Another year, another great buddy police/psychologist procedural for Milo and Alex. I look forward to reading this series and The Ghost Orchid is another great entry.
Two naked bodies are found murdered in a middle-class backyard in the LA adjacent and mega-wealthy Bel Air enclave. Which one was the intended victim, and which was collateral damage? The man is a playboy wastrel from a rich Italian family. The woman is a rich man’s wife from down the street. The woman’s husband was out-of-town, but could he have hired someone to kill his cheating wife? Did the man have enemies incensed enough to kill him? Psychologist Alex and detective Milo must unravel the tangled secrets of both victims’ lives.
The characters are the best part of this book. I feel like they are old friends now after reading the 39 (39!) books in this series. As usual, Alex also has a couple of unrelated court cases to bring a bit more psychological meat to the book. The Ghost Orchid can be read as a standalone novel. However, I guarantee that you will be hooked on the characters and will begin reading the entire series after reading this one. 5 stars!
Thanks to Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a digital review copy of the book.