The Wedding Guest (Alex Delaware, #34)
The electrifying new Alex Delaware thriller from global bestseller Jonathan Kellerman. First comes love...then comes murder.In the middle of a 'Saints and Sinners' themed wedding, a bridesmaid finds a young woman's corpse collapsed in the bathroom. None of the wedding guests claim to know the well-dressed victim but psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis aren't so convinced.

The Wedding Guest (Alex Delaware, #34) Details

TitleThe Wedding Guest (Alex Delaware, #34)
Author
ReleaseFeb 7th, 2019
PublisherCentury
ISBN-139781780899022
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Crime

The Wedding Guest (Alex Delaware, #34) Review

  • Kaceey
    January 1, 1970
    It’s your wedding day and everyone is dressed to impress! The sky’s the limit. Even going so far as renting a swanky old burlesque bar for the high-end reception. Dress code for the evening? Dress hot!It’s all booze and big laughs until a girl is found dead in a hidden-away staff bathroom. One thing’s for certain…she certainly had the dress requirements. Hot little red dress complimented by spiked six inch heels.But who is she? No one claims to know her. Not the brides’ side nor the grooms. Who It’s your wedding day and everyone is dressed to impress! The sky’s the limit. Even going so far as renting a swanky old burlesque bar for the high-end reception. Dress code for the evening? Dress hot!It’s all booze and big laughs until a girl is found dead in a hidden-away staff bathroom. One thing’s for certain…she certainly had the dress requirements. Hot little red dress complimented by spiked six inch heels.But who is she? No one claims to know her. Not the brides’ side nor the grooms. Who was this wedding crasher? And more bothersome…how did she end up dead?Well here I go again down memory lane revisiting what could be my longest running series! This book is #34 in the series! Can you believe it? But not to worry or turn your back on it. You can easily pick this one up and read it on its own. The main characters remain as steady as ever. Alex Delaware is a child psychologist who also moonlights as a consultant to the Los Angeles police department. His long-time girlfriend Robin and their French bulldog Blanche also make their appearances.And of course, we can’t forget about Detective Milo Sturgis. Yup…still making waves wherever he goes. But I’m getting the feeling he’s growing on those around him...maybe?If you are a fan of the series don’t miss out!Thank you to NetGalley, Random House Publishing - Ballentine and Jonathan Kellerman for an ARC to read and review.
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  • Luffy
    January 1, 1970
    I chose this book on a whim, and I realised that either the previous 33 prequels were more of the same investigative fare, or the writer was a heck of a zeitgeist. Here was a case with murder that is a conundrum, but there was far less ritualistic nonsense than books by more popular authors.It was a pleasure to watch the cops following the threadbare thread and making painstaking progress. The guys on the side of the angels followed the evidence wherever it chanced to lead them.Altogether I was I chose this book on a whim, and I realised that either the previous 33 prequels were more of the same investigative fare, or the writer was a heck of a zeitgeist. Here was a case with murder that is a conundrum, but there was far less ritualistic nonsense than books by more popular authors.It was a pleasure to watch the cops following the threadbare thread and making painstaking progress. The guys on the side of the angels followed the evidence wherever it chanced to lead them.Altogether I was very pleasantly surprised. Literally speaking, I think Jonathan Kellerman could run rings around other authors. Kellerman not only pulled the rug from under you but also give you a better view from your point of vantage. Highly recommended.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    In this 34th book in the 'Alex Delaware' series, LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware investigate the murder of a wedding guest. The book can be read as a standalone.*****When Brears Rapfogel and Garrett Burdett send out invitations to their wedding reception, which is being held at a repurposed former strip club called The Aura, the theme is Saints and Sinners - and guests are informed that "Everyone needs to be hot!" Unfortunately one "hot" young woman, a brunette bea In this 34th book in the 'Alex Delaware' series, LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis and psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware investigate the murder of a wedding guest. The book can be read as a standalone.