Murder 101 (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #22)

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New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman's beloved Decker and Lazarus embark on a new life in upstate New York—and find themselves entangled in deception and intrigue in an elite college town.

Former LAPD detective lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son.

But working for the Greenbury Police ...

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Murder 101 (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series #22)

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Overview

New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman's beloved Decker and Lazarus embark on a new life in upstate New York—and find themselves entangled in deception and intrigue in an elite college town.

Former LAPD detective lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son.

But working for the Greenbury Police department isn't as fulfilling as Decker had hoped. Just when he thinks he's made a mistake, Decker is called to his first real crime here—a possible break-in at the local cemetery.

At first, it seems like a false alarm, until it's discovered that a mausoleum's stunning Tiffany panels have been replaced by forgeries. Then, a coed at one of the exclusive local colleges is brutally murdered. Poking into the hallowed halls of academia to find a killer, Decker and his newest partner, a young Harvard-educated buck named Tyler McAdams, are suddenly drawn deep into a web of dark secrets, cold case crimes, international intrigue, and ruthless people who kill for sport.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
07/14/2014
Art theft provides the theme for bestseller Kellerman’s deftly researched 22nd Peter Dekker/Rina Lazarus novel (after 2013’s The Beast). Dekker, recently retired from the LAPD, has traded palm trees and sunshine for the snowy winters of upstate New York, taking a job in law enforcement in the sleepy college town of Greenbury. The effect of Dekker’s Orthodox Jewish beliefs add color to the narrative: for example, when he looks into a theft from a cemetery, it’s Shabbat, so he has to travel on foot, instead of by car. After two homicides in the area, Dekker picks up the trail of an art thief whose sights are set higher than a few graveyard treasures. While Kellerman includes too many unimportant details in the story, whether the description of an apartment’s heating system or an unappetizing kosher dinner, her skillful development of characters, both old and new, somewhat atones for this, and almost excuses this installment’s lapses in tension. (Sept.)
Kirkus Reviews
2014-08-14
Retired from the LAPD to be closer to his kids on the East Coast, Detective Peter Decker (The Beast, 2013, etc.), now attached to the Greenbury Police Department, finds just as many felonies in the Five Colleges region of upstate New York. On the whole, the theft of a pair of Tiffany windows from the Bergman family crypt at the local cemetery looks like a professional job. Whoever stole the summer and autumn panels clearly took them one at a time, replacing them with fakes in preparation for stealing winter and spring later on. The fakes themselves, however, are amateurish; even Decker, no art expert, spots one of them as a likely counterfeit before Bergman descendant Ken Sobel and his son-in-law, gallery owner Max Stewart, confirm his suspicions. It's not at all obvious who pulled off the switch, but it's practically certain that the forger was Littleton College art student Angeline Moreau. Sadly, it's too late to question Angeline, who's been brutally murdered. So Decker and his rookie sidekick, insufferable Harvard grad Tyler McAdams, turn their attention to identifying her accomplice as Tufts postgraduate fellow John Latham, and soon enough, he's murdered too. Throughout the complications that follow—which will come to include an intense rivalry among competing art galleries, the unsolved 30-year-old theft of some Russian mosaics, attempts on the two cops' lives, enemy agents and government officials bent on keeping everything quiet—the presence of the initially conceited and clueless McAdams gives Decker an excuse for explaining everything from elementary police procedure to the kiddush blessing over the wine. That's a perfect fit with Kellerman's relentlessly didactic predilections, though longtime fans of the series may grow restless. It's nice to see small-town homicide get Decker's pulse pounding again, though the investigation is routine and the resolution, supplied mostly by Rina Lazarus, Decker's wife, is from hunger.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062270184
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Series: Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series, #22
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 70,032
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Faye  Kellerman

Faye Kellerman lives with her husband, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman, in Los Angeles, California, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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    1. Hometown:
      Beverly Hills, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      July 31, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      St. Louis, Missouri
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Mathematics, 1974; D.D.A., 1978

Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2014

    I have enjoyed this series since the first installment and enjoy

    I have enjoyed this series since the first installment and enjoy catching up with this couple with every new book Kellerman writes. I
    welcomed the departure from LA and thought the new locale would provide an interesting background for new adventures.  Unfortunately,
    I found this book a bit preposterous. I am trying to imagine anything less professional that inserting your spouse into interviews and high
     level meetings. To have said spouse assume control in any situation is really stretching the bounds of credulity.  I know Faye
    Kellerman can do much better than this and I certainly hope she does it in her next novel.  

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

    I very much enjoyed reading Ms. Kellermans latest Decker/Lazarus

    I very much enjoyed reading Ms. Kellermans latest Decker/Lazarus Murder 101.  I look forward to seeing more of "Harvard" soon.  He was a wonderful and refreshing new character.  
    I was very disappointed however in the quality of the editing.  There were many grammar and word usage errors throughout the book.  If I had read this in print, my red pen would have gotten
    quite a work out!  By the way, my rating would have been a five, but I knocked off a star for the cringe factor of the editing errors.  

