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The closing of their favorite romantic rendezvous, the Fauborg Hotel in Beverly Hills, is a sad occasion for longtime patrons Alex Delaware and Robin Castagna. And gathering one last time with their fellow faithful habitués for cocktails in the gracious old venue makes for a bittersweet evening. But even more poignant is a striking young woman—alone and enigmatic among the revelers—waiting in vain in elegant attire and dark glasses that do nothing to conceal her melancholy. Alex can’t help wondering what her story is, and whether she’s connected to the silent, black-suited bodyguard lingering outside the hotel.
Two days later, Alex has even more to contemplate when police detective Milo Sturgis comes seeking his psychologist comrade’s insights about a grisly homicide. To Alex’s shock, the brutalized victim is the same beautiful woman whose lonely hours sipping champagne at the Fauborg may have been her last.
But with a mutilated body and no DNA match, she remains as mysterious in death as she seemed in life. And even when a tipster’s sordid revelation finally cracks the case open, the dark secrets that spill out could make Alex and Milo’s best efforts to close this horrific crime not just impossible but fatal.
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By Marion on 07-04-11
As one narrator to another
Having been a narrator of text books and novels for Vision Australia for blind clients for 35 years but an avid reader myself, I have never chosen to listen to audio books. One of my sons taught me to use my new iphone and downloaded "Mystery" by Jonathan Kellerman, so at the age of 79, I'm hooked. Mr Rubinstein's rendition made me want for more. His minimal but effective changes in characters' voices were remarkable and I dips me lid to him. He made me stay glued until the finish. I have downloaded Caleb's Crossing and looking for more.
11 of 11 people found this review helpful
By Kristin on 02-08-13
What made the experience of listening to Mystery the most enjoyable?
I love the Alex Delaware novels. John Rubinstein, as always, brings the stories to life. This one was not destined for the literature books, but it's a good story with outstanding narration.
At this point, I won't purchase/listen to any Delaware novels unless Rubinstein is the narrator.
What does John Rubinstein bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
He completely brings this series and cast of characters to life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
4 of 4 people found this review helpful