The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #1)
Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report.Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.
The crime was called in by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved...more
For me, an atheist, I am offended by the obvious purposeful crippling of being human by the rituals of ANY religion. Since the beautiful widow and mother of two boys Rina Lazarus, love interest of the detective Peter Decker, is an Orthodox Jew, I am grinding my teeth even while I am admiring this interesting beach read of a novel.
This is book one - how they meet, so I knew I had to start here. However, I'm uncertain about continuing. Usually I give a series at least three books re ...more
The next day and despite working at a bookstore I drove around ...more
On her way home from a ritual bathhouse ('mikvah') a young woman is brutally raped in a small, strict Orthodox Jew community, near Los Angeles. One of her friends, recent ...more
This is the first book in the Peter Decker detective series by Faye Kellerman. Definitely enjoyed it and will read the others as I find them. I liked that she added a little about the Jewish traditions of a yeshiva. I enjoy learning about other religions and cultures. Was a mover and kept my interest. I pictured David Caruso as Deck ...more
In that respect, I will go with 4-stars, because this book is very well written. What I find unusual is the amount of Orthodox Jewish life represented in what I thought would be a mainstream book. To someone unfamiliar with Orthodox Judaism, that may be a huge turn off.
A portion of the story hit me on a personal level, in an irritating way - that included an "all too conven ...more
Firstly, I don't think I would have enjoyed this even half as much if it hadn't been audio. There is a LOT of jewish words which I would have skipped over in written form and the narrator had brilliant incantonation (hmm, n ...more
I've read other Faye Kellerman novels, but never started this series, so decided to start at the beginning & get to know Detective Peter Decker and his co-workers Marge Dunn & Michael Hollander of the LAPD. Rena Lazarus, a 26 yr old widow with 2 small boys live in Yeshivat Ohavei Torah, a Jewish school for boys. A rape has occurred on the property to Rina's best friend. Decker has been investigating other rapes in the Foothills. Is it the same rapist or someone on the insi ...more
The story was okay. The killings were not very brutal and bloody. An easy read. ...more
The detective Peter Decker meets the attractive Jewish widow Rina Lazarus (pretty stereotype!), who works in the Mikvah - the ritual bath for women in the yeshiva. A woman is brutally raped outside the mikvak, and apparently Rina is the main target for this man.
However,the crime story is only one part of the story, the description of life in the yeshiva is just as important. I' ...more
It was actually good. The prose is intelligent and easy to read, most importantly. The mystery isn't half-assed. I was rooting for a different guy up until the big reveal and it's not even boring despite the many religious almost lectures. I love a good novel about 'the higher power' but Judaism is a too realistic and complicated to interest me but as I've said, it's not really boring. I've started in the second book but set i ...more
Faye Kellerman has two claims to fame. The first (and most important) is her bestselling mystery series and the two extra-series novels (one a historical mystery and the other a mystical thriller) sh ...more
I wasn't a big fan of the changing POV, but that's a personal preference, not a flaw of the book. I prefer staying in the heads of the main ...more
I like Peter and Rina. Peter is not really so hard-boiled, but he's tough, yet caring, and he's a good detective to boot. Rina is a younger woman, perhaps even too innocent in her thinking, and that gets her into some trouble.
The author mixes a lot of Jewish culture and historical tidbits in for the reader, and that's great. I love learnin ...more