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.
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by Harry Kemelman
by Harry Turtledove
"George Guidall's understanding of the issues and personalities of Kemelman's 1969 novel is apparent in this reissue of the classic mystery. In this third adventure featuring Rabbi David Small, spring break brings the youth of Barnard's Crossing home for the holidays as politics threaten to tear the synagogue apart. Home from college, a group of young people on a cookout takes refuge from a storm in a vacant mansion, but the merriment turns grim when one kid turns up dead. Racism, drug abuse, and synagogue in-fighting are explored with surprising depth, and Guidall's wise, avuncular tone is up to the task. His portrayals of the anal-retentive rabbi and his jovial Irish police chief friend are vivid and believable. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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