REVIEW: GUILT, BY JONATHAN KELLERMAN

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Our story begins with Holly Ruche, a young pregnant wife who is rhapsodizing about her beautiful and recently acquired ninety-year old home, in Cheviot Hills in LA, and even though it will require some fixing up, she is very happy at the thought. The only thing that bothers her is how the previous owners did not properly cut down that tree, and there is a mess in the yard.

While digging in the garden, she discovers skeletal remains that appear to be an infant. At this point, the detectives are called in, and the initial findings suggest that the remains are at least 60 years old. This fact will complicate the investigation.

Before the detectives can pursue this case further, another infant’s body, a more recent one, is discovered in a nearby park. And a woman’s dead body is just across the park. Are these two events connected?

When Milo Sturgis and Alex Delaware begin their quest to solve the mysteries, their journey takes them along many unexpected trails that veer and twist, making you forget where you started. Oh, yes…what about the first body in Holly’s yard?

Soon on their radar are two somewhat reclusive megastars, Prema Moon and Donny Rader, and the very unusual life they share. It is easy to forget about the first infant…at least for a while.

The fun in taking the journey with Alex and Milo is also getting to join them as they ponder what to do next, while eating a large breakfast or lunch somewhere. Or watching Alex feed the koi in his backyard and then getting a glimpse of his girlfriend Robin while she works on the guitars she rebuilds. I can visualize the lovely home in Beverly Glen, which is off the beaten track and a little quirky.

But back to the quest. Prema’s unexpected cooperation leads Milo and Alex to some answers….and then, after a while, we learn more about the first infant.

As much as I enjoyed Guilt: An Alex Delaware Novel, the investigation itself was all over the map, so my enjoyment was centered on Alex and his life and thoughts. In the end, there were satisfactory conclusions, but I’m awarding 3.5 stars for this one.

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REVIEW: KILLER, BY JONATHAN KELLERMAN

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When Alex Delaware takes on what appears to be a fairly straightforward custody case, he has no idea how everything will rapidly change.

The case involves warring sisters. One, Connie Sykes, is a pathologist with plenty of money, but a cold personality, while her sister Cherie seems downtrodden and potentially a disastrous mother, but with a sweetness that bodes well for her.

Alex’s findings reveal Cherie’s nurturing style and she retains custody of her daughter.

Suddenly everything turns into a bizarre series of murders and missing persons. Did Alex make a mistake with Cherie? Could she have gone on a murder spree and then disappeared?

Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel is replete with the intriguing investigations that Alex and his buddy Milo Sturgis usually enjoy, leading them along a series of wrong pathways until they finally discover something completely unexpected.

I always enjoy how the author shows us Alex’s thought patterns, his daily routines, and his relationship with long-time lover Robin. Milo’s quirks are also there in full force. A delightful read that earned 4.5 stars.