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Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel    by Faye Kellerman order for
Murder 101
by Faye Kellerman
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William Morrow, 2014 (2014)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Murder 101 is the latest installment in the Decker/Lazarus series. And not a moment too soon. I am always up for one of Faye Kellerman's carefully crafted mysteries.

Peter and Rina have moved from Los Angeles to Greenbury on the Northeast coast. He retired from the LAPD but wasn't ready to put his feet up yet. So he works for the Greenbury PD with Tyler McAdams as his partner. Tyler is a brash, full-of-himself young man who grew up with all the luxuries that money can buy. Unfortunately, his father is as obnoxious as his son. Peter feels he can, with enough time, pull the kid into shape.

The first case that Peter and Tyler have of any note is the theft of stunning Tiffany panels from a mausoleum in a Greenbury cemetery, with forgeries hung in their place. Could it be a fraternity prank from one of the five surrounding colleges? But then a female student is brutally murdered.

Cold case crimes, dark secrets, international intrigue, and those who kill for sport Peter feels he is back in Los Angeles. This sort of case should not present itself in a quiet, sleepy college town. Tyler, though, is learning how to be a good cop as well as to avoid antagonizing his brethren.

Murder 101 is as good as Kellerman's previous novels. And they are brilliant. Her plot is exciting enough to keep you turning pages, hating to put the book down. Rina is a strong woman who complements her husband (a convert to Judaism). The two have his and her children who do not feature very strongly in this tale but who share their parents' strong faith.

The dialogue is right on. I almost felt as though I were listening to two or more people speaking. That is a real art. Watching Tyler change from an angry young man to one who just might be on the verge of understanding his demanding father is a real treat. Don't miss this one. Enjoy.

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