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Rochelle Krich

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Sept. 28 2004 Molly Blume Series (Book 3)
Stabbings, even fatal ones, are not uncommon in Los Angeles. But the stabbing death of Aggie Lasher - a vibrant young woman dedicated to helping others and, it seemed, deeply loved by everyone who knew her - was especially tragic. For almost six years crime writer Molly Blume has been obsessed by the mystery of her best friend’s murder: If she had been with Aggie, would the killer have chosen another victim? Will the killer ever be caught? When Molly’s LAPD pal Detective Andy Connors shows her a locket found on the body of a dead man, suddenly the case seems solved. Molly had given that locket to Aggie. Still coiled inside it is the red-thread good-luck charm that Molly had brought back years ago from Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, a thread with the reputed mystical power to protect its wearer. The presumed murderer - a good-looking aspiring actor named Randy Creeley - was found dead of an overdose in his shabby Hollywood apartment. But Molly is plagued by unanswered questions. And though she should be focused on her wedding, only weeks away, she is driven to find out more - about Creeley; about his nervous sister, Trina; about his missing girlfriend, Doreen. About Aggie, who, it turns out, didn’t tell her best friend everything. The more Molly discovers, the more she wonders: Was Aggie’s life snuffed out so an addict could shoot up? Or has Creeley been framed? What if Aggie was deliberately murdered by someone else, someone who is ready to kill again to ensure that his motives stay buried with Aggie and Randy Creeley? Molly’s search for the truth sends her scurrying for answers in an L.A. tourists seldom see. But closure is elusive, and seeking it can exact a stiff price - sometimes even a life. Rochelle Krich’s third Molly Blume mystery is irresistible: an inexorably compelling chiller.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: BRILLIANCE AUDIO; MP3 edition (Sept. 28 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593357265
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593357269
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g

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From Publishers Weekly

In Krich's third entertaining thriller starring spunky L.A. true-crime writer Molly Blume (after 2003's Dream House), Molly at last gets on the trail of the killer who murdered her best friend, Aggie Lasher, six years earlier. Molly is blissfully preparing for her upcoming marriage to Zack, an ultra-cool rabbi (who doesn't mind if Molly wears jeans under her skirt), when Andy Connors, her friend at the LAPD, asks her to identify a locket found on the body of aspiring actor Roland Greeley, an apparent drug overdose victim. Molly identifies the locket as the one she bought 10 years before at Rachel's Tomb in Israel and gave to Aggie. The locket contains a sacred red thread "whose mystical power wards off the evil eye lurking behind envy and arrests its malignant reach." Was Greeley guilty of Aggie's murder? The more Molly digs into his past, the more she doubts the recovering addict killed Aggie, a dedicated social worker at Rachel's Tent, a haven for at-risk and abused women. Krich never misses a beat as her heroine unravels the dark tangle of the senseless crime, affirming Rachel's legacy and the blessing behind the red thread: the healing power of truth. Krich once again expertly mixes Orthodox Jewish faith with crisp whodunit plotting.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Crime reporter Molly Blume is busy planning her wedding to Rabbi Zack when Detective Andy Connors appears with a locket that belonged to her best friend, Aggie Lasher. Someone fatally stabbed Aggie six years earlier, and the crime remains unsolved. The locket turned up with the body of Randy Creely, an aspiring actor and drug addict who overdosed. The police assume that Creely was the murderer. Molly, who has been obsessed with her friend's death, is not sure that the actor committed the crime and begins investigating. Her family and her fiance would prefer that she concentrate on the wedding, but she has other ideas. Her curiosity exposes corruption in prominent families and puts her in danger. As always, Krich mixes a good mystery with L.A. lore and a glimpse at Orthodox Jewish traditions. Her fans will enjoy Molly's latest case even as they await a new adventure in Krich's other series, starring West L.A. detective Jessica Drake. Barbara Bibel
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Our modern day Raymond Chandler Nov. 9 2004
By La Canada Mom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I agree with all the glowing things the other reviewers have written about Grave Endings. Krich hooked me in the first chapter and had me staying up way past my bedtime to finish this book. Her details about Los Angeles and Orthodox Jewish tradition are fascinating to read. This is a very well written, moving book. I loved it! Highly recommend.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Oct. 20 2006
By K. Sozaeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was the first book by Rochelle Krich I have read - I picked it up in the library on an impulse. Not only was it a good mystery, but it also provided a fascinating look into the world of Orthodox Judaism.

