The Wedding Guest Psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis dig into a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling mast

  • Title: The Wedding Guest
  • Author: Jonathan Kellerman
  • ISBN: 052561849X
  • Page: 354
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis dig into a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the 1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.In the middle of a Saints and Sinners themed wedding, a bridesmaid finds a young woman s dead body in the restroom None of the wedding guests claim to know the wel Psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis dig into a shocking crime at a raucous wedding reception in this gripping psychological thriller from the 1 New York Times bestselling master of suspense.In the middle of a Saints and Sinners themed wedding, a bridesmaid finds a young woman s dead body in the restroom None of the wedding guests claim to know the well dressed victim but Delaware and Sturgis aren t so convinced Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Expected publication February 5th 2019 by Ballantine Books More Details ISBN 052561849X ISBN13 9780525618492 Series Alex Delaware 34 Other Editions 10 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Wedding Guest, please sign up Popular Answered Questions When will this book be available like 2 months ago See all 2 answers Pc MacDonald As of 1 29 19 it is at my library in Mesa in standard, large print and CD flag See 1 question about The Wedding Guest Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 08, 2019 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 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 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 himmaybe 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 flag 75 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Nov 20, 2018 D.M rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 flag 20 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 04, 2019 Diana rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves mystery, netgalley arc RTC closer to release date of February 7 I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review flag 17 likesLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Lisa rated it really liked it 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 flag 13 likesLike see review Holly I can t imagine trying to read a series that long, never mind write one Eventually that creativity well is going to dry up and you need to go look el I can t imagine trying to read a series that long, never mind write one Eventually that creativity well is going to dry up and you need to go look elsewhere LOL Jan 31, 2019 10 35AM Lisa I agree I gave the author another go, after a ten year break, but I m done It was great while it lasted though Jan 31, 2019 11 05AM Dec 11, 2018 Monnie rated it really liked it review of another edition 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 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 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 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 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 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 flag 10 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 21, 2018 Dave rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley books, read have 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 flag 6 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Jeanne rated it it was amazing 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 flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 21, 2019 Amy GallivantingPages rated it liked it Shelves read netgalley 3 Stars Expected Publication Feb 5, 2019This is book 34 in the Alex Delaware series and the first book I ve read in the series Probably not the smartest idea, however I don t think it hindered me much and read easily as a stand alone I can say I wasn t really interested in Alex, a child psychologist who works part time as a consultant for the police, but his story wasn t a big focus of this read The main story is a girl is found dead in the bathroom of a wedding by one of the bride 3 Stars Expected Publication Feb 5, 2019This is book 34 in the Alex Delaware series and the first book I ve read in the series Probably not the smartest idea, however I don t think it hindered me much and read easily as a stand alone I can say I wasn t really interested in Alex, a child psychologist who works part time as a consultant for the police, but his story wasn t a big focus of this read The main story is a girl is found dead in the bathroom of a wedding by one of the bridesmaids Upon questioning, no one seems to know who this girl is and or why she was at the wedding This storyline was quite complex so it made it difficult to figure out who the killer was which kept my interest Overall it was a solid story and I would read in this series Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Joan rated it it was ok review of another edition 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 flag 4 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 16, 2019 Shalini rated it really liked it review of another edition This book gave me a serious case of nostalgia I started reading Jonathan Kellerman from the very beginning, and this is his 34th book So I have been reading his stories with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis all through my life The Characters Alex Delaware was a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis a gay detective in the 1980s where he had to face opposition and hate from all his colleagues The author had courage to write stories with darker themes right from the very beginning, and a gay pol This book gave me a serious case of nostalgia