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Murder 101 (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thriller) (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Book 22) [Kindle Edition]

Faye Kellerman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

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The gripping new crime novel in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman.

Detective Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus have moved from the chaos of L.A. to upstate New York, to a quiet town that is home to elite colleges and pensioners. Semi-retired and faced with mundane call-outs at the Greenbury Police Department, Decker is becoming bored of life. So when he is called about a potential break-in at the local cemetery, he jumps at the opportunity to investigate.

The Bergman crypt contains four intricately designed stained glass windows, one for each season, two of which are confirmed as definitely fake. Along with young Harvard graduate, Tyler McAdams, Decker must solve the mystery of the forgeries. His search leads him to Manhattan, although perhaps he should look closer to home: when a co-ed is brutally murdered at a local colleges, Decker must put his search for the art thief on hold. But not for long…

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'Kellerman is an excellent writer' The Times

'Very exciting' Daily Mail

'Brutal but thoughtful and well plotted, fast moving and well told' Observer

'Sensational' Mirror

'Kellerman creates a claustrophobic atmosphere, against a background of seediness, violence and distrust' Sunday Telegraph

'Kellerman moves her gritty mean streets LA plot along with breakneck pace' Irish Independent

About the Author

Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, ‘The Ritual Bath’ (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1849 KB
  • Print Length: 465 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 000751767X
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (2 Sept. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HTVVE62
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Born in St. Louis, Faye Kellerman is one of the most highly considered US crime authors. Her first novel, 'The Ritual Bath' (1986) introduced Sergeant Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. It also won the 1987 Macavity Award for Best First Mystery. Kellerman currently lives in Beverly Hills with her husband and four children.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Murder 101 is the latest entry in Faye Kellerman's long running Decker/Lazurus series. In fact it's number twenty two.

Kellerman has aged her characters over the course of the series. Peter Decker has recently retired from the LAPD. He and his wife Rena Lazurus have moved to quiet Greenbury, NY to be closer to their grown children. Peter has taken a job with the Greenbury PD. But truthfully he's a bit bored - there's not a lot of crime in the town. A possible art forgery in a cemetery crypt seems pretty exciting. But when a body is found, Decker is back in his element. He has a new partner as well - a young man named Ryan, with no experience, and a bad attitude.

I always enjoy the mystery in Kellerman's books and the path Decker takes to solve the cases. This one was good, but I did find the international connection to be a bit of stretch.

But, the strength of this series is the characters. Rina and Peter are such engaging characters. I've enjoyed watching their relationship grow from their first meeting to this comfortable older stage. Their joy in each other, their love of their family, their faith and their convictions are wonderfully depicted.

The title is a nod to Decker's attempts to teach young Ryan the basics of a investigation (and a little bit about life as well. Rina plays a larger role in Murder 101 - she's actually part of the investigation this time round.

I like that path that Kellerman has chosen to take for Peter and Rina. I wonder if there will be further cases in Greenbury? And, as much as I enjoy the family aspect of this series (daughter Cindy has had her own book and I'm growing tired of foster son Gabe's issues), it is Peter and Rina I prefer to follow.

With such a long running series, there are bound to be some books that are stronger than others. I thought this latest entry was a really good read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and Miss with the fans, a Hit for me. 10 Oct. 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
So I’m a HUGE fan of the Kellerman Dynasty – Faye, Jonathan and Jesse – I discovered the Decker/Lazarus series solely through being interested in the Kellerman clan having loved all of the Alex Delaware books – and have been hooked ever since.

It is a long running series, has had its ups and downs, but overall has always given an excellent reading experience and this one was no exception. It seems to have been a bit hit and miss with the fans, but for THIS fan it was a hit.

Pete Decker, having opted for a slower pace of life, had been bored out of his mind. But when he investigates a robbery which leads to a brutal murder, he is back in his element once again. As the story ebbs and flows towards its final resolution it is, as always, very compelling and absolutely fascinating.

