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In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller. Now in Kellerman's most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality -- an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller. Now in Kellerman's most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality -- an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime friend, homicide detective, Milo Sturgis. The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos -- a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp. This was one of Milo's first cases as a rookie homicide cop: a vicious killing that he failed to solve, because just as he and his training partner began to make headway, the department closed them down. Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo. But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget. Or so he thought. Now, two decades later, someone has chosen to stir up the past. As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy. The relentless investigation reaches deep into L.A.'s nerve-centers of power and wealth-past and present. While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets, they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic loss of a single life. A classic story of good and evil, sacrifice and sin, The Murder Book is a gripping page-turner that illuminates the darkest corridors of the human mind. It is a stunning tour de force.


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In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller. Now in Kellerman's most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality -- an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime In seventeen consecutive bestselling novels, Jonathan Kellerman has distinguished himself as the master of the psychological thriller. Now in Kellerman's most compelling and powerful novel yet, L.A. psychologist-detective Alex Delaware confronts a long-unsolved murder of unspeakable brutality -- an ice-cold case whose resolution threatens his survival, and that of longtime friend, homicide detective, Milo Sturgis. The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos -- a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp. This was one of Milo's first cases as a rookie homicide cop: a vicious killing that he failed to solve, because just as he and his training partner began to make headway, the department closed them down. Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo. But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget. Or so he thought. Now, two decades later, someone has chosen to stir up the past. As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy. The relentless investigation reaches deep into L.A.'s nerve-centers of power and wealth-past and present. While peeling back layer after layer of ugly secrets, they discover that the murder of one forgotten girl has chilling ramifications that extend far beyond the tragic loss of a single life. A classic story of good and evil, sacrifice and sin, The Murder Book is a gripping page-turner that illuminates the darkest corridors of the human mind. It is a stunning tour de force.

30 review for The Murder Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karl Marberger

    Another great volume! The series moves along at a snappy and satisfying pace. If haven’t yet enjoyed Kellerman’s Alex Delaware novels, now is a good time

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Dear Dr. Delaware, I get about 2 minutes into this and there's a sex scene already. I can't be doing with it! Solve your crimes and keep your bedroom shenanigans to yourself, please. I do not want to know how many times your girlfriend came. In any case, I have always suspected you as a "projection of the author, but awesome" character - you're just too good at everything, which apparently includes sex, and that makes me suspicious. Indeed, according to you, your only real flaw is the one belove Dear Dr. Delaware, I get about 2 minutes into this and there's a sex scene already. I can't be doing with it! Solve your crimes and keep your bedroom shenanigans to yourself, please. I do not want to know how many times your girlfriend came. In any case, I have always suspected you as a "projection of the author, but awesome" character - you're just too good at everything, which apparently includes sex, and that makes me suspicious. Indeed, according to you, your only real flaw is the one beloved of job applicants asked "What is your biggest weakness?" - "I expect too much of myself and push myself too hard". I had high hopes of a lack of further sex scenes when your girlfriend disappears on a music tour for several months. But the next thing I know, some girl is telling you the details of how she was sexually assaulted as a teenager, she brushes your arm or something on her way past, and you get a hard-on. For a psychologist, you're a really sensitive and empathising guy. Also, you know about as much about technology as George W. Bush: "I booted up the computer and downloaded Google". Having said that, this book does pose an enjoyable mystery and I particularly liked the sections that follow Milo without you on the scene (no offence, of course) - something of a novelty in your books. It seemed a bit heavy on the coincidences, even for the genre, but I guess I can overlook that.

