[Reviews] Over the Edge

The third novel in the series mostly charms as Alex Delaware investigates his most interesting case up to that point.

[Reviews] Blood Test

An entertaining story overall, but it lacks the focus and consistency I expect from its author.

[Reviews] When the Bough Breaks

There's a lot to like here, along with a few parts that just plain hurt.


I had occasionally seen Jonathan Kellerman's books in stores, but the covers never really grabbed me and in the few instances when I picked one up anyway and read the back blurb, that didn't do much for me, either. He's a prolific writer, though, and has appeared regularly on bestseller lists for some time now. Some fellow mystery readers also recommended his work when I asked who I should be reading, so that was encouraging, too. I finally decided to give him a proper chance. The book I chose as a starting point--for no reason other than pure convenience--was "Killer: An Alex Delaware Novel."

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A Mind to Murder

"A Mind to Murder," the second novel from P.D. James, was written in 1963. That's more than 50 years ago, and the story the novel tells is one that would have had to be updated considerably in order to pass as a 2015 creation.

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The Night and the Music

I'm not particularly big on short stories, but there are times when I will make an exception. "The Night and the Music," a short story collection from Lawrence Block that features his Matthew Scudder character in each one, is one of those times.

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A Drop of the Hard Stuff

Reading through "A Drop of the Hard Stuff" in some respects proved difficult starting about 100 pages in, once it dawned on me that in many respects, this most recent of the Matthew Scudder novels features too many fan favorite elements all one convenient location for it to possibly be a coincidence. The novel is quite enjoyable, even if it's not quite a first-rate entry in the consistently excellent series, and I couldn't escape the notion that this is it: the last novel we'll ever see about one of New York's finest fictional sleuths.

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