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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.
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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
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Top Customer Reviews
The characters were good, quite believable, and we find there are hidden facts behind characters. Dead or alive.
The good is just well written and I will hopefully be back for more.
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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.
GRAVE ENDINGS commences with Blume being notified of the apparent death by drug overdose of Randy Creeley. Death by O.D. is not unusual in Los Angeles, and Creeley apparently had been dealing with his addiction for years with only mixed success. What is noteworthy about Creeley's demise, however, is that at the time of his death he had in his possession a locket that was a present from Blume to Lasher, a special memento that Blume had obtained at Rachel's Tomb in Israel. It appears that the unsolved homicide is now a closed case. Ordinarily this would be considered welcome news, given that it comes on the eve of Blume's marriage to Zack, an orthodox Rabbi and her one-time high school sweetheart. Blume, however, is troubled by a number of aspects to the matter, not the least of which is how Creeley came to murder Lasher and why he kept the locket.
As Blume begins to investigate Creeley's life, she is shocked to discover that Creeley had worked with Lasher at Rachel's Tent, a shelter for women in abusive relationships, and that Creeley and Lasher might have been romantically involved. The latter is particularly upsetting to Blume, given that she and Lasher were best friends who shared everything. But Lasher had never mentioned Creeley to Blume. As Blume begins to investigate Creeley's past more closely, she begins to encounter resistance on all sides and finds that her inquiries are placing her in danger, even though Creeley, who supposedly murdered Lasher, is dead.
Krich once again demonstrates that she is a master at presenting an intricately plotted mystery against the background of the Los Angeles orthodox Jewish community and culture. No matter what the degree of your familiarity may be with Jewish customs and practices, you cannot walk away from this book without learning something new. Krich's presentation adds to, rather than detracts from, her narrative. Her knowledge of Los Angeles, and her ability to utilize it as a plot element, is reminiscent of Michael Connelly's novels. GRAVE ENDINGS should ultimately find an audience beyond the boundaries of those who troll the mystery aisles.
--- Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub
I think that the Molly Blume novels are some of the freshest and most exciting additions to the Female Sleuth component of the suspense genre that I've encountered in the past several years. Basically, if Rochelle Krich writes it, I want to read it, but her Molly books please me most. Why? Because I love the character! Molly's warm, she's caring...she's smart and savvy...yet she's so intensely and believably her own person. Moreover, I'm always delighted by their fast-pacing, intricate plotting and intriguing premises (the fascinating tie-in here to those Kabalistic-inspired red threads, ie.) However, lagniappe for me is not just Molly herself, but Molly's world. Perhaps more than is true of either of Ms. Krich's two previous books in this outstanding series, "Grave Endings" gives me entre and welcome to the world of Orthodox Judaism, and I genuinely value and appreciate the privilege of sharing it with Molly, Zack and their families.
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.