With his absorbing mystery series, best-selling author Harry Kemelman transports you to the closely-knit Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing, a small city near Boston. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home portrays the unassuming Rabbi Small joyously preparing to celebrate Passover. However, the holiday season is marred when local violence, racism, and misplaced pride run amok. Miffed over the sanctuary’s new seating policy, several families are secretly planning to start their own temple in an unoccupied mansion in the country. When some teenagers break into the house for a party - and one ends up dead - the temple plot is interrupted. Suddenly Rabbi Small must discover what really happened, or the whole community will self-destruct. Savvy Rabbi Small combines earthly chutzpah and divine wisdom to solve the mysterious death that has the entire police force befuddled. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall breathes life into the persistent rabbi and his ambitious congregants.
©1969 Harry Kemelman (P)1998 Recorded Books
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Remember when the men used to tell "their" womenfolk to make the guests coffee? Remember when temple/church were community cornerstones? Gender, ethnic and racially defined roles make this series a social history lesson (and in some places a caricature), but the novels still stand as cozy mysteries with the wise Rabbi-sleuth making astute observation on human nature, even if some of the social roles being filled by the humans are outdated.
George Guidall voices the series well. I listened to the first three, and I think after a break, I'll return to Barnard's Crossing and Rabbi Small's world. I'm just glad, as a women, I don't have to live there. I remember these titles from the bookstores of my youth and I'm glad to have an opportunity to listen to another classic religious-sleuth.
I have been listening to this series in order. I listened to half of this book (3 hours), and finally lost interest. I got tired of listening to the pettiness and bickering going on between the men who are members of the temple - who gets to sit in the most important seats, who donates more money to the temple than the others, and then trying to manipulate the rabbi to persuade him to do what they want, much like a bunch of children. At the halfway point in the book, the crime had still not occurred. I'm disappointed, because I thought this series would be a nice addition to my library. I enjoyed George Guidall's narration, as always, The book contains some undesirable language, but no f-bombs.
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