The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman
Penguin Random House: 2/4/20
eBook review copy; 368 pages
Alex Delaware Series #35
The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman is a very highly recommended police procedural featuring psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware.
LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has a bizarre case and he calls in friend and psychologist
Dr. Alex Delaware to assist him in the investigation. On the grounds of a
deserted mansion in Bel Air four people are found murdered in a stretch
limousine. But these four people have been arranged and displayed in a
grotesque tableau that must mean something to the killer but is
difficult for investigators to comprehend what it means. They are at a
loss to explain the motive behind how the diverse group of people came
to be found murdered together and arranged at the scene. Alex and Milo
must use all their skills to uncover the truth, but the way to the
answers is full of twisty turns and blind alleys.
The complex story grabbed me from the start and I enjoyed following
all the trails and lines of questioning in the detailed investigation
immensely. The writing is excellent. At this point in his writing career
Kellerman is skilled enough to tell a complicated, interesting story
while keeping the plot moving along swiftly. The denouement was
unexpected and startling, but totally satisfying and fit right in with
This is a wonderful police procedural. The characters are all well
established at this point, but anyone new to the series could easily
jump in and read The Museum of Desire without enjoying any of the
previous Alex Delaware novels. Those who know the characters will
appreciate this latest case. I've gleaned a new favorite quote:
"I've already got a mood disorder."
"Personal variant of bipolar. Half the time I'm pissed off, the other I'm merely irritated."
My review copy was courtesy of Penguin Random House