The “Murder 101″ of the title presumably relates to new character Tyler Mcadams, a wet behind the ears temporary recruit, whose arrogance is immense and who is none too pleased it seems to be stuck with an “Old man” for a partner. Rina of course can see past the bluster and as things progress one of the very best things about this story was the eclectic and ever changing relationship developing between Tyler and Pete. A lot of whether or not you will love this one will come down to your feelings as a reader about him, his background and his persona – for me he was a perfect yin to Decker’s yang and gave a fresh feel and a new ambience to the series as a whole.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Retirement? 8 Sept. 2014
After 30 years with the LAPD, detective lieutenant Peter Decker takes retirement. And what does he do? He and his wife, Rina, move to a sleepy Hudson Valley village in upstate New York where he joins the local police department as a detective just to keep busy, on the theory that nothing ever happens there. Also, to be near their kids and grandkids in Brooklyn and Philadelphia. And after six months of rescuing cats from trees, it would appear that the assumption was correct. Wrong.

First off, there is a break-in at a mausoleum in the local cemetery where two of four Tiffany windows representing the four seasons were stolen, replaced with forgeries. Then a female art senior at a local college is found brutally murdered. Now Peter has something to dig his teeth into. Are the two crimes related? And when another murder of someone known to the co-ed occurs in a nearby suburb to Boston the plot thickens.

The novel is a straightforward summary of the ensuing investigation. There is little in the way of suspense, as the reader follows Peter and the others as they plod along. The conclusion is pretty far from what one would expect from what had preceded it. The book is smoothly written with some clever witticisms and cute characterizations to keep one’s interest.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 30 Sept. 2015
By Elaine Tomasso TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Pete and Rina Decker have moved to New York State to be near their children and grandchildren and to ease into retirement with a slower pace of life. To this end Pete has taken a job at the Greenbury police department where nothing ever happens and Rina does not appear to be working. Obviously, as this is a crime novel, something does happen in Greenbury and it is the murder of an art student, Angeline Moreau. Decker is thrilled at the opportunity to investigate and ably assisted by his rookie sidekick, Tyler McAdams, gets stuck in.
As usual Ms Kellerman has penned an extremely readable novel in an easy style with pleasant characters and plenty of plot twists but it is easy to see why some reviewers don't like it. There is little introduction to the new setting for series readers, it's as if it's always been there and it is a little disconcerting at first but I soon got used to it, I, personally, don't like the plot, especially the ending, as it seems contrived and implausible (I'm not saying more than that) and the characters are different, Rina gets more of a starring role and Pete seems weaker than when he was in LA. I do, however, like the new boy, Tyler McAdams, and I think there is great potential in his partnership with Pete, perhaps with him replacing the aging Decker in future novels.
As I said Ms Kellerman writes eminently readable novels and despite my misgivings about the plot I enjoyed this novel and am happy to recommend it as a good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Faye Kellerman never fails!
Published 1 day ago by Fiona L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Entertaining and good read,
Published 2 days ago by Mrs B High Wycombe
2.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs down for this book
I have read all the previous books in the series and felt that the last few were becoming stale. With Murder 101, I almost lost the will to live. Read more
Published 16 days ago by R Anson
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good story following their family and how they have aged ...
Another typical Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus episode. A really good story following their family and how they have aged with a really good story running through it.
Published 27 days ago by Jill Owens
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Boring ,complicated and nowhere near as good as the rest of the series.
Published 1 month ago by Carly50
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
not her best but ok
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex
Loved the way the plot unfolded and the believable characters. A really good looking forward to reading more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by E. A. Wake
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Another good Decker/Rina book. Really enjoyed it. Glad they have changed areas, nice to have some fresh characters. More please
Published 5 months ago by Pam
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read would recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Neil sheppard
4.0 out of 5 stars Decker not given up yet
Slower paced now Peter is semi-retired, but still a cracking good read
Published 5 months ago by S. Crerar
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