I was an Alex Delaware / Milo Sturgis devotee until several years ago when I commented that the series seemed to have meandered off into something I struggled to read. I’m not sure I articulated the why exactly… but I know I got tired of the crap between Alex and his boring long-term girlfriend Robyn and the big deal made out of the fact that big beefy Milo was (inexplicably / unexpectedly) gay and learned, and not well accepted by his police colleagues. In short… it felt like the same story was being repeated again and again and I stopped caring.
Obviously Jonathan Kellerman heeded my advice (!!!!) cos the last few novels are back on track. Robyn is merely background noise and the focus is again more on the cases at hand than the other crap in the lead characters’ lives. (Which is interesting cos in other series I don’t mind the added personal flavour.)