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The Mercedes Coffin (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #17)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman (Decker and Lazarus series) is another great read about LA crimes and how Decker and his fellow detectives (with some insight from Rena) solve the crimes.

Peter Decker gets a nudge from his boss to solve a cold case involving the execution style killing of a much loved school counselor, Dr. Ben who was stuffed in the trunk of a Mercedes. Meanwhile a former geek student that Dr. Ben encouraged while in high school has mad...
Peter Decker gets a nudge from his boss to solve a cold case involving the execution style killing of a much loved school counselor, Dr. Ben who was stuffed in the trunk of a Mercedes. Meanwhile a former geek student that Dr. Ben encouraged while in high school has made it big. After reading about a similar slaying, she decides to see if the original case could be related and solved. She will give the financially strapped LAPD a 7 figure financial incentive to solve Dr. Ben's case, Decker who has enough to do, assigns most of the work to associates, Scott and Marge. Who had motive to kill this great guy who seemingly had not an enemy in the world is a real challenge for the detectives. He does get some help from his daughter Cindy who is also in police work. This, like all of Faye Kellerman's books is a tight, page turning read. If you like crime stories, you're going to love Faye Kellerman. She has written some twenty plus books, many of the Decker Lazarus series, and I recommend that you start with her first the Ritual Bath and read all of them.

posted by Nose_In_A_Book_Grandma on March 13, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

so confusing

This was my first time reading a book by this author. I'm going to read
another book by this author even though this book was very diffucult to follow. I like the concept , however there were so many characters i kept finding myself going backwards in the book to keep ...
This was my first time reading a book by this author. I'm going to read
another book by this author even though this book was very diffucult to follow. I like the concept , however there were so many characters i kept finding myself going backwards in the book to keep it all together. the plot was creative but way too complicated. I am a fan of book series and repeat characters, im sure other books in this series will be great as Idid enjoy the main cast of characters.

posted by tj3720 on August 12, 2009

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    anticlimactic

    This the first Faye Kellerman book I have read and I was very disappointed. The begining of the plot was very interesting. However, there are so many characters introduced that it is hard to keep track of them. Much of the book is devoted to the detectives discussing different motives and scenarios. Soon all of the conversation starts to sound the same. I pushed through hoping the end would justify the initial time spent. It turns out the ending was the worst part. It seemed as though the author got bored and just decided to wrap it up with out tying in many of the details. In fact, I would say that the ending was just plain lazy.
    Many people have written that Faye Kellerman is a great writer even though this wasn't her best work. I'll probably give her another chance but it will be awhile before I can shake the "time wasted" feeling that this book gave me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

    What happended here???

    I was so looking forward to this book and what a disapointment!! The cast of characters could not have been more confusing. The entire plot had to be explained by Peter Decker at the end as none of us really had a handle on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    BORING!!!!!!!!!!

    Not one of her best efforts. Was disappointed there was not more action. Finished it but only because I had nothing else to read.

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