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The Museum of Desire

(Alex Delaware #35)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  1,387 ratings  ·  220 reviews
Psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis struggle to make sense of a seemingly inexplicable massacre in this electrifying psychological thriller from the #1 New York Timesbestselling master of suspense.

LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them--the ones he calls "different"--he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr.
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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Ballantine Books
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Sharon Braxton That didn't happen in The Museum of Desire. It was in an earlier book but for the life of me I can't remember which one. Maybe The Wedding Guest or…moreThat didn't happen in The Museum of Desire. It was in an earlier book but for the life of me I can't remember which one. Maybe The Wedding Guest or possibly Night Moves. I'm not sure which one. Hope that helps.(less)

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Kaceey
Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5*
This is one of the longest running series in my reading arsenal. This being book #35 in the Alex Delaware series.

Though he may have gotten older, he certainly hasn’t grown fond of change. Alex remains firm in the same home on the outskirts of Los Angeles with his long-time girlfriend Robin. Come on, Alex…Put a ring on it already!
His best friend and confidant is LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis who continues to raid Alex’s fridge for any leftovers he can find!

The characters? I just adore them!
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PamG
1/21/2020 Update: It is now 2 weeks prior to publication and I can now post my review here.

THE MUSEUM OF DESIRE by Jonathan Kellerman is the 35th book in the Alex Delaware series. This is a favorite series of mine and this installment did not let me down.

Los Angeles Police Lieutenant and psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware team up again when four people are found dead and strangely displayed in car at a vacant mansion in Bel Air. Multiple causes of death and a lot of twists, turns and blind alleys
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Luvtoread
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful Detective Series!

Dr. Alex Delaware and lieutenant Milo Sturgis are a duo and a force not to be reckoned with in sunny Los Angeles, California. They are the best of friends as well as working together to solve the most unthinkable of crimes. Alex is currently in private practice as a psychiatrist working mostly with children and custody cases although he is always ready, willing and able to dive into any case where Milo may need his expertise. Milo is a hands on detective and refuses to
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Barbara
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it

3.5 stars

In this 35th book in the 'Alex Delaware' series, the psychologist helps his friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, investigate an odd set of murders. The book can be read as a standalone.

*****

Two days after a party at an uninhabited Bel Air mansion that's rented out for 'events', a cleaner makes his way up the drive to scrub down the property. The cleaner is surprised to see a white stretch Town Car parked near the house, and optimistically thinks there might be something to steal
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Diana
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

Full review now posted.

Museum of Desire is the 35th Alex Delaware novel by Jonathan Kellerman. I have read most of the series, and as usual, this one sucked me in from the beginning.

Forensic Psychologist Alex Delaware is once again is called to a horrific homicide scene by his best friend Lt. Milo Sturgis. Four victims with nothing in common from different walks of life. Alex and Milo are pushed to their limits trying to figure out who would commit such a horrific crime. They
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Dave
“Museum of Desire” is book 35 of the Alex Delaware series (although only the 2nd one for me), a police procedural series featuring a tag team of a psychologist (Delaware) and a homicide detective (Milo Sturgis). This one begins with a bang. An ex-con with a job cleaning houses after parties opens a limousine parked in the backyard (seemingly abandoned) and finds when he opens the car door practically a gateway to hell inside, a quartet of corpses, an odd selection of people, and what appears to ...more
Jim
The Museum of Desire is the 35th book in the long running Alex Delaware series. Alex is a child psychologist first introduced in When the Bough Breaks. In that story he meets homicide Detective Milo Sturgis and assists the police where the only witness is a seven year old girl. With that story, and some of the other earlier works, he was a refreshing protagonist. In the later stories his role appears to be hanger on. Milo calls Alex anytime there is a strange murder case. Which in L.A. is often. ...more
Sue
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
In Museum of Desire, the 35th of the Alex Delaware series, Jonathan Kellerman has written one of his signature novels of weird crime in Southern California. At the end of a weekend, Alex receives a call from Milo Sturgis, a homicide detective with the LAPD, who brings him in for consultation when a crime appears to have odd or abnormal components. Not that crime itself is normal, but we’re talking happenings that are strange even for crime. This crime occurred at an empty mansion used ...more
Bridgett
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
I've never read a bad Alex Delaware novel.

