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The Burnt House (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #16)

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From a New York Times bestselling author comes this electrifying new thriller that features her investigative duo Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, who work to determine if a flight attendants death is an accident or an act of terrorism.
Hardcover, 438 pages
Published November 7th 2007 by William Morrow & Company (first published 2007)
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Jeff Zimmel
I've read several of her husband's books and I've always liked Jonathan Kellerman's books, so when Gina brought this home from the library I was intrigued. But to be honest, as I got into the book, I forgot that it was written by a female. I started to notice that the author would always go into great detail about what the characters were wearing in the book. I kept thinking to myself, "What's with this guy? I don't care what color the ladies blouse was."

Then after a few days, I remembered that

Before I write my review, please indulge me while I vent my spleen.

I would like to ask all those readers in the literary world who feel the need to write comments in the margins of library books to pull their heads in. You don’t own it so don’t write in it. I don’t care that you found a particular phrase trite and poorly structured. The book is an airport page-turner for god sake, not Chaucer and your sanctimonious comments are not appreciated.

I feel better now.

So, where was I? The Burning Hous
Jan 23, 2008 Jane rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults
Recommended to Jane by: Peggy
Burnt House was a good fast read. The author does a nice job of tying together two seemingly unrelated homicides. I was kept guessing "who done it" till the end. It was also refreshing to have a cast of characters with primary influences on the plot versus the traditional lead heroine/hero. The interaction between the characters was well written. I look forward to reading more Faye Kellerman books.
Nov 02, 2008 Betty rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: all mystery and police procedural fans
The Burnt House was a great read. Decker & Lazarus, long-time working duo of the series quickly become old friends and acquaintances to this first time reader. The book is so well-written, combining police procedure with family life, that I felt completely at home with the characters.
The story starts off with a literal BANG!! as a commuter plane crashes into an apartment building. So many twists and turns begin when a search for the remains of one flight attendant purported to have been on
Christine Keleny
Not sure how I picked up this book - I "read" it via audio, so I think I just picked it up at the local library, and I wasn't disappointed. It is a fun who-done-it, not on the order of Agatha Christie fun, but a good story, well written, with a good ending.

The main character is a police detective- Peter Decker, a Jewish, kosher police detective no less. (I thought this was very interesting and would like to know why the author chose those features for this character. As a writer, this makes me c
Sep 07, 2009 Lucy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: kellerman fans
Shelves: readawhileago
I have been following the Decker/Lazarus novels since the first one and I enjoy watching the changes in the characters over time. That continuity and depth of characters is the advantage of the mystery series genre for me. the plot here is not as interesting as the character development. In fact, the plot is pretty unbelievable and contrived. an airplane accident causes a disastrous loss of life for the travelers and the residents of the house the plane hit. A body is found that opens up a case ...more
I'm not sure I'm going to finish this one. I used to really like Faye Kellerman's books, especially the Decker/Lazarus series, but lately I've not been able to get through them. I'd have to re-read some of the older ones to see if it's just me or if the writing has changed. There's a lot of minutiae here that just isn't interesting... like what everyone is wearing all the time. I've also noticed a tendency to use two words that mean the same thing in the same sentence, which is jarring.

It's offi

"At 8:15 in the morning, a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Shock waves ripple through Los Angeles, as L.A.P.D. Lieutenant Peter Decker works overtime to calm rampant fears of a 9/11-type terror attack. But a grisly mystery lives inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage: the unidentified bodies of four extra travelers. And there is no sign of an airline employee who was supposedly on the catastroph
Tracy Terry
Book 16 in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series. Whilst each of the books deals with a separate case I strongly recommend that they be read in order as as well as the crimes themselves the books predictably follow family life in the Decker/Lazarus household, the earlier ones in particular dealing with Peter's journey into orthodox Judaism after he discovers his birth parents were Jewish.

