A little too familiar by the final chapters

March 2, 2009
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Bones, by Jonathan Kellerman (Headline, RRP $38.99):

This book presented me with a bit of a dilemma: I enjoy a good, old-fashioned murder mystery and for the most part, Jonathan Kellerman writes well enough. However, by the end of the book, the whole thing just felt a little too formulaic.

There’s enough in this latest offering in the Alex Delaware series to keep the interest up, from murdered women with missing hands and mysterious bones sold at auction to missing millionaires and dodgy caretakers with patchy pasts.

Delaware is a psychologist who helps homicide detective Milo Sturgis with a range of nasty cases, and this one is shaping up to be particularly nasty.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book. Mostly. It was just that by the final few chapters I felt like I’d been there before. I suspect it’s a book I’d have enjoyed more if I hadn’t already read earlier efforts by the same author.

Jillian Allison-Aitken

I come from the other land down under, where men are men, and sheep are nervous. I'm a sub-editor and in the past have been a proof-reader, news editor and web editor. I am also an ex-columnist, and book and software reviewer for the local daily newspaper.I still read. A lot. And surf the web. Also a lot.You'll find a little about both of those pastimes here, and on By George.

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