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Mystery Midrash: An Anthology of Jewish Mystery & Detective Fiction

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Confront murder, mayhem and your own mysteries of being.

From a corporate giant's kidnapping of a rabbi, to the disappearance of the clarinetist in a klezmer band, to four rabbis' use of their text interpretation skills to help a detective solve a murder that one of them has committed, this unique collection of mysteries will enlighten you at the same time it intrigues and
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1999 by Jewish Lights Publishing (first published July 31st 1999)
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Jun 28, 2016 Ilana rated it really liked it
Despite the fact that I'm mildly miffed that all the rabbis in this collection are men and Orthodox, it's still a fun read.
I've been in a detective fiction mood and I found this collection on my shelf. I thought I'd read it but I hadn't. Anyway, I enjoyed most of the stories and while they all have a Jewish theme, I don't think you need to know anything about Judaism to read them. I especially liked a funny Purim story by Faye Kellerman. A few of these are duds but mostly this is a good mix of lighter and heavier mystery fare.
May 31, 2015 Ronn rated it it was ok
An interesting theme with only moderately interesting results. Most anthologies tend to be something of a mixed bag. This is an exception in that the stories are across-the-board mediocre and non-compelling. There was nothing that makes me want to seek out other work by any of these authors.
Jan 09, 2015 Sheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories, jewish
Interesting mix of stories. In a couple, there is only marginal Jewish content, but several use Jewish texts and traditions to solve the crime.
Sep 06, 2010 Rona rated it liked it
Recommends it for: short story fans
This had some good stories and some silly ones. Not as good as the Wandering Stars series, by a long shot.
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