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Devil's Waltz (Alex Delaware #7)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  8,196 Ratings  ·  185 Reviews
The doctors call it Munchausen by proxy, the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child's own mother or father is making her sick.

Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency ro
Paperback, 495 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Ballantine Books (first published 1993)
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Aug 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Phew! By the hair of my chinny-chin-chin I finished this in time for book group. Woo! And after hearing why E chose this book (because of her own personal experiences with a relative who suffers from Munchausen disorder, as well as the fact that she didn't realize it was in a series), I can even embrace her choice. I was pleased to find that, like book 6, this book featured a more tightly-woven plot than the earlier titles in the series. It really had a "whodunnit" feel to it, which was fun... p ...more
Bill Raye
Aug 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This is my favorite of the Alex Delaware series books. I've read about a dozen of them. Great character development, suspenseful until the end, and true to the authors purpose of continuing to educate the reader on the cause and effect of tortured and traumatized childhoods.
Jul 19, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Clinical child psychologist Alex Delaware was on a puzzling case, suspicions were raised involving Munchausen by proxy. Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Brooks Jones’ conditioned worsened with each visit for medical attention, her life was in danger and Alex’s timeframe was dwindling. The hospital became a troubling environment with budget cutbacks, attacks on staff and an atmosphere of growing tension ripe for possible revenge against the controllers of the hospital – Cassie’s grandfather and father ...more
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Munchausen by proxy is the terrifying disease that causes parents to induce illness in their own children. Now, in his most frightening case, Dr. Alex Delaware may have to prove that a child's own mother or father is making her sick.

Twenty-one-month-old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of health. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie's parents seem sympathetic and deeply concerned. Her favorite nurse is
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
In this book in the series Alex Delaware and Jonathan Kellerman takes on hospitals and the administration while trying to find an issue with a 2 year old little girl. I found this book very fast paced and enjoyable to listen to. I find that I am not enjoying the relationship that Alex is having with his main squeeze as much as I once did. I do find Detective Sturges very likeable still and very believable. Character development of that character is very well done as Sturges finds himself relegat ...more
Feb 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Yet another Kellerman, this one with a suspected case of Munchausens by Proxy. My biggest issue with this one, is just how irritating both the child and mother was in the story. The reader is supposed to have sympathy for the poor little kid, not be annoyed by her.
One thing I thought was amusing, is both the father in the story calls his daughter Spike, and Milo calls another ex-convict Spike; I thought this was going to be the genesis of Alex and Robin's first French Bulldog also called Spike.
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
Just another book I'm reading for the purpose of clearing shelf space. Frustratingly, I can't seem to just chuck it off the bat. It is written in a pleasant enough style, and so I keep reading in hopes that the dragging search for evidence for Munchausen by proxy will eventually become exciting. This isn't the first book in the series, which doesn't make me any happier. There are oblique references and reoccurring characters that I know nothing about.

ETA: Meh. I was getting pissy enough with bei
Sridhar Babu
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis, Cassie Jones (Cassandra Brooka), Chip Jones, Chunk Jones, Cindy Brooks Jones, Dawn Herbert, Ashmore, Stephanie. and others..
Los Angels...

Twenty one month old Cassie Jones is bright, energetic, the picture of good health.. Yet her parents rush her to the emergency room night after night at Western pediatric Hospital with medical symptoms no doctor can explain. Cassie is the only daught
Scotty Schrier
May 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
Here's what I learned from this book.

I don't like boring formulaic stories that make references to other books in the series that sound WAY more interesting than the one that I am currently reading.

This book was the equivalent of buying a decent car and as you are leaving the dealership you find out that there was a much cooler car that you didn't see...for the same price as the one you just bought.

I got buyer's remorse...and the book was GIVEN to me.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dr. Delaware is called in to help with a case that seems to be a standard Munchausen by proxy, but of course there is a twist and a conspiracy involved to make the story more exciting. Typical Kellerman story that I liked when I first read it years ago.
Jul 12, 2008 rated it did not like it
This novel made me embarrassed to call myself a writer.
Melinda Zappone

The plot idea was so good that I was really hopeful however way too much time was spent on meaningless scene description and visual character description. The plot fell very flat, felt like I was waiting the whole time. Also, I am a therapist and this character was infuriating and underdeveloped.
Jack Zhong
Jul 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Beginning was good, all the way until about 3/4 of the book; the rest is not that sexy.
Erin Frost
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Its been a while since I read of of the Alex Delaware series... I forgot what a good read they are.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime, fiction, mystery
Very good, yet the ending seems phoned in.
Sue Kozlowski
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I first learned about Munchausen by proxy when I read this book.. It is a very strange syndrome where a parent hurts their child in order to get attention from doctors.
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
It was okay
Jason Price
Jun 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex Delaware returns in another excellently written psychological novel, Devil’s Waltz. The book revolves around two related plots: a potential case of Mucnchausen by Proxy Syndrome and the apparent deterioration of a hospital by mismanagement. Munchausen by Proxy Syndrome is a form of child abuse that involves fabricating an illness in a child by a caretaker. Here we have Cassie Jones, a 21-month old infant that has become a regular patient at Western Pediatric Hospital due to suffering throug ...more
Charlotte Wilson
First I just want to say this only got a 3 star from me, as I am only going to give four or five to a book that I will read again.

