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Milk and Honey: A Decker/Lazarus Novel (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus #3)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  8,521 Ratings  ·  162 Reviews
In the silent pre-dawn city hours -- alone with his thoughts about Rina Lazarus, the woman he loves, three thousand miles away in New York -- LAPD detective Peter Decker finds a small child, abandoned and covered in blood that is not hers. It is a sobering discovery, and a perplexing one, for nobody in the development where she was found steps forward to claim the little g ...more
ebook, 528 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by William Morrow (first published January 1st 1990)
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Brina
Apr 26, 2016 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milk and Honey is the 3rd book in the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus mystery series. In this installment Rina is living in New York with her two boys, but an event has occurred that has her come running to Los Angeles for a visit to Peter. Peter determined as ever to have Rina accept his marriage proposal pulls out all the stops. Meanwhile, events at work have him as exhausted as ever.
On the eve of Rina's visit, one of Peter's old army buddies is accused of rape. Always having suspect behavior, he d
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Mike (the Paladin)
Jul 18, 2015 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
You know, even for a cop Peter Decker's life is...fast moving.

Even on a night drive in a quiet neighborhood things will seemingly search out Peter and draw him into tragic events.

Here Peter comes across a blood spattered toddler wandering a residential neighborhood in the dead of night. From there he gets drawn into a convoluted case that will strain his, Rina's and hopefully your sensibilities.

This is a good entry to the series and as with the others I've read (so far) I can recommend it. Ther
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aPriL does feral sometimes
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!

Did you ever hear of 'It's so bad it's good? This is one of those. Totally silly and stupid, and absolutely unintentionally a riot. AND it blissfully sneaks up on you. The pages and chapters move along seemingly within the normal universe, but then the accumulation of silly and emotionally wrong and the sense of 'Wait. That would never happen. No one would act like that. Hold on, that was too un
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Elena
Nov 04, 2013 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, gave-up
Ugh. I was already getting irritated with some things about this series, mainly a clunky writing style and an overuse of the "grittiness" of LA. I continued on to this book because I wanted some resolution in the romance plot, but this book convinced me that the author's treatment of gender and race is just so obnoxious that I'm not going to bother sticking around, and that any resolution in the romance plot would be unsatisfying to me anyway.

Also, I was expecting that a series of mysteries know
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Linda
Jul 03, 2010 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This was my first Faye Kellerman book. It was okay but I probably will not read any of her other books based upon this read.

Milk and Honey did not hold my interest as do many other mystery writers. To me, the characters were not believable and the plot trite. There were many incidents such as finding a lost child, officers being shot or injured, being attacked by swarms of bees and discovering multiple murders. However, none of these happenings really had much credibility.

I felt the ending was
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M. Patrick
Mar 02, 2013 M. Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This the third Faye Kellerman book that I have read. By this time I have discovered that the series is more about a man and a woman from two different cultures and with two different sets of emotional baggage who happen to love one another and are trying to build a life together than it is about "who done it?" Unlike like other stories that draw their energy from the heat of conflicting values and cultures, Faye Kellerman writes her stories about the couple's efforts to build an unique and power ...more
Cupof Tea
The side story of Decker's past is more interesting than the actual case he is working on in this novel. Murder on a bee farm could be engrossing, but somehow it is just confusing and not a satisfying conclusion.

I'm glad that I am reading these in order because I find the romance between Peter and Rina to be an interesting one, and I am enjoying the religious discussions that come up fascinating too.
Susan
Jul 15, 2014 Susan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-series
I really liked the first book in this series. The second book wasn't as good, but I chalked that up to the audio format - sometimes a book just isn't as good in audio format if the narrator doesn't do a good job. Well, this book was on paper so I can't blame the format. Peter Decker was portrayed as a horrible, overbearing, short-tempered brute and Rina seemed to accept it much more readily than seemed realistic for her character as portrayed so far. Toward the end of the book, Peter's emotional ...more
Andrea
Feb 07, 2014 Andrea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love these
Lynn Halliday
Dec 13, 2015 Lynn Halliday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book certainly wasn't up to the standard of other crime fictions books I read by any means. Perhaps my negative review is down to the fact that I didn't read the first two books of this series, in fact I've never read a book by this author before. Putting that to one side, however, I found the endless religious references & terminology in this book very tedious. Being an atheist myself I felt almost excluded, like I had been left out of some private joke, during most of the dialogue tha ...more
CI
Feb 04, 2015 CI rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
First, some background to put my review in context.

