eco-frie ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Ballantine Books (first published 2009)
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Mar 13, 2010 Caitlin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
The Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series written by Jonathan Kellerman have always been reliably enjoyable. The oddball partnership between psychologist and homicide detective made for an unusual focus on most of the books. Kellerman usually tells a good story and I like Alex and Milo so I always grab these off the shelf when they become available, but this one was pretty disappointing.

Honestly, I'm really not sure why Alex was even a part of this case - there wasn't a strong psychological element
Dec 04, 2009 Grey853 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I'm a huge fan of Kellerman, so I was super excited to see he had a new one so close to the holidays. Unfortunately, I was either expecting too much or Kellerman produced too little in EVIDENCE. Normally, I finish an Alex Delaware book in one sitting, this one took two and I had to force myself. I didn't really care about the story. To be honest it was just boring.

Another thing that annoyed me was the shifting point of view. Most Delaware books are written in first person from Alex's point of v
James Thane
A rent-a-cop watchman stumbles over a double homicide at an obscenely large L.A. mansion where construction has inexplicably stopped. Detective Milo Sturgis is assigned the case and asks his pal, psychologist Alex Delaware, to tag along because the case looks "interesting."

The male victim is quickly identified as the employee of a rather peculiar architectural firm. but it takes quite some time to identify the female victim who had been posed with him in a sexually suggestive manner. From that p
Traci Haley
Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman seem to always have books that come out close to each other these days. The downside to that is that they're always fresh in the memory to do some comparisons...and when it comes to writing good suspense, Jonathan Kellerman wins, hands-down. Yes, he also does a bit of the procedurals that Faye does, but keeps it humorous, interesting, and develops his characters so you actually care what they're doing. I feel like Milo Sturges is not just Alex's best friend, ...more
Randall Krebs
Meh. Milo and Alex banter like an old married couple -- a very, very boring old married couple. They hypothesize various scenarios to explain the clues found at the murder scene, but their explanations seem to be tin-foil-hat quality. Ultimately, the murderer turns out to be the person that everybody hoped would be to blame, but the justification for the murders is bizarre and simply not believable. Fictional murder mysteries had better turn out to be easier to believe than real life or what is ...more
In the 24th installment of the Alex Delaware series, in Jonathan Kellerman's Evidence, Alex and Milo gotten themselves caught up in another difficult case. When a watchman came across a brutally slain couple in a compromising embrace, they were both caught up in the grisly crime scene at an unfinished mega-home owned by an Islamic prince. While they were able to identify the eco-inclined architect who had the power to seduce woman, while his female companion remained a mystery and unidentified. ...more
I was pretty disappointed in this Alex Delaware novel, as I have been, to be perfectly honest, with the last several. I still love Alex, Milo, and Robin, but the plotting is just not as interesting, the descriptions are too bare, and it feels like Kellerman is pounding the new books out without really putting his heart into it. I also thought the plot was a little bizarre (not in a good way) and far fetched. I will probably keep reading the series, just because they are easy and comfortable read ...more
The first half of this book was all over the map. the last 150 pages were a little less disjointed. some areas of the dialogue were a little confusing. I don't know exactly why these are called the "alex delaware" series, because the main character seemed to be Milo Sturgis. For someone who had never read another in this series, there isn't much "back fill"information like other novelist do. (James Patterson/D. Balducci do a better job of giving you a little history on the characters)Since I had ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Kendra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
YAAAAWWWWWN. Ok, to be fair, it was more interesting in the second half, but the early parts were making my eyes glaze over. Plus, although Alex continues to be the narrator and main character, he now seems to serve no purpose, other than to tag along after Milo, quietly observe everything, and play wannabe cop. What happened to his private practice? Does he just sit around and wait for Milo to invite him to look at dead bodies now? There wasn't even a reason for him to be involved as a "psychol ...more
Vannessa Anderson
Milo Sturgis, veteran homicide cop, and his friend and partner psychologist Alex Delaware are investigating the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies are found in an old mansion. The case starts out as a simple one but ends involving foreign diplomats and a princess.