*****When Brears Rapfogel and Garrett Burdett send out invitations to their wedding reception, which is being held at a repurposed former strip club called The Aura, the theme is Saints and Sinners - and guests are informed that "Everyone needs to be hot!" Unfortunately one "hot" young woman, a brunette beauty dressed in bright red, ends up dead....garroted in a skanky bathroom on The Aura's second floor. LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis catches the case and recruits his friend Dr. Alex Delaware - a psychologist who consults for the LAPD - to help investigate.Milo and Alex soon learn that nobody at the reception seems able to identify the victim, who appears to be a party crasher. Brears and Garrett say they don't know the woman and Brears's parents, Corinne and Dennis Rapfogel contend that: 'This was something bizarre that has nothing to do with us.' Throwing shade on Garrett's family, Corinne opines: 'If it's anything personal, it has to be from their side. They live out in the sticks.....probably rubes like that movie Deliverance.'For his part, Garrett's dad - a large animal veterinarian - claims that his family has never seen the victim and says, 'I'd expect her to be one of Brears's friends.....You know. The age, the red dress....a pretty L.A. girl.' Moreover, Garrett's dowdy pretentious sister Amanda - a college student who 'curated her own major' of cultural anthropology, economic history, and communications - is actually hostile to the investigators. When questioned, Amanda states: "Your role offends me...Your presence means the world doesn't have its act together. By now, we should be more than rampaging baboons." Because of their natural suspicions, Milo and Alex decide to look closely at both families, thinking the victim may have invaded the party to ruin the day for one of them. The investigators spend a good part of the book trying to identify the dead girl, who turns out to be a 'dancer' who worked at The Aura when it was a strip club. The young woman is described as a quiet girl who just swayed and forth on stage or listlessly pressed herself against the stripper pole....and sometimes said she was a student. Still, this doesn't elucidate the reason for the brunette's death. Milo and Alex must traverse a twisty path through strip clubs - as well as more unlikely locales - before they finally solve the case. Since this is a mystery, that's all I can say without spoilers.On the personal side, Alex spends some time with his longtime girlfriend Robin - who makes and repairs fine musical instruments - and his French bulldog Blanche. As for Milo, he eats gargantuan meals (as usual) and occasionally mentions his life partner Dr. Rick Silverman. In flashbacks, we see some of Milo's travails as a gay detective with the LAPD, which might have gotten him fired if he wasn't a first-rate 'closer.' Luckily, times have changed and Milo is (mostly) accepted now.Though I liked the novel, which is largely a police procedural, a couple of things bother me. The newlyweds treacly sweet, lovey-dovey behavior (after the murder) seems overdone and phony because - before the wedding - the ostentatious, spoiled bride had serious doubts about marrying nerdy Garrett. Furthermore, I felt cheated by the book's ending, which seems to come out of the blue. Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable mystery, recommended to fans of the genre.Thanks to Netgalley, the author (Jonathan Kellerman) and the publisher (Ballantine Books) for a copy of the book.You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....
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  • Tim
    January 1, 1970
    This story makes so little sense that it's hard to understand its purpose. 1 of 10 stars
  • Diana
    January 1, 1970
    Full review postedChild Psychologist Alex Delaware and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis are crime solving once again. They are called to a homicide at a wedding with no witnesses, few clues, no suspects, not even the identity of the victim. Alex and Milo use their brilliant minds to track down every difficult lead and suspect they can find. Even when I thought I knew who dunnit, there is another twist, proving my suspicions wrong. I have been reading Alex Delaware novels for years, and it almost feel lik Full review postedChild Psychologist Alex Delaware and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis are crime solving once again. They are called to a homicide at a wedding with no witnesses, few clues, no suspects, not even the identity of the victim. Alex and Milo use their brilliant minds to track down every difficult lead and suspect they can find. Even when I thought I knew who dunnit, there is another twist, proving my suspicions wrong. I have been reading Alex Delaware novels for years, and it almost feel like coming home. Yes, it can be repetitive with the in depth descriptions of meals, clothing, and of course, the lovely LA traffic, but I really never lost interest. I did find the beginning a little confusing with all the names being discussed, but I settled down and was able to follow along. The last 20%, I could not put my kindle down, everything was happening so fast, I didn’t want to miss a thing. If you are up to a complex mystery, this is definitely the right story for you. I should mention that if you skipped a few books, you will not be lost at all. I haven’t read the last few, and I was just fine. I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review
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  • Brenda
    January 1, 1970
