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THE MUSEUM OF DESIRE: Alex Delaware faces a gruesome case intersecting the art world

Happy Publication Day
to The Museum of Desire!

Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and his detective squad are assigned a case as strange as it is macabre: four victims, killed in different manners, arranged in a stretch limo behind a vacant mansion rented out for parties. Enlisting the help of consulting psychologist Alex Delaware, Milo investigates the victims and learns that they have nothing in common; even their social classes are different.

With pure evil the only seeming motive, they follow blind alleys—and are led down dead ends by uncooperative witnesses—until a crime so twisted with roots decades old reveals itself.

I always enjoy reading Jonathan Kellerman because he’s confident in his writing and plotting, making his books engage and entertain me. The Museum of Desire, the thirty-fifth book in the Alex Delaware series, is no different. One of the best things about the novel is the banter between Alex and Milo which is comfortable and witty. This book has a number of characters and misdirections which makes it stimulating but also requires concentration to keep track of the relationships.

This is, though, a male-heavy series. Alex’s partner, Robin, plays a key role in the mystery, but her primary function is supporting Delaware (rather unquestioningly). I also wish Milo wouldn’t call his detectives “kiddos.” It’s a small detail, and I know it’s done out of affection, but it reads as condescending to me.

I would recommend this book to Jonathan Kellerman fans as well as those who like Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter.

Thank you to NetGalley and Ballantine Books/Random House for providing and advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.

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