What I like about the Sturgis and Delaware series is how author Jonathan Kellerman keeps us in the minds of all the characters by letting us know what they’re thinking and how they come to conclusions. The stories are never borin
Oct 18, 2009 Beverly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, crime-series
Straightforward police procedural-ish story. The focus is on Milo, as he brilliantly solves the mystery while eating and effacing himself to psych out the bad guys. Alex has no action in this outing; he is just along for the narration.

An architect who is a popular man about town and a lower class woman are found dead in each others' arms at an abandoned mcMansion construction site. The investigation leads to eco-terrorism and revenge. The narration by actor John Rubinstein is superb. Milo sounds
Jan 17, 2010 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 24th Alex Delaware novel, and I'm sorry to say Kellerman seems to be running out of steam on the series. In this novel, Alex helps police detective Milo Sturgis solve the mystery of a double murder in a half-built mansion. The plot involves an eco terrorism plot along with a prince from a small Asian country. I think Kellerman is really reaching here for new material. I couldn't get into this book until about the half way point. It is always nice to spend time with Alex and Milo but ...more
in terms of progressing the characters (my declared favoruite part of having a character in a series) this was very weak. hardly any robin. no rick. at least there was some blanche.

story wise, it wasn't a page turning suspense (as most of his are), but it met a different need - it made me think.

only one serious complaint: i knew there was something up with the wig immediately. foreshadowing a little too heavy handed - so it muddied up my enjoyment of a big part of the novel.

having said that. i w
Oct 12, 2009 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
wow I hate to sound like a broken record but I got half way through and returned it to the library because the characters I used to love I found myself just not caring what happened. A friend pointed out that many of my beloved authors are going off our list of faves. Not sure if it is the churning out of too many novels or what but the last 2 alex delaware novels I have not finished so no more for me. Unlikeable characters, doing nothing a plot that goes in 12 different directions and leaves yo ...more
Oct 24, 2009 Nette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It took me for-frickin-ever to finish this because the first half is really discombobulated: a new suspect every other page, ranging from a security guard to an Indonesian prince to a wheelchair-bound professor. WAY too Agatha Christie. But it catches fire in the last half, with a couple great interrogation scenes. Also, Dr. Delaware's awful sweetheart, Robin, is blessedly absent, and there are some funny scenes with the anal, East coast transplant police chief (obviously Bill Bratton.)
Sheila Good
Mar 27, 2010 Sheila Good rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no
Normally I like Jonathan Kellerman; However, I found this book to be completely boring and a drudgery to get through. The story line centers around a murder in an abandoned mansion, owned by an foreign dignitary. The victims and suspects have a history with each other and environmental extremists behavior. The story does not flow and I found the characters totally uninteresting. UGH!
Maryellen Woodside
Evidence is another grest mystery from Jonathan Kellerman. Alex and Milo solve the mystery of who killed Des Backer and his female companion and torched a skeleton of a house, only to discover that things aren't quite that simple.
Feb 18, 2010 Leanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milo does it again. He seems to be the central character this time. A somewhat convoluted plot and I would never have guessed who-dunit but I guess that is what crime fiction is about. I enjoyed it.
Jan 19, 2016 Donia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful... I thought killerman was losing it with the series, too much description of unnecessary elements, Alex bearly made an actual appearance, just following around. The book lacks depth and novelty.
I'm so disappointed, the idea on which the book was based is just pathetically set together, no coherence, logic or consistency. A mere thought that Killerman tried to build, and failed miserably .
It's such a shame that his novels are just degrading bit by bit and year after another. As if he's no

Two bodies posed in a sexual position are discovered in an abandoned mansion. There are few clues for Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware to use in solving this crime. What seems to be a simple murder case, however, becomes a tangled web and the ending is nothing like the reader expects or predicts. Although it is diff
Apr 24, 2016 Nd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars on books overall, but 4+ on Jonathan Kellerman scale. The Alex Delaware / Milo Sturgis descriptive one-liners are finely-tuned in EVIDENCE; and the psychological aspects, though plenty ghastly, are less gut-wrenching than in some of his past work. From my point of view, that's a positive.

