The Ritual Bath
  • # of Books:
  • First Book:
    May 1986
  • Latest Book:
    August 2022
  • Genres:
    Police Procedural
  • Setting:
    Los Angeles, California
  • Characters:
    Peter Decker, LAPD detective / Rina Lazarus
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Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus Series in Order (29 Books)

Order Book Date Rating
1 4
2 4
3 4
4 5
5 4
6 5
7 4
8 4.5
9 5

10 4
11 4.5
12 4
13 4
14 5
15 4
16 (ss) 3.5
17 4
18 4
18.5 (e) 5
19 4
20 4
21 4
22 4
23 5
24 4
25 4
26 4
27 5
28 4

Book Descriptions for series: Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus

  • Book - 1

    Someone declares unholy war on the holiest of places when the quiet, ordered world of a yeshiva in the California hills is shattered by an unspeakable crime: a woman is brutally raped as she returns from the mikvah, the bathhouse where women perform ...

  • Book - 2

    Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work o...

  • Book - 3

    With his Orthodox Jewish girlfriend, Rina Lazarus, thousands of miles away in New York wrestling with his marriage proposal, LAPD detective Pete Decker is lonelier than usual on his morning drive. Until he sees a two-year-old child covered in blood a...

  • Book - 4

    L.A. detective Peter Decker and his Jewish bride, Rina Lazarus, are spending their honeymoon in the unlikely locale of Brooklyn, celebrating the Jewish High Holidays. But the festivities are shattered when Noam, an Orthodox teenager, runs away from h...

  • Book - 5

    When Lilah Brecht, the beautiful if unstable owner of a popular health spa, is found beaten, raped, and robbed in her own home, L.A. detective Peter Decker takes the case. His heart goes out to Lilah, who doesn't make it easy. Lilah claims to have...

  • Book - 6

    Peter and Rina are delighted with their newborn baby girl, but the scene at the Los Angeles hospital is a nightmare. Budget cutbacks and staff shortages so compromise security in the nursery that Peter, the ever-anxious cop, worries about his family'...

  • Book - 7

    A diamond dealer and his entire family have mysteriously disappeared from their sprawling Los Angeles manor, leaving the estate undisturbed and their valuables untouched. Investigating detective Decker is stumped--faced with a perplexing case riddled...

  • Book - 8

    The cruel and bizarre slaying of a beautiful teen leads Detective Decker into the dark heart of an exotic subculture: the seamy, sometimes violent world of Southern California's rootless, affluent youth. But even the confession of a disturbed kid ...

  • Book - 9

    A crime of passion...A crisis of faith The brutal murder of Dr. Azor Sparks in an alley behind a restaurant is greeted with public outrage and a demand for swift, sure justice. But the investigation into the well-known surgeon's death is raising t...

  • Book - 10

    There are crimes so sudden, so heartless, and so terrible, they can shatter the strongest of faiths. A man walks into a trendy Los Angeles restaurant--a disgruntled ex-employee with an automatic weapon--and seconds later, thirteen people are dead ...

  • Book - 11

    Once Dr. Emil Euler Ganz was a preeminent astrophysicist with a world-renowned reputation. But then he vanished without any warning to his family or colleagues. Fifteen years later, he reappeared as "Father Jupiter," the founder and charismatic leade...

  • Book - 12

    L.A. Homicide Detective Peter Decker never wanted the perils of his job to touch his family. But now his two worlds have collided. A first year rookie with the LAPD's Hollywood Division, Cynthia Decker became a cop against her father, Peter Dec...

  • Book - 13

    Rina Lazarus and her husband, LAPD Homicide Lieutenant Peter Decker, are shocked by an outrage that cuts close to the spiritual heart of their family. Rina's small storefront synagogue has been desecrated with anti-Semitic graffiti and grisly Nazi de...

  • Book - 14

    ONE DEAD. ONE MISSING. ONE MAN WHO CAN'T LOOK AWAY... PRAY FOR THE DEAD. FIGHT FOR THE LIVING. In Los Angeles Lt. Peter Decker gets a frantic phone call from his family. A distant relative has been found naked and murdered in a seedy Manhatt...

  • Book - 15

    AN ABANDONED BABY. A MISSING MOTHER. BUT INNOCENCE HAS A FIGHTING CHANCE. While on routine patrol, LAPD Officer Cindy Decker rescues a newborn from an alley Dumpster. But she can't call it a night until she sees the infant safe in a hospital, ca...

  • Book - 16

    When progressive state representative Davida Grayson is brutally murdered, homicide detectives Will Barnes and Amanda Isis investigate--and discover a labyrinth of dark secrets and bloody vengeance from which the only way out may be death....

  • Book - 17

    At 8:15 A.M., a small commuter plane carrying forty-seven passengers crashes into an apartment building in Granada Hills, California. Among the dead inside the plane's charred and twisted wreckage are the unidentified bodies of four extra traveler...

  • Book - 18

    Billionaire Genoa Greeves believes the LAPD should finally solve the fifteen-year-old execution-style murder of her favorite teacher, Bennett Little -- especially now that Hollywood music producer Primo Ekerling has been slain in an eerily similar ma...

  • Book - 18.5

  • Book - 19

    "They say dead men don't talk. But if you listen, they do." A 3 A.M. phone call summons LAPD homicide detective Peter Decker to the well-fortified Coyote Ranch compound of billionaire developer Guy Kaffey. A grisly scene awaits: Kaffey and his wife ...

  • Book - 20

    Murder, a missing woman, and a sociopath from the past sweep Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus into a labyrinth of mystery and danger in this electrifying new tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman. . . . Fifteen years ...

  • Book - 21

    Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are back in this gripping mystery involving a secret cabal of some of Los Angeles' most wealthy -- and vicious -- teens LAPD lieutenant detective Decker and his wife, Rina, have willingly welcomed fifteen-year-old Gab...

  • Book - 22

    Throughout his years with the LAPD, Peter Decker has handled a number of tough cases and strange killers. But few of his previous assignments compare to his latest case -- the most bizarre of his storied career. When Hobart Penny is found dead in ...

  • Book - 23

    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 an elite, picturesque college town. As a detective lieute...

  • Book - 24

    Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department. The work is low stress and engaging, and it’s been almost a year since the last murder in this sleepy upstate New York tow...

  • Book - 25

    In this thrilling chapter in Faye Kellerman's bestselling series, Rina Lazarus makes a shocking discovery in the woods of her upstate New York community that leads her husband, police detective Peter Decker, through a series of gruesome, decades old,...

  • Book - 26

    Detective Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, risk life and limb to solve a pair of brutal murders that may be tied to a crime from more than twenty years ago in this intense and addictive mystery from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kell...

  • Book - 27

    Faye Kellerman returns with an atmospheric, face-paced mystery set in bucolic upstate New York, full of unexpected twists and turns that build to a shocking and surprising end -- the latest thrilling entry in her New York Times bestseller Decker/Laza...

  • Book - 28

    Detective Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus return to Los Angeles when a kidnapping hits close to home -- in this breathtaking new thriller from New York Times bestselling author Faye Kellerman. Peter and his partner, Detective Tyler McAdams, are thro...


The Ritual Bath
1987 Macavity Award -- First Mystery

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

There are 29 books in the Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series.

The Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, The Hunt (Book 28), was published in August 2022.

The first book in the Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series, The Ritual Bath, was published in May 1986.

The Peter Decker & Rina Lazarus series primarily falls into the Police Procedural genre.