The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/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
Here we see the introduction of the characters and the story line. Many continuing mystery series have some kind of "hook". Here it's the fact of Judaism, maybe in the tradition Harry Kellerman's Rabbi? (By the way as far as I can find Harry Kellerman is no relation to this author or her husband).
Anyway, the writer's orthodox faith is part of the story here and ...more
The next day and despite working at a bookstore I drove around ...more
Audiobook, borrowed from my public library via Audible. Michael Greenberg sounds as bored reading it as I felt listening to it.
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
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
Peter Decker "catches" the case, and falls for the mikvah (ritual bath)helper. Not only must they figure out who and why but how come they are attracted to one another, impossible as it may seem.
This is a good mystery and fascinating setting. Will look for others in the series
I disliked Decker: misogynistic (both in the belittling and sexual predatory meanings), patronizing toward women, a "sympathetic" backstory (view spoiler)[now with more Jewishness! (hide spoiler)] (to give him ...more
Een spel van aantrekking en afstoting begint want alhoewel Rina weduwe is, kan en wil ze geen relatie met een niet-jood.
Ik heb dit boek als ebook gelezen en de eerste 3 pag ...more
Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - 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 r ...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
(This one I know I read, but I might as well start at the beginning.)
Re-reading this book was great! I'd forgotten how good it was and am glad I have the next dozen or so in the series to read (or re-read).