  3. 4 out of 5

    RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The boom was okay. I am going to still read this author. I would recommend for someone new to this author to try another book in the series. I am not in order with this series. However, this author gives enough information where a person can follow through. I would give this book 3 stars. I still would recommend this series. I do like cold cases. This one was interesting and had some surprises. For me, I felt it was drawn out. Not everyone has the same tastes. I am happy that justice was done for The boom was okay. I am going to still read this author. I would recommend for someone new to this author to try another book in the series. I am not in order with this series. However, this author gives enough information where a person can follow through. I would give this book 3 stars. I still would recommend this series. I do like cold cases. This one was interesting and had some surprises. For me, I felt it was drawn out. Not everyone has the same tastes. I am happy that justice was done for this one character. Her death and her childhood were horrific. 🇺🇸🐾

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stunatra

    This is the first book of Kellerman's Delaware series that I haven't been able to finish, and I've read about a dozen of them. I don't know if the series is going downhill or if it's because I've read too many of them, but Kellerman just isn't doing it for me anymore. Whatever enjoyment I had for this series seems to be dwindling with each book--and I'm only halfway through it(reading in order), there's still another dozen or so books to trudge through, and I've heard that they just keep getting This is the first book of Kellerman's Delaware series that I haven't been able to finish, and I've read about a dozen of them. I don't know if the series is going downhill or if it's because I've read too many of them, but Kellerman just isn't doing it for me anymore. Whatever enjoyment I had for this series seems to be dwindling with each book--and I'm only halfway through it(reading in order), there's still another dozen or so books to trudge through, and I've heard that they just keep getting worse. The plots are too convoluted, there's way too many characters--you can never remember WHO is WHO and you just get frustrated. You get bogged down with details and you just lose track of the plot, you don't know what the hell is going on, you end up not caring. The entire book should have been told from Milo's point of view. Alex needs to go on a break for awhile. We don't care about his on-again, off-again relationship with Robin, it's just not interesting. Kellerman needs to write more books about Delaware's patients and write a story that takes place IN-THE-NOW. Enough of the cold case bullshit.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

    More time is spent on Dr Delaware's midlife crisis than it seems is warranted. The wordage spent on resolving Milo being a gay detective in this straight man's world somehow seemed apporpriate, however. This book seemed less riveting than the other Alex Delaware books I've read. The purpose almost seemed to be less about resolving the mystery and more about resolving the characters life issues. BUT, I guess when these characters have been around as much as these guys have, we need some time to f More time is spent on Dr Delaware's midlife crisis than it seems is warranted. The wordage spent on resolving Milo being a gay detective in this straight man's world somehow seemed apporpriate, however. This book seemed less riveting than the other Alex Delaware books I've read. The purpose almost seemed to be less about resolving the mystery and more about resolving the characters life issues. BUT, I guess when these characters have been around as much as these guys have, we need some time to focus on them as people, getting to know them better.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Whitney

    Oh my God. This book took me like 2 months to read because I never wanted to pick it up. For some reason I couldn't get into the characters or the story. I'm not sure why, it had an interesting plot but the further I got into the book the more I realized that I didn't even care how it ended. There were so many characters that it was difficult to keep them straight. I'd find myself saying, "Who the hell is that?" But then not caring enough to even flip back through and try to find out. This was t Oh my God. This book took me like 2 months to read because I never wanted to pick it up. For some reason I couldn't get into the characters or the story. I'm not sure why, it had an interesting plot but the further I got into the book the more I realized that I didn't even care how it ended. There were so many characters that it was difficult to keep them straight. I'd find myself saying, "Who the hell is that?" But then not caring enough to even flip back through and try to find out. This was the first book I've read from Kellerman. I don't know why I disliked it so much, it was probably the terrible ending with no sense of resolution. The high point of my reading came at the end when I realized that I could finally start a different book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bettina

