Page 216 - Jewish Book Annual Volume 54

Basic HTML Version

Raphael
208
-
Sanctuary.
New York: Morrow, 1994
-Justice.
New York: Morrow, 1995.
One o f the more popular mystery writers, perhaps because she has
been able to have her characters (Los Angeles-area policeman Peter
Decker and his wife Rina Lazarus) try to teach us about Judaism as well
as how to solve the murders they uncover. My personal favorite is her
first book which is not as forced as the subsequent titles. After a while,
Rina’s solving of all of her husband’s emotional problems wears thin.
K
emelman
, H
arry
.
-
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late.
New York: Crown, 1964.
-
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry.
New York: Crown, 1966.
-
The Nine Mile Walk.
New York: Putnam, 1967.
-
Sunday the Rabbi StayedHome.
New York: Putnam, 1969.
-
Monday the Rabbi Took Off.
New York: Putnam, 1972.
-
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red.
New York: Fields, 1974.
-
Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet.
New York: Morrow, 1976.
-
Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out.
New York: Morrow, 1978.
-
Someday the Rabbi Will Leave.
New York: Morrow, 1985.
-
One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross.
New York: Morrow, 1987.
-
The Day the Rabbi Resigned.
New York: Fawcett, 1992.
-
The Day the Rabbi Left Town.
New York: Fawcett, 1996.
The late Harry Kemelman popularized the Jewish mystery with his
Rabbi-detective (Rabbi David Small) and kept on going. Like many of
the authors who have created a long-running series, some are more be­
lievable than others. The author teaches the reader a considerable
amount about Judaism (which is always used to help solve the mystery)
and gives us a good introduction to Jewish life, by way o f a Conserva­
tive synagogue of suburban Boston. Rabbi Small retired from the pul­
pit but he continued to solve mysteries in his new job as a college
professor.
K
rich
, R
ochelle
M.
-
Till Death Do Us Part.
New York: Avon Books, 1992.
-Angel ofDeath.
New York: Mysterious Press, 1994.
-
Speak No Evil.
New York: Mysterious Press, 1996.
Krich, like Kellerman, feels the need to have her police detective (in
this case, Los Angeles policewoman Jessica Drake) discover her hidden
Jewish background. At the same time we find ourselves in the middle
o f complicated families and plots. In the most recent novel, Krich in­
troduces us to a new character (Debra Laslow), an attorney and a rab­
bi’s daughter, who together with her father, introduces us to various
elements of Jewish traditional law in the investigation of the case.