I started reading Jonathan Kellerman from the very beginning, and this is his 34th book So I have been reading his stories with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis all through my life The Characters Alex Delaware was a child psychologist, and Milo Sturgis a gay detective in the 1980s where he had to face opposition and hate from all his colleagues The author had courage to write stories with darker themes right from the very beginning, and a gay police detective was practically unknown in those times Hence his books fascinated me And this book too had a murder mystery in the upstairs loo of a wedding reception, a converted bar A woman in red was found garotted along with a cocktail of opioids injected into the base of the brain And Milo and Alex get to what they do best Pure investigation This could be read as a standalone and it was just as interesting Jonathan Kellerman stuck to his trademark theme the dark human psyche Alex Delaware provided the psychological insight to Milo s investigative deductions The thing that niggled me was that the book appeared a bit disjointed in the grand reveal as it didn t go with the flow I missed the pizzazz of the prose which used to be goose bumpy Overall, a good book for hard core Jonathan Kellerman fans flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Donna Hines rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves arc, netgalley 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 sinners here.Thank you to Jonathan, the publisher, NetGalley, and Aldiko for this ARC in exchange for this honest review flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 23, 2018 Donna Davis rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for mystery fans Shelves arc random house b, blogged, fiction adult, net galley, mystery crime fict etc, review to write now, to review arc feb, to review arc 5 feb Big fun Ballantine likes reviews held till publication, so I won t post a review till February flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 25, 2018 Joyce rated it really liked it review of another edition 4 starsLAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and his good friend psychologist Alex Delaware are called to the scene of a murder in a seedy party venue Once a strip bar, now the site is used for get togethers such as wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs and the like The victim is a young woman who was strangled to death The problem is establishing her identity No one at the reception claims to know her Who was she and what was she doing there There are 103 people there including the disc jockey and th 4 starsLAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis and his good friend psychologist Alex Delaware are called to the scene of a murder in a seedy party venue Once a strip bar, now the site is used for get togethers such as wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs and the like The victim is a young woman who was strangled to death The problem is establishing her identity No one at the reception claims to know her Who was she and what was she doing there There are 103 people there including the disc jockey and the wait staff Alex and Milo slowly make some connections through interviews with the family of the bride and groom and their acquaintances And what a collection of oddballs they are Following several leads, complete with apparent dead ends, they locate a photograph under the bed of another person The dead woman s name is Suzanne Kimberlee DaCosta Finally Now that they have a name, they are able to move a little quickly on the case Alex and Milo begin to make connections, and they lead to one place In an exciting denouement, the killer is found This story moves along fairly slowly, but is redeemed somewhat by Milo, Alex and Robin s relationships I like the way they all get along and have for years Jeez, how many years have I been reading this series Since the very first one I feel old er The book is well written but the plotting is a little slow Is the author getting tired of his characters I have enjoyed all of the Alex Delaware Milo Sturgis novels, and will continue to read them as long as Mr Kellerman continues to write them I want to thank NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Ballantine for forwarding to me a copy of this great book for me to read, enjoy and review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 Elaine Tomasso rated it really liked it review of another edition I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of The Wedding Guest, thirty forth novel to feature Dr Alex Delaware, psychology consultant to LAPD and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis.When a young woman is found murdered at a wedding reception Milo asks Alex to consult because, despite her designer dress and shoes, the woman wasn t a guest and none of the other guests recognise her With no ID identifying her becomes their main priority.I thoroughly enjoyed The Weddi I would like to thank Netgalley and Random House UK, Cornerstone for an advance copy of The Wedding Guest, thirty forth novel to feature Dr Alex Delaware, psychology consultant to LAPD and Lieutenant Milo Sturgis.When a young woman is found murdered at a wedding reception Milo asks Alex to consult because, despite her designer dress and shoes, the woman wasn t a guest and none of the other guests recognise her With no ID identifying her becomes their main priority.I thoroughly enjoyed The Wedding Guest which is another absorbing thriller with a plot full of twists and red herrings I have been reading this series from the start so the arch of the plot is no surprise, Milo focusing on the wrong suspect, but it didn t spoil my reading pleasure in the slightest as, even knowing this, I couldn t spot the perpetrator I like the