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The Theory of Death (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series, Book 23)

The Theory of Death (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series, Book 23) by Faye Kellerman, and Richard Ferrone

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By Faye Kellerman, and and, Richard Ferrone

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The twenty-third book in the hugely popular Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman


26 Jul 2016

This is the first book by Faye Kellerman that I have read in many years. I found it rather disappointing - perhaps because I am not familiar with the series protagonists and so found the Decker/ Lazarus and younger ex colleague McAdams backstory references and dialogue somewhat tedious. The story idea was quite interesting and introduced me to the idea of space junk. For me it was not a page turner reflecting the sleepy pace of the small college town in was set in but it was sufficiently engaging to keep me reading to the end.

12 Jul 2016


I must admit, I was a little dubious about reading a crime novel with a heavy dose of maths thrown in, but it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, but perhaps I wasn’t expecting much. Granted, some of the technical material was skim read, and the repetition of it did become tedious, but the initial idea was interesting, especially the ideas about mapping.

I like the relationship between Decker and McAdams, but I was driven to distraction by Mallon. I couldn’t understand why they accepted her stalkery behaviour, especially doing the job they do. It wasn’t cute and endearing, it was weird and irritating. Why they let her tag along is anyone’s guess, let alone see her as a romantic interest.

Although I enjoyed the father/son dynamic, the endless duplication and references to McAdams’ need to study was really overplayed, as was the different names the author used for her characters e.g. McAdams, Tyler, the boy. I thought the dialogue was quite stilted, especially between Decker and Rina.

A bit stodgy, a disappointing end… I wouldn’t bother.

17 Jun 2016


I found this book easy to read, but the plot and storyline didn't really capture me. I enjoyed the dynamic between McAdams and Decker, I thought they had a very good relationship. I hated Mallon and did not see her as a good love interest at all. The mathematical references were brought up a lot, and while I appreciate the author went to great lengths to explain them, the constant mention of them bored me a little. I would consider reading another book in this series though.

16 Jun 2016

I found this book disappointing despite looking forward to reading it. The storyline was slow and laboured and the frequent use of mathematical terminology was unnecessarily complicated, repetitive and tedious. I did enjoy the relationship between Decker and Tyler but found Rina irritating and a bit too good to be true.

05 Jun 2016

This is one of the best books I've read recently. Set in the small town of Greenbury, in upstate New York, a university genius commits suicide. Detective Peter Decker and his young sidekick Tylar McAdams investigate the case and also the subsequent murder of a university lecturer.
The characters were interesting and believable and their personal relationships bring a natural feel to the story.
It's well written and flows easily, making it a very enjoyable read.

05 Jun 2016

St Regulus AJ

This was a well crafted novel. Based in a remote university campus, death comes without warning and the police find themselves dealing with the intricate mathematical workings of the dons and students. Lips are sealed as the theses of the students carry both prestige and the promise of future earnings. Some good drawing of characters. Believable and a good read.

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