In the newest Alex Delaware novel, a farewell drink at a favorite hangout makes both Alex and his long-time girlfriend Robin among the last to see a brutally murdered woman alive. “Mystery” is both the nom de plume of the victim and an accurate description of this case. Money, sex and subterfuge are all key elements in Kellerman’s twisty tale, but which leads to murder?

As they have a final drink at the Fauborg Hotel before it is demolished, Alex and Robin notice a beautiful young woman sitting alone. The next day, LAPD Homicide Lt. Milo Sturgis arrives looking for help on a new case and Alex realizes she has been murdered. Identifying her is difficult until an anonymous tip leads them to a website that matches up beautiful young women with sugar daddies. The harder Alex and Milo work to unravel the layers surrounding “Mystery,” the darker things become. Something is very twisted about this case. (BALLANTINE, Apr., 336 pp., $28.00)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith