Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman. I've been reading the Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis series for years, and while this is not a favorite, I always enjoy the opportunity to catch up with the pair.
Thalia Mars is almost 100 years old when she calls Alex Delaware in for a consultation. Although this case is certainly not within Delaware's usual sphere, he is charmed by the elegant and witty old woman.
Unfortunately, a second consultation that would have explained what the elderly woman wanted from Alex never happens as she is murdered before she can tell him.
Recent books in this series have been uneven--some are excellent, some are not. I'm sorry to say that Heartbreak Hotel did not engage me as many other books in the series have. I liked Thalia Mars' character; she was by far the most interesting in the book, but she didn't last long enough to become fully developed.
Read in November; blog post scheduled for Feb. 1, 2017.
Mystery/Crime. Feb. 14, 2017. Print length: 368 pages.