Molly Blume is a few weeks away from marrying "her rabbi" when she learns that a man recently found dead in his apartment (Randy Creeley) from an apparent drug overdose had in his possession a locket that she had given to her best friend Aggie - who was murdered 6 years before. The police believe that Randy was responsible for her murder. Molly sets out to find the truth, while juggling preparations for her wedding and jobs both writing crime columns for local newspapers as well as true crime novels under a pseudonym. She soon uncovers disturbing inconsistencies. Was Randy murdered? Did Randy kill Aggie, or was someone else responsible? As she investigates further, someone starts to stalk her . . . There are a lot of twists and turns to get to the final denoument.

This novel wasn't an edge-of-your-seat thriller, although it had its moments, but it was certainly a very enjoyable mystery. I also very much enjoyed all the tidbits thrown in about Molly Blume and her family's life and lifestyle as Orthodox Jews. Molly's struggles to compromise her independent nature to her desire to live by her religion's ideals - as well as to make accomodations as the future wife of a rabbi - made for fascinating character development. This is not the first in the series, as became fairly obvious early in the book, and I am definitely going to seek out the rest of them.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fine amateur sleuth Sept. 29 2004
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Molly Blume writes true crime books and works as a free lance journalist. Six years ago someone murdered her best friend Aggie; Molly mourned her loss, but hounded police even when they filed the homicide as a cold case. Sixteen days before her wedding to Zach, Detective Andy Connors asks her to identify a locket that he thinks belonged to Aggie. Molly confirms that it was Aggie's locket because of the red thread inside and a personalized inscription in Hebrew outside.

The jewelry was found in the apartment of Randy Creely, whom police believe died from an overdose and probably killed Aggie. Molly has doubts as she ponders why he kept the locket, sent letters asking people he abused to forgive him, and regularly attended Narcotics Anonymous. Randy's sister is contacted by a person who insists her brother was to send him a package that never came. He trashes her apartment and warns her that if she tells anyone, he will insure that is the last thing she ever does. Molly becomes convinced that Randy never killed anyone and was murdered. If she tracks down the thug who harassed Randy's sister she feels she can learn the truth.

The added fun of this fine amateur sleuth tale is Molly conducting an investigation while also preparing for her Orthodox Jewish wedding ceremony. The mystery is a puzzler because Randy was not a nice person (understated) and is easy to see him as a killer just like the police do; Molly digs beyond the obvious seeking the truth. Between the insight into her religious beliefs and her inquiries, readers will send accolades to author Rochelle Krich for a fine tale.

Harriet Klausner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining listening Dec 2 2004
By Gail Cooke - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio Cassette
Molly Blume's back and talented singer/actress Deanna Hurst is her voice. A veteran of a plethora of radio and TV commercials Hurst's voice captures both the joy and determination that readers and listeners have come to associate with Molly, an LA true crime writer.

Love has been in the air for Molly, and now she's happily planning her wedding to Rabbi Zack. You know what happens to the best laid plans of.....Andy Connors, a detective, appears with a locket that Molly had given to her late best friend, Aggie Lasher. No one really deserves to die, wouldn't you say? Least of all Aggie, a compassionate social worker. Not only did she die but she was brutally murdered, a killing which has gone unsolved for over five years.

Her locket was found on the body of a wanna' be actor. However, Molly isn't at all convinced that he's the one who killed her friend. Orange blossoms and rice almost vanish from her mind as she proceeds to investigate and unearths more than she was looking for.

A quick paced reading and easy listen.

- Gail Cooke
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the 4 book series! Sept. 9 2011
By 4everSLAUGHTERED - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is Krich's third thriller starring L.A. true-crime writer Molly Blume. With the help of LAPD Detective Andy Connors, Molly gets a chance to find the killer of her best friend Aggie that happened six years earlier. Molly digs into the past of an actor who apparently died of an overdose and is found with a locket that belonged to Aggie. The more she digs the more she doubts the actor addict killed Aggie. Once again Molly puts herself in danger to the regret of Connors who is always protective of her and to her Orthodox Jewish family. Plus, Molly (who left Orthodox Judaism years earlier) is planning her wedding to the hip Rabbi Zack who is strictly Orthodox. Although he does give her a few allowances.

Grave Secrets is an edge or your seat fantastic murder mystery without explicit sex or violence. Molly is a strong determined woman who is on a clear path to solve the murder of her best friend and to return to her Orthodox roots. I never had a clue about Orthodox Judaism before this series and I have found it absolutely fascinating. I learn something new with each novel.

I highly recommend reading all four books in the series!

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