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

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

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by Faye Kellerman

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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, intrigue, and murder in an elite, picturesque college town.

As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now he and his


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, intrigue, and murder in an elite, picturesque college town.

As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now he and his spirited wife, Rina Lazarus, are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children, grandchildren, and their foster son, Gabe.

But working for the Greenbury Police Department isn't as fulfilling as Decker hoped. While Rina has adapted beautifully to their new surroundings, Decker is underwhelmed and frustrated by his new partner, Tyler McAdams, a former Harvard student and young buck with a bad attitude. Just when he thinks he's made a mistake, Decker is called to an actual crime—a possible break-in at the local cemetery.

The call seems like a false alarm until it's discovered that a mausoleum's stunning Tiffany panels have been replaced by forgeries. Soon the case escalates into murder: a co-ed at an exclusive consortium of liberal-arts colleges is brutally slaughtered. Poking into the hallowed halls of academia to find a killer, Decker and McAdams are drawn deep into a web of nasty secrets, cold-case crimes, international intrigue, and ruthless people who kill for sport.

Suddenly Decker's job is anything but boring, and the case might be too much to handle for a sleepy town that hasn't seen a murder for nearly a quarter century. Decker will need to use every bit of his keen mind, his thirty years of experience as a homicide cop, and much-appreciated help from family and old friends to stop a callous killer and uncover a cabal so bizarre that it defies logic.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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
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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HarperCollins Publishers
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Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series , #22
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9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

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

Brief Biography

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

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Murder 101 (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Crime Thrillers) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 46 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Madriver More than 1 year ago
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 "north" 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 "might" when "mite" 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.
Vallynne More than 1 year ago
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.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SrJean More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read every book in the Decker/Lazarus series. I just have to get used to Marge & Scott not being an integral part of the story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter and Rina have left LA to be closer to their kids and grandchildren. Peter is semi retired, but is more experienced tnan anyone else in low key college town. A "simple" art heist turns into a multi city murder investigation and Peter and Rina are on top of it from the start. As usual, Rina is feeding everyone with food and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy her novels. They are well-written and interesting.
bookmategj More than 1 year ago
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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If you have never read F Kellerman, you are missing excellent works !
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am never disappointed with books by Faye Kellerman. I will be sad when she stops writing her decker/Lazarus stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 "Summer Village" 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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Decker series and i loved the new characters in the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
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&rsquo;s interest.