    The young woman in the red dress had been brutally murdered; her discovery by one of the bridesmaids a shock. The upstairs bathroom where she was found was well away from the wedding reception being held downstairs and on asking, none of the guests recognized the young woman in the photo. Detective Milo Sturgis was immediately on the case along with his sidekick, psychologist Dr Alex Delaware – their most pressing concern to identify the victim. But with no identification, no recognition and not The young woman in the red dress had been brutally murdered; her discovery by one of the bridesmaids a shock. The upstairs bathroom where she was found was well away from the wedding reception being held downstairs and on asking, none of the guests recognized the young woman in the photo. Detective Milo Sturgis was immediately on the case along with his sidekick, psychologist Dr Alex Delaware – their most pressing concern to identify the victim. But with no identification, no recognition and nothing to point the police to, it was an uphill battle. The bride and groom were shattered, as were both sets of parents. It was going to be a long process. Could Milo and Alex discover who she was; who had murdered her and why?The Wedding Guest is the 34th in the Alex Delaware series by Jonathan Kellerman, and I quite enjoyed it. The usual banter between the two main characters made me smile – wry and sarcastic wit which Milo does so well. The dogged determination of Milo to reach the needed conclusion is legendary; his case solve-rates high. Another great addition to an enjoyable series. Recommended.With thanks to NetGalley and Random House UK for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Anovelqueen
    January 1, 1970
    Another hit from Jonathan Kellerman.A young woman is found dead at a wedding reception. No one at the wedding knows who she is or why she is there. Detective Milo Sturgis calls in child psychologist and police consultant Alex Delaware to assist with solving the case.This book is a textbook police procedural and takes you through every aspect of a murder investigation. Full of well-developed characters and rich dialogue building to a surprise ending.This is the 34th book in the series but can be Another hit from Jonathan Kellerman.A young woman is found dead at a wedding reception. No one at the wedding knows who she is or why she is there. Detective Milo Sturgis calls in child psychologist and police consultant Alex Delaware to assist with solving the case.This book is a textbook police procedural and takes you through every aspect of a murder investigation. Full of well-developed characters and rich dialogue building to a surprise ending.This is the 34th book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. I encourage you to read more from this series. Highly recommend.
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  • D.M.
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t often read murder mystery but I really liked the title and the synopsis intrigued me. The wedding guest is a mystery. Nobody seems to know her. Our victim is found by one of the bridesmaids looking for the little girl's room.The victim is a young Female, who is unknown to the wedding party. Her cause of death is strangulation. The murder weapon was a thin wire of sorts. But who would want murder on a white wedding day? Everyone is a suspect. Someone must know something. The detectives ha I don’t often read murder mystery but I really liked the title and the synopsis intrigued me. The wedding guest is a mystery. Nobody seems to know her. Our victim is found by one of the bridesmaids looking for the little girl's room.The victim is a young Female, who is unknown to the wedding party. Her cause of death is strangulation. The murder weapon was a thin wire of sorts. But who would want murder on a white wedding day? Everyone is a suspect. Someone must know something. The detectives have to work the case with very little to go on. This is the first book I’ve read in the Alex Delaware series. It can easily be read as a stand-alone. Unfortunately, the story wasn’t for me. I found the pace a little slow.2 stars out of 5. Sorry. *I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I truly hope this book finds the audience it needs. It just isn’t me.
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  • Lou
    January 1, 1970
    The Wedding Guest is the thirty-forth novel to feature Dr Alex Delaware, criminal psychologist/criminologist and long-time LAPD consultant and also features Lieutenant Milo Sturgis. Whilst I enjoyed reading it, it certainly wasn't Kellerman's best to date. As always the part I find most interesting is the criminal profiling and Dr Alex's probing into a suspect or perpetrators mind, including their possible motives. Each book in the series can be read as standalones and work perfectly well as suc The Wedding Guest is the thirty-forth novel to feature Dr Alex Delaware, criminal psychologist/criminologist and long-time LAPD consultant and also features Lieutenant Milo Sturgis. Whilst I enjoyed reading it, it certainly wasn't Kellerman's best to date. As always the part I find most interesting is the criminal profiling and Dr Alex's probing into a suspect or perpetrators mind, including their possible motives. Each book in the series can be read as standalones and work perfectly well as such if you don't mind not knowing the background of Dr Delaware and his colleagues.This engaging instalment is full of twists and turns, as well as lots of red herrings, but what I appreciated the most was Kellerman's ability to keep the killer hidden for the duration; I, unfortunately, usually find myself correctly identifying the criminal quite early on, but not here. This certainly isn't one of those fast-paced thrillers, as it is much more considered, realistic and intelligent than most, and the way the police piece together the information to create a compelling case against the killer seems authentic and likely similar to the way real cases come together. The dynamic between Alex and Milo is, as it's always been, friendly and professional.Many thanks to Century for an ARC.You can also find my reviews posted here on my blog.
