Friday, October 31. 9:37 P.M., 100 block of South Martel. A
vandal threw a pumpkin through the front window of a house and
several eggs at the front door.
police report read like just another Halloween prank--a nasty,
petty act. But the attack is one in a recent spate of increasingly
violent vandalisms targeting residents who have paid millions
of dollars for their dream homes in the ritziest enclaves of
are already seething, hotly divided about the growing number
of Historical Architectural Restoration and Preservation (HARP)
boards that prevent homeowners from remodeling their expensive
real estate, forcing them to preserve the traditional integrity
of neighborhoods where Hollywood legends once lived. So impassioned
are pro- and anti-HARPforces that Crime Sheet columnist Molly
Blume suspects that members from both sides of the debate may
be perpetrating the vandalism that claims new victims almost
But the arson that destroys a house on Fuller Avenue doesn't
fit the pattern. This beautiful property belongs to Margaret
Reston and her husband, Hank; and the sick old man who dies
when it burns is Margaret's father. Margaret herself has disappeared.
She was last seen working in her garden five months ago--and
although traces of her blood were found in her car, the police
have no idea what has happened to the missing woman.
intrigue all makes good copy for hard-hitting newshound Molly.
Almost in love again with the high-school sweetheart who dumped
her and is now a rabbi, Molly can't stop thinking about Margaret
and Hank Reston and the old man whose life was tragically, though
accidentally, cut short. But was it an accident? What has happened
to Margaret Reston? Where does malice end and evil begin?
for Dream House:
Molly Blumes "second smart, exciting appearance.... With sensitivity,
passion and an investigative approach thatís on the money, the
rebellious and independent Molly displays an uncompromising
resolve to unearth the truth. Krich provides just enough clues
in just the right places to keep readers on their toes, waiting
for the resolution while hoping the mystery wonít end quite
"Molly tiptoes through a minefield of greedy developers,
exasperated homeowners, disappointed suitors, and agoraphobic
neighbors.... Krich shifts suspicion expertly from corner to
corner of her broad canvas."
"There's an unusual neighborhood feel about this L.A. crime
story that gives a strong sense of people living in a real community....Even
readers unfamiliar with Molly's previous adventures can enjoy
"Molly Blume goes down the mean streets of upscale Los Angeles
to solve a double homicide.... Blume follows the empirical method
of all detectives and pits her intellect and courage against
a criminal in her pursuit of justice. Blume's strengths are
her empathy and culture."
"[Krich] does an admirable job of interweaving religious
lore into her mysteries without becoming pedantic or obtrusive....[She]
throws in enough red herrings to keep her readers off guard
and draw them inexorably toward Dream House's unexpected solution.
In the dynamic and determined Ms. Blume she has created a winning
character, somebody who allows her intuition and feelings toward
individuals to influence her investigations almost as much as
the evidence. Krich is sure to gain new fans and please her
old ones with this mystery."
Kansas City Jewish Chronicle
"Molly becomes a sleuth par excellence...a totally delightful
and entertaining work."
"[Molly] Blume is smart, sexy, modestly dressed (most of
the time) and acutely aware of the limits placed (and the benefits
granted) by her [Orthodox] observance.... These crime solvers
pack a wallop along with their prayerbooks."
Post, Cleveland Plane Dealer, Times Picayune, LA
"If you are looking for a Hannukah gift, look no further than
"Dream House," the second in a smart and lively series featuring
Crime Sheet columnist Molly Blume. Author Rochelle Krich takes
us on an exciting chase as Blume tracks down both an arsonist
and a missing woman, while sorting out her love life. The feisty,
flawed Blume is an Orthodox Jew whose rituals and customs provide
a refreshing change from the usual L.A. detective story."
"The best part of Dream House is the glimpse the
author provides into L.A.'s Orthodox Jewish community. Krich
uses this world to add some extra touches to her book that makes
it stand out from the crowd."
"Krich intersperses just enough interplay with Molly's family
and refernces to Orthodox Jewish culture to give the story taam
(flavor).... An absorbing mystery."
"An entertaining romp with a delightful protagonist. The
characters are well drawn, the storyline compelling, and the
milieu in which it takes place fascinating. This is Krich's
second book featuring Molly Blume and one of her best novels
"Well worth reading....a solid mystery"
"Thoroughly entertaining...meticulously written and intricately
thought out. The reader is immediately taken into the mystery
and completely involved in the goings on."
News, Audio Review
"Molly Blume is a spunky character, a la kinsey Milhone,
with a little more structure to her life and a lot more angst....
A fine mystery, with plenty of twists and turns. Rochelle Krich
has developed a wonderful character with Molly Blume."
"Krich creates three-dimensional characters and has a well-constructed
plot and story....This is a gripping novel and I had a hard
time putting it down!"
"Krich is one of those writers who has both the art and the
craft to design a compelling mystery built around serious subjects."
Love A Mystery
"Good integration of plot and personal elements....the suspense
was so gripping I wasn't able to put the book down."
"A pleasure to read"