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Heartbreak Hotel

(Alex Delaware #32)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  11,853 ratings  ·  1,010 reviews
Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis investigate the death of Alex’s most mysterious patient to date in the sensational new thriller from the master of suspense, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman.

At nearly one hundred years old, Thalia Mars is a far cry from the patients that child psychologist Alex Delaware normally treats. But the charming, witty woman co
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Alex is The Romance Fox
This series started off really great for me............but I think that it's gone on far too long.........I mean, Heartbreak Hotel is #32 in Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware Series and I guess how much more can we get about Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis!!!

The plot is about a 100 year old - Ms Mars - who is killed after having a very short conversation with Alex. Lots of suspects. Horrible characters. Molls and Gangsters, Bugsy Malone, blah blah blah.

Hell, I miss the magic between Milo and Ale
James Thane
Thalia Mars is a couple weeks short of her one hundredth birthday, and so when she calls psychologist Alex Delaware and asks for an appointment, Delaware can hardly refuse. Delaware calls to see Thalia at the aging L.A. luxury hotel where she has been in residence for years. She knows that Alex specializes in child psychology and also knows that he often consults with the police, and the combination of these things is why she has called upon him. She doesn't want to be analyzed herself, she says ...more
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read all of the Alex Delaware stories and I am never disappointed. In this new book Alex has been called to the Adventura by a nearly 100 year old Thalia Mars for a consult even though he has explained to her he normally only treats children. The witty and charming Thalia talks him into a consult anyway. After meeting with her he is intrigued and agrees to return for a second meeting but when he arrives it first appears that she has passed away in her sleep but on closer examination she w ...more
Laurie Allin
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
I think this may have been my last Jonathan Kellerman book. At least from the Alex Delaware series. It's all just gotten too formulaic after 32 installments and this felt like a chore to read. It's always the same thing:

Go talk to a witness.
Milo wants to go eat.
Get a call to go see another witness.
Sit in LA traffic for hours.
Go back to the house/office look stuff up on the computer.
Milo is hungry.
Sit in LA traffic for hours
Talk to a witness.
Milo wants to go eat.
Spend hours Googling.
Robin say
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Ah, it's great to welcome an old friend to my Kindle again. Actually, make that two old friends; after all these years (and something like 30-plus books), I've come to know both child psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and Los Angeles Police Department detective Milo Sturgis pretty doggone well. Not nearly as well as they know each other, though; Alex is a fairly frequent consultant to the LAPD, mostly with cases Milo is honchoing - and they're now at the point at which meaningful conversation happe ...more
This is the 32nd book in the Alex Delaware series. According to GoodReads I have read most, but not all, of the books. Most of the books in the series that I have read are earlier books so I was looking forward to catching up with Alex and LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis. For those not familiar with the series Alex is Dr. Alex Delaware, child psychologist. He is also a consultant with the LAPD although he only appears to work with Milo. How a child psychologist became a consultant with the LAPD is n ...more
Linda Strong
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Alex Delaware receives a call from a woman who is just weeks away from turning 100. Since Alex is a child psychologist, he fails to see just why she wants to see him. Somehow she charms him into agreeing to see her at the hotel where she lives.

Thalia Mars lives in a cottage, of sorts, and has been there many many years. What she wants is for Alex to answer some rather disquieting questions .. but she doesn't really go into details. She promises those details when she next sees Alex .. the next d
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of Kellerman's Alex Delaware series in some time...the story, the characters and how everything played out. There is the same basic relationship in place between the characters, Alex and Milo, but the situation is somewhat different and drew me in. I have actually given up on a few series that are on the thriller side of mysteries...too much violence (sometimes it seemed for its own sake), some misogyny, just general over the top and unnecessary unpleasantness that I don't ca ...more
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-detective
A marked departure from recent books in this long-running series, Dr. Alex Delaware is asked to visit with an almost 100-year old woman, who lives in a bungalow at the aging Aventura Hotel. After an initial consult, she dies and a vigilant EMT suspects foul play: enter LAPD detective Milo Sturgis and Dr. D. Everyone seems to have loved her, and her caring eccentricity. Alex and Milo dig into her past, wondering how a retired county employee can afford such luxury. Meanwhile, the hotel is barely ...more
Apr 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
No muss, no fuss, just old fashioned Jonathan Kellerman at his best! Such a pleasure to enjoy Milo and Alex in this straightforward crime mystery, with Hollywood bling and pizzazz and Dr. Delaware's psychological profiling. Best one in a long time- uncluttered, great historical back story and super connections in the present day story. Kellerman hasn't lost his touch. I really enjoyed this.
ARC for review - expected publication date February 14, 2017.