way Mr Kellerman builds his plot with Alex making connections between seemingly random events and building them, eventually, into a cohesive whole The novel held my attention throughout and I found myself longing to get back to it when I had to put it down, desperate to know what would come next.After so many novels Alex and Milo are like old friends so it s easy to slot back into their world The novel is mostly Alex s first person narrative but he s such a cool, rational individual it can be hard to identify with him Milo s the man He s smart but somehow seems human and alive so people like him I always think of him as an exuberant puppy but that minimises the problems he s encountered and conquered as an openly gay man in the macho world of LAPD.The Wedding Guest is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 18, 2018 Merryl Todd rated it liked it review of another edition 3.5 starsThe Wedding Guest is number 34 in a very long running series and Jonathan Kellerman does not disappoint.Kellerman has consistently shown that you can have a successful series without overdeveloping the main characters or having them continually overthink everything with most of the action taking place in the mind of the main character such as Cornwell s Scarpetta and unfortunately recently MacDiarmid s Hill Jordan.A good blend of detective work and Delaware s psychological in 3.5 starsThe Wedding Guest is number 34 in a very long running series and Jonathan Kellerman does not disappoint.Kellerman has consistently shown that you can have a successful series without overdeveloping the main characters or having them continually overthink everything with most of the action taking place in the mind of the main character such as Cornwell s Scarpetta and unfortunately recently MacDiarmid s Hill Jordan.A good blend of detective work and Delaware s psychological insights into the mind and the motive of the killer Of course there is the usual repetitive rounds of eating, interviewing witnesses, LA traffic jams and Delaware solving the case via Google but overall a good solid book from Kellerman flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 11, 2019 Elaine rated it it was ok review of another edition Shelves netgalley, kindle, mystery series Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Wedding Guest. I ve been a fan of Alex Delaware for nearly twenty years now, so I was excited to receive an early copy.In the 34 installment yes, the 34th book , Alex is called in to assist Milo in the strange case of a wedding crasher found dead at the reception The ever reliable, loyal and steadfast Milo pounds the pavement and with Alex at his side, the Hardy Boys interview truculent wedding guests, disgruntled relatives and discover a weird link Thanks to NetGalley for a Kindle ARC of The Wedding Guest. I ve been a fan of Alex Delaware for nearly twenty years now, so I was excited to receive an early copy.In the 34 installment yes, the 34th book , Alex is called in to assist Milo in the strange case of a wedding crasher found dead at the reception The ever reliable, loyal and steadfast Milo pounds the pavement and with Alex at his side, the Hardy Boys interview truculent wedding guests, disgruntled relatives and discover a weird link to a serial killer in Poland.I alway enjoy reading about Alex and Milo s adventures they are a solid, dependable team and their banter and humor remain the same.Robin and Blanche are doing well, and constant driving is part of Alex s skillset as he and Milo travel to meet and track down witnesses and potential suspects.The mystery itself, as well as the intrigue and suspense is lacking The victim s name is false and Milo spends a good deal of time verifying her identity She is no one special except for the mother who mourns her and as a reader, I could not connect with her Or anyone else.After a lot of footwork and phone calls, Alex and Milo finally track down their murderer another nobody whose link to the victims is weak and insubstantial.I might be reading too many books about serial killers or mysteries in which the bad guy usually has a tie to the victim s but I found the villain s motives and behavior flimsy and his ties to the wedding victim and other individuals weak, at best.Oh, well, until next time, Alex and Milo flag 2 likesLike see review Dec 18, 2018 Anne rated it really liked it I m a huge fan of Kellerman and have read all his novels I adore Alex and Milo and their quirky friendship and, of course, incredible working relationship This one revolves around a murder at a wedding reception and yet, who is the woman as she was not an invited guest Lots of suspects, so many red herrings that now I just stop trying to figure it out along the way as Kellerman always has a surprise at the end You can t be anxious to finish his books as I guarantee you won t figure out who t I m a huge fan of Kellerman and have read all his novels I adore Alex and Milo and their quirky friendship and, of course, incredible working relationship This one revolves around a murder at a wedding reception and yet, who is the woman as she was not an invited guest Lots of suspects, so many red herrings that now I just stop trying to figure it out along the way as Kellerman always has a surprise at the end You can t be anxious to finish his books as I guarantee you won t figure out who the murderer is So just go along for the ride as he s an awesome writer with incredible attention to detail flag 2 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 03, 2019 Christine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Lt Milo Sturgis calls on his psychologist friend Dr Alex Delaware to consult on his latest case At a wedding reception, one of the bridesmaids discovers the dead body of an uninvited wedding guest in an upstairs restroom It s up to Sturgis