    I stepped away from my long standing obsession with reading all of my James Patterson books to read this on a recommendation. I have to say that this was one of my least enjoyable books/authors in a very long time! While I did like the idea of the story line, I absolutely hated the style in which Jonathan Kellerman writes. If you like the idea of explicit details of every conceivable thing a person can describe, down to the strand number of and exact pixel color of the understitch of the thread I stepped away from my long standing obsession with reading all of my James Patterson books to read this on a recommendation. I have to say that this was one of my least enjoyable books/authors in a very long time! While I did like the idea of the story line, I absolutely hated the style in which Jonathan Kellerman writes. If you like the idea of explicit details of every conceivable thing a person can describe, down to the strand number of and exact pixel color of the understitch of the thread on the inside band of a cuff of a shirtsleeve hem, then THIS author will give you a mind numbing mind explosion of imagination for you! (I am THAT serious about this!) He left absolutely nothing to describe. It completely distracted from the story line for me and half way through the book I ended up skimming each page to get past descriptions to find where he picked up the story plot again. This hardcover book has 408 pages and I am guessing that about half of the pages were filled with descriptions of something, leaving the rest to the story. I will most likely never read another Kellerman book again. Back to James Patterson until I finish all his books that I own!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    I'm relatively new to Jonathan Kellerman, in fact this is only the second or third of his Alex Delaware novels that I have read. Looking through some of the reviews of this 16th instalment in the series, prior to reading it, this may well have been to my advantage. Unlike some of the other reviewers I was able to approach this with a relatively open mind, and I think I probably enjoyed the story more because of this. The story revolves around a historic unsolved case from the past of detective Mi I'm relatively new to Jonathan Kellerman, in fact this is only the second or third of his Alex Delaware novels that I have read. Looking through some of the reviews of this 16th instalment in the series, prior to reading it, this may well have been to my advantage. Unlike some of the other reviewers I was able to approach this with a relatively open mind, and I think I probably enjoyed the story more because of this. The story revolves around a historic unsolved case from the past of detective Milo Sturgis, one that is brought back into the light following the arrival of a 'Murder Book' at the home of Alex Delaware. The book is made up of a series of graphic crime scene photographs. All of historic cases, but arranged to highlight the one unsolved case; that of a young girl brutally tortured, murdered and arranged out in the open above LA. Through this story we finally get a bit of solid back story for Milo, fleshing out his character nicely and providing some insight into events from other novels in the series. In their attempts to discover exactly what had happened Milo and Alex uncover a conspiracy that reaches all the way through the LA political and corporate world. I really enjoyed the complicated storyline, drawing in so many different threads to form a coherent whole. The mystery itself was well written and very interesting. I did have a few issues though. Having the story unfold through dual narratives was a great idea. Milo and Alex each had something important to offer to the story, and to the reader's appreciation of the finer details. Unfortunately though there were times when following who's narrative I was reading was pretty difficult. I had to go back and double check a fair few times, being charitable I will admit that I was largely reading this quite late at night, but I don't usually struggle to follow narrative threads this much. Another thing that grated a little was the constant references to Milo's sexuality; I think we all get the point that Milo is a homosexual cop working in a prejudiced department, however it did feel as though this fact was brought up in practically every mention of him. I'd hope that the character could be more rounded than this would suggest. Surely there is more to the guy than his sexuality? There are moments where it seems as though we will get more, such as the flashback scenes at the start; but then these come to little. My final, and by far the biggest issue I have with the novel is how neatly everything falls into place, coupled with the lack of consequences for any of the major characters. To start with we have to initial murder, which has consequences for the people directly involved, but which could apparently be totally removed from the public (and private record). I appreciate that the crux of the story here is the conspiracy, but still it strikes me as a little unlikely that such a total whitewash would have ever been possible. Equally incredible is the fact that the total bloodbath that occurs as a climax to the story is able to be tidied up and dealt with without any involvement of any authorities. We are led to believe that numerous corpses have been quietly buried or left tied up in smouldering buildings, and yet neither Milo nor Alex need to discuss this with any form of police force? This strikes me as maybe stretching reality a little too far. To sum up this is a very enjoyable thriller with an entertaining crime story and some good character building, just don't expect too much from it because it does require some suspension of disbelief in order to hold together. However I'll certainly be looking out some more Delaware novels in the future.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jerry B

