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Friday the Rabbi Slept Late ✯ [PDF] ❤ Friday the Rabbi Slept Late By Harry Kemelman ✼ – Liversite.co.uk 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 f Rabbi David Rabbi Slept PDF/EPUB Â 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 Friday the ePUB ñ the Temple s parking lot and all the evidence points to the Rabbi Add to that the not so quiet rumblings of his disgruntled congregation, and you might say our inimitable hero needs a miracle from a Higher Source to save him.


10 thoughts on “Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

  1. Jim Jim says:

    I was skimming through my TBR shelf and having a hard time deciding what to read next Although I had read this a long time ago I had picked it up when I saw it on sale atIt is a short book 208 pages and I decided now was a good time to reread this gem.Friday the Rabbi Slept Late was published in 1964 and won a 1965 Edgar Award for Best First Novel At the time it was a huge bestseller and was the beginning of a new series the Rabbi Small mysteries One of the charms of the book w I was skimming through my TBR shelf and having a hard time deciding what to read next Although I had read this a long time ago I had picked it up when I saw it on sale atIt is a short book 208 pages and I decided now was a good time to reread this gem.Friday the Rabbi Slept Late was published in 1964 and won a 1965 Edgar Award for Best First Novel At the time it was a huge bestseller and was the beginning of a new series the Rabbi Small mysteries One of the charms of the book was not only do we have a mystery but the opportunity to learn something about Jewish culture.David Small is the rabbi in the small Massachusetts town of Barnard s Crossing He is young and relatively new having been there for about one year In fact his contract is up renewal He has supporters but there are those who do not see him as their view of what a rabbi should be When the body of a young nanny, Elspeth Bleech, is found on the temple property and her purse in the rabbi s car he becomes a suspect in the crime.Hugh Lanigan is the Irish Catholic police chief of Barnard s Crossing and initially questions Rabbi Small because Elspeth Bleech s body was found on the temple grounds and her purse was in his car But a bond develops between the two and what appears to be the start of a friendship They have several enjoyable and scholarly conversations When things start turning nasty in the small town Rabbi Small employs his Talmudic wisdom and scholarly skill to solve the crime and reveal the identify of the murderer.Although this story centers around the murder of a young woman there is not a lot of violence The crime itself is described briefly and only out of necessity Rabbi Small is a very likable character as is Hugh Lanigan There are several characters who are not so likable so you are left guessing which one may be the murderer Overall this was a very enjoyable little mystery In the summertime perhaps a nice choice for a beach read Or a good bedtime read at anytime Now that I have read this I am going to have to read Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry


  2. Dawn Dawn says:

    Out of an entirely random find at the library, I ve found a great little mystery series The charm of this book was not so much in the mystery itself, which was middling, but in the Jewish culture portrayed and explained and in the character of Rabbi Small, who is a naive but clever intellectual with out of the box solutions to Temple matters and murder mysteries.


  3. Leslie Leslie says:

    2019 reread I very much enjoyed rereading this first Rabbi Small mystery despite the fact that I suddenly remembered who the murderer was halfway through Now finally on to the next book in the series.2015 review of library hardcover edition 1964 edition 4 stars.I had been vaguely aware of this series before but hadn t paid it much attention until I was introduced to the Guardian newspaper s list of 1000 Novels Everyone Should Read and found this first book of the series in the Crime secti 2019 reread I very much enjoyed rereading this first Rabbi Small mystery despite the fact that I suddenly remembered who the murderer was halfway through Now finally on to the next book in the series.2015 review of library hardcover edition 1964 edition 4 stars.I had been vaguely aware of this series before but hadn t paid it much attention until I was introduced to the Guardian newspaper s list of 1000 Novels Everyone Should Read and found this first book of the series in the Crime section I am so glad that I finally read this I found the rabbi David Small very likeable, although he played a smaller part in the story than I expected The relationship between the Catholic chief of police and the Jewish rabbi promises to be an ongoing pleasure I hadn t realized until I started reading this that it was set in Massachusetts, which as a MA native is a plus for me The mystery itself was excellently crafted The pointers to the culprit were there yet the revelation of who it was still surprised me even though I had noticed one of the biggest clues


