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The Passover Murder

(Christine Bennett #7)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  236 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Until someone killed her, the only mystery about adorable Iris Grodnik was why she had never married. But for fifteen years, her strange disappearance and murder during a Passover seder has remained a troubling piece of family history.
So when Iris's relatives ask ex-nun Chris Bennett--now the wife of a New York City cop--to make one last attempt to learn th
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 2nd 1996 by Fawcett Books
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Book number 7 in the Christine Bennett mystery series. The former nun is invited to a Passover seder by her neighbor. During the event she learns that sixteen years prior, the neighbor’s aunt Iris disappeared in the middle of the Passover meal. Her body was found a few days later but the mystery of her death has never been solved.

I really like this main character. Christine is intelligent, calm, deliberate, tenacious and compassionate. She gains the trust of those she interviews and manages to
This installment in the Christine Bennett mystery series finds our ex-nun getting involved in a mystery from her friend Melanie's past. When Chris attends the Passover celebration of Melanie's family, she learns about a Passover dinner from 16 years ago when Great-Aunt Iris went to the door to let in the Prophet Elijah and never came back. Iris's battered body was found two days later in an undesirable part of Manhattan. The police were unable to find anyone with a motive and so the case is stil ...more
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
If you like murder mysteries with very little violence, this series is for you. Bad things happen, and people die, but there is little gore. The detective is a former nun who leaves the convent -which she entered at 15 - so she has a lot of catching up to do.

In this book she is invited to her friend Mel's Seder. She enjoys learning about the significance of the ritual meal. But when Mel's Aunt Sophie breaks downs weeping, and is led from the room, as she has for the past 15 Seders, Chris senses
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chris Bennett was a nun and has left the convent and married a NYC detective. Her friend and neighbor has asked her to come for a Passover Seder. She does and at the request of Mel's mother Marilyn Chris looks into the murder of Iris sixteen years before. Iris is Mel's great aunt, never married but was working at a job she loved. Iris opened the door during the Seder to let Elijah in and never came back. Chris tracks down people who knew and loved Iris. She sees parts of the city she never would ...more
Gail Mathers
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Passover murder

Exceptionally good book made my head hurt trying to figure it out. Combined two worlds very well. The murderer was a total surprise. The story line excellent. The characters very well rounded. Plenty of suspense and making your brain think. Came to several wrong conclusion s. Was very happy with both subjects that were going on and how they ended. Going to have to read her other books now.
Sheryl Robert
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being somewhat familiar with a passover seder, this story intrigued me. although it happened 16 years prior,it was still an opened case.No one wanted to divulge information,but through diligence,the answers slowly came out. The birth certificate of the aunt told more information that was helpful than the people she spoke with. unfortunately it was not what they all were expecting,but in the end, they got the closure they needed and some of the answers.
Mar 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My one quibble with these books is the on-going use of the words retard and retarded to describe the developmentally disabled people in the books. Granted, these books were written a while ago, but "retard" was going out of respectable use even then. I do appreciate the presence of the characters with developmental disabilities though.

Other than that, really enjoyed the mystery.
Apr 09, 2018 rated it liked it
I needed an easy read and this was a good one. The mystery is sixteen years old, but the sleuth does a good job of uncovering the truth. If I wasn't so tired I might have found it slow, but I enjoyed the pace and realistic feeling of the writing and was never bored.
Sharon Bezrutczyk
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It has been awhile since I read one of this series and it was refreshing.i am glad it ended up the Jack and Chris are expecting.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chris helps Mel's family to solve a family mystery that happened 16 years ago. It's another good story! I'm looking forward to the next story!
May 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books-read
I started reading this ebook just before Passover. It was a good story, but with so many clues left to the end, it wasn't a solvable mystery for me as a reader.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A satisfying mystery. A very likeable main character and a story with substance.
Jerry B
Jul 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Christine #7, another "4" for Lee Harris, a nice easy read...

Here we have the seventh in Lee Harris' nice clean easy-going series about a 15-year ex-nun turned (newly married) amateur sleuth, Christine Bennett. With only a couple of part-time jobs to sap her time, Chris has more than adequate opportunity to chase down witnesses and family members of crimes left unsolved from years ago. This one follows that same form - one of the elder women attending a Passover Seder some 16 years prior sudden
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
#7 in the Christine Bennett series. Ex-nun Bennett has found a unique niche among amateur cozy mystery detectives, people come to her for help in solving cold cases. This time out, she is invited to a Seder by her neighbor and comes to hear of a relative who disappeared at a Seder 16 years earlier. As with any cold case, some luck is involved; but, Christine's efforts to solve the murder of Iris Grodnik are ingenious. Excellent series entry.

Christine Bennett series - Until someone killed her, th
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Christine Bennett attends her first Seder at with her friend Melanie's family. At one point Aunt Sylvia breaks down in tears and has to be led out. Christine is then told how 16 years ago at the Seder, Aunt Iris walked out to open the door for Elijah and disappeared. Her body found two days later. They ask Chris to investigate to set their minds at rest. Only the answers were not what anyone expected.

I love this series and this was a fun read. Though I kind of felt the clues could not have led m
Nov 09, 2016 added it
Another really good mystery. Most of these mysteries are old crimes that the MC sets out to solve, usually at the behest of a friend or family member. The author excels at moving a mystery along from the almost no clue stage to solving the crime.
Pam Bales
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
Good mystery.
Bill Melo
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Oh boy.....
Julia Walker
Jul 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
another very fun adventure with Christine Bennett....nun turned detective.
Mar 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
ringer at end made for very unsatisfying whodunit okay char otherwise
Linda  Arnsdorf
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
These are always satisfing to read. Although, in this book the aurthor has an unidentified murderer who you do not learn about until the end. I think Ms Harris did not know who to hang it on.
Sep 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
i found this book for $1.66 in portland, OR. Had to read it based on the ridiculous subtitle: "at this house, the angel of death did not pass over." it was surprisingly fun, but also horrible.
Dec 26, 2015 rated it liked it
This series provides fast easy reads, and now that I've read 3 of the books, is becoming formulaic. Still fine for a fast read.
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A pseudonym used by Syrell Leahy.

Lee Harris is the author of the mystery novels featuring ex-nun Christine Bennett, who first appeared in The Good Friday Murder, an Edgar Award nominee. She also writes the New York Mysteries, which debuted with Murder in Hell's Kitchen. In 2001, Lee Harris received the Romantic Times magazine Career Achievement Award for her distinguished contribution to crime wri

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