    Delaware in good form -- much about Milo makes great story! Most of the long-time Kellerman / Alex Delaware fan club readers were as disappointed as we were with his just prior book, "Flesh and Blood." To us, Delaware's character was mostly "out of character", replacing cerebral detecting with inane and inappropriate action that alienated both his domestic partner Robin and his forever police pal Milo. A reasonably interesting plot was about all that held it together. We worried as we started thi Delaware in good form -- much about Milo makes great story! Most of the long-time Kellerman / Alex Delaware fan club readers were as disappointed as we were with his just prior book, "Flesh and Blood." To us, Delaware's character was mostly "out of character", replacing cerebral detecting with inane and inappropriate action that alienated both his domestic partner Robin and his forever police pal Milo. A reasonably interesting plot was about all that held it together. We worried as we started this one that perhaps more of the same was in the offing. Hardly a fictional day passed between the end of the last story and the start of "Murder Book", with Alex trying desperately to repair things with Robin with a surprise trip to Paris. The bigger surprise came when she told him she was leaving for a new gig with a rock band to be their touring equipment manager for several months. Once before Robin went away and bad things happened. Then Alex receives a strange package - a "murder book" comprising several dozen photos of homicide scenes ostensibly from police files of troubling slayings spanning many years. Alex quickly turned it over to Milo, who recognized the final photos as those involving one of his first murder cases as a cop, one which was not only unsolved, but quite possibly the subject of a cover-up. From there the plot is off and running, with our heroes working long and hard to restore justice to several members of this 20-year old crime, victims and perpetrators both. The top notch story builds great suspense and delivers to both the fan and casual reader the pleaser Kellerman might just have needed to rekindle this series. Of particular appeal is that Milo is a really dominant figure in this story. Nearly a hundred pages are devoted to a soliloquy detailing his early days on the force and a rather lousy experience he had with his first partner. By the end, we know a great deal more about Milo than before; and like many readers have discovered, enjoyed hearing much of this tale from his perspective not just Delaware's. We're left hanging on Alex and Robin, so maybe the next book will resolve that. Just in case, one new female character has piqued Alex's "interest" some, so who knows. In short, we thought this may well be one of the very best to date out of Kellerman, and surely has helped restore our positive feelings about his writing. Highly recommend!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rajish Maharaj

    To be honest i did not enjoy it. Too much detail and it took way to long to get to the case and any break throughs. Majority of this book felt like alex and even milo wallowing in self pity for one reason or the other. The one book out of the few i read where milo starred a bit more and it left me disappointed. He still did not for me atleast seem like the brilliant detective he should be and alex was stubborn as ever making more breaks in the case than the detective. I did complete it after skimm To be honest i did not enjoy it. Too much detail and it took way to long to get to the case and any break throughs. Majority of this book felt like alex and even milo wallowing in self pity for one reason or the other. The one book out of the few i read where milo starred a bit more and it left me disappointed. He still did not for me atleast seem like the brilliant detective he should be and alex was stubborn as ever making more breaks in the case than the detective. I did complete it after skimmimg alot of pages which i might add casued me to miss a few of the characters intros into the story line. All in all it dragged on unecessarily long and i just could not get into this one dispite the high raiting.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Cyn

    Not one of Kellerman's better Delaware entries. Sometimes Alex Delaware seems so distant, remote, it's hard to get a handle on him. I never much cared for Robin anyway, so her departure (for now) is a welcome relief. I still love the interaction between Alex and Milo. The plot was a bit, oh, I dunno - over the top. But then, sometimes that's what goes on with a Delaware book; for some reason, however, the formula just didn't work as well this time around. A disappointment, especially since the p Not one of Kellerman's better Delaware entries. Sometimes Alex Delaware seems so distant, remote, it's hard to get a handle on him. I never much cared for Robin anyway, so her departure (for now) is a welcome relief. I still love the interaction between Alex and Milo. The plot was a bit, oh, I dunno - over the top. But then, sometimes that's what goes on with a Delaware book; for some reason, however, the formula just didn't work as well this time around. A disappointment, especially since the previous book was so well-done.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Eva

