This book gave me a serious case of nostalgia… I started reading Jonathan Kellerman from the very beginning, and this is his 34th book. So I have been reading his stories with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis all through my life.
Alex Delaware was a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis a gay detective in the 1980s where he had to face opposition and hate from all his colleagues. The author had courage to write stories with darker themes right from the very beginning, and a gay police detective was practically unknown in those times. Hence his books fascinated me.
And this book too had a murder mystery in the upstairs loo of a wedding reception, a converted bar. A woman in red was found garotted along with a cocktail of opioids injected into the base of the brain. And Milo and Alex get to what they do best… Pure investigation.
This could be read as a standalone and it was just as interesting. Jonathan Kellerman stuck to his trademark theme – the dark human psyche. Alex Delaware provided the psychological insight to Milo’s investigative deductions.
The thing that niggled me was that the book appeared a bit disjointed in the grand reveal as it didn’t go with the flow. I missed the pizzazz of the prose which used to be goose-bumpy.
Overall, a good book for hard-core Jonathan Kellerman fans!!
I received an ARC from NetGalley and publisher Random House, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart!!
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Jonathan Kellerman is the Number One New York Times bestselling author of more than forty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, True Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter.
When a horrified bridesmaid finds the body of a young woman at a wedding reception, it makes the bride and groom’s choice of a Saints and Sinners theme all the more macabre.
There are no means of identification and nobody knows the victim.
The bride is convinced someone is trying to sabotage her big day. The groom is sure it’s a dreadful mistake.
It’s up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to uncover the truth. They have a hundred guests to question, and a strong suspicion that the motive for murder is personal…
The party’s over – and the hunt for the killer is on.
Publication Date: 7th February 2019