  4. Shira Glassman Shira Glassman says:

    Aww, cool, it s a midcentury whodunit like all those Christies I love, only, CENTERING JEWS which I was very in the mood for since with all of Christie s good qualities, she does have some ickiness about us in one or two books I loved how it was a puzzle mystery, right up my alley, and FULL of suspects The detective is a young rabbi with a passion for Talmudic justice, which is itself sort of a puzzle mystery, isn t it You see who he is right from the beginning, since it opens with him ha Aww, cool, it s a midcentury whodunit like all those Christies I love, only, CENTERING JEWS which I was very in the mood for since with all of Christie s good qualities, she does have some ickiness about us in one or two books I loved how it was a puzzle mystery, right up my alley, and FULL of suspects The detective is a young rabbi with a passion for Talmudic justice, which is itself sort of a puzzle mystery, isn t it You see who he is right from the beginning, since it opens with him having to solve a very modern dispute between two temple members, formerly friends, which he chooses to do with ancient logic that works out pretty well.The mystery itself, as I said, has tons of suspects and some really convincing red herrings.Some warnings if you decide to dip your toes in some of the chapters nearest the end feature some anti Semitism that the community is suffering because the mystery hasn t been solved yet It ll be okay, just know that it s there so it doesn t catch you by surprise like it did me Additional TW homicide of pregnant woman


  5. Patrick J. McAdam Patrick J. McAdam says:

    After seeing on Bookbub thatwas offering this on Kindle for 1.99, I decided to purchase What a great find The storytelling was excellent and I learned some things about the Jewish religion I ll definitely download the next in the series


  6. Greg Greg says:

    COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American CrimeBOOK 59 of 250 This Edgar Award Winning Novel has some good things going for it, but the best thing is that it s just a solid, rather short, straight up crime story This work is Christie cozy , anyone of any age can enjoy it There is no overt violence, nothing absolutely shocking And, oh, what I didn t know about the Jewish faith but do now HOOK 3 stars The opening lines are as follows They sat in the chapel and waited They were still COUNTDOWN Mid 20th Century North American CrimeBOOK 59 of 250 This Edgar Award Winning Novel has some good things going for it, but the best thing is that it s just a solid, rather short, straight up crime story This work is Christie cozy , anyone of any age can enjoy it There is no overt violence, nothing absolutely shocking And, oh, what I didn t know about the Jewish faith but do now HOOK 3 stars The opening lines are as follows They sat in the chapel and waited They were still only nine, and they were waiting for the tenth so that they could begin morning prayers The elderly president of the congregation, Jacob Wasserman, was wearing his phylacteries, and the young rabbi, David Small, who had just arrived, was putting his on I was stumped here a bit, as I know very little about Jewish practices In those first few sentences though, I did learn much I liked that But with only They sat in the chapel and waited, the author smartly gives us a good reason to read on and communicates to us, seemingly, that something big is on the way Like I ve already said, this is a simple, straight forward book and it starts just that way.PACE 4 and moves quickly to a murder, and if you have a few free hours, it could be a one sit read Almost everything centers right on the crime, even the opening argument between 2 temple members which occurs before the murder, but tells us how Rabbi Small thinks and how he will solve the crime.PLOT 4 A body is found near the Temple s parking lot And, the murder apparently occurred late at night while Rabbi Small was in the Temple, alone and studying, with no alibi The author seldom strays from this central conceit, but does talk about other faiths and how the murder might be seen by, say, the Catholics in the neighborhood A few bits of incorrect Jewish folklore are discussed and discarded quickly, and good for Kemelman for introducing then gracefully dismissing unpleasant bits of, well, misinformation about the Jewish faith.CAST 4 Rabbi Small is an original We re introduced to him even in an original way He is a cool, calm, collected, fact based man And even though at first he s the prime suspect I very much liked that he s rather unconcerned about it he knows he didn t do it and it s as if he thinks he need not even bother with trying to prove he didn t do it And he stands up to his seniors early in the novel two temple members expect Rabbi Small to solve a dispute as one character says about the temple, It should be a place where Jews should settle their differences Rabbi Small reddened He is young and he knows he just might not be around at this particular temple which he likes, as well as the community if he doesn t go along with the elders But he says to them, I m afraid I can t agree, Mr WassermanBut settling differences is not traditionally the function of the temple, but of the rabbi What This young rabbi contradicting the president of the temple openingly, simply One just likes Rabbi Small instantly I can t recall a time when I instantly realized I d be reading the rest of this series and that I liked and admired Rabbi Small as much orthan any other detective I d encountered in a first novel.ATMOSPHERE 4 stars Small town gossip, lies, and misunderstandings abound Kemelman takes us through these untruths and, like I said before, discards them quickly and solves the murder with littlethan a few clues and Rabbi Small s references to Jewish teachings I learned so much here about Jewish traditions.SUMMARY 3.8 And when I read this, I immediately checked out from the library the next 2 in the series A surprisingly good debut, and I learned much Kemelman has a very light comic touch here and it is refreshing Rabbi Small is a wonderful creation This Edgar winner absolutely deserved it