and Delaware to find out the identity of the young woman and who would have killed her at what was supposed to be a joyous occasion.I think I ve read all of the books in this long running series However, this book would be just as enjoyable for anyone who Lt Milo Sturgis calls on his psychologist friend Dr Alex Delaware to consult on his latest case At a wedding reception, one of the bridesmaids discovers the dead body of an uninvited wedding guest in an upstairs restroom It s up to Sturgis and Delaware to find out the identity of the young woman and who would have killed her at what was supposed to be a joyous occasion.I think I ve read all of the books in this long running series However, this book would be just as enjoyable for anyone who is new to the series Kellerman somehow keeps each new book in this series fresh and as soon as I finish one of his new books, I am already looking forward to the next one The Wedding Guest is no exception I got caught up in the story from the very beginning and I remained interested to see how everything would tie together The motive was a little confusing until the end, but I like how things unfolded building to an action packed, dramatic ending to a puzzling case.Milo and Alex are a dream team in solving murders I like their friendship and how well they work together when investigating a case I also liked how two of the side characters grew as the story progressed and I ended up liking a couple of characters that I was prepared to dislike I enjoyed the book from the beginning to end and would rate it 4.5 stars.I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Random House Ballantine Books The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 26, 2019 Amy rated it it was ok Shelves arc, thank you , thank you netgalley Ebook ARC Mystery I have read and listened to numerous Alex Delaware books I am biased to the audiobooks because John Rubenstein is an excellent narrator and I love the voice and sarcasm of Milo, Alex s police friend who always gets Alex involved in some kind of crazy case I did read this one and I want to thank NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy This one was so unfulfilling I was expecting a lot of family skullduggery, but it never happened This book hasn t come out and I don Ebook ARC Mystery I have read and listened to numerous Alex Delaware books I am biased to the audiobooks because John Rubenstein is an excellent narrator and I love the voice and sarcasm of Milo, Alex s police friend who always gets Alex involved in some kind of crazy case I did read this one and I want to thank NetGalley for letting me have an advanced copy This one was so unfulfilling I was expecting a lot of family skullduggery, but it never happened This book hasn t come out and I don t want to spoil anything, but there were too many unanswered questions at the end I had really high hopes about the premise of a murder at a wedding where no one claims to know the victim, but yet, she s dressed in red The only thing that saved it for me was that I had John Rubinstein s voice in my head while I was reading it and it was full of appearances by Milo The ending just didn t do it for me I wanted some sort of explanation It was like reading an abridgement of a book and the editor took out the motive While Alex had some insights on the killer, it was never tested flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 31, 2018 Agnes BeaderBubbe rated it really liked it I have always read Kellerman books so when Netgalley asked me to review his newest book for an honest opinion, I was looking forward to it I love the stories with Alex and Milo and their cases of solving crimes, but this book had way too many adjectives.Describing a room they were investigating took way too long and lost my interest from time to time But, the story in itself was intriguing Why wouldnt it be A wedding of all places, and a guest goes into the upstairs bathroom downstairs had I have always read Kellerman books so when Netgalley asked me to review his newest book for an honest opinion, I was looking forward to it I love the stories with Alex and Milo and their cases of solving crimes, but this book had way too many adjectives.Describing a room they were investigating took way too long and lost my interest from time to time But, the story in itself was intriguing Why wouldnt it be A wedding of all places, and a guest goes into the upstairs bathroom downstairs had too long a line and finds a young girl sitting on the toilet apparently dead Strangled And so the case starts.The questioning starts, no one seems to know her and the you get into the book the you realize there is to the story than meets the eye I enjoyed this book and would recommend it when it comes out February 5, 2019 flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Betty rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves arc, e books, police procedure, thriller I have been reading this author for a long time and the 34th book did not disappoint it was a normal Alex and Milo book Over the years, I have found that is less violence than at the beginning of the series Milo has respect ran at the start of the series I noticed comments that brought series current like weddings and pregnancy.A stranger is found murder at a wedding and none will admit to knowing her First, her identity is necessary and there were several twists and turns before they f I have been reading this author for a long time and the 34th book did not disappoint it was a normal Alex and Milo book Over the years, I have found that is less violence than at the beginning of the series Milo has respect ran at the start of the series I noticed comments that brought series current like weddings and pregnancy.A stranger is found murder at a wedding and none will admit to knowing her