Rabbi Small

12 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,504 ratings

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late Publisher's Summary

Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books. But he is forced to face his congregants’ discontent when the police discover a young woman’s body outside the temple - and her handbag in his car. Suddenly Rabbi Small must study motives and uncover the killer, or lose more than his followers. Best-selling author Harry Kemelman fills his shrewdly plotted mysteries with likeable and cunning characters who could be your next door neighbors. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall expertly brings the harried rabbi and his mutinous congregation to life.

©1964 Harry Kemelman (P)1997 Recorded Books
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  • Book 1

    • Friday the Rabbi Slept Late

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 519
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 481
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 483

    Young and unassuming Rabbi David Small sorts through puzzling pieces of mysteries with logic straight from the Talmud. In Friday the Rabbi Slept Late, a shocking discovery on the temple grounds threatens to ruin both the diligent rabbi and the entire Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing. Unaware that his congregation is grumbling about his rumpled appearance and absent-minded manner, Rabbi Small spends long hours poring over scholarly books.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I slept late too, because i was up late listening.

    • By DARBY KERN on 12-19-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 2

    • Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry

    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 208
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 193
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    As Rabbi Small and his temple congregation solemnly prepare for Yom Kippur, a non-practicing member is found dead behind the wheel of his car - in his own garage. The police call the death an accident, and the insurance company insists that it’s suicide. But Miriam, Rabbi Small’s wife, believes the mishap could only be cold-blooded murder. With his congregants splitting over the possible cause, the young rabbi must discover the truth, or forfeit all hope for peace in the temple.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book and the narration is the BEST!

    • By Kathi on 02-21-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 3

    • Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • dated, corny, yet engaging and entertaining

    • By connie on 11-19-12

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 4

    • Monday the Rabbi Took Off

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116

    In Monday the Rabbi Took Off, an exhausted Rabbi David Small searches for relaxation in Israel, only to find himself in the midst of an explosive international incident. After six years of leading a challenging congregation, Rabbi Small is taking his dream vacation: three months in Jerusalem without any rabbinical duties. He is finally getting the rest he needs - until a new acquaintance is found dead after a bombing. Suddenly the savvy young Rabbi is up against the formidable Israeli intelligence and faceless Arab terrorists with murder on their minds.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Interesting mystery, almost incidental to story.

    • By MidwestGeek on 12-11-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 5

    • Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 5
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 93
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 91

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Old now--but still wonderful!

    • By Kathi on 12-13-15

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 6

    • Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 6
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 106
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 97
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    One of the world’s most unusual sleuths, Rabbi David Small captivates mystery fans with his chutzpah and unparalleled logic. When he investigates some non-kosher behavior by his congregation, he finds himself in water way over his head. While a destructive hurricane pummels Barnard’s Crossing, an elderly temple member dies suddenly after taking his newly-prescribed antibiotic. Soon one member of the Jewish community after another falls under suspicion for drug tampering.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kemelman's wonderful series--brilliantly narrated!

    • By Kathi on 07-20-14

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 7

    • Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 83
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80

    The adventures of Harry Kemelman’s unassuming hero have been hailed by critics and fans alike. Kemelman is celebrated for his absorbing plots and his warm and knowledgeable depiction of Jews and Judaism. Rabbi David Small must step into action when Barnard’s Crossings’ most notorious anti-Semite is found dead, and several members of his congregation are suspected. The murder victim is a cantankerous curmudgeon who has offended many members of this close-knit Jewish community.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Some of the older books are still great!

    • By Kathi on 03-03-17

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 8

    • Someday the Rabbi Will Leave

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 9
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 62

    The beloved president of the temple is resigning. A new president is chosen: a prominent businessman who is used to being obeyed. It’s not long before the rabbi’s adherence to tradition clashes with the new president’s requests. Meanwhile, a young man in Rabbi Small’s congregation has been arrested in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Can the rabbi maintain his position in the temple while helping the young man? Much depends on good luck.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved this series and a narration.

    • By Galina on 03-04-17

    Regular price: $19.99

  • Book 9

    • One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 10
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    In One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross, a vacation to the Holy Land quickly becomes another opportunity for the rabbi to utilize his cool-headed wit. As a favor, the rabbi looks in on Jordan Goodman, son of Barnard’s Crossing’s favorite grocers. Jordan has adopted the beliefs of a fundamentalist Jewish group, and before long, he is the only suspect in a local murder.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Love this series

    • By Nancy on 12-18-14

    Regular price: $20.99

  • Book 10

    • The Day the Rabbi Resigned

    • A Rabbi Small Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 6 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    For nearly 25 years, Rabbi Small has maintained an uneasy relationship with his congregation. He sees his role as that of a teacher, while they often look to him as more of a spiritual leader. Now, just as his congregation is set to reward him for his long service, the rabbi has decided to explore new options with his life. To make things more complicated, the recent murder of a college professor has the Barnard’s Crossing police baffled. Can the rabbi’s quiet introspection offer insights the police may have overlooked?

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  • Book 11

    That Day the Rabbi Left Town audiobook cover art
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    • Conversations with Rabbi Small

    • By: Harry Kemelman
    • Narrated by: George Guidall
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 42
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 40
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 38

    Faced with performing an emergency conversion, the rabbi must bring his celebrated tenacity and intuition to bear on a different kind of problem. Joan Abernathy has asked Rabbi Small to convert her so she can marry a Jew. The couple’s quandary prompts him to delve deep into the philosophy and history of Judaism. As he answers their difficult questions, Rabbi Small realizes it is not Joan whom he must convert.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Returned without finishing

    • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-16

    Regular price: $20.99