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The Mercedes Coffin (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus #17)

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Billionaire genius Genoa Greeves never got over the shocking death of her favorite teacher, Bennett Dr. Ben Alston Little, murdered execution-style and stuffed into the trunk of his Mercedes-Benz. No arrests were ever made, no killer charged for the brutal crime. Fifteen years later, the high-tech CEO reads about another execution-style murder; this time the victim is a Ho ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published August 12th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published 2008)
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What happened to this series? My sister Kerry got me started on these books, and while she always enjoyed them more than I have, at least they were interesting, if frustrating, mysteries. This latest installment---? The main characters barely appear, except for Peter, and he's gone boring. The mystery characters are a confusing bunch of would be musicians and music producers, almost impossible to keep straight, and completely impossible to really care about. The one interesting man, the mentally ...more
Mar 15, 2009 Shirley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Actually didn't even finish this one. Used to so enjoy Faye Kellerman, but that was when she spent more time on her characters' lives. I used to especially enjoy the picture she painted of the lives of Orthodox Jews. This book just seemed to be a lot of going nowhere conversations as those involved kept changing their minds as to who could have done it.
TX Poppet
Dec 29, 2009 TX Poppet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: detective
So sorry to see one of my favorite fictional heroines reduced to her husband's occassional caterer instead of a partner in crime solving.

Also? If I've spent my hard earned money and valuaable time on a detective novel I want to know who did what and why. This book had the all my questions answered with an "I guess we'll never know".

Fooey!I won't buy another Decker/Lazarus book.
Feb 11, 2009 Lynne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Normally her books are an okay read for a weekend trip, (you can leave the book behind when you're done) but this was so bad I have sworn off the Kellermans forever. When they run out of plot they just throw in some extraneous characters, thinking it's a good stand-in for anything of substance.
Oct 16, 2009 Dlora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: murder-mystery
When a current car-jacking/murder is reminiscent of another fifteen-year-old car-jacking murder, Lieutenant Peter Decker is pressured to open the cold case and solve it--and who cares that they couldn't figure it out then and all the clues are old and dusty now--just do it. The Mercedes Coffin shows police procedure at work, slow and slogging, with little of the razzle-dazzle of forensic science or the tension of suspense thrillers. I actually am surprised at Faye Kellerman's mastery of police p ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Taneisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
too too confusing..a cold case reopened and that is how it ends?? all this build up and wondering and waiting for that?? it was best the case of Ben Little stayed cold
Feb 20, 2011 Bookmom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fifteen years ago, Dr Ben Little, a very popular school VP, was murdered execution style and found in the trunk of his Mercedes. The crime was never solved. One of the students whose life he touched is now a very wealthy woman. When she reads a current article in the newspaper about another man found dead in the trunk of his Mercedes, she believes the two crimes are somehow related. She offers a million dollars to the LAPD to take another look at the cold case.

The story follows Lt Peter Decker w
Paula Hebert
in this newest episode detective peter decker is given a cold case to solve, after a nearly identical murder is committed. as he digs into the past, the usual drugs, sex and rock and roll raise their ugly heads, and lots of potential suspects pop up at regular intervals. and of course his wife rina is there to keep peter steady and even. if you haven't ever read any of the peter decker novels, you are in for a treat. I would recommend starting at the beginning of the series, not that it's necess ...more
Jul 25, 2015 Deb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobook
My first Faye Kellerman book and it is apparently 17th in the series. Two murders, 15 years apart are remarkably similar and a rich computer tycoon will pay the police dept. big bucks if they reopen the first case. Her beloved high school counselor was the victim. Lt. Decker is on the case and looks for the links between the cases, which on first glance, except for the manner in which the victims died, do not seem to be connected. As he digs deeper, he finds the missing links.

