The Wedding Guest

The Wedding Guest

An Alex Delaware Novel

Book - 2019
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"LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, the brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. While Sturgis has a knack for piecing together the details of a crime, Delaware can decipher the darkest intents driving the most vicious of perpetrators. And there's no better place for the doctor's analytical skills to shine than a rowdy hall full of young men and women intoxicated on life and lust . . . and suddenly faced with the specter of death. Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners-themed wedding reception. But they're not the only uninvited guests. A horrified bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman, dressed to impress in pricey haute couture and accessorized with a grisly red slash around her neck. What's missing is any means of identification, or a single partygoer who recognizes the victim. The baffled bride is convinced the stranger snuck in to sabotage her big day--and the groom is sure it's all a dreadful mistake. But Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. Now 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"--
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525618492
052561849X
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Kel

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LynJoan
Jan 03, 2021

I had to stop reading this book after 50 pages. It was too scuzzy and crude. A insult to story tellers, pure trash- I didn't like any of the characters.

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LolaTony
Jul 06, 2020

This book was intriguing, interesting and as usual had a great surprise ending. Jonathan Kellerman is either a bit of a fashionista or just very interested in clothes and color. He describes almost every outfit the characters are wearing -- interesting. It was an enjoyable read and I will be reading other offerings from the Kellerman family of novelists.

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maipenrai
Mar 05, 2020

I have been reading the Alex Delaware mysteries for 33 years. I always enjoy the characters and have become very attached to them. Excellent mystery series. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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DM_kcls
Aug 01, 2019

Author Stephen White published the last book in his very popular 'Alan Gregory' series in 2013. He knew when Alan Gregory and his investigator friend, Sam Purdy, had run their course. He left us wanting more and mourning the fact they wouldn't be back again.

Oh, that Jonathan Kellerman would learn that lesson.

When I reviewed the last Alex Delaware book, "Night Moves', I said

"The solving part of the novel was not very satisfying. Too much chewing on circumstances, theories and possibilities, too little detecting.". . .
"3 Stars, C- because I've read them all and C- will give Jonathan Kellerman one more chance with me. Make it count Jonathan."

Sadly, Jonathan didn't make it count with 'The Wedding Guest'.

As with 'Night Moves', the story line of The Wedding Guest is interesting. The interactions and conversations of Alex and Mile with other characters are interesting. Those between the two of them are not. They are banal and ultimately boring by overuse and being oh, so cloyingly clever:

Phone back in his pocket, Milo consulted his Timex. "Still early. Not that I've accomplished anything. You up for another try with Susies's mom or should I drop you at home?"
I said, "I'm free."
He said, "If that's a statement of spiritual and emotional well-being, I find it offensively smug."

Blech.

Similar banter used occasionally is fine. 'The Wedding Guest' is inundated with it.

Interestingly, I had checked out, renewed and returned 'The Wedding Guest' from/to KCLS about 4 times before I actually chose to read it. I guess that says something.

Am I going to read another 'Alex Delaware' book? As I turned the final page my thought was "Thank God I'm finally done with this book", so I would have to quote an old Magic 8 Ball: "Outlook not so good" as my answer.

2 sad little stars for a once great series fallen so far.

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1booknut
Jul 22, 2019

I really enjoyed the wedding guest. The book had me guessing.

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grieta
Jul 13, 2019

A rare misfire but a misfire nonetheless. I've read every novel in the Alex Delaware/Milo Sturgis series and while one always has to suspend disbelief in these types of novels, this one defied suspension! The characters were not at all likeable (even in the "love to hate" descriptive sense) and the story line flat out preposterous (IMHO).

The only other novel that was this bad was "The Web" written back in 1996. Talk about implausible!! Anyway ... I won't give up on the series if he keeps writing them. I suspect he may be stretching himself a bit thin since he started co-writing novels with his son Jesse. Admirable, yes ... but at the expense of his best series? Not to me. Seems Alex/Milo and the rest of the gang have become afterthoughts ... and unfortunately ones that leave this reader craving the old Alex.

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Ed_Who
Jul 03, 2019

This is likely the worst book I have ever read. I had to renew it 2 times to finish it for book club.. Everything was over described. Finally I learned I could skim all descriptions and only read lines in "Quotation Marks" It was also written mostly in first person, with many lines beginning, I said, "- - -- - - etc.

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Bookworm2228
Jun 14, 2019

4 stars. This is the 34th book in Kellerman's Alex Delaware series and it was a good read. LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is called in on the homicide of a beautiful young girl, strangled and posed at a wedding reception. The only problem is that although she is dressed to kill, no one at the wedding knows who she is. Alex is called in by Milo to consult and he and Milo work well as a team. After questioning all the guests and wedding party, there are a few hints to pursue and that leads Milo and Alex on the pursuit of clues that eventually lead them to the truth of who the mystery woman was but why she was killed. And when others start dying, they both have to use all their smarts to stay one step ahead of a killer who thinks he is too smart to be caught. A good read.

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deborahmyers1
May 19, 2019

Enjoy reading Alex and Milo story! Wish I could get more of these!!!!!

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JANMAYS
Apr 11, 2019

Predictible mystery - too many irrevelant details

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