You all know of my love for the Hebrew culture, so I was particularly pleased when I came across this thrilling murder mystery in the discard pile the other day:
One Fine Day The Rabbi Bought a Cross by Harry Kemelman
Believe it or not, this is the eighth- (EIGHTH! Where does the time go?) - title in the Rabbi Small mystery series, and if the book jacket is any indication this promises to be the best one yet! As you may recall, Rabbi Small is "America's favorite kosher sleuth" and in this fascinating tale, he and his wife Miriam take a vacation to Israel, where they uncover "a journey of intrigue and crime involving international arms smuggling and, in all probability, murder."
"Jerusalem abounds with suspicious characters: a liberal Jewish-American professor who has dealings with Arabs in the old city; a troubled young man who has become a baal tshuvah, the JEwish equivalent of a born-again fundamentalist.... There are also some not-so-suspicious, but merely troublesome, characters, like Barney Berkowitz, a well-heeled 70-year-old who wants to be bar mitzvahed at the Wailing Wall...
"In the end, Rabbi Small once again marshals his deductive genius and knowledge of Jewish law and lore to unravelt he fiendish plot that has resulted in the death of an innocent American. Here are suspense and surprises enough to satisfy even the most demanding mystery fan, along with that special dose of wit, wisdom and chutzpah that only Rabbi Small can supply."
Ah, readers. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good kosher mystery on a hot summer day. You will find this gem at the Barrett Memorial Library book sale, held on July 4 starting at 8 a.m. in Edgewater Park and the Library basement. First come, first serve!