  7. Nolan Nolan says:

    First, even those who don t think much of mysteries may well like this book Indeed, this entire series is a pleasant read Rabbi David Small finds himself in a nasty situation as this book opens He s a bit of a scholarly type, and he doesn t necessarily do what other rabbis do in terms of easily mixing with other congregations in the community As a result, the members of his temple question whether he should be reinstated when his contract is out at the end of the high holy days in September First, even those who don t think much of mysteries may well like this book Indeed, this entire series is a pleasant read Rabbi David Small finds himself in a nasty situation as this book opens He s a bit of a scholarly type, and he doesn t necessarily do what other rabbis do in terms of easily mixing with other congregations in the community As a result, the members of his temple question whether he should be reinstated when his contract is out at the end of the high holy days in September He s quite sure he s about to be ousted, and he prepares to begin the search for a new position In the meantime, young Elsbeth, Bleech, a nanny in the employ of a nightclub owner and his wife, is murdered hours after she learns she s pregnant Her body is dumped in the temple yard and her handbag is found the next day in poor Rabbi Small s car Clearly, this lovable thoughtful rabbi needs whatever kind of miracle he can get to save him In the end, it s his love of the Talmud and his own thoughtful detective work that makes the difference If you re unfamiliar with the gentle, thoughtful, philosophical Rabbi Small, you re missing a great literary friend.This is a super short read, and it s very well written All of the characters are people you will quickly come to appreciate, and the ending isn t necessarily one you ll see coming For those who want a nice clean mystery devoid of strong language and sexual descriptions, this may well be your kind of book As for me, I hope to visit Rabbi Small and his synagogue filled with its fascinating characters again in the not too distant future


  8. Greg Rothenberger Greg Rothenberger says:

    I ve always enjoyed this series, and have decided to read them all again Rabbi Small has always been one of my favorite characters It may have something to do with this being the first adult mystery I ever read You know, something other than the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew.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 I ve always enjoyed this series, and have decided to read them all again Rabbi Small has always been one of my favorite characters It may have something to do with this being the first adult mystery I ever read You know, something other than the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew.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 pretty simple what makes the book is the characterizations and the little subplots of temple life The religious discussions between Rabbi Small Jewish, obviously and Chief Lanigan Roman Catholic are also a big part of the book s charm In fact, I enjoyed Kemelman s book Conversations with Rabbi Small for that very reason Published in 1964, it s somewhat dated today, but that s just another reason I like it.This is one of the two mystery series I like to read again and again, along with Joseph Hansen s Dave Brandstetter series I would very much recommend it to anyone who likes well crafted mysteries with a touch of religion, and enjoys early 60 s nostalgia


  9. Jo Jo says:

    A brisk and interesting read, the mystery was less compelling then the setting The one question I had was when exactly this was supposed to be set, I guess the 1950s It was one of those books where everyone was vaguely likable, had their quirks, and were basically genial even though murder was involved Kind of a like a Jewish The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency A brisk and interesting read, the mystery was less compelling then the setting The one question I had was when exactly this was supposed to be set, I guess the 1950s It was one of those books where everyone was vaguely likable, had their quirks, and were basically genial even though murder was involved Kind of a like a Jewish The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency


  10. Sue Dix Sue Dix says:

    This is the first in the Rabbi Small mystery series and it was charming In the course of the book, we learn a little Talmudic law and become acquainted with what a rabbi is and does and learn differences between Judaism and other religions A really good mystery and an extremely tolerant police chief round out this delightful book I look forward to readingbooks in this series.


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