This has been such a hectic and tiring week, and the only reading I’ve been doing is with audiobooks. I find I turn to stories in audio when I’m feeling tired—not tired enough to sleep, but too tired to focus on a print book or ebook. Mind you, since I often decide to lie in bed when I do this, I sometimes (okay, often) fall asleep while listening. Which leads to a lot of rewinding back to the point in the story that I actually remember.
Ever since about book 15 (Motive is book 30), I’ve always chosen to listen to Jonathan Kellerman’s Alex Delaware series. This series is like a comfort listen for me, and I’m always happy when a new Alex Delaware mystery is released.
Unfortunately, Motive doesn’t make it anywhere near my list of top Kellerman reads (most of those would be books from earlier in the series). And I found one thing about the book particularly disappointing. If you haven’t read the series before, Alex Delaware is a child psychologist who consults on murders with his buddy, homicide detective Milo Sturgis. Part of the reason I’ve enjoyed this series so much is because of Milo. A gruff bear of a man, he’s a gay cop whose fortunes within the LA police department have been like a roller coaster ride.
For some reason, in Motive Alex has suddenly become the expert detective of the duo. There are way too many scenes where it’s Alex who suggests to Milo how to proceed with a particular lead or talk to a recalcitrant witness. It all makes Milo seem like a rather dim-witted cop, which he most certainly isn’t. It’s not like Alex’s suggestions are brilliant insights fueled by his expertise in psychology. They’re suggestions I’d have expected Milo to make. And to make matters worse, all Milo does is nod his head and then implement Alex’s suggestions.
So yes, I wasn’t too impressed with this one.
I’m also listening to two Andy Carpenter mysteries. This series by David Rosenfelt are fun reads, often with some nice twists at the end.
This will give you an idea how tired I’ve been—I was in the middle of Leader of the Pack when I got sidetracked by Motive, but when I finished Motive, I forgot I was still in the middle of Leader of the Pack and started on Unleashed instead.
And the really funny thing is, I’d been wondering why I couldn’t remember how things ended for Joey Desimone, the guy Andy Carpenter was trying to get out of jail in Leader of the Pack. Turns out, I couldn’t remember it because I hadn’t finished it!
Have you listened to any good audiobooks lately? I’m always looking for audiobook recommendations!