Jonathan Kellerman has always written wonderfully real, vaguely lovable, characters (Milo, anyone?). His plots are creative and tightly woven...not a plot hole to be found, and he's another author who isn't afraid to "go there." The Museum of Desire definitely delves into some serious depravity and gore.

Having said that, I do have a few critiques. After 35 books (and yes, I've read them all), I am finding myself a bit tired of reading about Robin
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Judy
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This is number 35 in the series, but for me it is the first Jonathan Kellerman book I have read as well as the first Alex Delaware story, so I have a lot of catching up to do. Alex Delaware is a brilliant psychologist and he is assisting Milo Sturgis, an LAPD detective (lieutenant actually), in a grisly murder investigation involving four victims. It's a very strange murder as the bodies are staged in a bizarre display in a limousine outside a deserted mansion. None of the victims seem ...more
Monnie
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so my request at NetGalley to read an advance copy of this book was approved. Big whoop. Now I'm finished. Another big whoop!

That first one, which was a literal shout-out that roused my husband from his recliner, came becauseI've been a fan of this series right from the start; I don't recall missing a single one, so of course I was excited. The second shout-out (prior to which I gave my long-suffering hubby a heads-up) came because, like the others, this one is very good. Main characters
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Christi M
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, thriller
The detective and psychologist duo of Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and Dr. Alex Delaware team up again to investigate a disturbing crime scene where the victims are unrelated and feel random and yet everyone knows they are not.

Thoughts:
The Museum of Desire starts off with an after-party house cleaner discovering the gruesome murders of four individuals in a car out front of the mansion he has been assigned to clean. The crime scene has a very distinctive manner about it so Dr. Alex Delaware is
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Morgan
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3-3/4*
Vintage J. Kellerman as Alex and Milo investigate a multi-homicide involving seemingly unrelated persons.
Same snappy dialogue driven narrative, but not without a bizarre murder scene to figure out.
There are several suspects (of course) and by the time the real perps are identified I had completely forgotten who they were.
All said and done this is much better than #34 “The Wedding Guest”, but even so the ending was a bit of a letdown for me.
However, this is #35 in this series and kudos to
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Jeff Dickison
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent Alex Delaware novel. I would rate it 4.5 stars if I could. Alex and Milo are involved in a murder investigation of 3 passengers and the driver of a limousine at an abandoned mansion. Well done, plenty of plot changes, and a group of unsavory bad guys. Highly recommended.
Sarah
3.5 stars. This is a series I've dipped in and out of, but haven't read in quite a few years. But it was good to be back with Alex and Milo! For anyone who still isn't familiar with this long running series, it's a pretty standard police procedural with the added element of Alex being a psychologist who consults for the LAPD, and any of them can be read as standalones.

I really enjoyed this one, which starts with the murder of four seemingly unconnected victims, staged in a gruesome scene in a
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Elaine
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Museum of Desire.

I've been a faithful reader of the Alex Delaware series for many years so I was excited when my request was approved.

I always look forward to reading about Alex and Milo's adventures and this next installment was another example of Mr. Kellerman's fine writing.

When Alex is called in to investigate Milo's next strange case involving four victims of differing backgrounds, the duo eventually discover a trail that leads back to revenge,
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Donna Davis
I’ve been reading the Alex Delaware mysteries since Kellerman wrote the first in the 1980s; The Museum of Desire is the 35th installment in a successful, long-running series. Thanks go to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine for the review copy; this book is for sale now.

Kellerman was a child psychologist before he became an author and he brings his knowledge of children and families when he creates characters and situations. This is a reliably strong mystery series and I always smile when
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Stacee
I think I’ve read every Alex Delaware book there is and it’s always exciting to settle into a new one.

Alex is a good character. He’s smart, but accessible; charming, but not smarmy; and loyal loyal loyal. He’s a genuinely good person and I always enjoy being in his head. Milo is a delight and it was fantastic seeing Robin and Blanche.

Plot wise, this was captivating. There are several moving pieces and as usual, it had me guessing that everyone was guilty. I reveled in the slow reveals and
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3 no 7
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
“The Museum of Desire” opens as a maintenance worker trudges uphill to clean up after a fancy event at a notorious LA party house. He finds something he will not be able to clean up, something utterly horrible. What follows is not the story of the crime but a story of the victims and the search for justice for them.

Dr. Alexander Delaware is a consultant who assists with difficult cases when needed. This case is not only difficult, but also downright strange. The victims are posed, almost like a
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Dez Nemec
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
"I get in because it's bad and strange."

I have read most of Kellerman's Dr. Alex Delaware series. I adore Milo, the gay overweight LT that brings Alex in on his weird cases. And this one is truly weird - 4 people murdered in a limo, sitting in a pool of blood that doesn't appear to be there own.

A stretch Lincoln Town Car is found behind a Beverly Hills party house, complete with dead chauffeur and 3 dead occupants. The chauffeur is exactly who he looks to be - the man that owns the car and runs
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Sue Em
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Kellerman's series featuring Alex Delaware and detective, Milo Sturgis, has been one of my favorites since the first book, through this one, the 35th. Always excellent thrillers, we have witnessed the maturing of the characters and the changing of societal norms through their eyes and stories. In this one, an inexplicable gruesome massacre staged in a limo on the grounds of a party house leads our protagonists from clue to clue in enjoyable fashion. At about the three quarter mark, the story ...more
OutlawPoet
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Museum of Desire is a solid entry in the Alex Delaware world.

Our favorite characters are back and in fine form and it was fun trying to figure out the who and why of everything.

I will say that the crime itself isn’t as interesting as one would hope. When you read the description of the crime, you imagine a gruesome and mysterious criminal and…its just not that.

Still, it was a fun read. It moved at a nice pace and I did enjoy the chase.

A solid read.

*ARC Provided via Net Galley
Chris Conley
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holy mackerel!! Jonathan Kellerman creates some of the most insanely perverted crimes ever written. Then he turns Milo and Alex loose on the mystery and they solve them. This one is no exception and an astonishing read!!
Anne
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and loved all of Kellerman's books and this one did not disappoint! Four bodies are found after a party, victims of a gruesome murder that's even more confounding as none of them apparently knew each other and they've been "posed" in an oddly graphic scenario. Of course Milo and Alex are all over it, interviewing friends, family, and anyone who can give them clues as to motive. So many red herrings, twists and turns...if you like Kellerman's novels you know what I mean! And you also ...more
Taryn
In this new book of the series Milo is called out in the early morning to a scene like he has never been a part of before. Four people have been murdered and staged inside a limo in the drive of an empty Bel Air mansion. The home is being used for parties while the divorcing owners decide what to do with the property. Milo isn't quite sure what to make of it all and calls in friend and psychologist Alex Delaware. Alex feels as if the whole thing has bee n staged for a reason but that reason is ...more
D.K. Hundt
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
‘Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them—the ones he calls “different”—he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. But neither Alex nor Milo are prepared for what they find on an early morning call to a deserted mansion in Bel Air. This one’s beyond different...’

One of my favorites parts about reading books in a series is watching the character development throughout each book, and I like the rapport between Dr. Alex Delaware and Detective
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Brad
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Museum of Desire is the 35th Alex Delaware from Jonathan Kellerman.

"Milo Sturgis only calls psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware for murder cases that are "different" And this may be one of the worst they've seen. Four people are found dead in a limo at a party house. It looks like they were posed. Everyone at the crime scene is horrified at what they see. During the investigation another couple disappears and then a suspect disappears...And Sturgis and Delaware are desperate to find a killer..."

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Sue Dix
I finished this book on my lunch hour, and I waited all day to review it in the hopes that it would grow on me, but, nope. I usually love Alex Delaware novels because I love the characters, and the story is usually a true psychological thriller, but this one was just plain boring. Gruesome, but boring. 3 stars is generous.
Mark
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've only missed a few of the 35 Dr. Delaware/Lt. Milo Sturgis series and have the luxury of filling in the wait for number 36 of these standard police procedurals that also have the added elements of Alex's consults for the LAPD...So, life is good!...In this one, four bodies are found in a limousine at a party venue...The victims of this gruesome murder are totally unrelated to each other and they've been "posed" in an oddly graphic scenario...A real poser for our duo...Of course our heroes win ...more
Leslie M.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
I've read many of the books in this series, and I have to say that this installment wasn't one of my favorites. I had a hard time staying engaged, as there were a number of lulls in the story line. It started out strong, but things started to fall apart midway through the book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
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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
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