About me: mid 30's, married white Australian, career military officer, non-religious.

Series reading history: I found Book 1 quite interesting and enjoyed learning about Judaism. Ambivalent about Rina because her personality couldn't be more opposite mine and thought Decker was a good lead. Summary would be 'boy meets girl, major differences to overcome in cultural and religious beliefs, good suspense in the detective mystery'. I found Book 2 enj
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Chris
Detective Pete Decker finds a little girl on patrol one night, and in his quest to find out who she is and who she belongs to, uncovers a grisly quadruple murder scene.

This is a tough review to write. The overall mystery involving the little girl and the murders was good, and the only real reason I kept listening. But, and this is a big one for me, Pete Decker is a pig. He's verbally abusive to his fiancee on several occasions, and treats her like she's a little girl. "You only talk to other men
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Heather
3.5 Stars. While I've had most of the books in the Decker/Lazarus series for years, it's been a long time since I read "The Ritual Bath" and "Sacred and Profane," the first two books in the series.

I don't like to read series straight through because I find the "refreshers" of what happened in the previous books become too repetitive when I do. In this case, however, because of the lapse of time in between reading books I found them helpful. I also found them well placed and sufficient enough th
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Heather Bokon
Jul 20, 2013 Heather Bokon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-2013
Detective Pete Decker finds a little girl on patrol one night, and in his quest to find out who she is and who she belongs to, uncovers a grisly quadruple murder scene.

This is a tough review to write. The overall mystery involving the little girl and the murders was good, and the only real reason I kept listening. But, and this is a big one for me, Pete Decker is a pig. He's verbally abusive to his fiancee on several occasions, and treats her like she's a little girl. "You only talk to other men
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Ginger Price
Feb 28, 2015 Ginger Price rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decker/Lazarus, Book 3

Several stories in one. Abe Atwater is an army buddy of Peter's & when he is accused of rape & assault by a prostitute, he comes to Peter for help. We learn of their history in the war, Abe loses his leg, Peter saves his life.

Peter stumbles upon a two year old little girl & he and Marge comb the neighborhood to see if anyone can identify her. Although Patty Bingham hesitates, she says no, but she suspects who the girl's father is. Since the girl has various bee
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Peggy
Mar 06, 2014 Peggy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Peter Decker is finding his new Jewish spirituality as he prepares to marry Rina Lazurus. But his job as a cop finds him looking at the harsh world too. In this book he finds a little 2 year old girl wandering a neighborhood in the middle of the night. In his search for the girl's family he uncovers a horrific murder scene of 4 of the girl's family members, including her parents. As he and his partner unravel the crimes, Peter is asked to bail his old pal from the Vietnam War out of jail and inv ...more
Linda
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Purple Iris
Oct 07, 2015 Purple Iris rated it liked it
I enjoyed this, but less than I remember enjoying the old Faye Kellermans. Still a hundred times better than her later stuff like The Beast. It was great to see Rina and Peter as actual characters again and not just as the cardboard cut-outs they've become later in the series. A few of the scenes with Abel were WTF, though, especially the one with Rina in the barn. I like Marge. I wonder when Oliver shows up?
Ed
Jul 15, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#3 in the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery series.

Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus mystery - On a summer night in a housing development near Los Angeles, police sergeant Peter Decker finds a winsome two-year-old girl playing on a swing set--and wearing blood-soaked pajamas. Unclaimed, ``Sally'' is placed in a foster home while Decker and partner Marge Dunn try to learn her identity. Bee stings on her arms lead them days later to the scene of a bloody multiple murder at a honey farm. While piecing
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Rosemarie
May 06, 2014 Rosemarie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't often give a book 5 stars. (If every book was a 5-star book, the 5-star rating wouldn't mean much anymore.) What amazed me about this book was the intricate weaving of subplots with the main plot - a found toddler, a multiple murder, an old army buddy accused of rape, and the ongoing saga of Peter Decker's relationship with Rina Lazarus. The warp and weft of all the strands came together well, keeping me turning the pages to a fully-satisfying denouement.
Katherine
Jul 31, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have just (as a fan of the Peter Decker / Rina Lazarus books) who is up to date, gone back to read the first three books. Loved them and so interesting to be retrospective and find out more about Peter, Rina, Cindy, Marge etc earlier on. Loved the familiar LA setting, fast pace, gruesome attention to detail. Fab, but also perception and intuitive, with more depth and dimension than other books in this genre. :) :)
Karschtl
Before finishing the book I're read several reviews, and most of them were quite negative. I did not share these opinions, but admittedly were influenced by them and read the remaining pages with a skeptical eye.
Yes, I also think that Peter Decker behaves very strange towards Rina when it comes to Abel (and so does Abel), but altogether he wasn't such an unlikeable character. I did like the fact that several cases were examined here (in reality a police detective never has just one case to solv
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Kelly
Apr 07, 2014 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Milk and Honey has a large, primary mystery, a medium-sized mystery involving someone from Decker's past, and a little mystery that pops up as a result of the main mystery. The first mystery is a big gory mess: Decker finds a child wandering the streets of a neighborhood, tries to find where this child comes from, and then discovers a mess of bodies covered in bees (hence the title). Additionally, a friend of his whom he served in the Vietnam War with is accused of raping a woman and needs Decke ...more
Princessjae
I don't normally read mysteries, so I think I missed a lot of nuances in this book - the Orthodox Judaism, the difficulty in relationships, Vietnam, etc. must have supplemented the main plot in some way. I'm not sure I would buy another of Kellerman's books - it didn't really get me at the end.
Lesli
Sep 28, 2011 Lesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2011
I'm still fascinated by this series. As much as I want to smack Peter Decker, I also want to pat his head and feed him milk and cookies and tell him that the world will be ok. The next in the series will have to wait. I have a big pile of TBR before I can borrow it from the library.
Reena
Apr 11, 2012 Reena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really getting hooked on this series. Although the books can be read as stand alones, they are much better when read in sequence. This is the third in the series and the quality improves as they go along. The characters are genuine and quite likeable.
Rebecca Huston
The early Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels are still the best of the lot. This one was a very tangled, very good mystery to work through, as well as getting to see the tension rachetting up between Peter and Rina in their ongoing, rather troubled, courtship.
Rebekkila
I am reading this before the food + Wine challenge.

Faye Kellerman's books are always to fascinating to me. I know very little about Judaism and her books really delve into it.
The mystery was not much of a who-dun-it, but the back story was interesting.
David Morse
Jan 27, 2015 David Morse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the characters in this book, especially the nuance in Rina and Decker's relationship.

Watch out if you are bee-phobic. I practically had to hide this book from my wife who has jumped out of moving cars to get away from a bee!!!
Elle Maxwell
Jun 20, 2013 Elle Maxwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Faye Kellerman's books, but I am always just a touch disappointed in the endings, in particular the way the perpetrator is revealed. I think this one facet of her books could be handled differently, in order to create more emotional impact.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)
  • Sacred and Profane (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #2)
  • Day of Atonement (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #4)
  • False Prophet (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #5)
  • Grievous Sin (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #6)
  • Sanctuary (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #7)
  • Justice (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #8)
  • Prayers for the Dead (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #9)
  • Serpent's Tooth (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #10)
  • Jupiter's Bones (Peter Decker Rina Lazarus, #11)

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