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Book Review: Faye Kellerman Murder 101 (Decker and Lazarus #22)




Rating
3 out of 5 stars 
Country
United States 
Writers
Faye Kellerman 
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Sub Genre
Police Procedural 
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Plot Summary
Murder 101 is the 22nd novel in the Decker and Lazarus series by author Faye Kellerman.  Peter Decker is assigned a new partner and in a town where nothing normally happens they suddenly have a very important case when, after investigating a break in at a cemetery they find an art student murdered.  Then her professor is also found brutally murdered and suddenly it looks like they may have been involved in forging art.

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My Review
An intriguing case certainly that looks into the world of art forgeries and the criminal gangland enterprises that support them.  It takes a wider viewpoint in plot terms later in the book, rather than focusing on the small town crimes, but I didn't necessarily feel that this always worked, perhaps more of an attempt to bring some level of action to what was otherwise a slow story.  The ending was a bit flat too.

I also didn't necessarily feel much towards either of the main characters either.  Decker is fine as far as he goes.  He is now semi-retired as a police officer having left the LAPD to take a more easy life.  His wife didn't necessarily add much to the story other than a few helpful and insightful comments along the way.

McAdams, which was probably the author's intention, came across as somewhat annoying.  He takes a job as a police officer before heading to law school and was promised an easy life by the Mayor, friends with his rich father.  He does have something of a chip on his shoulder.

It was probably, overall, a bit long for the what the book actually contained though and did drag at times.

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