With two cases to solve, one of which could have happened any time over the previous thirty years, as is nearl
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This is Kellerman at her best. Peter Decker is called into work for an emergency situation, a small commuter plane with 47 passengers has hit an apartment building and burst into fire. It is unclear at first what caused the plane to crash, and no
Two stars is a generous rating for this book - The Burnt House was a real disappointment. I've read all the Faye Kellerman 'Peter and Rina Decker' novels, and I recently re-read them all. Faye Kellerman, to me, is a better novelist than her husband, also novelist, Jonathan Kellerman. Faye's books are normally solid fiction that both entertain and educate. The Burnt House is tedious, slow and too full of mundane details, which may be the normal life of a police investigation, but makes for a poor ...more
This was a fairly typical murder mystery. A plane crashes into a building and Peter Decker, local police officer, is assigned to notify the families of the crash victims. Later, he is contacted by the step-father of one of the listed victims, who does not believe his step-daughter was on the plane. At first Peter thinks the step-father was in denial, but then when he investigates, he begins to think something sinister is going on. This was a page-turner in parts, and was also unrealistic in part ...more
A WestAir commuter plane crashes into a building near Los Angeles killing all aboard. Flight attendant Roseanne Dresden was not scheduled to work the flight but her husband Ivan claims she was on the plane and died in the crash. Roseanne's parents, however, insist that Ivan killed their daughter and want the police to investigate. LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his team look into the case. They find no proof that Roseanne boarded the plane and her body is not located in the wreckage. However a ...more
Tom Barnes
Dec 12, 2008 Tom Barnes rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Speed readers might like it
Recommended to Tom by: Coffee Club friend

A West Air commuter jet takes off from Burbank Airport bound for San Jose, California. The plane was climbing to cruising altitude when suddenly it yawed to port and reversed its climb. The plane dove back to earth and crashed with deadly force and exploded into an eighteen-unit apartment building.
The crash site was located in the community of Granada Hills some twenty miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Fire, police and rescue teams rushed to the scene to find no survivors. Once the fire was out an
Apart of the first (Cold Case aka Mercedes Coffin) one I've read of Decker/Lazarus stories, I've tended to read them in order. This one is one of the newest ones, and - as Kellerman always has - it had elements that seemed different from the previous stories.

A flight crashes not far from where Hannah goes to school, and Peter gets to manage the investigators for the crash - all passengers and crew of a commuter flight died in the accident that also burnt down a residential house. After a few mon
We've read the entire set of Decker/Lazarus novels, and generally enjoy Faye Kellerman's not-too-gruesome detective stories, with plenty of "family time" to add to their charm. Sometimes she goes overboard with her expositions of conservative Judaism (beliefs and practices), but thankfully those references are pretty casual in “Burnt House”.

Meanwhile, a clever two-pronged plot centers our attention in this tale. When an airplane crash in Decker’s police turf kills all aboard, and a jerky husband
Kathleen Hagen
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This is Kellerman at her best. Peter Decker is called into work for an emergency situation, a small commuter plane with 47 passengers has hit an apartment building and burst into fire. It is unclear at first what caused the plane to crash, and no one expects that anyone on the plane has survived, but Peter and the police are able to rescue many people and animals from their houses and clear the area. Then, Peter begins receiving
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Celia Powell
I haven't read any Faye Kellerman in ages, but I remembered liking her earlier Peter Decker & Rina books (Pete Decker is a police detective who, early in the series, falls in love with Rina, a Jewish widow, and converts before marrying her.) I've always been quite fascinated by the ritualistic and social elements of Judaism.

Anyway - if you haven't read any of these books before, I woudln't recommend starting with this one. There's too much history there, and the relationships between the ch
Due indagini si sovrappongono per Peter Decker. Un aereo si chianta su un edificio e inizia la lunga procedura per l'identificazione delle vittime. All'appello però manca il corpo di una assistente di volo che nessuno sa se sia mai salita su quel volo ed al suo posto dai detriti della palazzina compare il corpo di una giovane assassinata 30 anni prima.
L'indagine per l'identificazione della sconosciuta e per la ricerca della hostess si sovrappongono con storie che paradossalmente si intrecciano.
Burndt HOUSE Excitement, suspense and good police work is always found in Rina and Peter books. This one is no different. A plane crashes into a apartment Dector's district. There is no record of Rosanne Dresden of boarding the plane though she is list as kill in the crash. As the recovery continues Roseanne is not found. Everyone is excited when a woman's body is found. It was first assumed to Roseanne. However it is not. We have unknown victim and 2 murder cases to solve. The twist and turns a ...more
Over all, I feel like the book was exceptionally well-written. Faye Kellerman is excellent at writing descriptions, though there was almost *too* much description, much of which I read over. This was the first book I'd read by this author, and I'd wish I'd realized it was part of a such a lengthy series before I started reading it. I wasn't familiar with how the characters had developed, which made it difficult for me to relate to them.

