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The Museum of Desire

(Alex Delaware #35)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  8,686 ratings  ·  863 reviews
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - 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 Times bestselling 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 o
Hardcover, 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 po…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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Jan 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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!
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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 ma

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 inside....o
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
With each Alex Delaware story I ask myself why bother? It's the definition of insanity that I continue to try to find a read worthwhile. This is absolutely my last attempt...until the next time. 0 of 10 stars ...more
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 investigat
“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
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
Erin Clemence
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

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Four bodies are discovered in a limo, after a party held at a ritzy Beverly Hills estate. The victims are seemingly unrelated to each other, and have all been killed in a different way. At first glance, the only similarity is that the victims were all in the same place at the same time.When Lieutenant Milo Sturgis
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 stand
So I just arrived with suitcase in hand peering into the window of Jonathan Kellerman's Alex Delaware #35. Nose pressed against the glass. Think I'm going to have to backtrack a few to get to the original flavor of this series.

Right off the bat, Kellerman rolls out an eye-poppin' creepy crime scene.....heavy on the creep. There sits a limo parked in front of a rental luxury home on the better side of LA. Inside are four dead bodies posed in a scene from inside the killer's mind. Three males and
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 occasional ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-detective
An ex-con, with a job cleaning houses after parties, opens a limousine parked in the backyard of a Bel Air to find a nasty surprise: a dead chauffeur and three bodies, awash in buckets of blood, posed oddly and each killed in a different manner. Milo Sturgis and his team are called to the scene, and Milo asks his psychologist buddy Alex Delaware for help. Pulling at all of the threads, the team works to find the killer and the reasons for the murders. Strangely enough, it's Alex's longtime girlf ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 connected ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 D
Lance Kirby
It’s been quite awhile since I read a Alex Delaware novel and found this one a bit of a grind to read but fans of Alex and Milo should enjoy it and that’s why I give it 3 Stars at best
Lorraine Southern
Excellent!!! Mr Kellerman on top form!!
Jeff Dickison
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
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.
Christi M
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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 brough
Surprisingly, I wasn't taken by this plot. Everything about it rather horrified me and, unlike the other Delaware books, there wasn't a counterbalance of good, nor was there the usual wit I like so much. Nope, there was no silver lining in sight; only a very dark tale of rich, sickeningly twisted, Nazi art-lovers, who leave Alex, Milo and his detectives rather speechless with their crime. Hence the gloomy mood to this book.
Like I said, on the whole, I couldn't muster enthusiasm for this book and
Chris Conley
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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!!
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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 t
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 reveng
Leslie M.
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.
Sue Dix
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
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.
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 Al
Dez Nemec
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, mystery
"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
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 l
Joy Perry
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ok. Let me preface this by saying that I have long considered this author one of my faves. That being said, this book was not one of my faves. It started out fast but quickly became very slow paced. The plot moved very slow and this just was not the action packed, Heart-pounding thriller that i have come to expect from Mr. Kellerman. The author did not give enough background info on the characters and the ending was just blah.
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Deviant, sophisticated, and gripping!

In this latest novel by Kellerman, The Museum of Desire, we head back to Beverly Hills where LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and his sidekick psychologist Alex Delaware find themselves on a gruesome case involving an empty mansion, a fancy limousine, and four brutally slain bodies who seem to have no connection to each other whatsoever.

The writing is meticulous and absorbing. The characters are multilayered, persistent, and intuitive. And the plot, including all
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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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