The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman

coffinReviewed by Jud Hanson

Fifteen years ago local teacher Bennett Little was found in the trunk of his Mercedes, a single gunshot wound to the head. Now a Hollywood music producer has been killed by an eerily similar modus operandi. Lt. Decker is assigned to the case after a wealthy citizen and former student of the murdered teacher demands that the police try and solve what is now a cold case. The stakes get raised when one of the detectives that handled the Little murder is found dead in his home shortly after agreeing to speak with Decker. Decker now has the difficult job of trying to figure out what the connection is, if any, between the murder of a popular teacher and highly regarded music producer.

The Mercedes Coffin is one of the newest entries in Faye Kellerman’s highly successful Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus series. Kellerman is a credit to the genre with her detailed descriptions of police work and her realistic characters. This series just gets better book by book. The story flows very well and doesn’t get bogged down with technical jargon like some novels. I give this book a hearty two thumbs up and recommend it for all fans of the mystery novel.

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