The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1) by Faye Kellerman

The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)

Policeman Peter Decker investigates the brutal rape of a woman as she returns from a bathhouse where women perform their cleansing ritual. There he meets the beautiful Rina Lazarus, the only one willing to cooperate with the police. But as the two grow closer, the investigation conflicts with Rina's beliefs and threatens to tear them apart.

Details The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)

TitleThe Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)
Release DateOct 13th, 2009
PublisherWilliam Morrow
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Thriller

Reviews The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)

  • Brina
    I have been looking for "that perfect detective series" to get involved in since I have read every V I Warshawski book ever written. The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman is the first book in the Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series (thank you Magpie67 for the recommendation). We meet Rina, a widow of two years who still lives at her husband's yeshiva. She is the Mikvah (ritual bath) attendant and math teacher while trying to be both mother and fathe...
  • aPriL does feral sometimes
    What to do.....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 continuin...
  • Mike (the Paladin)
    Good book. This is our introduction to the two characters that I know will go on through at least 8 books as I read the 8th book first...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 wri...
  • Matt Horowitz
    I had gotten this book (and #2) when a very old copy was being thrown out at the temple library I worked at and it promptly sat on my shelf for two or three years. I can't finish one book without immediately starting another (even if it's only the first couple of pages) and I found myself (late) one night with a finished book and no idea what to read next. So I picked this up and ended up reading almost half of it before going to bed.The next day...
  • Tasha Turner
    One of her better books. Trying to describe orthodox Jewish concepts to non-Jews is always hard. Ms Kellerman does fairly well with this book.
  • Diane
    Solid 4.5 stars and two thumbs up!This is actually my second Faye Kellerman experience, and it won't be my last. The first was the combined effort of Faye and her husband, Jonathan.I stumbled a bit through some of the book, but I think it was because I was learning so much about the Jewish culture and their language. I find myself the wiser for all of this.A very good police procedural with an element of surprise at times. Very well written, I en...
  • Gwen
    I didn't care for this book at all. It's not the worst thing I've read for mystery book club, but the easily solved mystery (with absolutely no real logic behind the crime) and the ridiculous characterization made me toss the book aside once I finished, thinking that it was a waste of time.I disliked Decker: misogynistic (both in the belittling and sexual predatory meanings), patronizing toward women, a "sympathetic" backstory (view spoiler)[now ...
  • Krisi Keley
    Closer to a 3.5, but a difficult one for me to rate as far as "enjoyment" because of some of the subject matter - reading about rape and extreme prejudice is difficult to "enjoy" as such. An interesting crime mystery with well-developed characters though, and I did really enjoy learning more about Torah Judaism and other varying Orthodox Jewish views and traditions. I also thought the author did an excellent job of portraying some of the difficul...
  • Marcia
    This is the first book in a mystery series starring LAPD Detective Peter Decker and his romantic interest, Orthodox Jewish widow Rina Lazarus. I absolutely loved this book. Peter and Rina are both well developed, as is the description of life in a yeshiva. The plot (involving rape and murder in a place where Rina and other women feel most safe) is disturbing, but the chemistry between Peter and Rina is light and natural in the most dark and unnat...
  • Felix
    As a thriller or police procedural, it just about passes muster. However, the characters were sufficiently interesting for me to order the next book in the series to find out about their further adventures.
  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    Another book I couldnt put down. Takes place in a Jewish Yeshiva community with a group of very religious people. Det. Decker is dealing with rapes in his town and is assigned to this community to cover yet another rape - but because of this close knit group, he has to approach it carefully as their customs are strict. The only one who will talk openly to him is Rina Lazarus who also takes him through the customs and laws. But doing so has brough...
  • Cyberpope
    This is my review of all the Rina/Peter Decker series.They can be read in any order, but I recommend reading this one first.This series I contrast to Faye Kellerman's husband writing by noting that Faye's are more about character development than hardcore procedural details.I like both, in their place, but probably prefer this series of the two.Rina is an orthodox Jew who meets Peter during a very painful investigation that clashes strictly pract...
  • Sharon
    I'm very torn about how to rate and review The Ritual Bath. What usually pushes me to rate a book is how well it is written.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...
