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Showdown at Coincidence Junction
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
The Good News: as a Alex Delaware mystery, this is better than most of what you'll find out there.
The Bad News: this is the 35th Alex Delaware mystery, and it is nowhere near the Top 30.
So many things wrong here. Too much time spent on Milo's kid detectives being twitchy. Robin playing detective. Too many characters. Implausible plot twists. Way, way to much coincidence (Alex spots somebody walking on the street. In L. A.!. Alex can't sleep and gets a feeling to return to the seen of the crime. The same night the bad guys do!). A big showdown that Kellerman has telegraphed for a hundred pages, but that master-shrink Alex doesn't see coming. Lots of "hitting the streets police work", but they can't figure out who cars belong to. And a plot so improbable that Kellerman doesn't even try to wrap it up; he just leaves everything hanging without explanation. But I give it TWO STARS for lots of food. And Blanche.