Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman

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This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.

Murder 101

Summary from Goodreads:

New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman’s beloved Decker and Lazarus embark on a new life in upstate New York—and find themselves entangled in deception, intrigue, and murder in picturesque elite college town.

As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now, he and his devoted wife Rena Lazarus are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son.

But working for the Greenbury Police department isn’t as fulfilling as Decker hoped.  While Rina has adapted beautifully to their new surroundings, Decker is underwhelmed and frustrated by his new partner, Tyler McAdams, a former Harvard student and young buck with a bad ‘tude. Just when he thinks he’s made a mistake, Decker is called to his first real crime here—a possible break-in at the local cemetery.

At first, it seems like a false alarm until it’s discovered that a mausoleum’s stunning Tiffany panels have been replaced by forgeries. Then, a coed at one of the exclusive local colleges is brutally murdered. Poking into the hallowed halls of academia to find a killer, Decker and McAdams are drawn deep into a web of dark secrets, cold case crimes, international intrigue, and ruthless people who kill for sport.

Suddenly, the job is anything but boring. This case just might be too much to handle and Decker will have to draw on every ounce of experience that he has garnered in the past thirty years as a Homicide cop. And then again, even that might not be enough!

Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

This is my first Faye Kellerman book. I was pretty excited when I was presented the option to review- reading the summary, it seemed like a “me” book.

And it pains me to say this… But I did not like this book.

At first, I thought it was me. This is her 22nd book so I’m late to the game. I knew there would be character arcs that I would not be familiar with. But, I was hoping to be interested in this book enough to be willing to check out the previous books.

Sadly, this is not the case. I just felt like I could never lose myself in the story, that it was just filled with extra things- the actual plot seemed like it was forever to get to- and I was just so meh feeling, it wasn’t even funny.

After I finished, because I kept hoping for something to really draw me in, to give me a great feeling- it just never came together. I then checked out Goodreads- and I see that I was not the only one who felt ehh. Which made me feel better- because I realized it wasn’t just me,

Overall Thoughts: Sorry Faye, MURDER 101 was not for me.


*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.


Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

T @ Traveling With T

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2 thoughts on “Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman

  1. Tamara, what I love about your blog is how much I can trust it. Even if an author does or doesn’t “do it” for a lot of other readers, you’ll always share your real thoughts, with just enough of the why to make me consider whether I would feel the same. Thanks for always keeping it book-real.

    • AWWWW! Jenny- you make me blush! I know a lot of ppl don’t want to put negative reviews- and I don’t care for a bashing review from my site. But, I’ve got to be honest. And when the book just never came together for me- I have to let people know! You can always count on me keeping it book-real over here 🙂 🙂 🙂

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