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  • Luvtoread
    January 1, 1970
    Alex and Milo are back!The story begins at the wedding reception of a young couple in a unconventional facility named "Saints and Sinners" a redesigned strip joint which became a church and now holds receptions, parties, bar mitzvah 's and probably anything else someone would want to hold there. A body is found upstairs in a not very clean restroom and immediately halts the reception and has the bride and groom angry as well as upset. The parents of the bride are also very upset that the their d Alex and Milo are back!The story begins at the wedding reception of a young couple in a unconventional facility named "Saints and Sinners" a redesigned strip joint which became a church and now holds receptions, parties, bar mitzvah 's and probably anything else someone would want to hold there. A body is found upstairs in a not very clean restroom and immediately halts the reception and has the bride and groom angry as well as upset. The parents of the bride are also very upset that the their daughter's wedding is ruined. There seems to be more anger than compassion that a human being has been found alone and lifeless lying above the party in a dirty restroom. Milo sturgis is a top notch detective who calls his best friend Alex Delaware who is a psychologist and works with the police on many cases whenever they need some extra help solving cases (especially murders) giving his expertise on understanding the criminal mind. I usually love all the Alex Delaware books but this book was just mediocre for me. I thought there was too much light banter between the two men for more than a third of the story and I never felt any real suspense. The story seemed more of an effort to read and I can't remember feeling this way about any of the other books in the series. I really enjoy being surprised about the "Who Done It" aspect of a book but this was rediculous! I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say I felt cheated and very disappointed with the ending and the quality of this novel in comparison to many of the previous novels.I still recommend this book to others because these are my opinions and thoughts about this story and other readers may have very different ideas and feelings towards this book.I want to thank Netgally and the publisher Ballantine Books and Random House Publishing for the opportunity to read this novel!
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    Another Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis “affair” as the duo work to solve the murder of a young, well dressed woman found at a wedding reception. She wasn’t a relative, not a guest, but she was dead in a bathroom. As usual, Milo requests Alex’s assistance when he expects there may be emotional or psychological overlaying a case - and he guessed well with this one as Alex notices multiple possible issues during initial interviews of reception attendees. The case and search draw in several regulars fro Another Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis “affair” as the duo work to solve the murder of a young, well dressed woman found at a wedding reception. She wasn’t a relative, not a guest, but she was dead in a bathroom. As usual, Milo requests Alex’s assistance when he expects there may be emotional or psychological overlaying a case - and he guessed well with this one as Alex notices multiple possible issues during initial interviews of reception attendees. The case and search draw in several regulars from Milo’s station and it is nice to have them back. There is also a new forensics character who appears interesting and hopefully will return.The case itself is interesting, if moving beyond what seems plausible. And here is where my major problem with this book arose. While the action is almost compulsively readable, where is the rest of Delaware’s life? Yes he spends his nights with Robin along with some occasional dinners, etc. and they both love their child substitute, Blanche. But what has happened to his work as a child psychologist and with the courts? It was mentioned one time in this book; he read over a report...that’s it for this renowned clinician. Apparently he is a house husband and part-time police consultant (un or minimally paid). In past novels, his clinical work was part of his identity.Oh well, I suppose it is one more step on the road toward “fantasy crime story.”3* for its usual highly readable style but also it’s further remove from the real world.A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    My thanks to Random House and Netgalley.It's been 10 years since I've read one of these books, and I'll admit that it's almost like a soap opera. Not too much has changed. I love Alex and Milo. As always, it's a good story. I tend to get wrapped up in these books, then towards the finish realize that it's just the same old, same old. Nothing wrong with that, but I do sort of wish that Mr. Kellerman, after all these years would have started a new series. Oh well! This is a book and series that I' My thanks to Random House and Netgalley.It's been 10 years since I've read one of these books, and I'll admit that it's almost like a soap opera. Not too much has changed. I love Alex and Milo. As always, it's a good story. I tend to get wrapped up in these books, then towards the finish realize that it's just the same old, same old. Nothing wrong with that, but I do sort of wish that Mr. Kellerman, after all these years would have started a new series. Oh well! This is a book and series that I'd recommend, but I believe I'm finally done.
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  • Luvtoread
    January 1, 1970
    Alex and Milo are back!The story begins at the wedding reception of a young couple in a unconventional facility named "Saints and Sinners" a redesigned strip joint which became a church and now holds receptions, parties, bar mitzvah 's and probably anything else someone would want to hold there. A body is found upstairs in a not very clean restroom and immediately halts the reception and has the bride and groom angry as well as upset. The parents of the bride are also very upset that the their d Alex and Milo are back!The story begins at the wedding reception of a young couple in a unconventional facility named "Saints and Sinners" a redesigned strip joint which became a church and now holds receptions, parties, bar mitzvah 's and probably anything else someone would want to hold there. A body is found upstairs in a not very clean restroom and immediately halts the reception and has the bride and groom angry as well as upset. The parents of the bride are also very upset that the their daughter's wedding is ruined. There seems to be more anger than compassion that a human being has been found alone and lifeless lying above the party in a dirty restroom. Milo sturgis is a top notch detective who calls his best friend Alex Delaware who is a psychologist and works with the police on many cases whenever they need some extra help solving cases (especially murders) giving his expertise on understanding the criminal mind. I usually love all the Alex Delaware books but this book was just mediocre for me. I thought there was too much light banter between the two men for more than a third of the story and I never felt any real suspense. The story seemed more of an effort to read and I can't remember feeling this way about any of the other books in the series. I really enjoy being surprised about the "Who Done It" aspect of a book but this was rediculous! I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say I felt cheated and very disappointed with the ending and the quality of this novel in comparison to many of the previous novels.I still recommend this book to others because these are my opinions and thoughts about this story and other readers may have very different ideas and feelings towards this book.I want to thank Netgally and the publisher Ballantine Books and Random House Publishing for the opportunity to read this novel!
