Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Books

Peter Decker is the main character in a series of mystery novels written by Faye Kellerman. Peter Decker is a lieutenant in the LAPD, he assisted in unraveling crimes by his wife who is known as Rina Lazarus. The author of the series Faye Kellerman, was a Dentist who turned out to be an author, and she’s one of the New York Times top selling author. She is popularly known for this series.

Order of Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series

# Read Title Published
1 The Ritual Bath 1986
2 Sacred and Profane 1987
3 Milk and Honey 1990
4 Day of Atonement 1991
5 False Prophet 1992
6 Grievous Sin 1993
7 Sanctuary 1994
8 Justice 1995
9 Prayers for the Dead 1996
10 Serpent's Tooth 1997
11 Jupiter's Bones 1999
12 Stalker 2000
13 The Forgotten 2001
14 Stone Kiss 2002
15 Street Dreams 2003
16 The Burnt House 2007
17 The Mercedes Coffin 2008
18 Blindman's Bluff 2009
19 Hangman 2010
20 Gun Games 2011
21 The Beast 2013
22 Murder 101 2014
23 The Theory of Death 2015
24 Bone Box 2017
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The author was born in St. Louis, Missouri on 31/7/1952 in a Jewish community. Faye Kellerman was brought up in Sherman Oaks in California. She schooled at UCLA and attained a BA in mathematics and later, a doctorate in dentistry although she never worked as a dentist. She got married to Jonathan Kellerman who is a psychologist as well as a novelist. Together they have 4 children. Their eldest son Jesse is a writer as well.

PETER DECKER/RINA LAZARUS SERIES AWARDS

This series usually features on the NYT bestseller’s list which is considered to be the final list of the top-selling books in the US. Faye Kellerman received the Macavity Award-literary award for mystery writers, in 1st best writer category. She was handed a Lifetime Achievement Award by Strand Magazine in 2013.

THE BEST PETER DECKER/RINA LAZARUS SERIES

Below is a complete review of 2 of the best books in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series that is authored by Faye Kellerman:

Milk and Honey: This is the third book in the series. In this book Rina lives in New York together with her 2 boys, but moves to Los Angeles to visit to Peter after the occurrence of an event. Peter is as determined as ever to make her accept his marriage proposal pulls out all the stops. In the meantime, the events that occur at work make Peter to be always tired.

On the day before her visit , Peter’s old military friend is accused of rape. Constantly having doubtful behavior, he doesn’t trust his lawyers or the police and instead turns to Peter for help , which Peter is accepts to provide. Meanwhile while Peter and his partner Marge Dunn are on the regular beat, they come across an abandoned 2 year old girl and they take up the case so as to find trace her family. The case develops from child neglect to quadruple homicide, and peter Decker willingly takes control of the case.

While he is working to resolve the 2 cases, his wife arrives and the 2 share a moment together. Unfortunately, peters army friend shows up at their house on the grounds of returning Peter’s favor, this makes both Peter and Rina to be uncomfortable. Discretely, they both seek advice from Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Shulman. Just As in the 1st two books in the sequence, you will enjoy the conversation between Peter and the Rabbi. The Rabbi enlightens Peter and asks him to be a God fearing Jew.

False Prophet: This is the 5th in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery sequence by Faye Kellerman. Both Peter and Rina Decker are settling into life as a family in this newest part of their series. Rina is 6 months pregnant, and the whole family is excitedly expecting the arrival of the baby. Cindy is going to stay together with the family during summer so as to help them out. In the meantime, Peter and Marge have both requested for a transfer so as to solve the homicide in the Devonshire station together with a new colleague by the name Scott Oliver. But Before their request is granted ; a rape and theft occur in the Deckers’ backyard, and therefore Peter and Marge are given the case.

Davida Eversong who is an actress and director Hermann Brecht have a daughter by the name Lilac Brecht. She is the only girl with 3 half siblings. She owns a day spa to so as to cater to the women of the upper class of the society. Always used to getting anything that they wanted, Lilah and Davida became spoiled. This case happened right after Rodney King and it features high profile characters, therefore, Los Angeles Police Department doesn’t want excessive publicity. Its only Peter and Marge who can keep the police force out of the publicity or in a positive light.

As the case disentangles, all the characters keep playing off each other , blackmail and all. In the meantime, Peter doubts his abilities as a father since it’s always hard for him to balance between work and home life. Although this mystery may not be at same level as the other installments but it’s a quick thriller nonetheless.

OTHER BOOKS YOU MAY LIKE

If you enjoy reading the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery series, probably you will certainly love The Rabbi Small Mysteries authored by Harry Kemelman. The Rabbi Small Mysteries is a sequence about a rabbi who investigates the killing of a nanny. You might also love Kendra Elliot’s Callahan and McLane series. The series is about an 11-year-old who is kidnapped while going to school as a result the FBI does not waste a moment.