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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,470 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Faye Kellerman Narrator: Mitchell Greenberg, Mitch Greenberg Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Series Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780061573040
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Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report. Someone has shattered the sanctuary of a remote yeshiva community in the California hills with an unimaginable crime. One of the women was brutally raped as she returned from the mikvah, the bathhouse where the cleansing ritual is performed.

The crime was called in by Rina Lazarus, and Decker is relieved to discover that she is a calm and intelligent witness. She is also the only one in the sheltered community willing to speak of this unspeakable violation. As Rina tries to steer Decker through the maze of religious laws the two grow closer. But before they get to the bottom of this horrendous crime, revelations come to light that are so shocking they threaten to come between the hard-nosed cop and the deeply religious woman with whom he has become irrevocably linked.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kellerman’s main characters are universally appealing…The Ritual Bath is engaging and informative.”

    Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • “Highly recommended for mystery collections.”

    Library Journal

  • Winner of the Macavity Award for the Best First Novel
  • Nominated for the Anthony Award for the Best First Novel

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/6/2014

    " Loved reading her books. Forgot which one I left off on and really need to pick up the series again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Reed | 2/4/2014

    " Great character development. You feel that you "know" each of them. Good suspense and misdirection. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane Lonschein | 1/20/2014

    " a phenomenal series featuring peter decker and rina lazurus. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 1/19/2014

    " Wow, I was so happy to find the Kellermans. I have been reading them since they started writing. They now have one of their sons who is writing too. So the books go on. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 J.W. Thompson | 1/13/2014

    " Faye writes as well or even better than her husband ---I love the Decker character series---- Kellerman has built this character and keeps him going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 1/6/2014

    " This book made me read all her other books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mirka Breen | 1/5/2014

    " If you like genre detective stories, this is a good one. You get a mystery + a budding romance + a lesson in Jewish orthodoxy, all for the price of one book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay Ginsburg | 1/4/2014

    " This was the first of Faye Kellerman's books I read. It's a compelling story, characters you can 'live' with, and incentive to enter their world and their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pauline | 12/29/2013

    " This is the first in a series and I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the next now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cas | 12/27/2013

    " This series of books is great. They start to sound the same, much the way all series go. Give it a shot, I think you'll find it interesting! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Luan | 12/25/2013

    " Just reread this book and it remains a fascinating and fun read. I love glimpses into other faiths and the conflicts within and also working outside the faith. The mystery of who done it was also fun. A great series to listen to. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 12/21/2013

    " I found this book very enjoyable...Fast moving, No overle distubinging but told both sides.. I love the way the author found a way for them to get into each others worlds.....VERY GOOD "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/18/2013

    " Learned a lot about Jewish rituals in this scary and entertaining murder mystery. Hard to put down. MY first Nook read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelica- Woman of Many Dogs | 12/6/2013

    " Absorbing read. I'm interested in reading the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/5/2013

    " Love the traditional jewish traditions explained in these books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fangirl | 11/11/2013

    " Very interesting and likeable characters and I learned so many things about Jewish traditions. A very nice read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 10/29/2013

    " I hadn't read anything by Faye Kellerman, but I think after reading this, I'll read more by her. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ginger | 10/13/2013

    " This was another bookclub selection. I think my sister described it best when she said she could picture it as a made for tv movie. If you are into mysteries that are a quick read, you would enjoy this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marleen | 5/22/2013

    " I enjoyed re-reading this one after so many years. I've been reading a recent Peter Decker book and I wanted to go back to the RITUAL BATH, where Peter meets Rina. It's still good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brandon | 3/18/2013

    " I kinda figured who the culprit was going to be when he entered the scene, but the story was satisfying all the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carey J | 1/8/2013

    " I really enjoyed this. It is a bit dated now, but I still liked learning about Jewish Orthodox cuture and the story was light and brisk. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Owusua Adwoa Ayeh | 8/16/2012

    " What a detective work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harini | 4/10/2012

    " Interesting characters. What was good was the focus was less on a glamorous villain with a god complex, and more on ordinary people - cops, victim, support cast. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tasha Turner | 3/2/2012

    " One of her better books. Trying to describe orthodox Jewish concepts to non-Jews is always hard. Ms Kellerman does fairly well with this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patti & Aubrey | 2/19/2012

    " I enjoyed these "thrillers". Good mystery and also much information about Jewish culture that I found a very interesting addition to the typical detective novel. Somewhat graphic in the descriptions, of violent events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cookiesue9x | 1/11/2012

    " I really liked this book. Read several years ago,kind've read by accident, but, it introduced me to Faye Kellerman (Mrs. Jonathan Kellerman) and to Judaism(Orthodox? )(wigs, ritual bathing,etc). Found it to be really interesting. Have read several more of hers and liked them all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marielle | 12/8/2011

    " spannend! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/25/2011

    " I love this whole series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 9/17/2011

    " a great mystery book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Phylliscramer | 7/2/2011

    " A good mystery - 1st in her series, and an interesting look into some of the Orthodox Jewish ways of life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 5/21/2011

    " Quick and easy whodunnit mystery. I enjoyed learning more about the jewish religion. I'm definitely adding the 2nd book in the series to my list to-read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/9/2011

    " Really enjoyed this - far more than I originally thought. I'll look into the entire series by Kellerman. Very well written and nice balance of mystery vs. personal lives of the people involved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 3/21/2011

    " It took me about three days to read this book and that was surprising. I liked the characters and the way Kellerman wove the story (and apparently the series) around Judism. I will definitely read more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 3/6/2011

    " This my be the first 5 star book that I have listed. Blown away by this book -- the author's style, the amount of information given about Orthodox book, and by the way the author developed the relationship between the widow and the detective. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 2/24/2011

    " I like this series. Fun quick read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merry | 2/16/2011

    " Very well done, interesting Orthodox Jews. However, some unbelievable brutality and gore, so I didn't continue with the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Merlys | 2/8/2011

    " There's a a rape out side the mitva bath and Rina helps to solve it while beginning to fall in love with Peter Decker, a "goy". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvia | 1/30/2011

    " Very good book. Hate being left hanging at the end but that's ok. Story kept me turning the pages. Interesting learning a little about Jewish customs.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 1/29/2011

    " oooh, I love this series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rosalie | 1/29/2011

    " Not really my type of story. "

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About the Author
Author Faye Kellerman

Faye Kellerman is the New York Times bestselling author of the Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus novels, as well as the historical thrillers The Quality of Mercy and Straight into Darkness and the short-story anthology The Garden of Eden. She has won the Macavity Award and has been nominated for a Shamus Award.