  • Kim Galla
    My first Faye Kellerman read, another author recommended to me. I've read several of her husband's - Jonathan Kellerman - books and decided it was time to try her's. 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...
  • Shannon
    A decent thriller with a great setting. I wish there were more books about orthodox Jews as I find them fascinating. It's like if Yentl were a thriller. My only complaint was that at times it felt more like a romance than a thriller. I could have done with a bit more thrilling and a bit less romance. But still good.
  • Ken Smith
    This was a fun mystery story, set in Los Angeles, revolving around violence at an Orthodox Jew yeshiva. The main character is a gruff (of course!) LA detective, Peter Decker, who is also trying to hunt down the Hillside Rapist, while solving a rape at the school. In his investigations at the yeshiva, Peter works with a young widow Rina Lazarus, a devout teacher who struggles with her attractions to the rough detective. The cultural conflicts (Jew...
  • Niko
    What a great story! I couldn't put it down.
  • Angela
    I enjoyed this whole series. I so learned a lot about Jewish history and the religious tenets.
  • Elizabeth
    This book had a lot of promise in the beginning and I felt connected, drawn to, and cared about the main characters. One of the reasons I'm feeling much disappointment and sadness is because the author was adept at getting me at least emotionally involved with her characters. I was also excited about reading this book for personal reasons. The novel explores and does a good job of explaining many unknowns about one of the many types of Judaism. T...
  • Denise
    Who doesn’t like a mysterious crime? Especially one filled with intrigue, suspense and served up with a little romance on the side. That is what “The Ritual Bath” by Faye Kellerman has to offer. This is the first book of the Decker/Lazarus series. The story takes place in a yeshiva community in the California hills in Los Angeles. The people of this small, remote community keep to themselves; however their peace is disturbed by a violent ra...
  • Andrea Stoeckel
    A bit predictable (I knew part of the ending in a few pages) but a great story set in an incredible place. Why would someone attack women at a yeshiva? And will they do it again?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 ...
  • Mark
    I fell in love with the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus series well into the series with "Grievous Sin" the characters & religious a Roman Catholic, I appreciate the traditions of religion & thus enjoy the many side journeys into the traditions of, I went to the beginning where they certainly isn't a "meet cute" as Decker arrives at Rina's late husband's yeshiva to investigate a rape on its grounds...great st...
  • Wendy
    I love this series. There are at least 10 to 12 books in the series. You can read the series out of sequence, but then you do not get to enjoy parts of the books that depict the domestic side of Detective Decker and his lovely wife and family. They are Orthodox Jews but that is only a slight and interesting sideline to the books. All of the characters are real and enjoyable. Most of the novels are intriguing, well thought out and just good reads.
  • Lesli
    Good read! Only problem I had was all the Hebrew words. Would have liked a glossary instead of having to search Google or Wikipedia via my Nook app. For a book written in the eighties, it is surprising current...minus the "ghetto blaster" references and a few other iconic elements. Definitely someone I would read agian. Definitely a series I would continue with.
  • Nurse Lisa In Ohio (PRN Book Reviews)
    3.5... Not GREAT but very good. Good story with likable key players. I will continue with the series for sure. :-)
  • Gary Beauregard Bottomley
    We are entangled into the world we are thrown into. This book was written in 1986 and has 1986 ethos painted all over it. Social Order Warriors (SOWs) of today, that is those who want to Make America Great Again (MAGA) and Jordon Peterson followers want nothing more than to bring back ‘social order’ to the way things used to be as depicted in this book: where heroic men objectivize women, religious superstitions must be respected, and women n...
  • Ken Schloman
    I first read this novel a number of years ago and loved it. I recently went back and re-read the novel and must say it is better the second time through. The Peter Decker/ Rina Lazarus characters are well developed and the author has crafted a wonderful blend of a police procedural, a developing love interest, and traditional Jewish faith and family life. . This novel is a great starting point for the entire series Faye Kellerman has created. As ...
  • Peg Cochran
    I enjoyed this book very much. It was interesting to learn about various Jewish customs and also what life on a yeshiva is like for a woman. It was a bit slow at times, but the author took care to really build the two main characters. Good read!
  • Stephanie Benoit
    I like a book in this series so I decided to start at the beginning of the set. I was a tad surprised it went back all the way to before Peter and Rina were married. I look forward to seeing how this relationship develops among the murder, mystery and rape. I know where the couple end up but it will be fun to see Rina's reaction when the man who has captured her attention can be a viable option for her after all.