Sacred and Profane

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 04-17-16

Love this book and this series!

I really like the balance of police procedural, personal relationships and information about the Jewish faith that Faye Kellerman creates in this series. The characters are well-drawn, and the interactions among them very believable.

This book deals with the discovery of two bodies by Rina's son, just at the beginning of the book, and the plot involves investigating some of the darkest corners of humanity to solve their murders. However, Peter Decker, the police sergeant who is both there at the original discovery of the bodies and works the case, finds himself torn as the depravity he has to face leads him to question the faith he has been moving toward and brings enormous tension to his relationship with Rina.

This is a book with a few somewhat graphic scenes, and I generally prefer not having to listen to descriptions of that sort. But I felt that they were handled by the author as well as possible. This book was written in 1987, which helps provide some understanding of differences between social awareness then and now. I found the narration okay--usually quite good. Just now and again it seemed a little flat. Overall, this was a very good book and listen.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Sheryl on 09-21-10

Do not listen to in the car with children!

I love this series so far. I feel I am learning so much about Jewish Orthodoxy while being entertained by very believable and exciting plots. BUT, I wish it wasn't so sexually graphic. I've decided to download the next in the series because I really do like the characters and I love murder mysteries. We'll see. . .

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 05-06-08


Kellerman weaves the mystery of the crime with the mystery of personal relationships that makes the novel alive and real. The realty of how love can motivate one's actions is well written in this novel.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Samantha on 02-19-08

Terrific Book

I really enjoyed this book - even though I guess it's one of her older ones. I especially enjoyed the history of the Jewish religion.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Maine Amazon on 03-16-17

Music, bad idea

I like the series a lot, but I REALLY don't like the music at the end and beginning of chapters. Stop that!

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Pogue on 05-28-15

What happened? This one stunk!

What would have made Sacred and Profane better?

The narrator could have rehearsed his parts better. The main characters suffered from gross over acting. The story stumbled along and the story drug.

What could Faye Kellerman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The detective was made to be too flawed, the coincidences were too frequent, the emotions were silly and erratic.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mitchell Greenberg?

Mitchell did well in "The Ritual Bath". Which is what led me to purchase this, thinking it would be good also. He just did a really bad job this time.

Any additional comments?

The production and editing was VERY BAD. And the silly and annoying music didn't help.

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