    One of my favourite Alex Delaware novels - Kellerman is the king of psychological thrillers (I'm looking forwarding to reading the entire series - in order - when I retire). In the meantime, I'm happy to recommend his clever writing peppered with action and humour to anyone willing to listen. One of my favourite Alex Delaware novels - Kellerman is the king of psychological thrillers (I'm looking forwarding to reading the entire series - in order - when I retire). In the meantime, I'm happy to recommend his clever writing peppered with action and humour to anyone willing to listen.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    He could have left out much of the problems with Robin and stuck to the mystery. I had to skip a lot of pages to get to the interesting parts.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    The Murder Book (Alex De;aware, #16) by Jonathan Kellerman. This was my first in this series. I've tried to get into another series by this author without success. The focus of this book I thought at the time appealed to me. I stayed with it til the end. Alex Delaware is a psychologist with a bff Detective Milo Sturgis. Their friendship worked well in this story. A trustworthy relationship that made the story all that more interesting. For that reason I will continue reading this series and hope f The Murder Book (Alex De;aware, #16) by Jonathan Kellerman. This was my first in this series. I've tried to get into another series by this author without success. The focus of this book I thought at the time appealed to me. I stayed with it til the end. Alex Delaware is a psychologist with a bff Detective Milo Sturgis. Their friendship worked well in this story. A trustworthy relationship that made the story all that more interesting. For that reason I will continue reading this series and hope for the best. The story itself was just not enough for me. It centers on a mysterious book of victims that have been murdered complete with photos. Where it came from is the mystery that Alex and Milo must unravel. I found Milo to be the action part of this book and easy to follow with Alex analyzing the clues leading up to the perpetrator just ok. Alex's sexual adventure I found inappropriate and usually when an author uses that in the story it's more about themselves than adding to the story. In fact it may be used when the author is going downhill in their series and becomes a bit desperate. Three stars only.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sridhar Babu

    Author.. JONATHAN KELLERMAN.. Characters.. Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis, Pierce Schwinn, Cossack brothers (George and Robert), Caroline Cossack aka Aimee Baker, Vence Coury , Brad Larner, Janie Ingalls, Willie Burns, Milenda Walters, John Broussard, and others.. Location.. Los Angels.. Genre.. Suspense .. PLOT.. Janie Ingalls brutal murder remains unsolved for nearly two decades (to till date). Years back when detective Milo (his first case as a rookie homicide cop) and his senior partner Pierce Schw Author.. JONATHAN KELLERMAN.. Characters.. Alex Delaware, Milo Sturgis, Pierce Schwinn, Cossack brothers (George and Robert), Caroline Cossack aka Aimee Baker, Vence Coury , Brad Larner, Janie Ingalls, Willie Burns, Milenda Walters, John Broussard, and others.. Location.. Los Angels.. Genre.. Suspense .. PLOT.. Janie Ingalls brutal murder remains unsolved for nearly two decades (to till date). Years back when detective Milo (his first case as a rookie homicide cop) and his senior partner Pierce Schwinn started investigation, they were transferred by Internal Affairs division of the LAPD for unknown reasons. Milo was transferred to West Los Angels section dealing with manpower allocation and his senior partner Pierce Schwinn was forced to take early retirement. A vicious killing of a teenage girl, Milo failed to solve haunts him ever since. Now two decades later, L.A.psychologist detective Alex Delaware receives a strange, anonymous package in the mail, containing the gruesome crime scene photos. Both Alex and detective Milo is terribly shaken by tortured , strangled and dumped image of Janie Ingalls, among the crime scene photos, a sad remainder of his unsolved homicide case two decades ago. Someone has deliberately chosen to stir up the past. Milo reopens the case and starts investigating the unsolved homicide case. Assisted by Alex both set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago. While investigating, Milo and Alex learns that the people associated with Janie and the homicide case, had died under mysterious circumstances. Milo's former senior partner and detective Pierce Schwinn died from accidental fall from the horse nearby his ranch house, victim Janie's dad Bowie, dead in a hit and run truck accident and Lester Poulsenn former LAPD detective, found murdered inside a burning house nearby Los Angels. Further investigations revels Caroline Cossack , younger sister of Cossack brothers, and Willie burns a black junkie, as the two prime witnesses who were present at the time of Janie's murder and their whereabouts unknown till date. With the help of Alex's friend psychiatrist Dr.Wilbert Harrison, Alex finds Willie Burns and Caroline Cossack (now living in a new name Aimee Baker) and discovers what happened two decades ago . Two decades ago, a group of white boys club named "King's men" consisting of rich stupid kids who preferred drinking, smoking dope and partying . Those boys were bad to the core, but they dressed well, and that made everyone happy. The members of the club were George and Robert Cossack, Brad Larner, Vance Coury, Nicholas Hansen and Luke Chapman, all rich kids from families that had higher connections in politics and in police department. Caroline Cossack was different from the rest of the family, she was less than a dog in the family and was treated like dirt by her brothers. The Cossack brothers took advantage of this, and did nasty things such as stealing money, peddling dope, setting fires, killing neighbor's dog and blaming everything on her. Willie Burns though a homeless junkie , felt sorry for Caroline and starts baby sitting and protecting her. At a party in big old empty house belonging to Cossack family, Vance Coury the older and senior member of the King's men club raped and murdered Janie and dumped the body near freeway ramp, assisted by other members. Willie Burns who sold dope to the boys of the King's men club happened to be there at the party. He was actually protecting Caroline, from Cossack brothers. Since Willie and Caroline witnessed the murder, they fled from the house started living at a different location with the help of Dr. Wilbert Harrison. In a face to face encounter, Alex kills Vance Coury and other members of the King's men club commits suicide. Milo was promoted as lieutenant detective by Chief John Broussard, the same officer who kicked him out of the case and transferred him to West Los Angels station. MY COMMENT... "confusing elements" in the book.. 1. Who sent the "Murder book" to Alex Delaware..?? Is it former detective Pierce Schwinn or Chief John Broussard ..? 2. The deaths of former detective Pierce Schwinn, Bowie Ingalls and detective Lester Poulsenn were accidental or murder..? 3. Who transferred Milo and Pierce from Ingalls homicide investigation? Is it by chief detective John Broussard or by some higher powers in the police department..? 4.How come the members of the "King's men club" commit suicide one by one, after Alex killed their senior member Vance Coury ?? With their healthy financial position, and political background, they could have very well defended their position in the court of Law in two decades old homicide case...why suicide??? 5. Is John Broussard, a good cop or rouge cop..? Who is he working for? Is he an errand boy to the money sharks or guardian angel in the Police department..? THE MURDER BOOK......With lotz of errors, logical flaws, and lack of cogency ..looks pretty ordinary.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Wonda

