Having read and enjoyed reading Jonathan Kellermans books for sometime I felt intrigued as to what sort of books his wife, Faye was writing. Having heard only good things about the series I decided I would order the first in her Rina Lazarus/Peter Decker series 'The Ritual Bath
'. The first thing you notice as you get into the story is its heavy influence from the Jewish culture, and community. Firstly we are introduced to the shy and quiet Rina Lazarus who lives in a small community in the LA Hills which is inhabited solely by Jewish citizens. So, when a brutal rape occurs within the community, Detective Peter Decker is thrust into this strange and somewhat hostile community as he is put in charge to solve the crime.
What pursues is a good enough mystery of who is targetting the ladies of the community and along the way we learn quite a bit about the basics of Judaism and their beliefs. But not in a preachy way, Kellerman has managed to fit it into the story so effortlessly that at no point is it tedious to read about. The characters are good enough and I look forward to seeing them progress through out the series. My one downside about this book is that the crimes and the police work are not as in depth as what you would read today in say, a Karin Slaughter or Patricia Cornwell novel. However that isn't surprising considering the book is over 20 years old.
All in all it is definately worth a look. You'll be greeted by an entertaining read with a good cast of characters and also learn a bit aswell. I'm glad I decided to give it a try and can't wait to read the next in the series: 'Sacred and Profane