The story, revolving around eco-terrorism and the wealthy who flock to Los Angeles, has plenty of intriguing twists and turns before resolving via the combined wits of Milo & Alex -- both in consulta
Aug 07, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Evidence" by Jonathan Kellerman.

This is my 2nd Alex Delaware book in this series. I was hoping it would be better than the first book I read but not much.

Milo plays a bigger role than Alex and the dialogue between the two of them is enjoyable at times. However, I just don't appreciate an author who needs to throw in ghastly situations or raw language in order to catch the readers attention. That, in my opinion, seems to be what this author resorts to rather than using his talent to capture in-
I'd not picked up a "Alex Delaware" novel in over a year. I was disappointed in the last few books in the series. I'm glad I grabbed this one as it reaffirmed my appreciation of Kellerman as an excellent writer of crime novels.

In this offering the bodies of a murdered man and woman are found coupled together. They are discovered by a disabled night watchman in a half finished castle-like structure in the very posh Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles. Alex is called into the investigation by his
Maybe it was the narrator, maybe it was the story line. I can't say for sure, but I had a difficult time following this audio-book. In fact, I started it over again when after Disc 3 to try to figure out where I got lost.

It didn't help much.

The plot line involves murder victims found at a construction site -- which is subsequently torched in an arson case. Detective Milo Sturgis is on the job, assisted by psychologist Alex Delaware -- two of my favorite protagonists in Kellerman's ouevre.

Even st
Gail Cooke
Oct 24, 2009 Gail Cooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's always a pleasure to begin a new story with a familiar lead character that has always appealed (this is Kellerman's 24th Alex Delaware novel). Readers/listeners know what to expect, and in this case it's an extremely well crafted crime novel that leaves us in suspense until the last page. A great deal of the enjoyment in an Alex Delaware novel is the friendship and working relationship between Delaware, a consulting psychologist, and Mike Sturgis, an LAPD homicide detective. Their verbal ex ...more
Without doubt one of my favorite of Kellerman's Alex Delaware novels. What starts off as the murder of two people, who appwar to have been caught in an intimate moment soon turns into a tesiting and turning maze of a who dunnit. Kellerman takes us down roads of political intrigue, eco-terrorism, jealousy, corporate spying, and more. Written with wit and paced to keep you glue to the book, "Evidence" was enjoyable for both plot and the characters. Delaware is always a treat, but to me Detective M ...more
Aug 07, 2012 Cai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked shows like CSI, Bones and other similar stuff. Granted, the closest I got to reading books with thrill and mystery were Dan Brown. But it's the first time I've read a book for murder mystery/police chase/whatever it's called (I'm not even sure it's a different genre altogether). And I have been sucked in. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough, and although my mind was willing to finish it all in one go, my body needed food and sleep in-between.

I never heard of this author, let
Apr 07, 2010 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've lost count of all the Johnathan Kellerman Alex Delaware books I've read but I've enjoyed them all. This is #24 so that says something about their appeal. Kellerman's Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis are the most interesting partners of any of the crime fighting book franchises going. While the plots are always intricate and a little convoluted (as a means of not tipping who the bad guy really is until near the end) they are secondary to the interesting details, colorful supporting characters ...more
Barbara Mitchell
Dec 29, 2010 Barbara Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's only one good thing about frigid, snowy weather and that's the extra time for reading. For some reason I'm out of my serious book/mystery/serious book/etc. reading habit for the time being so I've been breezing through fun mysteries. Evidence is the latest and though not really appropriate for Christmas, I sure did enjoy it.

I've read many Jonathan Kellerman mysteries in the Dr. Alex Delaware series, but not for many years. This is his 24th Delaware novel and I've read maybe half that num
David Roberts
Apr 09, 2013 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reviewing the novel Evidence by Jonathan Kellerman which is a very good thriller & which I bought from a secondhand bookshop. This is an Alex Delaware story & I think if I define it precisely is a police procedural thriller. The plot is 2 people have been murdered a man & woman & put in a sexual embrace position. This was done after they were murdered. There was a cum stain on the ladies leg which luckily the police test and it doesn't belong to the man and is a key element ...more
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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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