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17 June 2015

2015 Book Review #19: MOTIVE

I just finished a mystery by an author I've enjoyed for several years.  It had been awhile since I had read one of his.  I like his "Alex Delaware Mystery series".

This one wasn't a fave but it was a good, fast-paced story.


Milo Sturgis is a homicide detective whose role is the LAPD police lieutenant for a large area of Los Angeles.  He often consults with his psychologist friend Alex Delaware.  Milo lives with his partner, Rick (a doctor) and Alex lives with his girlfriend Robin.  These 4 characters appear in each "Alex Delaware" novel.

In this particular story, Alex has been called to assist Milo in figuring out a very bizarre murder.  The victim is Ursula Corey who is a very successful and wealthy divorcee who has been gunned down, execution style, in the parking garage of her lawyer's building. The crime seems to be the result of revenge. The main suspects are her business partner/ex-husband and her divorce lawyer, who happens to also have been her secret lover.

But...as soon as Alex and Milo begin to put pieces together and figuring out just who the perpertrator is, a new clue comes to the surface.  And it is eerily connected to the murder of a woman named Katherine Hennepin who was young and stabbed repeatedly in her own home.  The only suspect in that murder was found to have had a very solid alibi so the case remains unsolved.

And now there appears to be a very bizarre tie to both murders:  food.....the perpetrator is leaving his signature in the way of food set up......only, in the case of Ursula, the food was found, not in the parking garage, but back at her home by her two teen-aged daughters!!

Now they are starting to suspect a serial killer is on the loose.  But just who is he?? and when yet another woman turns up dead, just how do these 3 women tie in to each other??


I liked the fast pace of the story and found my self having to stay up late to read "yet another chapter".  BUT...I didn't like the ending and I was disappointed in the way the murderer was figured out.  It just seemed too abrupt.  

I did like the description of the various settings and the character development. This author is very good at that!

I also liked how he wrapped up one character's storyline.....she had been missing so the reader assumes she has been murdered also.....I won't reveal though just how he had her re-appear.  It was very well done, and surprising.  I didn't like that he didn't bring in the teens again (Ursula's daughters). He only summarized what happened to them.  Again, I won't reveal it but it was unexciting and blah.

On a whole, the story was very good if you like the Alex Delaware mysteries.  But it definitely wasn't one of my favorite story-lines.

In my opinion, this book is appropriate for ages 17 and older. (due to mature content).

On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, I rate this a 7.

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