The mystery author from last week’s Whodunit challenge #2 is Faye Kellerman. Her husband is New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Kellerman. He has written a series of books featuring detective Alex Delaware. Their son, Jesse Kellerman, is also a well-known author.

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Faye’s first book, The Ritual Bath was published in 1986.  If you are interested in reading the series, The Ritual Bath contains important backstory for the rest because her long time characters, Peter Decker of the LAPD and recently widowed Rina Lazarus, meet in this book. This title also contains the most information about practices of Orthodox Judaism.


Twenty-six books later, Kellerman’s most recent book in the Decker/Lazarus series, The Theory of Death was published in 2015. Now Peter and Rina have left LA and moved to Greenbury in upstate New York. Kellerman puts her real life B.S. in mathematics to good use when the murder involves people in the mathematics department at Kneed Loft College (not a real institution).


Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition first Printing edition (October 27, 2015).

If you would like to learn more about Faye Kellerman and her family, check out this Q&A session recorded at The Poisoned Pen bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.


You may also want to see photographs of the couple’s amazing New York City apartment.

Stop back next week for a new Whodunit challenge. Please leave a comment if you have suggestions for future authors.

Are you a fan of Faye Kellerman’s mysteries? Who is your favorite character?