Serpentine (Alex Delaware 36) by Jonathan Kellerman @Penguin Random House #Serpentine #NetGalley #NewRelease


Ellie Barker is a self-made millionaire by the age of forty, and is obsessed with reopening the coldest of cases: the decades-old death of the mother she never knew. She hires LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis to help.

Twenty-five years ago Ellie’s mother was found with a bullet in her head in a torched Cadillac that has overturned on infamously treacherous Mulholland Drive. No physical evidence, no witnesses, no apparent motive. And a slew of detectives have already worked the job and failed.

This is a case that calls for the insight of brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware. And as he and Sturgis begin digging, the mist begins to lift. There are too many coincidences. Facts turn out to be anything but. And as they soon discover, very real threats are lurking in the present…


Serpentine (Alex Delaware 36)


I have read one of this author’s books, co-written with his son but none of this series. I prefer to read a series from the start, but I didn’t have the time to read the thirty-five others before this one. Besides which, in real life, people are coming and going all the time, their starting point for me is from when I meet them, the same as these characters.

Ellie Barker took chances with her business, and it paid off making her a millionaire, but she can’t move forward with her life and feels compelled to find out who murdered her mom when she was just a young girl. She was brought up with her step-dad, but he had died not long ago. The murder had happened 36 years ago, so it was a cold case that she wanted re-opening. She hires the services of LAPD lieutenant Milo Sturgis to do some digging. There had been three P.I. investigators before him, but they had got nowhere.

Milo isn’t thrilled at taking on such an old case, but it isn’t long before he catches on to know that someone doesn’t want him digging too deep. Evidence is missing that makes him more determined to find out who is behind it all.

There are some interesting characters in the story, especially Milo and his sidekick Alex Delaware. It is a matter of solving this in small pieces before it all joined together. This story took on a whole new direction than I thought it would. The era is captured perfectly as the story is retold from the past, and what a brilliant, shocking and twisty tale it is. It made my blood run cold. A great finish.


Jonathan Kellerman

Jonathan Kellerman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than forty crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s TheaterBilly StraightThe Conspiracy ClubTwistedTrue Detectives, and The Murderer’s Daughter. With his wife, Faye Kellerman, he co-authored Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. With his son, Jesse Kellerman, he co-authored Crime SceneA Measure of DarknessThe Golem of Hollywood, and The Golem of Paris. He is also the author of two children’s books and numerous nonfiction works, including Savage Spawn: Reflections on Violent Children and With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony awards and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California and New Mexico

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