Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (The Rabbi Small Mysteries #1)
Rabbi David Small, the new leader of Barnard's Crossing's Jewish community, can't even enjoy his Sabbath without things getting stirred up in a most unorthodox manner: It seems a young nanny has been found strangled, less than a hundred yards from the Temple's parking lot -- and all the evidence points to the Rabbi.
Add to that the not-so-quiet rumblings of his disgruntl...more
Rabbi David Small, who has been the leader of ...more
In terms of sub-genre, I'm tempted to classify this one as just about a "cozy." With the obvious differences that the main characters are male, it's set in New England, and religion figures heavily in the book. The plot is p ...more
The early chapters focus so much on the doings of the Jewish community in a small Massachusetts town, as well as the gentiles they deal w ...more
funny thing is, the rabbi character is quite a scholar, which is sort of why he is mixed up in this murder business to begin with. you could almost substitute the ra ...more
The book is interesting in the fact that it doesn't just center on the mystery, it also looks at the workings of the Temple where Rabbi Small is employed. It seems that some of the members are not happy with his work, so the Board keeps convening to decide whether or not to keep him on or just to tell hi ...more
I thought it was a decently crafted mystery. The culprit was who I suspected all along, but I couldn't quite figure out how or why until the very end, so it held my attention. I also liked the set-up for the story: ...more
The Story: The rabbi in a small Massachusetts town has been hired by the synagogue for a year but now his contract is coming up for renewal and some board members are complaining that the rabbi is not social enough and doesn't reflect the young, up and coming entrepreneurs that the synagogue board thinks they need to attract. The rabbi himsel ...more
I purchased this book at the library book sale (you pay $1 for a bag and take as many books that you can fit in the bag. Many of the books were donated by an organization called Friends of the Library and the event is a library fundraiser but often the library already has enough copies of the donated book or the book sits on the shelf for a year or more without a request). I went on the last day of the sale and the fiction shelf was mostly depleted and I'm not interested in books on hobbies such ...more
You might see him as a Jewish Father Brown, but much less lofty. Having read at least four of the five or more in the series, I have forgotten what happens in each one or which I liked best. If you like tec stories well out off the noir track, read some of the rabbi books. Might as well start with the first.
His writing career began with short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine featuring New England college professor Nicky Welt, the first of which, "The Nine Mile Walk", is considered a classic.
The Rabbi Small series began in 1964 with the ...more