This was a good read. The main subject matter, other than murder and crime was Munchausens syndrome. I find syndromes like this fascinating, but as a mother heartbreaker.

I love Alex Delaware, and as usual wish I read the series from book one instead of flitting here there and everywhere. Saying that I like the way Kellerman gently recaps previous storylines so that yo
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Although well-crafted, Devil’s Waltz had to work to hold my attention. Written in 1993, its bifurcated plot relies on that year’s psychosis du jour and scandal du jour for conflict, a psychosis and a scandal that have since been done to death in virtually all media. The author spends too much time on the psychological thread, perhaps thinking the reader will be as horrified as he by the possibility of a mother hurting her child to gain attention. I wasn’t. I wanted more. Weighed down by the char ...more
I love the Alex Delaware series however the first half of this book limped along. It was too easy to put down and I only continued reading from a sense of obligation. Fortunately the pace and intrigue did eventually pick up and three quarters of the way through I was riveted.

The subplot fought for attention and often stole the spotlight from the main plot; both meandered a little too loosely and languidly. The stakes weren't high enough and no one of consequence seemed in imminent danger, excep
Oct 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chris by: it is jonathan kellerman! what more can I sayy
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Jim Nolt
Jul 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
The New York Times book reviewer wrote "Reads like wildfire... harrowing suspense." Well, it burned hot at times, but it weren't no wildfire. The story centers around Dr. Alex Delaware who's called in by Dr. Stephanie Eves after a toddler is repeatedly rushed to the hospital with symptoms for which no one can account. Doctors Eves and Delaware suspect Munchhausen by proxy, but before they can prove it a toxicologist and one of his staff assistants are murdered. My only complaint about the book i ...more
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Alex Delaware goes up against a potential Munchausen by proxy case. You know how some books you like just because you really get them? Like you move to a new city and read a book set there and you catch the vibe of the setting and the names of the neighborhoods and the history that's obliquely referenced, and you feel like you actually belong to the city? That's how this was for me. By no stretch of the imagination was this a very good book, but it was literally a psychologist called to consult ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesting. Dr. Delaware is called in to help figure out why a little girl is having seizures when doctors can find no physical cause for them. He looks into the family, the hospital, and other areas that may be causing the problem. While doing this a researcher at the hospital is killed.
The hospital itself is in a sad state. Dr. Delaware had worked there many years ago and he is shocked to see the decline in the hospital. He starts investigating why this has happened. He gets his cop friend, M
Cheryl Taylor garant
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
As always, Kellerman and Delaware deliver! I think I may have read this in 1997 when it came out, but I still couldn't put it down! I started it Friday night and finished before I went to bed on Saturday!
Just read this again since I'm reading ALL the Alex Delaware books in chronological order this year! Again I couldn't put it down.....and on a Friday night into Saturday morning. Kellerman's writing is gripping. He writes believable characters. I really love that Los Angeles and the surrounding
Mukta Mohapatra
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
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Roos Boum
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the Dutch version of the book: Duivelsdans

Als overlever van Münchhausen by proxy (Mbp) móést ik dit boek natuurlijk hebben. En ik werd niet teleurgesteld. Een spannend boek, met voor waarschijnlijk veel lezers een verrassend plot, maar voor mij overduidelijk. Kellerman heeft zijn research goed gedaan inzake Münchhausen by proxy. Hij verwoordt goed wat er bij kindermishandeling door Mbp speelt en weet daar ook nog een spannend verhaal omheen te creëren.
Heb het boek met veel belangstelling
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book deals with a sick child and the suspicion of Munchhausen by Proxy. As this is now the second book I've read by Kellerman, I am getting more into the groove of his writing style and end-of-book closure, or lack thereof. I enjoyed the book and just picked up another by him at a local thrift store. It is a relief to read a thriller/mystery novel with vocabulary that is higher than a 5th grade level. The author uses words I haven't seen since college, and I love it. It was a great book to ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Lianna by: Stfrankle
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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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