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  • Linda Strong
    January 1, 1970
    An unexpected guest attends the Saints and Sinners themed wedding. Only this guest was not invited .... she's found strangled in a room that wasn't open to visitors .. and no one seems to know who she was.The bride is understandably upset about someone having ruined HER day. The groom is trying to placate his new wife .. without a lot of success.There are over 100 guests and Detective Milo Sturgis pulls Psychologist Alex Delaware with him while they are all being questioned. They must separate t An unexpected guest attends the Saints and Sinners themed wedding. Only this guest was not invited .... she's found strangled in a room that wasn't open to visitors .. and no one seems to know who she was.The bride is understandably upset about someone having ruined HER day. The groom is trying to placate his new wife .. without a lot of success.There are over 100 guests and Detective Milo Sturgis pulls Psychologist Alex Delaware with him while they are all being questioned. They must separate the sinners from the saints, the true from the false, and the secrets from those keeping them. The party’s over—and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.Alex and Milo are back with their 34th adventure in crime solving. The characters are great, as always. The story premise is okay, but it seemed a trifle long and I really hate to say it ... a tad boring. I have read most, if not all, of the previous books in this series ... this one is not one of the best. I'm hoping this one is an anomaly .. and I still look forward to the next in this series.Many thanks to the author / Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
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  • Kathleen
    January 1, 1970
    This is Kellerman’s 34th offering in the Alex Delaware police procedural series. The psychologist and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis team up to solve the murder of a wedding crasher at the Rapfogel-Burdette wedding celebration. Neither family has the slightest clue as to who the beautiful woman in the red dress could be. Indeed, discovering the woman’s identity is more difficult than one would imagine. It seems she used a variety of names over the past few years.Kellerman’s writing style has a sta This is Kellerman’s 34th offering in the Alex Delaware police procedural series. The psychologist and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis team up to solve the murder of a wedding crasher at the Rapfogel-Burdette wedding celebration. Neither family has the slightest clue as to who the beautiful woman in the red dress could be. Indeed, discovering the woman’s identity is more difficult than one would imagine. It seems she used a variety of names over the past few years.Kellerman’s writing style has a staccato rhythm that serves the police procedural format well. It takes a while for the two investigators to uncover the guilty party. Whenever they think they are getting close, the case just gets more confusing. It doesn’t help that the entire wedding party all seem to be acting a little guilty. Recommend.
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  • OutlawPoet
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this. I especially enjoyed the way the author brought all sorts of seemingly unrelated threads together.Our characters were quirky and I ended up liking some of them so much more than I thought I would - especially one Bridezilla.It was a little weird how so many characters reacted to people with books. (Hint: people who read are weird and abnormal.)But, a good, quick read!
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  • Monnie
    January 1, 1970
    Ah, what could be better than another get-together of two of my favorite characters - police consultant and psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and his curmudgeonly but lovable cohort Milo Sturgis? In this one, their back-and-forths seemed more frequent and provided greater insights into their characters (and their relationship) than usual - for me, much appreciated. Besides that, Alex's long-time love and guitar-maker Robin landed a more featured role - still another plus.As the title suggests, this Ah, what could be better than another get-together of two of my favorite characters - police consultant and psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware and his curmudgeonly but lovable cohort Milo Sturgis? In this one, their back-and-forths seemed more frequent and provided greater insights into their characters (and their relationship) than usual - for me, much appreciated. Besides that, Alex's long-time love and guitar-maker Robin landed a more featured role - still another plus.As the title suggests, this one begins with a wedding guest who didn't appear on the invitation list - not even as a plus one - and who for sure didn't get a great reception. In fact, she turns up dead; murdered with a combination of injected knockout drug and wire garrote reminiscent of a guitar string. No one can come up with an identity, and Milo calls Alex for help with the case. Fairly early on, it is learned that the somewhat unconventional venue used to be a seedy bar known for its equally seedy pole dancers, thus expanding the search beyond the rich and not-so-rich who enjoyed wedding guest-list status.Despite their denials of anything connected to the victim, the families of the bride and groom - and the bride and groom themselves - remain on the suspect list (some very near the top). That in turn leads Alex and Milo down a number of aisles, most of which don't lead to blissful solutions. Finally, a previous case comes to light that rings bells in harmony, lifting the veil under which the real killer has been hiding.And that brings me to the part that bothered me just a tiny bit. I can't be specific without spoiling things, but the ending seemed somehow disjointed - as if the usual suspects just weren't cutting it and a new ending was needed to deliver a more effective punch. That said, I enjoyed the book as a whole as always - Alex is in absolutely zero danger of dropping off my Top 10 list of all-time favorite book heroes. Given that this is the 34th in the series (all of which I've read), that's gotta be some kind of record. My undying gratitude goes to the publisher, via NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an advance copy.
