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“Gabe Whitman, the piano prodigy, seventeen-year-old foster son of Rina and LA Lieutenant Peter Decker completing a day of testifying for the prosecution in a rape case. It quickly moves on to investigating complaints of neighbors about the smell from an apartment where the police discover a full...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Pete, Marge and Oliver have a difficult mystery to solve; there is more than one suspect involved in the killing of Hobart Penny, an elderly, eccentric, recluse. Kiki is his pet Bengal tiger that he keeps on a chain in the living room, then there are the snakes, spiders, Scorpions and other creepy crawlers. Suspects include the building manager, the hookers who he paid a lot of money to and the young woman who runs the animal sanctuary and helps Penny with the care of his exotic pets. And then Pete and Marge have personal issues to deal with.”Jane J wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I realized after reading this I skipped Gun Games. I hate it when that happens. It is getting harder to keep track of my reading. Thank heavens for Shelfari! ”Michele H wrote this review Saturday, October 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book! I love Faye Kellerman's Decker series, although the past few have not seemed up to her previous high standards. This one is more like the earlier books in the series. It will be interesting to see what develops in the next one; if Peter and Rina do indeed decide to move east.”Sherrill M wrote this review Sunday, October 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The characters in the Decker/Lazarus series have been around for several years and have been aging apace, so it's not surprising that the once interesting sub-plotlines have gone a little stale. Also, Kellerman's attempt to refresh the family story (Chris/Gabe/Yasmine) was unfortunate and silly. Overall, this has been an enjoyable series, but The Beast reads like a final chapter. Probably right in time.”travelingmamma wrote this review Monday, September 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this book. I love the characters. I love Faye Kellerman. I will read more. This book had a lot of twists and turns. Will be anxious to see what happens in the next one. ”Pat K wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Quick read, advances story, not interesting murder”linda p wrote this review Sunday, September 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This is the 21st book that Faye Kellerman has written involving Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus. The main storyline, the murder of Hobart Penny is very readable and understandable without having read any of the previous books. I do feel that the sub plots - like with Gabe, their foster son, and his girlfriend Yasmine, lost some of the meaning without knowing the background. However, I liked this book so much that there is a very good chance that I will go back and read the series!
I really like the author's writing style. It was just very laid back and easy to read. Mr. Penny was so strange that I couldn't wait to see what they would turn up next in their investigation of his murder. Despite his eccentricities though, the motive for his murder wasn't clear to me until the end - as a good mystery should be.
I am looking forward to going back into the series and finding out more about Peter and Rina and the detectives Marge and Oliver. I really want to find out more about Gabe and the big trauma that happened with him and Yasmine. With just this little peek in their lives I found these characters to be very believable and likeable. The detectives had an easy camaraderie, and Peter and Rina seem very comfortable in their relationship. The conflict in the storyline is with the murder and everything that surrounded Hobart Penny. (Ok, and a little bit with Gabe and Yasmine, but that wasn't central to the story). ”
“How ironic that someone who is a beast keeps beasts for pets. There are some people the world is better off without.”Linda Brungardt wrote this review Wednesday, August 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“mensa menz”Eileen N wrote this review Sunday, August 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Gabe Whitman, the piano prodigy, seventeen-year-old foster son of Rina and LA Lieutenant Peter Decker completing a day of testifying for the prosecution in a rape case. It quickly moves on to investigating complaints of neighbors about the smell from an apartment where the police discover a full grown lion and a dead man. The investigation reveals that the victim, an eighty-nine-year-old billionaire recluse named Hobart Penny, was very strange, was willing to pay for whatever he wanted, especially kinky sex, and had no friends. He also had some very unusual collections, part of which lead to other potential victims.
I have been reading the Decker/Lazarus books for years.I was absolutely delighted to read this latest book.The mystery part of the book is interesting. Revisiting the main characters is the best part.”