    2...Not even the ending could save this one for me...I love Milo and love this storyline with him, but I want this series to be about CHILD psychology...and am missing that piece...Also why so drawn-out???

  17. 4 out of 5

    David Highton

    A complex story triggered by a murder book sent in the post, which sends Milo and Alex on the trail of an unsolved murder of twenty years ago, an early case in Milo’s career. Alex is separated at least temporarily from his long term partner Robin, as she goes on a music tour.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    I read the Murder Book once before, a long time ago from the library. I enjoyed it then, same as now - I think I have a better understanding of the characters today, because I've read many more Alex Delaware books in the meantime. For me the level of intrigue and corruption was through the roof. The complexities of the plot were well crafted, and I was very captivated and highly curious to see how Milo Sturgis and Alex would get to the bottom of this. How can you go up against covers up within t I read the Murder Book once before, a long time ago from the library. I enjoyed it then, same as now - I think I have a better understanding of the characters today, because I've read many more Alex Delaware books in the meantime. For me the level of intrigue and corruption was through the roof. The complexities of the plot were well crafted, and I was very captivated and highly curious to see how Milo Sturgis and Alex would get to the bottom of this. How can you go up against covers up within the department and involvement of powerful people? I must say the end was a bit anti-climatic. The bad guys were punished in a sense, but I had hoped for more true justice - and still hope that more good news on that case will shared in the next installments. But like I said, this book had it all, the sympathetic victims, the colorful side-characters, the degenerate rich boys, mix that with a 20 year old cold case, the unorthodox investigation, the corruption, the political games; all that made it quite a satisfying read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    I liked this book more than some of its predecessors because it actually showed Dr. Alex Delaware vulnerable and not as smug and perfect as usual. We learned some back story about his childhood and got a quick summary of the previous book, which led to his mid-life crisis in this book. Alex's desire to solve a previous case has put his relationship with Robin at risk, and she accepts a gig on a music tour to get some space from him. Alex later receives a book anonymously in the mail with photos I liked this book more than some of its predecessors because it actually showed Dr. Alex Delaware vulnerable and not as smug and perfect as usual. We learned some back story about his childhood and got a quick summary of the previous book, which led to his mid-life crisis in this book. Alex's desire to solve a previous case has put his relationship with Robin at risk, and she accepts a gig on a music tour to get some space from him. Alex later receives a book anonymously in the mail with photos of murdered people, and while he doesn't recognize or have a connection to any of them, his cop best friend Milo does. The two work together to find out who sent it to Alex and why, and to finally solve a cold case of Milo's featured in the book. A complaint I have had for awhile with this series, is that the character of Alex never grows or ages. That there was a degree of change and growth in this book, makes me wish the author would address this more often in current books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Just finished the book and yes I did like it. Didn't like the way it ended that is why I gave it 4 stars. Alex got himself in a tight spot and I was seriously a little worried that he wouldn't get out of it. Would of liked the villains to get their just desserts. Maybe they did but not the way I would hope, not a one. Just finished the book and yes I did like it. Didn't like the way it ended that is why I gave it 4 stars. Alex got himself in a tight spot and I was seriously a little worried that he wouldn't get out of it. Would of liked the villains to get their just desserts. Maybe they did but not the way I would hope, not a one.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cybercrone

