As has become predictable, every time Milo Sturgis asks psychologist Alex Delaware 'you free today?' Alex has a 'consultation in a contentious child custody case'. Really? Jonathan Kellerman can't think of anything new or interesting that keeps Alex busy? Or does Alex just have the most boring life in the lives of literary characters?

A headless, handless body of a stranger found in the den. Yep, sounds like the beginning of an old time Agatha Christie mystery. Nope, it's not. The solving part of the novel was not very satisfying. Too much chewing on circumstances, theories and possibilities, too little detecting.

The cover of 'Night Moves' claims it to be "An Alex Delaware Novel". Frankly, I'm not even sure why Alex Delaware had a part in 'Night Moves' except to be a food foil for Milo who is unusually talkative and glib. That this new, improved Milo exhibits any contentment or, dare I say, happiness is disconcerting to those of us who know him well. I prefer the often grunting, EFFECTIVE eater that was Milo rather than the too talkative, says nothing of import Milo. The scenes in 'Night Moves' seem repetitive throughout the book as the sarcasm and food scenes definitely are.

While the headless, handless body of a stranger found in the den is a big ball of tangled twine to be unknotted, the strings take us all over the place with names of too many irrelevant people.

Lately I think authors are so wound up in their own clever wording when writing their latest concept of a novel, they forget they need an ending. Then, as with 'Night Moves', they cobble one together (likely or unlikely, believable or convenient) and slap it on the last few pages.

3 Stars, C- because I've read them all and C- will give Jonathan Kellerman one more chance with me. Make it count Jonathan.

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