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2014

    A little bit of a disappointment

    The fact that Kellerman has the distance between Greenbury and Boston wrong is more disquieting than I thought it would be. Checking Google Earth would have solved that problem. She clearly knows nothing about the area where she locates Greenbury. In upstate NY the Sheriff's department in the county, along with the investigative division of the NY State Police would provide the services she has Boston - located in a different state - providing. I like her stuff, but these mistakes spoil the overall story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Interesting new characters

    I like the new characters. I'm really glad that the whole story line of Gabe and his girl problems are over, that was getting annoying. I do have to agree with another reviewer here though that the ending leaves a lot to be desired. I will say the influx of new characters and a change of scenery is nice. Not sure about Rina being so involved, that seems unrealistic and slightly annoying.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 3, 2014

    This was another superb installment in the Decker/Lazarus series

    This was another superb installment in the Decker/Lazarus series. The characters are multi-dimensional and well-drawn. The plot is intriguing and suspenseful. Kellerman has another hit.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2014

    Things and typos I hate seeing.

    Wow! You are such a good writer. I love the way you typo. <br> (Mistake: typo. Word: type.) <p> Het a life, fork! <br> (Mistake: het, fork. Word: get, do<_>rk) <p> 1: Omg. What is a mallard? <br> 2: It's a type of fu<_>ck! <br> (Mistake: fu<_>ck. Word: duck.) <p> 1: Hi. Ivan from mexico. <br> 2: Cool! Im from Oregon. <br> 1: My name is joseph. <br> (Mistake: Ivan, mexico, Im, joseph. Word: I am, Mexico, I'm, Joseph.) <p> More later.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 15, 2014

    I am glad that the Deckers are still around, even though they've

    I am glad that the Deckers are still around, even though they've left LA for the boonies, and I generally enjoyed this book. I also loved Tyler, and was glad to see Oliver show up, even though it was late in the game. But I found a few things confusing, which is why I can't give a full 5 stars.

    First, I had trouble keeping track of who was who in the art world, not just the artists mentioned but also the gallery owners. A who's-who list would have helped, especially since most of us don't read a whole book in one sitting. I was also a little confused about all the times they drove &quot;north&quot; to Boston - just wasn't the right direction from where I thought their new town was. And then, of course, were the typos that seem so common lately, where the publisher's spell-check doesn't catch a mis-used word (like using the word &quot;might&quot; when &quot;mite&quot; is the correct word). Aren't there any good proof-readers any more?

    Anyway, I enjoyed the book and look forward to more installments, especially if Tyler comes back after his first year at Law School. Maybe something involving his grandmother Nina - she's an interesting character, too.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2014

    recommend

    All Faye Kellerman books in this series are excellent. The mysteries are elaborate and woven together well. Much descriptive language is used. The life of the characters is carried through the series with Jewish orthodox customs explained as a logical part of the storyline. However, I found this last book to be a little unsettling for me. I would have liked to understand more about who was really responsible for the crimes and what happened to the missing person. I did enjoy how the author modernized the setting by having a young man who was accomplished with modern technology join Peter in his detective work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    More than a .novel

    Faye kellerman writes a novel that intrigues you from the first page. She makes it so easy to lose yourself in her characters. She not only gives you a great story, but always incorporates interesting facts into her books. It is so easy to learn so much in this page turner. Impressive the amount of research she dedicates. Love the continuation of Rina and Peter, and anticipating reading more of her newest character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    Poor structure. Very disappointing from the author. The ending c

    Poor structure. Very disappointing from the author. The ending came like a loss of imagination, time or interest.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2015

    Another good read from Faye Kellerman

    I always enjoy her novels. They are well-written and interesting.

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  • Posted February 6, 2015

    Fast Read

    Unfortunately, I always forget that Faye Kellerman does not write nearly as well as her husband. Book is easy to read, good if you don't want to have to think too much!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2015

    Master

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2015

    Alyssa to Master

    Your turn to write a story.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2015

    Mur Murder 101

    If you have never read F Kellerman, you are missing excellent works !

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2015

    CTC

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2015

    Murder 101

    I am never disappointed with books by Faye Kellerman. I will be sad when she stops writing her decker/Lazarus stories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2014

    The weakest Decker/Lazarus novel yet

    I usually enjoy Faye Kellerman's books, but this one went nowhere. I'm just glad I got it from the public library instead of buying it for my Nook!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Boring and detailed

    I actually did not finish this book,because it was boring and full of too much history details. Just could not stay with it. Very disappointing because I have loved the others in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2014

    What a disappointment! I have or had been a fan, but this lates

    What a disappointment! I have or had been a fan, but this latest Decker is so poorly written/edited, I couldn't stay focused. Pointless inclusion of characters from previous books that have no role in this one (and I quite enjoyed the other books...). The new characters are not developed at all, and the old ones aren't explored. And the many sillinesses about geography were annoying. OK, situate your fictitious colleges near the Finger Lakes, but don't try to tell me that they are 90 minutes from Rhode Island! Calling a locality right outside Boston &quot;Summer Village&quot; is just dopey (just say Somerville or make something else up). And, saying that the Hamptons are on the way to Manhattan is just wrong. I agree with the other criticisms of the plot and ending. This book just reads like a poor imitation of the real Faye Kellerman.

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