    Other than Alex acting like a spoiled 3 year old with his inamorata, Susan, it was a good book. In this series, they usually are.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bodosika Bodosika

    An interesting detective work!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kelly_Hunsaker_reads ...

    In Flesh and Blood Alex Delaware took a big departure from his normal style. He normally takes a very cerebral approach to detecting and I love that the books show his intelligence and his quiet, laid-back manner; that the books allow Alex to be the thinker. But in that book Alex seemed to put himself in intentionally rash predicaments. He chased suspects with no backup and without communicating with Milo. He flirted with and arranged a date with a woman to dig into her story. He risked his life In Flesh and Blood Alex Delaware took a big departure from his normal style. He normally takes a very cerebral approach to detecting and I love that the books show his intelligence and his quiet, laid-back manner; that the books allow Alex to be the thinker. But in that book Alex seemed to put himself in intentionally rash predicaments. He chased suspects with no backup and without communicating with Milo. He flirted with and arranged a date with a woman to dig into her story. He risked his life, the case and his relationship with Robin. But in this book Alex is more like himself, using his intelligence and knowledge to solve the crime. Unfortunately the relationship with Robin seems to have taken too big a hit. My favorite character in the series has always been Milo and this book deserves 5 stars for its story of the grumpy, disheveled and street-smart homicide detective. Nearly a third of the book is told through flashback and occurs in the earliest days of Milo's police career. I loved this part of the book most. The negative, for me, is the status of the Alex and Robin relationship. It appears that Mr Kellerman wanted to separate the two and found a way to do it in these two books. It is contrived and it results in a broken long-term relationship with no buy-in from the readers (or at least not from this one).

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    #16 in the Alex Delaware series. Alex Delaware, L.A. psychologist, and LAPD Lt Milo Sturgis investigate a 20 year old murder. Alex Delaware series - The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos--a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the im #16 in the Alex Delaware series. Alex Delaware, L.A. psychologist, and LAPD Lt Milo Sturgis investigate a 20 year old murder. Alex Delaware series - The nightmare begins when Alex receives a strange package in the mail with no return address. Inside is an ornate album filled with gruesome crime scene photos--a homicide scrapbook entitled The Murder Book. Alex can find no reason for anyone to send him this compendium of death, but when Milo views the book, he is immediately shaken by one of the images: a young woman, tortured, strangled, and dumped near a freeway ramp. This was one of Milo's first cases as a rookie homicide cop: a vicious killing that he failed to solve, because just as he and his training partner began to make headway, the department closed them down. Being forced to abandon the young victim tormented Milo. But his fears prevented him from pursuing the truth, and over the years he managed to forget. Or so he thought. Now, two decades later, someone has chosen to stir up the past. As Alex and Milo set out to uncover what really happened twenty years ago, their every move is followed and their lives are placed in jeopardy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Spelbring

