Sunday, March 29, 2015
Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
Book 30 in the Alex Delaware series
The latest entry in the series follows the standard format. Detective Milo Sturgis is stumped by an unusual homicide case so he calls in consulting help from his friend psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. This series has been going on so long that it has begun to read like an episode of Law & Order meets Castle. The police procedural aspects are interesting as they investigate mysterious stabbing deaths with ritualistic elements but the character development is pretty much non-existent. I really wish the books would follow some of these cases to trial to see how they would justify Delaware's participation in the investigation, much like I'd like to see that done on Castle.
I am starting to wonder if Delaware has totally given up on his regular psychology practice as it is never mentioned in the course of the entire book. He is able to drop everything to help Sturgis whenever needed. Delaware's girlfriend Robin still is pretty pointless and just serves as a means of exposition and brief interlude before Delaware is back to the crime scene. The cases are intriguing enough for me to keep reading this series but I really wish the characters were seemed to be progressing towards something besides just more of the same.