The Museum of Desire

The Museum of Desire

Large Print - 2020
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LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis has solved a lot of murder cases. On many of them, the ones he calls "different", he taps the brain of brilliant psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. But neither Alex nor Milo are prepared for what they find on an early morning call to a deserted mansion in Bel Air. This one’s beyond different. This is predation, premeditation, and cruelty on a whole new level. Four people have been slaughtered and left displayed bizarrely and horrifically in a stretch limousine. Confounding the investigation, none of the victims seems to have any connection to any other, and a variety of methods have been used to dispatch them. As Alex and Milo make their way through blind alleys and mazes baited with misdirection, they encounter a crime so vicious that it stretches the definitions of evil.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, ©2020.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9780593172087
Characteristics: 453 pages ;,24 cm.

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pitkerro
Aug 15, 2020

Not one of the strongest in the series by a long shot. Milo and Alex both seemed a bit tired and so was I by the end of it.

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LolaTony
Aug 04, 2020

I enjoy the Milo Sturgis/Dr. Alex Delaware mysteries. Most are very strange and have a tangled web of suspects, evidence and other mysteries to unravel.
This story revolves around a very strange tableau of murder found in a stretch limo by the person hired to clean an empty mansion that has been rented out for huge parties. The 'Museum of Desire' is supposed to be an old masters painting that was presumed stolen by the Nazis and is now in a private collection somewhere in the world. I googled the painting, but can't find any reference or article on that painting...
The novel traces the routines, questions and methods used by law enforcement in their efforts to solve a crime. Like reality, some leads that look like the breakthrough they need fizzle to nothing when all the details are found and sorted. This book is a maze of people who are intertwined in strange and convoluted ways. Something that I found distracting in the story was the unrelated minutiae of the lives of the various characters.. Sometimes, I'm thinking that Mr. Kellerman is using 'filler' to make the required word count. That being said, it was still a very intriguing mystery. The takedown of the perpetrators was explosive and completely unexpected! It was still a very enjoyable read and it exercised the gray matter a bit.

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Summer2021
Jun 11, 2020

Excessive verbiage. The writing was quite flowery, thus hard to understand. I ended up skipping perhaps 20% of the words in the book.

The book would have been better if the author was more grounded, crisp, and clear.

As for the story itself, it was okay. It wasn't something I personally enjoyed, but we all like different things.

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Grandma007
May 06, 2020

I have read most---if not all---or Mr. Kellerman's mysteries. This starts out better than it ends. UCLA students will probably get a chuckle out of the action in Little Holmby.

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DT_kcls
Apr 25, 2020

You would think that during this Covid-19 lock down we are all suffering, I would be zipping through the books on my shelf. You would be wrong. I blame mental inertia. However that blame only goes so far to explain that it took me nine days to read 'The Museum of Desire'.

Milo and Alex have a tough case with clues that initially prove useless. Getting through those clues is a bit of a slog, but it is understandable. That's how investigations work. I did not find any of the peripheral characters unique to this story interesting or likeable. What also strikes me is that Milo is getting more mellow. Way more mellow and far too out of character. Alex, on the other hand, (suddenly?) claims he has the ability to remember everything he sees!

Faye Kellerman, Jonathan's wife, talking about her writing in 2017, revealed that she is indeed an Orthodox Jew. “Write what you know,” Faye recalls thinking at the time, in an Aish.com exclusive interview. “I love my religion,” Faye explains, “and I thought that maybe other people would be interested in Orthodox Jewish faith, just like I’m interested in other cultures.”

One has to assume her husband, Jonathan, is also an Orthodox Jew.

I don't know if I'm comforted that, through the fact of his faith, Jonathan knows enough about the particular theme of art to include it in 'The Museum of Desire' or if I'm appalled that it would be something he researched.

The inclusion of the habits and themes of both Milo and Alex are getting too predictable and repetitive. I think both characters need a big shake up as they are as important to some readers as the cases they solve.

3.5 stars

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Norma1313
Mar 04, 2020

I usually enjoy his books, however this one I found slow and boring. I have read all of his books and was very disappointing.

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gary25
Feb 28, 2020

This is the 35th in the series and I have been an on and off ran through out the long run. I'm also a fan of the series he writes with his son Jesse as well . The thing is about the Alex Delaware series, the lead characters are always great but sometimes the story line or most often the villains are kind of boring. Fortunately, in this installment every aspect is very good. I like the fact that he is expanding the roles of the younger detectives as well. I Think this book is certainly a good read.

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brangwinn
Feb 23, 2020

This is the first Alex Delaware crime novel I’ve read. The premise seems far-fetched, but then an a reader I need to suspend my disbelief when reading it—particularly a book set in LA and Beverly Hills with so many unusual inhabitants. I read this on a Kindle and wonder if the book has a list of characters to keep helping readers remember who everyone is. I’m still not sure why the gruesome murder introduced in the first chapter evolved into such a convoluted case, nor do I understand why so many people were murdered. I needed a flow chart or Venn Diagram to understand the relationships between the murderers and the murdered.

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USAF1969
Feb 20, 2020

Jonathan Kellerman's latest Alex Delaware & Milo Sturgis novel, THE MUSEUM OF DESIRE, is another well-crafted, interesting and engaging novel. The crime involved is weird and the complexity of the investigation is intriguing. It's hard to put down once you get going. It includes some threads of societal issues, old a new. For example, the new is the amount of gratuitous violence that seems to permeate a segment of people today who are largely self-focused and all about themselves, as the see and act towards other people as "throw-aways." The old, is about art stolen by the Nazi's from Jewish families that is still out there, often hidden away in private collections. The ending, as it should be, is creative. I continue to enjoy the dialogue between Alex and Milo - takes the edge off some of the hard stuff in the story.

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maipenrai
Feb 15, 2020

I have had a 35 year relationship with Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis, and always look forward to their latest mystery. I did not particularly like this story line. There seems to be a trend toward adding gore and depravity to novels / mysteries. Perhaps this is an attempt to compete with the vampires and walking dead - themes that I hate. Reading mysteries ( my brain candy ) presupposes that someone has been murdered ( almost always ), but a challenging and enjoyable "whodunit" does not require extreme violence. Three stars for the characters - Zero stars for the book. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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