I liked the way Dec
May 14, 2010 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have read all of the books in this series, but a few of them didn't quite measure up~and this was one of those. It was OK, but the end of the book left too many loose ends. I suppose she'll pick those up in future books~maybe.
Also, there were so many names swimming around in the story that I had trouble keeping them straight.
I would have liked more about Decker's family life. It's his family life and their religious traditions that have kept me interested in this series~ and the fact that I
Tonya Lucas
Jun 05, 2017 Tonya Lucas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a new Murder is discovered in Hollywood it is the same MO as a cold case from years ago of Ben Little. A school teacher who was killed execution style in the trunk of his Mercedes car. Now this new Murder is exactly the same way. Faye Kellerman's The Mercedes Coffin was riveting, suspenseful, and the ending was explosive. Great book
Doreen Richards
Not my favourite one of this series. A lot of characters and mildly difficult to keep them all straight. Also did not feel like I had learned much more about the culture of the time or the people of the area. Having said that, did read it straight through to the end.
Linda Osiolek
It was okay, kept me reading but sort of fell down at the end.
Mariana Constantinou
Great book
Jane Mendelsohn
Too many names to keep up with. However, book kept me interested until the last page.
May 15, 2017 Pmslax rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened
Good listen. She has a lot more to listen to.
Mar 05, 2017 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is an addictive series. Another good read!
Mar 21, 2017 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The crime was semi-solved by police lying to and annoying people over and over, until the one guilty person out of the ten or so innocent they annoy and lie to changes their story. Not very flattering to the police, and not the stuff of a good story. And the main character is saccharine sweet to his family, then is a bit of a slime ball to the people he's interviewing. Neither is a pretty picture. And then his family treats him like dirt after he saves four people. Makes no sense. All very well ...more
Marcia DeHaven
Mar 13, 2017 Marcia DeHaven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second Decker and Lazarus novel I've read. This was very confusing and rather boring but the ending was totally disappointing. I dragged on using 7 days to read this book.
Sarah Ashlock
Mar 09, 2017 Sarah Ashlock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Good Book!!
Mar 06, 2017 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice enough plot, well narrated but soo much religion is becoming a norm for series. No problem with religion, I read 'em all the time but his wife usta be a crime solving aide - and now she's ONLY a 'happy housewife'?!? Another one bites the dust. Still a passable standalone.

In the story Decker and his team conduct interview after interview and bounce theories off each other and hold more interviews. I was finding it all a little tedious--and I was having a bit of trouble keeping all the "persons of interest" in the two crimes separate--when I ran into this comment by Decker, "But tha
Maria Cox

The Mercedes Coffin is a suspense-mystery story of two murders that take place fifteen years apart. The crime scenes, however, are identical, each body found in the trunk of a Mercedes-Benz shot execution style. Peter Decker is the lead detective assigned to the case.

This is my first Faye Kellerman and it was an okay read. I picked up the book twice before and read about five pages in each time, and moved onto another book. The third time was a charm. I made myself read the entire book.

Alicia Kline
This one took a while for me to get through. Not that it wasn't good, it just wasn't the kind of captivating, edge of your seat murder mystery that I like reading. I expected more.

I haven't read any of the other books in this series, so I don't know the backstory of Peter and Rina, but I didn't feel as if this was a disadvantage. The focus of this installment was finding the link between two murders 15 years apart. There were some scenes between these characters that devoted readers would probab
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Oct 23, 2008 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's okay. Faye K is another one of my standard authors and this one, her newest Peter Decker mystery, just showed up on the "new-books-you-can-only-check-out-for-seven-days" table at my library. So I checked it out.

It's fine, very much like her others. No interesting new characters, and none of her standard cast of characters changes or evolves much. She brings in Chris Donetti again, peripherally, which is a shame because he's my favorite villain.

The mystery was not terribly gripping either.
A pretty decent subway read. I enjoyed the unfolding of the mystery, and I like the Decker/Lazarus couple, though as some people have mentioned, Rina Lazarus doesn't have much to do in this one. But then, I've often found that detective novels featuring couples have the besetting sin of crazy coincidences simply as a device to bring both members of the couple into the mystery, so if this one turned out to be a Peter Decker mystery, so be it. It has a marvellously tense climax just made for the c ...more
Sep 01, 2008 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This series, like many others, has been uneven in quality. Author Faye Kellerman is approaching 20 books. I loved the first half-dozen or so books. Lt. Pete Decker, secular LAPD detective, rediscovers his religion, faith, and culture through his relationship with Rina Lazarus, an Orthodox Jewish widow with two sons he meets during the course of an investigation.

I enjoyed the introduction to Orthodox Jewish culture——the day-to-day details, delights, and distractions of a family with modern lives
Hadn't read a Decker & Lazarus mystery in years. Decided to try this one. I'd forgotten how good they were. This one is almost entirely Decker's case, so not too much of Rina in his one. I especially liked two things about this book: First, the Decker family's being Jewish is barely even mentioned in this (the 17th) book, unlike the earlier ones in the series when Judaism was a major plot point. I like that, as to me it says that their religion is just an accepted part of the characters and ...more
Jun 21, 2009 BurgendyA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I don't think I would
Recommended to BurgendyA by: a friend.
This is the first time that I read a Faye Kellerman novel. A friend of mine, and my boss kept recommended me to read her books. So I had to go to the hospital this week due to bronchitus, and a friend of mine who took me there brought me a book she had finished, and left in her car. Dina lend to read it so I could kill time in the waiting room.

I finished reading this book a few days ago. I thought that the story was okay. Not too day, not great either. I was thought I was going to get my socks
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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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Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • Milk and Honey (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #3)
  • Day of Atonement (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #4)
  • False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #5)
  • Grievous Sin (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #6)
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