    After reading others' reviews of this book, I'm inclined to agree that the author likes to describe everything in detail. It's described very well, but he does this with everything. From people, to buildings, to cars, to rooms to whatever's important in the current scene. I found it a bit distracting. It took me away from what was happening with the plot. The plot was pretty good. The murder mystery was told very well, I thought. The side plot was interesting, but didn't do much for the book its After reading others' reviews of this book, I'm inclined to agree that the author likes to describe everything in detail. It's described very well, but he does this with everything. From people, to buildings, to cars, to rooms to whatever's important in the current scene. I found it a bit distracting. It took me away from what was happening with the plot. The plot was pretty good. The murder mystery was told very well, I thought. The side plot was interesting, but didn't do much for the book itself. Some things I thought weren't explained all the well when it came time to resolve everything. I'm still not entirely sure how it ended? Or even if it was a good ending. It did end though, that much I'm sure of. This was a book that was left in the breakroom at work, it'll be going back there for someone else to read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    The Murder Book, a crime fiction, by Jonathan Kellerman, is set in Los Angeles in the 2000’s and is action packed, page-turning and fun to read. Recurring characters Doctor Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis appear in this 16th novel of the series. The action begins when the psychologist receives in the mail a mysterious book of death photos. He immediately calls his friend the policeman whom they have solved many mysteries together with, to the chagrin of his longtime lover Robin, because The Murder Book, a crime fiction, by Jonathan Kellerman, is set in Los Angeles in the 2000’s and is action packed, page-turning and fun to read. Recurring characters Doctor Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis appear in this 16th novel of the series. The action begins when the psychologist receives in the mail a mysterious book of death photos. He immediately calls his friend the policeman whom they have solved many mysteries together with, to the chagrin of his longtime lover Robin, because she suspects he is getting into some danger.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I read this book a couple of months ago but seemed to have skipped the review somehow. Anyway, I like the narrator a lot, he's the same one as the other Alex Delaware books, so no complaints there! But I wasn't as crazy about the content of this book. There was a lot of conspiracy cop stuff and I just don't really care for that type of book. I had read this series out of order though, so this book seemed to answer a lot of the questions I had from future books in the series I had read. I read this book a couple of months ago but seemed to have skipped the review somehow. Anyway, I like the narrator a lot, he's the same one as the other Alex Delaware books, so no complaints there! But I wasn't as crazy about the content of this book. There was a lot of conspiracy cop stuff and I just don't really care for that type of book. I had read this series out of order though, so this book seemed to answer a lot of the questions I had from future books in the series I had read.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Patricia

    This is my first reading of a book by Jonathan Kellerman... The reason why I only rated it 2 stars, at times it got very confusing. The book was about a 20 year old crime. So they would go back and forth between past and present, which is where it got confusing. Not only with the storyline but characters as well... It took me twice as long to read this book because I would have to read pages over again because of it. I think the plot was good but that's about it. This is my first reading of a book by Jonathan Kellerman... The reason why I only rated it 2 stars, at times it got very confusing. The book was about a 20 year old crime. So they would go back and forth between past and present, which is where it got confusing. Not only with the storyline but characters as well... It took me twice as long to read this book because I would have to read pages over again because of it. I think the plot was good but that's about it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

    This is the third book I've read by Jonathan Kellerman and I enjoyed most of it. Though I didn't give it a 5 star review because I found myself checking back to see who was who in the line of characters that was in the story. Still I will probably read another one of his books soon and will look forward to enjoying those as well! This is the third book I've read by Jonathan Kellerman and I enjoyed most of it. Though I didn't give it a 5 star review because I found myself checking back to see who was who in the line of characters that was in the story. Still I will probably read another one of his books soon and will look forward to enjoying those as well!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelly (the book hussy)

    This was my very first Jonathan Kelkerman book (read SO many years ago). This book made me an instant fan and I gobbled up every one of his books I could get my hands on after finishing this. He is a master at psychological thrillers/suspense. Better than Dean Koontz (whom I also like). Start at the beginning with the Alex Delaware series. You will not be disappointed. Promise!

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