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  • Skip
    January 1, 1970
    A spoiled girl and her brainy but reserved husband are getting married at an unusual venue, Saints and Sinners. One of the bridesmaids runs back to the bridal suite to discover a dead woman in the bathroom, choked out with a garrotte. The woman is gorgeous, and dressed to the nines in a red Fendi dress. Nobody knows her, and discovering who she was and how she happened to be at the party is a central theme of the novel. Interestingly, the venue has previously been a strip joint. Milo Sturgis bri A spoiled girl and her brainy but reserved husband are getting married at an unusual venue, Saints and Sinners. One of the bridesmaids runs back to the bridal suite to discover a dead woman in the bathroom, choked out with a garrotte. The woman is gorgeous, and dressed to the nines in a red Fendi dress. Nobody knows her, and discovering who she was and how she happened to be at the party is a central theme of the novel. Interestingly, the venue has previously been a strip joint. Milo Sturgis brings in Alex Delaware who helps him work the case, offering his usual insights into the case and personalities. Things get more interesting when they determine the identity of the victim, and her background, but have to work many angles to finally connect her to the wedding and eventually the killer. 3.5 stars.
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  • Jeff Dickison
    January 1, 1970
    The Alex Delaware series is one of my favorite, however, this book is a little tamer than others in the series. You could not figure out the killer from the beginning because he isn't mentioned until halfway through the book. It is good to see Alex and Milo back in the chase. Recommended to Delaware fans.
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  • Chris Conley
    January 1, 1970
    Jonathan Kellerman continues to create fantastically confounding mysteries. This one was a real poser from page one. Solving it required all of Alex’s academic understanding and Milo’s fantastic detecting skills. I do love this series.
  • Jeanne
    January 1, 1970
    Reading kellerman is like seeing an old friend after being away for awhile. We pick up where we left off in the reader’s relationship with Alex, Milo, Robin and others (even the Koi are doing well). Interesting as always, never guessing the correct ending and enjoying the journey. Although I don’t care for most author’s scenic descriptive writing, Kellerman has such a deft hand you know the atmosphere/location with a minimum of words with maximum impact. As a visual reader everything from charac Reading kellerman is like seeing an old friend after being away for awhile. We pick up where we left off in the reader’s relationship with Alex, Milo, Robin and others (even the Koi are doing well). Interesting as always, never guessing the correct ending and enjoying the journey. Although I don’t care for most author’s scenic descriptive writing, Kellerman has such a deft hand you know the atmosphere/location with a minimum of words with maximum impact. As a visual reader everything from characters to situations come alive
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  • Genine Franklin-Clark
    January 1, 1970
    An old favorite series, I especially enjoy the relationship between Milo and Alex. I find that I appreciate friendship more and more as I get older.
  • Robin Loves Reading
    January 1, 1970
    My Rating: 4.5 Stars
  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    Perhaps beginning a series on the Thirty-fourth book is not always the recommended place to start, but that’s what i did. Absent background and character history, one can certainly dig in.Kellerman offers us a murder mystery in modern day Los Angeles filled with vacuous empty-headed wanna-be stars and strippers and Calabasas doctors who can’t be bothered. It’s a city filled with traffic, plastic people, bubble headed fools, and the like. And into this city we get a wedding at a former strip club Perhaps beginning a series on the Thirty-fourth book is not always the recommended place to start, but that’s what i did. Absent background and character history, one can certainly dig in.Kellerman offers us a murder mystery in modern day Los Angeles filled with vacuous empty-headed wanna-be stars and strippers and Calabasas doctors who can’t be bothered. It’s a city filled with traffic, plastic people, bubble headed fools, and the like. And into this city we get a wedding at a former strip club and a body turns up spoiling that special day. Who is the corpse? That question haunts our investigators for much of the book. Ultimately, the book was an easy read, but not for me stylistically.