Not the greatest entry in this long-running series. Thalia Mars, nearly one hundred years old, consults Dr. Alex Delaware, but doesn't really get to the meat of the matter before she is killed at the seen-better-days hotel where she lives. We start to find out whodunit about a third of the way through the book (though the final reveal is saved for the end, the reader won't really care) and the only saving grace in this one is the char
Laura Beth
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2017-read
The great who-done-it for Milo and Alex. Nearly 100 year old Ms. Mars is killed and our doctor and detective are out to find out who killed her and why. Too many suspects and no motive lead to a search that makes a great book.
Donna Lewis
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoy Kellerman's books because they are never trite. The psychological and criminology are tightly linked through the two main characters: Alex Delaware and detective. Milo Sturgis. Lots of twists and turns and a satisfying ending.
Craig Monson
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve read several of the earlier Alex Delaware mysteries, though certainly not all 30+. I pretty much knew what to expect in this case and that’s what I got: a sufficiently diverting read to keep my eye off the clock as I did my 50 minutes a day on the elliptical machine. I did wonder if, after so many books, Kellerman figures he and we are already familiar enough with Milo, Robin, and (of course) Blanche, the bulldog with personality. The latter two put in the briefest of pretty pale appearance ...more
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Child psychologist Alex Delaware receives a call from Thalia Mars who is 3 weeks away from her 100th birthday. After Alex explains he treats children, Thalia entices him to come meet her in the old Ventura hotel where she has rented a bungalow since the 50s. She asks him a few ambiguous questions but tires easily and promises to tell him why she is asking when she meets with him again the next day. As Alex pulls up to meet with her the next day, he instead meets the police because Thalia was kil ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been a fan of Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis for a long time. This book does not disappoint and the duo worked together to solve this mystery. Alex received a call asking for a home visit. He goes and meets Thalia, a senior lady nearing her 100 years. Thalia wants to ask him about the criminality of an individual. Alex next visit he finds her dead. The death is filed suspicious and Milo is in charge. Thalia is wealthy and she is a loner. She has no relatives or friends. Her will leaves he ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis are back on form, albeit a little out of Alex's normal purview.

Thalia Mars, an old lady universally liked (or so it appears), calls Alex for a consultation, but is murdered before they can meet a second time. As they start to dig, it becomes apparent that things aren't quite as they seemed, yet each lead seems to bring nothing but more questions, some of them decades in the making.

There are always surprises, nothing is straightforward, and yet everything fits toge
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a well written, great mystery book, This is the first book read by the author and I am loving it. This book was about Alex (the child psychologist) and Milo (the homicide detective) who are investigating the murder of 99 year old Thalia Mars. Who would want to murder Thalia Mars? Clues lead all over the map, but it is Alex and Milo is put to the test to find the answers. My only reservation is that I did not have background information on the characters but I read this book as a standal ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very run-of-the-mill Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis mystery...that being said you get the expected solid Kellerman writing, as well as his observations of human behavior & the environs of LA...Alex & Milo are drawn into the murder investigation of a, soon-to-be centenarian, who, as it turns out is the moll of a notorious early LA gangster...just good solid reading! ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great installment! A quick read (or was it really that good), but recommended.
Donna Davis
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers
This is #32 in the Alex Delaware series, and Kellerman’s writing just seems to get better with every entry. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine for the DRC, which I received free in exchange for this honest review.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Alex Delaware is a semi-retired child psychologist who’s also an adrenaline junkie. His nest is already well padded, his wife still happy in her career, and so he spends most of his time assisting his best friend, an LA homicide det
Tom Lytes
May 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I have an affinity for mysteries and suspense books that occur in hotels, somehow work in the history of a hotel and otherwise deal with hotel properties. I feel like hotels capture our aspirations and dreams regarding experience - historical ones bridge that gap between what we wanted and what we want. But only for a night or two.

You can imagine my excitement to read this 32nd Alex Delaware thriller set in an old CA beach hotel! Kellerman did a wonderful job setting up the hotel to
Robin Mandell
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I knew this was going to be a light read. After thirty some-odd books this series is down to a formula - charming elderly characters, winding investigations usually needing a trip or two to the archives, and a gun or knife confrontation. I picked this newest book up exactly for that predictability. I got what I came for, and I liked it for that. But, after finishing this morning, I feel strangely let down - not by the author or the book; they both delivered what they promised. I feel the way I f ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really a bit different subject matter and I liked it. I want to believe that one meeting would make such an impression on someone that they would look twice to see what happened...
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You might think by entry #32, I might be getting sick of Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, but I'm not! I liked the focus of this one on the mysterious past of an almost-100-year-old client and the root of her death. Very entertaining with the usual line-up, except Milo and Alex's significant others take a backseat in this one. Again, excellent reading of the audiobook by Jon Rubinstein. For me, he is THE voice of Alex Delaware. I bought the first few paperbacks in this series as I started them a ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as part of a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to BDReads and Goodreads for this opportunity. I am a huge fan of this ongoing series with Dr. Delaware and LT Sturgis and this book doesn't disappoint! All the familiar characters are still there (Robin, the other detectives, etc.) and I love how this mystery just drew me in right from the beginning and keep the pace going right to the end. I literally couldn't put this one down and I can't wait for the next book!
Chris Conley
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have followed Alex Delaware from the first book. In my opinion, this is one of the very best yet. The way Alex and Milo's minds work in concert is wonderful. The solution to this puzzle is fascinating to watch unfold.
Sue Em
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Alex Delaware and friend, police detective Milo, team up for another murder investigation. While the case doesn't involve children this time, it is still an excellent story and told with a reliable deft hand. Kellerman is a master storyteller.
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best Alex Delaware mysteries in recent years.
ARC received courtesy of First Reads Giveaway

This is the first "Alex Delaware" novel that I've ever read. I don't know if that's why I found it so hard to get into and stay into or not. I just couldn't drum up real interest in the characters. The entire backstory of the novel happened in the 1950's. I found it hard to follow the explanations of who from back then was related to someone from the present time.

The story began with Alex taking a call from Thalia Mars asking him to make
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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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