With his Rabbi Small mysteries, acclaimed author Harry Kemelman has made the best-seller lists every day of the week! The adventures of the unassuming Rabbi are hailed by critics and fans for their wit, wisdom, and the unparalleled logic of one of the world’s most unusual sleuths. On Tuesday, Rabbi David Small takes a break from the Barnard’s Crossing pulpit to teach a course on Jewish Thought at a small community college. But he soon discovers that all is not idyllic behind the ivy-covered walls. When a bomb goes off in the dean’s office, the peaceful campus mood is shattered. Soon everyone - from professors and students to the indefatigable rabbi himself - is suspected of murder. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall brings all the characters to life as Rabbi Small ensures that murder doesn’t make the grade.
©1973 Harr y Kemelman (P)1998 Recorded Books
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I read the the Rabbi Small books when they were first written years ago. To have these available was like visiting an old friend, nostalgic but still of great worth. The mystery is fun and not as easy to guess as you might think. But more importantly, I beleive, is the peek into the ordinary life of a jewish community, its values and its shortcomings and how it grapples with change. It is still very relevant.
Guidall's performance, as always, was excellent. As I have told my friends, he could read a tax return and it would keep me interested.
The material feels a little dated, especially police procedures, which border on unbelievable but the story is worth it.
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