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  • Donna Davis
    January 1, 1970
    The wedding guest is dead, slumped on the toilet, strangled. Is she someone invited by the bride’s family, or the groom’s? Neither one. Total stranger…or so they say. The thirty-fourth book in the Alex Delaware series comes out tomorrow, February 5, 2019. I read it free and early thanks to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine. Kellerman is a child psychiatrist, and his knowledge and experience dealing with children and their families provides him with a rare ability to invent quirky but believ The wedding guest is dead, slumped on the toilet, strangled. Is she someone invited by the bride’s family, or the groom’s? Neither one. Total stranger…or so they say. The thirty-fourth book in the Alex Delaware series comes out tomorrow, February 5, 2019. I read it free and early thanks to Net Galley and Random House Ballantine. Kellerman is a child psychiatrist, and his knowledge and experience dealing with children and their families provides him with a rare ability to invent quirky but believable characters. Here we find a wedding reception unfolding in a seedy building that used to be a strip club, and this provides the world’s tackiest wedding theme. All the women—including the bride—are supposed to dress to look “hot.” The groom’s family, a more conservative, scholarly bunch, are less than delighted, but they bear it stoically, till someone finds a dead guest in the loo. The bride—already turned bridezilla--is just undone. How could someone ruin her big day like this? How thoughtless. They should have killed that woman somewhere else. Or maybe on a different day. This series never fails to please me. Once again, Detective Milo Sturgis gets the call; once again, his best pal Alex is tapped to analyze a young guest, and from there he becomes further involved in the case. There have been other books in the series that pushed this improbable situation too far, with Alex the doctor donning a Kevlar vest to go chase and apprehend bad guys with Milo. This time I find Alex’s involvement much more believable. On the one hand, he still does things that doctors advising cops never do, but limiting Alex’s participation to interviews held either in his office or at the police station wouldn’t make for good fiction. All we want is to believe. Kellerman helps us along by creating a strong friendship bond that makes Milo and Alex want to work together, and that’s coupled with Milo’s unpopularity among his colleagues due to the fact that he’s gay. Nobody else wants to get in the car and go places with Milo, and Alex does; and after all, the police do employ him, so it’s not like some random civilian is partnered with Milo. I thought this was finessed nicely this time around. Kellerman always writes strong dialogue that includes some very funny bits here and there, and the pages turn rapidly. It’s a lot of fun to read, and if I hadn’t been able to get the galley for this one, I’d have hunted it down later at the library rather than miss out. Highly recommended for fans of the genre.
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  • Natalie M
    January 1, 1970
    Kellerman is guaranteed to provide a solid detective read and this one lives up to his reputation. Milo and Alex, are results the crux of novel, as their detective/psychiatrist roles are like a solid, well-worn marriage...still worth doing!The crime is intriguing, without the fanfare of gimmicks and unbelievable tricks, albeit a psychopath is involved nonetheless. Thoroughly enjoyable, a tried and trusted formula that doesn’t require the reading of the entire series to enjoy one when the urge st Kellerman is guaranteed to provide a solid detective read and this one lives up to his reputation. Milo and Alex, are results the crux of novel, as their detective/psychiatrist roles are like a solid, well-worn marriage...still worth doing!The crime is intriguing, without the fanfare of gimmicks and unbelievable tricks, albeit a psychopath is involved nonetheless. Thoroughly enjoyable, a tried and trusted formula that doesn’t require the reading of the entire series to enjoy one when the urge strikes!
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  • Linda Millard
    January 1, 1970
    I have questions. How was the victim lured to the wedding? Who really killed the prostitute in Poland? What was Amanda's story? Why was her mother not killed? Too much was left unresolved with the death of the perp.