First, her identity is necessary and there were several twists and turns before they found it The clues point toward the groom or the bride s father The ending will surprise as there is no connection to them either.I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS book AND SERIES.Disclosure Thanks to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine through NetGalley for a copy The opinions expressed are my own flag 2 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2019 Sue rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves crime, mystery, net galley, read 2019 Review to come,A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Kate Ashton rated it it was ok review of another edition A bridesmaid at a wedding reception finds a young woman dead in the bathroom Nobody on the bride s or groom s side seems to know her In come crime solving duo psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis apparently well known to readers as this is the 34th book about them I had not ready any of these novels previously but the author was very capable of allowing this to be enjoyed as a stand alone whodunnit I must admit I found it a little slow and plodding, not helped by not being A bridesmaid at a wedding reception finds a young woman dead in the bathroom Nobody on the bride s or groom s side seems to know her In come crime solving duo psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis apparently well known to readers as this is the 34th book about them I had not ready any of these novels previously but the author was very capable of allowing this to be enjoyed as a stand alone whodunnit I must admit I found it a little slow and plodding, not helped by not being drawn to any of the main characters or even feeling some connection with the detecting duo, about whom, sadly, little was really revealed about them as people or characters More generously, perhaps, it would be fair to say that what did come over was a kind of quiet companionship between the two as well as Milo with his team of detectives Quite a nice feel, even if a little lacking in interest.I guess my summary of this is a nice gentle whodunnit murder mystery but not one that makes me want to learn about the undynamic duo or rush out to buy other books from the series flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 19, 2019 Kierstin Veldkamp rated it did not like it review of another edition DNF I tried to read this book but couldn t finish it I wasnt intrigued or captivated by the mystery Maybe if I had read other books in the series by the author I would have enjoyed it flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Samantha rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Ugh, I don t know I wanted to love this book I adore Alex and Milo, especially when working together It was just a giant miss I checked at least 3 times that this wasn t a co authored book, it never gelled I wasn t interested in the plot and even the dynamic between two of my favorite book characters felt off Pass on this one.Thank you Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 05, 2018 Sarah Robinson rated it it was ok review of another edition A bridesmaid finds a young woman dead in the toilet at a wedding, Cue the investigation into her death that forms the story There is very little to go on and hence the story builds slowly too slowly for my liking The characters annoyed me early on, an adult woman called baby by her family and friends, a spoilt little Diva Her new husband who allowed her to control him Her parents both equally unlikable in their different ways The mystery unfolds slowly but by the time I got to the e A bridesmaid finds a young woman dead in the toilet at a wedding, Cue the investigation into her death that forms the story There is very little to go on and hence the story builds slowly too slowly for my liking The characters annoyed me early on, an adult woman called baby by her family and friends, a spoilt little Diva Her new husband who allowed her to control him Her parents both equally unlikable in their different ways The mystery unfolds slowly but by the time I got to the end I just didn t care any I ve never read any of the Alex Delaware series before and this wouldn t tempt me to try again Sorry, but just not for me flag 1 likeLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Aimee Dars rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, mystery The invitation for the wedding reception at the former strip club Aura instructed guests to look hot for the Sinners and Saints themed party And this guest fit the bill a red Fendi dress, Manolo shoes, expensive haircut But the red ring around her neck wasn t a necklace it was a nasty gash from someone strangling her to death with a wire, helped along with a fentanyl heroin cocktail None of the disgruntled and drunk guests claimed to recognize the woman Lieutenant Milo Sturgis calls on his The invitation for the wedding reception at the former strip club Aura instructed guests to look hot for the Sinners and Saints themed party And this guest fit the bill a red Fendi dress, Manolo shoes, expensive haircut But the red ring around her neck wasn t a necklace it was a nasty gash from someone strangling her to death with a wire, helped along with a fentanyl heroin cocktail None of the disgruntled and drunk guests claimed to recognize the woman Lieutenant Milo Sturgis calls on his friend, psychologist Alex Delaware, to consult on the case.The bride s parents, who run a personnel agency hiring personal assistants for celebrities, have a checkered history that might point to a motive, but the groom s father, a veterinarian, has access to fentanyl And the history of the venue might shed light on the identity of the victim Alex and Milo must identify the victim and uncover the layers of