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Double Homicide

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  2,785 Ratings  ·  137 Reviews
Deux villes, deux meurtres. Dans une boîte de nuit bostonienne, des coups de feu : al star de l'équipe de basket locale reçoit une balle perdue. A Santa Fe, un galeriste reconnu est trouvé mort trois semaines avant Noël, tué par un coup porté avec une force prodigieuse. Peu d'indices, trop de suspects ou pas assez, quatre enquêteurs sous pression et deux enquêtes rondement ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published September 4th 2008 by Points (first published 1993)
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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  ·  review of another edition
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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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.
Sheila Myers
Nov 01, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
These are two good stories. The first story has some interesting twists and turns. The second story also has some interesting action; however, I deducted one rating point for backstories about the two detectives that, while interesting, didn't have anything to do with the plot of the story.
Nancy
Jan 29, 2017 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was an interesting experiment between husband and wife authors, Jonathan & Faye Kellerman, that didn't exactly pay off. In their other duel authored book, Capital Crimes, they each wrote a novella; but in this book they each started a story but then had their spouse write part of it too. This created a mash up of both their writing within the two stories, that surprisingly didn't feature cameos by characters in their well know series, which I welcomed due to Delaware burnout. The ...more
Carol
Jul 30, 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
Jennifer
I listened to the audio book of Double Homicide. This is a short book with 2 stories - one by Faye Kellerman and the other by her husband Jonathan Kellerman. I liked them, but wasn't overly thrilled. For short stories, there was a lot of description and back story that I didn't think was very relevant to the entire plot. (Unless these characters were being used in other novels by the authors.) They were both definitely quick reads (listens), but the mystery in both was wrapped up really quickly ...more
Kim
Jul 11, 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.
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Pretty fast read. I liked the first story more than the 2nd one though.
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.
Anne Marie
This book contained two stories, the first being Double Homicide Boston. Detectives Dorothy B. and Michael M. Investigate what first appears as a shooting of a college basketball player by a rival player at a bar after a game. But the medical examiner sees the truth - it wasn't a bullet that caused the death, but a pre-existing condition that should have been seen on school x-rays. The detectives find out the whole story.
The second book, Double Homicide Santa Fe, takes us to the Santa Fe art wo
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Kimberly Mckay
More generic than either of their usually works, more generic. Endings seemed unrealistic and unforeseen. Jonathan's book had more of his voice than Faye's. very fast, easy read.

Re-read in spring 2017.
Jeff
Feb 23, 2017 Jeff rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only finished reading this because I just can't stand walking away from a book.

With two separate unrelated "Homicides", in different cities and with no cross over of characters it's really more like 2 short stories. Reads like a forced attempt at collaboration with neither author willing to take the lead it just flounders.

Instead of being drawn into the story, I had to force myself through it.
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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Kris
Jul 31, 2012 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Nanosynergy
Nov 03, 2008 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
Elli
Feb 02, 2014 Elli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bert
Jan 26, 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
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
Feb 25, 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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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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Betsy
Oct 09, 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
Nancy
Oct 11, 2012 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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Louann
Jun 16, 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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Val
Feb 12, 2009 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, audio-books
I liked the idea of a husband and wife writing a book together, but it was different than I thought it would be. The first story was really easy to get in to. I identified with the characters pretty well. This is the 4th audio CD I 'read' and this part was read a little faster than the others. I kinda liked it.

The second book was a little slower to pick up, but I loved that it was read by Lou Diamond Phillips. I would like to listen to more read by him. Once I got into it, I totally forgot it wa
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Ryan
Nov 05, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults
The tag line for this book is something like: 2 great authors, 2 cities, 2 murders. Double the suspense, double the thrills, Double Homicide. Dum da dum.

This book is 2 short mystery stories packed into one. Neither is either author's best work, in my opinion. Probably because the stories were simply too short for them to really draw decent characters for you to latch on to.

If you really need a Kellerman fix, then I suppose this would suffice, but you're not going to miss out on anything if you s
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Kim
Sep 26, 2016 Kim rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terrible! Listed as being by Jonathan Kellerman and Faye Kellerman. I've never really liked her, but liked his writing. Turns out it is two books.

I "read" this on audio book. The narration on first just about made me crazy. Very annoying. After reading the first, I assumed it must have been her writing, but after the second, I'm not sure. At least the narrator on second book was better, but overall, it was a waste of however many hours of my life. I only persevered to the second book because I
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Galen Johnson
Two mysteries introduce new detectives. The first is set in Boston, where Detectives Dorothy Breton and Michael McCain investigate the shooting of a star basketball player from Breton’s son’s college team. The second is in Santa Fe, where Police officers Darrel Two Moons and Steve Katz investigate the murder of an unloved art gallery owner.

Both mysteries are short but peopled by real-feeling characters and are easy to read, quick-moving with good character background packed into the story. Recom
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Anne
Aug 14, 2013 Anne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't particularly thrilled of this one. I thought the exciting design of the book would mean the story is also exciting. I thought, "hey the middle page says flip to read the other side" I thought at some point the stories would meet halfway or the characters would cross over. I think it's a lot better if that had happened. The Sta. Fe story is not so thrilling. I am having a hard time following the narration. The Boston case was OK. I like the narration tone and the story better. But overal ...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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