Faye Kellerman is a mystery novelist best known for her Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series of novels. She has written more than twenty books featuring these two characters since 1986. As an Orthodox Jew, many of Kellerman’s novels reflect upon many themes relating to the Jewish faith. The characters in the book are ones that are rather close to the Jewish faith with a yeshiva, a place where people study the religion and its many texts, being a prominent site where much of the action takes place.
Faye Kellerman originally planned on being a dentist. She graduated from UCLA in 1974 and earned her Doctorate in Dental Surgery a few years later. However, she was a housewife when he published her first novel. She says that she doesn’t recall the moment that prompted her to become a mystery novelist but she knew that she had a strong imagination and a strong fascination with criminal justice. Her husband Jonathan and children Jesse and Aliza are also novelists. Faye wrote a few books with Jonathan and also co-write Aliza’s 2009 debut young adult novel Prism.
Order of Faye Kellerman Standalone Novels
|1||The Quality of Mercy||1989|
|4||Straight into Darkness||2005|
|6||The Garden of Eden and Other Criminal Delights||2006|
|8||The Voiceless (Short Story)||2016|
Order of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series
|1||The Ritual Bath||1986|
|2||Sacred and Profane||1987|
|3||Milk and Honey||1990|
|4||Day of Atonement||1991|
|9||Prayers for the Dead||1996|
|16||The Burnt House||2007|
|17||The Mercedes Coffin||2008|
|23||The Theory of Death||2015|
Faye Kellerman Awards
Faye Kellerman won a Macavity award in 1987 for having the best first novel in the mystery field. She won this for her work on the Ritual Bath, a book that was first published in 1986. This is an award bestowed to her by the Mystery Readers International organization. Kellerman also received an Anthony Award nomination for the same book in that same category in 1987. The book was highly regarded as being a unique look into a man who looks into a serious criminal case while discovering the Jewish faith and being more in touch with his personal history.
Kellerman’s work has continued to be respected by people within the mystery community. Her works have reached the New York Times bestseller chart on many occasions and continue to bring about a devoted series of fans.
Best Faye Kellerman Books
Many of the books that Faye Kellerman has written feature Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. Lazarus is an Orthodox Jew while Decker is a man who returned back to his Jewish roots after he first met Rina during an investigation near a yeshiva. The stories have gone all around Los Angeles and have entailed the two looking through many strange cases within the city and unraveling the mysteries that surround them all. Many of Kellerman’s books have featured these two great characters and have reached the book charts many times over, thus making them big stars in the mystery world.
Sacred and Profane: The second book in the Decker and Lazarus series, this was released in 1987. While Peter is becoming closer to Rina’s sons and has been studying the Jewish faith a little more, his studies have become strained during a tough criminal investigation. Two teenage girls were murdered somewhere in Hollywood as Peter is brought into a case that hits close to home and triggers the worries he has as a parent.
Milk and Honey: Milk and Honey is the third Decker and Lazarus novel. This one was published in 1990 entails Peter discovering a girl covered in someone else’s blood. However, no one is willing to claim the girl. He becomes obsessed in trying to find out who this girl belongs to as the search leads him to many other crime scenes where many other people have been murdered. This comes in a world where Peter becomes horrified as Rina struggles to try and help him in a case that continues to become more surprising as each day passes.
Hangman: The nineteenth book in Kellerman’s series was released in 2010. A man who spent years in prison to save a classmate from testifying in a murder case is released and soon starts to murder other people. Peter had bene in direct contact with the man’s wife for years. Soon after the murderer is loose, his wife goes missing. This leads Peter into a labyrinth that leads into another murder case involving a local nurse. This creates a strong mystery as there is a belief that the nurse that was murdered was killed because of her carefree lifestyle but there is much more to the case than what people might see, thus making it all the more complicated and intriguing.