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30 October 2013

2013 Book Review #32: Guilt

This book is written by an author I really enjoy.  I only read his "Alex Delaware" series which seem to come out about once a year.  I like that his novels are action packed, are page-turners....you just have to keep reading to find out what happens!...and that they are easy with not always predictable endings.


In an upscale L.A. neighborhood, the skeleton of a newborn baby is found.....years old........in a pregnant woman's backyard!

That same week, another skeleton is found.....another baby....along with the body of a young woman!  Are these related? How can a woman, who has been shot in the head, and an infant, be related to the 60 plus years old skeleton? 

Milo Sturgis, LAPD homicide detective, and his buddy Alex Delaware (PhD)a psychologist, join forces to uncover this mystery.  But the good doctor's experiences with things that are clinical AND criminal might not be enough to crack this case open......will they find out the truth?

They have to backtrack six decades into the past where tales are stirred up of a pretty nurse with a mystery lover, a good looking, rich doctor who seems too good to be true, and a hospital with a notorious reputation.  And of course these people are long gone....and gone are the records of the newborn.  The case all of sudden becomes entwined with the murdered woman found in the park, along with that other baby.  This brings Milo and Alex to the very wealthy and famous celebrities that reside in Beverly Hills.  Little do they imagine what macabre events are going to pop up  How is a former, gorgeous actress and mother of 4 children involved in this mystery?  and just what did happen with those babies??


This book sounded grislier than it really was.....there was actually a lot of humor in this story...there often is in the verbal exchanges between Detective Milo and his psychologist friend, Alex and Alex's girlfriend, Robin.  I liked the humor the author used about Hollywood and celebrities....they were well described!

I like how the 2 mysteries seem to be tied together and what you learn at the very end.....I did think though that the plot got a little bogged down in parts  in the mid-section, although it moved quickly towards some interesting developments.  If you like the Alex Delaware novels, this is another good one although some of the past stories have been more interesting to me.

I love how he continues to tie in Alex's longtime, live-in girlfriend and their shared lives......and I love that Milo and Alex's friendship have remained strong through all these years.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 16 and older.

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this an 8.

1 comment:

Susanne said...

It did sound grisly from the description but not from your review. I see you are reading The Midwife of Hope River. I really liked that one.