  • Jacqui
    January 1, 1970
    If you love psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware’s escapades into crime solving, Jonathan Kellerman's latest in the series, The Wedding Guest (Ballantine Books 2019) is in your sweet spot. Alex is called in by LAPD long-time friend, Detective Milo Sturgis, to help when a beautiful girl winds up dead at a wedding. No one knows her, nor did they invite her, though she’s dressed to kill (pun intended) for the wedding party called Saints and Sinner. Alex does what he usually does--logically pull threads-- If you love psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware’s escapades into crime solving, Jonathan Kellerman's latest in the series, The Wedding Guest (Ballantine Books 2019) is in your sweet spot. Alex is called in by LAPD long-time friend, Detective Milo Sturgis, to help when a beautiful girl winds up dead at a wedding. No one knows her, nor did they invite her, though she’s dressed to kill (pun intended) for the wedding party called Saints and Sinner. Alex does what he usually does--logically pull threads--which inevitably reveals the secrets he hopes will unravel the murder. Adding its own interest to the story is Alex's enigmatic girlfriend with the unusual job of repairing expensive stringed instrument and his ever-beloved dog Blanche who keeps everyone centered.  Spicing up the story are some of my favorite millennial words--bespoke, woke, and pop-up kitchen (yeah, that's not a typo).I’ve been an avid reader of this series for a decade. There have been a few missteps though I won't name names but with this one, Kellerman is back doing what he does best, focusing on the characteristics that make Alex Delaware a great leading man. He’s clever, smart, witty, and filled with those psychologic insights into the comments and actions of those involved and lead to answers."Her eyes made another sweep to the left. The fingers on her outthrust hip drummed. She saw me looking. Smiled and nodded, as if we were sharing a secret. I raised my eyebrows. She did the same. Shall we dance?"xx"Tall woman in her forties wearing a clingy black rayon robe over something beige and lacy. Red nose, bloodshot eyes, white-blond hair bunched up atop her head."xx"Calabasas, spilling into the Santa Monica Mountains on the western edge of the San Fernando Valley, used to be a low-key pocket of rustic, horsey serenity. That’s been altered by an influx of retired athletes and celebrities who’ve achieved fame for merely existing, along with the metastatic palaces they erect and businesses that cater to self-love and shallow notoriety."With a less talented writing pen, this could be dreary but Kellerman makes it fascinating.And since I’m currently exhausted by geopolitics, this was a wonderful change into good old fashioned reliable police work.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    I have never read any of Jonathan Kellerman’s previous novels but I really liked the blurb and, as it is the 34th book in the Alex Delaware series, I thought I was on to a winner. I surely didn’t have any problems getting into the novel and it read well as a standalone book.The setting of the crime is at the Saints and Sinners themed wedding party of an unfortunate young just-married couple. One of the bridesmaids stumbles upon a dead body in an upstairs toilet. The victim appears to be unknown I have never read any of Jonathan Kellerman’s previous novels but I really liked the blurb and, as it is the 34th book in the Alex Delaware series, I thought I was on to a winner. I surely didn’t have any problems getting into the novel and it read well as a standalone book.The setting of the crime is at the Saints and Sinners themed wedding party of an unfortunate young just-married couple. One of the bridesmaids stumbles upon a dead body in an upstairs toilet. The victim appears to be unknown to both the families of the bride and the groom and the once joyous wedding is thrown into chaos. The bride is distraught and is convinced it is a hate crime against her. Who is the young lady? Why is she at the wedding? Who put the wire around her throat? It’s the responsibility of top psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to pool their experience and knowledge to discover the identity of both murder victim and murderer. It’s not going to be easy and a trail of red herrings and blind alleyways stand between the two friends and the unveiling of the truth.I found the story both disappointing and very slow moving. I almost gave up reading the novel, but I kept expecting the pace to improve and so I kept turning the pages. One thing I can almost guarantee is that the identity of the perpetrator will elude your own predictions. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Cornerstone Publishing through my membership of NetGalley. These are my own honest and well considered opinions. Unfortunately this book is not to my taste. 2*
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    The Party's Over!Sadly the last thing a bride and groom would hope to find on their wedding is turmoil but death?! WTH! Who is the young lady uncovered by the bridesmaid on the way to the bathroom and why was she found strangled?My word if you didn't invite her who did?Well beyond this mess there's a dynamic duo with Dr. Alex and Milo Sturgis that is remarkable so if they can't solve this crime nobody can.However, the uncoventional venue had a shady past with a few pole dancers and clientele so The Party's Over!Sadly the last thing a bride and groom would hope to find on their wedding is turmoil but death?! WTH! Who is the young lady uncovered by the bridesmaid on the way to the bathroom and why was she found strangled?My word if you didn't invite her who did?Well beyond this mess there's a dynamic duo with Dr. Alex and Milo Sturgis that is remarkable so if they can't solve this crime nobody can.However, the uncoventional venue had a shady past with a few pole dancers and clientele so we might want to start the search there.Needless to say it went downhill for me from that point with a mediocre middle and nothing left by the end.Perhaps you'll enjoy this one better than I so take the chance and enjoy.A few saints but plenty more sinners here.Thank you to Jonathan, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.
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