Sacred and Profane / Milk and Honey by Faye Kellerman

Here it is February and I am playing catch-up with these reviews already. But January is a really busy month working in the office of a Catholic school that won the U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon, so I am cutting myself a little slack.

During January I read both “Sacred and Profane” and “Milk and Honey”, books 2 and 3 in Faye Kellerman’s Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series. Both were good police procedural mysteries that moved the relationship of the two main characters forward.

In “Sacred and Profane”, Peter takes Rina’s two boys camping where they find some burned skeletons. Readers are taken through all of the steps of solving the crime, the making a good police procedural. In solving it, Peter is pulled into the world of runaways and street life and also the gritty underbelly of the film industry, pornography and snuff films. Peter’s involvement in this case causes him to question his faith in God, leading to some estrangement from Rina who wants to be involved with a religious man.

In “Milk and Honey” Peter resolves some of his religious ambivalence and strengthens his relationship with Rina. This all takes place against the backdrop of finding out what happened to a small child’s family and trying to clear an old war buddy of a rape charge. This is another gripping novel from Kellerman which made me want to continue reading more of this series.

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