The dual mystery was compelling, but I didn't like how the
It's wonderful to be reacquainted with Peter Decker and his wife Rina and family. It seems like it's been so long since I last read the previous book Street Dreams (2003)! Peter's youngest daughter Hannah is 14 now! It's unbelievable! I remember when she was born! It's like catching up with long time friends.
The appeal of F.K.'s Decker series is definitely Peter's family life that's always interwoven in the book's plot.
As to the mystery of this book and the part where Decker's team solved two c
Für mich gehört dieses Buch zu den besseren von Faye Kellermann. Peter Decker und sein Team sind auch in diesem Buch ständig unterwegs, um sich zwei mysteriöse Fallen gleichzeitig zu lösen.

Diese Geschichte geht einem richtig aufs Gemüt. Nicht nur, weil es mit einem Flugzeugabsturz anfängt, und jeder irgendwo in sich einen Angst dafür spürt selber mal abzustürzen. Sondern auch, weil man sich so mit den Eltern der Opfern verbunden fühlt, die Sicherheit suchen und endlich ihre Angehörige beerdigen
Once again, Kellerman had me stumped as to who the murderer was in this intricate murder mystery. She deftly wove a current crime with a 30-year-old cold case that left me smiling as I exclaimed, "No way!" Another great read. This is the longest I've ever stuck with a lengthy series. I don't even want to think about getting to the last book because by now, the characters have become like old friends.

Now on to book #17...
Caroline Barker
I am just about to begin reading this book. I am aware that there are a series of these and my first to read is #16, so therefore, maybe at a later date I may wish to read the previous 15.

This book is impressive so far. I have just read the first few chapters and find it quick paced, straight forward, easy to read, with a good plot. So far it deserves 4 stars!!!

It is exactly as I predicted the pace of this book is quick and constantly leaves you wanting to know more. I am quite versatile with g
The only reason I gave this book 2 stars instead of 1 is because the premise of the book was enough to get me to finish it. That being said, I was not sad to finally be done with this book. From what I've read of Faye Kellerman, she has a horrible habit of telling instead of showing. Her prose style lies somewhere between condescending and just plain lazy. Her horrible habit of throwing facts at the reader and leaving almost nothing to the imagination got extremely annoying after the first hundr ...more
This book started out really interesting, however it went on and on. Several things annoyed me about this book: the cops were constantly flying back and forth to different cities; The lead detective (Peter Decker) and his family are Jewish, so the author droned on and on throughout the book about Kosher food and what Peter could and couldn't eat. I have nothing wrong with the Jewish faith, but the author's continuous diatribe about the food was pointless and had no relevance to the story.

It too
I may read more of her books, but may not. By the reviews , I take it she has some better. I liked this book because it stuck to the mystery. I did not like a few points, but it was minimum and not used enough to distract from the story. I like a rather deeper mystery, but this was great lighter reading to keep balanced.
My first time reading a book by Faye Kellerman. Very enjoyable. I loved the relationship between the detective/lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus. They are so supportive of each other and make a great team in solving the case. There are other strong characters in the book and they keep you guessing. Was there a homicide? If so, who performed it and what was the motive? The title has very little to do with the content of the mystery--I don't know how they chose to name it that. Oth ...more
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Faye Kellerman was born in St. Louis, Missouri and grew up in Sherman Oaks, California. She earned a BA in mathematics and a doctorate in dentistry at UCLA., and conducted research in oral biology. Kellerman's groundbreaking first novel, THE RITUAL BATH, was published in 1986 to wide critical and commercial acclaim. The winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel from the Mystery Readers ...more
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