secrets before anyone else meets the same fate.With over thirty books in the Alex Delaware series, Jonathan Kellerman has mastered the genre Reading The Wedding Guest is like putting on a favorite sweater familiar, cozy, and comfortable Alex and Milo maintain a strong friendship with humorous banter, and Alex s relationship with Robin grounds him in normal life Alex s silent sardonic commentary is witty and often insightful, giving the book weight.While there isn t a lot of action in the book most of the forward momentum comes from interviews and research the book is still gripping and well placed I had a hard time putting it down while I was reading it When the action scenes did arrive, I found myself holding my breath Now that I ve been away from the book for a bit, some plot holes and questions of motivation are niggling at me Additionally, it seemed the attitude towards the Me Too movement was a little condescending and dismissive However, I enjoyed reading The Wedding Guest and recommend it to mystery lovers.Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group Ballantine for providing an advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review.aka darzy Twitter Facebook Instagram flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Donna rated it liked it Shelves read 2019, advance reader copy Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Wedding Guest before it is released on February 5, 2019 in exchange for my honest review I really want to like this book, however, it became like a chore for me to read I think I read 2 other books during the time I was reading this one I would like to say that I did not care for the writing style of Kellerman, that is just my personal preference I did not enjoy frequent use of short sentences or parataxis if I may use a big word I Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read The Wedding Guest before it is released on February 5, 2019 in exchange for my honest review I really want to like this book, however, it became like a chore for me to read I think I read 2 other books during the time I was reading this one I would like to say that I did not care for the writing style of Kellerman, that is just my personal preference I did not enjoy frequent use of short sentences or parataxis if I may use a big word It kept throwing off my pace of reading and I found it to be distracting If you don t mind it, pick up this book The book seemed to drag onand on This is number 34 in Kellerman s Alex Delaware series Did I think I missed much by not reading the first 33 No You are able to piece together who the characters are even with what I found to be a lack of background on them The most important part is that the characters involved in the murders yes, than one are clearly described and grow throughout the story.I felt it was a lackluster ending To be dragged along for so long it ended pretty nonchalantly I actually had to re read one of the last chapters to understand what happened to the murderer Maybe it was my lack of focus and that I missed it at first Like I said, I was not that into this book If you are a fan of Kellerman I am sure you will enjoy this book It just was not my cup of tea.I am going to give this book 3 stars If you come across it, don t stop what you have in line for your TBR list, continue on and get to this when you do It does have key character development and keeps you guessing on whodunit until the last quarter of the book when we know or assume we know who did it and that drags on until we know for sure, he was the culprit To each their own If you pick this book up let me know how you enjoyed it flag Like see review Jan 20, 2019 Kath rated it really liked it review of another edition Are we really all the way up to book 34 wow And still going strong This time, Alex and Milo are trying to work out what happened to a young woman who was found dead in a toilet cubicle at a wedding Nobody attending the wedding nor working at the venue recognises the victim, although our dynamic duo suspect people are being a bit economic with the truth The rest of what happens to get to the truth follows a similar path to the majority of the series Milo bimbles around providing the badg Are we really all the way up to book 34 wow And still going strong This time, Alex and Milo are trying to work out what happened to a young woman who was found dead in a toilet cubicle at a wedding Nobody attending the wedding nor working at the venue recognises the victim, although our dynamic duo suspect people are being a bit economic with the truth The rest of what happens to get to the truth follows a similar path to the majority of the series Milo bimbles around providing the badge to investigate Alex s insights whilst at the same time also providing background that goes a bit in depth than Alex s googling But you know what It may be formulaic but it works, it really does The series wouldn t have lasted this long if it didn t The mystery is intriguing and contains several layers for the terrible twosome to peel back to get to the truth We also have Robin and Blanche providing support to Alex, and the obligatory car journeys, banter, and food stops that make the whole book familiar and cosy There s also a healthy dollop of red herrings and misdirection along the way which kept me guessing We do take a while to get to the bottom of things though and, when we got there, it didn t quite gel I can t put my finger on it and probably wouldn t be able to mention it even if I could spoilers but there was something about the final reveal that didn t seem quite right Maybe I missed something along the way, not sure No matter, it was still a good solid read which will keep us fans of the series sated until the next book is due.My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Vivienne rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves abandoned I received an eARC from the publishers Random House U.K Cornerstone via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The premise of an unidentified murder victim being discovered at a wedding with a Saints and Sinners theme certainly sounded promising Although I had not read any of the Alex Delaware series, of which this is the 34th, I expected that it would be right up my alley.Unfortunately something was seriously wrong with the formatting of the Kindle eARC that I downloaded Obviously ARCs I received an eARC from the publishers Random House U.K Cornerstone via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review The premise of an unidentified murder victim being discovered at a wedding with a Saints and Sinners theme certainly sounded promising Although I had not read any of the Alex Delaware series, of which this is the 34th, I expected that it would be right up my alley.Unfortunately something was seriously wrong with the formatting of the Kindle eARC that I downloaded Obviously ARCs are not expected to be perfect but usually errors are minor and don t prevent reading However, this was a jumble with paragraphs out of order, repeated sections, sentences beginning part way through It seemed as though the text had been placed in a randomiser Thus, it was almost impossible to get a sense of the storyline.I got to 25% and threw in the towel as the choppiness, while decreased from the opening chapters, was still occurring and I was hopelessly lost as to what was happening.I will say that the dialogue was quite snappy with a wry humour and I think that the book would have held my attention if the formatting issues weren t there.I won t review on as it wouldn t be fair to give it a one star review based on an error in the presentation of an ARC I am a little surprised that given the number of reviewers reporting this problem that a corrected version wasn t made available flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Jonathan Kellerman 3,352 followers Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation plastic bubble units on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan s former students, continues to break ground Jonathan s first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980 One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD In 1985, Jonathan s first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller BOUGH was also produced as a t.v movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel Since then, Jonathan has published a best selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN 1999 Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children Readers Also Enjoyed

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      Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the t Jonathan Kellerman was born in New York City in 1949 and grew up in Los Angeles He helped work his way through UCLA as an editorial cartoonist, columnist, editor and freelance musician As a senior, at the age of 22, he won a Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award for fiction Like his fictional protagonist, Alex Delaware, Jonathan received at Ph.D in psychology at the age of 24, with a specialty in the treatment of children He served internships in clinical psychology and pediatric psychology at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and was a post doctoral HEW Fellow in Psychology and Human Development at CHLA IN 1975, Jonathan was asked by the hospital to conduct research into the psychological effects of extreme isolation plastic bubble units on children with cancer, and to coordinate care for these kids and their families The success of that venture led to the establishment, in 1977 of the Psychosocial Program, Division of Oncology, the first comprehensive approach to the emotional aspects of pediatric cancer anywhere in the world Jonathan was asked to be founding director and, along with his team, published extensively in the area of behavioral medicine Decades later, the program, under the tutelage of one of Jonathan s former students, continues to break ground Jonathan s first published book was a medical text, PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHILDHOOD CANCER, 1980 One year later, came a book for parents, HELPING THE FEARFUL CHILD In 1985, Jonathan s first novel, WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, was published to enormous critical and commercial success and became a New York Times bestseller BOUGH was also produced as a t.v movie and won the Edgar Allan Poe and Anthony Boucher Awards for Best First Novel Since then, Jonathan has published a best selling crime novel every year, and occasionally, two a year In addition, he has written and illustrated two books for children and a nonfiction volume on childhood violence, SAVAGE SPAWN 1999 Though no longer active as a psychotherapist, he is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Psychology at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine Jonathan is married to bestselling novelist Faye Kellerman and they have four children

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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. RTC closer to release date of February 7 I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review


    4. 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 thank [...]


    5. 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 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 featured role still another plus.As the title suggests, this Ah, what could be [...]


    6. 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 Pe [...]


    7. 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 Readi [...]


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