Great Mystery: It's the worst hurricane the small town of Bernard's Crossing has seen in years, and a member of Rabbi Small's congregation has just been murdered. When a troubled young man is pegged as the prime suspect, the rabbi comes to his aid with sympathy and all his sleuthing talents. But will Rabbi Small's involvement in the murder case create a tidal wave of chaos at the synagogue?
Very intelligently written Mystery... I really like this series, and they're kinda hard to find now...and though the series as a whole has a somewhat religious theme...I am NOT a religious person and I found it very entertaining.
Basically, Jewish Rabbi (what other kind of Rabbi would there be?), David Small, uses the Talmud to solve everyday problems...from facing off with his wealthy and accustomed to getting-their-own-way congregation to helping to solve murders and ethical problems. This series has all the charm of Miss Marple and similar mysteries, and a good deal more wit!
Other recommended authors for a good mystery with a similar "feel": Charlaine Harris (not the Southern Vampire series - which is a good supernatural romance - but instead the Aurora Teagarden mysteries, or the Lily Bard Shakespeare mysteries), Robert Parker (what can anyone say - the master of quick wit and satisfying reads), or perhaps Dick Francis (less consistent than Parker - some books Fabulous others just so-so...try To the Hilt - my fave to start with).
FROM THE BACK COVER:
Things aren't kosher in Barnard's Crossing. An unpleasant member of the congregation dies mysteriously and the suspect is a troubled young man.
Rabbi Small comes to the case with Talmudic reasoning and insight - and finds a solution that no one else sees...
"Fine entertainment...Superior reading" - AP News Features
"A Jim Dandy tale" - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
"If Agatha Christie's Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot had had a son who naturall became a detective, sharp as Marple on murder, wise as Poirot on plotting, he would be known as Rabbi David Small" - Vogue
"Kemelman has blended an endearing character with a devious plot to give us a spicy peek at mystery and into the talmudic ambience". - The San Diego Union
A member of Rabbi Small's congregation dies a mysterious death during the worst hurricane Barnard's Crossing has seen in years. When the suspect turns out to be a troubled but likable young man, Rabbi Small comes to his aid -- drenching himself in a decidedly non-kosher mystery involving prescription drugs, real estate shenanigans, and possibly, pre-meditated murder . . .