The Ghost Orchid, Jonathan Kellerman

The Ghost Orchid opening lines: Nearly getting killed can change your life in interesting ways. There’s the physical healing, but that’s tedious to think about.

The Ghost Orchid

My blurb:

Giovanni Aggiunta has been killed in his home, with his girlfriend, left naked, and dead, next to him. He is from a very wealthy family, and it appears he could easily be the target. But Milo and Alex discover this is not the case. Can they figure out why someone would target his lover, in his own home?

The Ghost Orchid
Some secrets are worth killing for.
In an upscale Bel Air property, two lovers are found dead in a swimming pool. The man is the playboy heir to a business empire, and the woman is his even wealthier married neighbour.
An illicit affair is the perfect motive. But the house is untouched – no forced entry, no forensic evidence – and so LAPD homicide lieutenant Milo Sturgis and asks psychologist Alex Delaware to help unpick the case.
It quickly becomes clear that both victims had troubled pasts. Now Alex and Milo must confront LA’s darkest side as they unravel a trail of deadly secrets . . .
My verdict:

I am a huge Jonathan Kellerman fan, and this novel was a good read. Figuring out who the murderer was, and why kept me turning the pages. Worth adding to your reading list if you enjoy a decent murder mystery.

Read an extract:

Nearly getting killed can change your life in interesting ways.

There’s the physical healing, but that’s tedious to think about. What fascinates me is how people behave when they know you’ve come close to death.

Some you haven’t heard from in a while get in touch out of obligation. Most of the time they have no idea what to say or do and you end up assuring them you’re fi ne and trying to make them feel better. Or maybe that was just me, reverting to the psychologist’s role.

I’m close to only two people on the planet.

The woman I live with handled the whole thing beautifully, pulling off the perfect balance of caring for me and allowing me space when I needed it. Even more impressively, when Robin allowed herself to get angry at me for being in danger in the first place, she was able to talk about it reasonably.

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Publishing information:
ISBN 9781529900378
Format Trade Paperback
Published February 2024

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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