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A collection of mystery short stories, all published initially in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, and all dealing with Jewish holidays or other days of celebration. Along with the official holidays, like Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) Rosh Hashonah (the Jewish New Year), and more, as well as the private occasions like Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, and funerals. Being chosen for Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine is a recommendation in itself; in this book, along with the mysteries, the reader can enjoy a glimpse of the culture of Jewish life in America.
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The authors of the stories are: Gregory Fallis, Doug Allyn, Michael Kahn, Max Allan Collins, Larry Beinhart, Batya Swift Yasgur, Ronald Weinstein, James Yaffee, Bernice F. Weiss, Russell William Asplund and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Passover, Shabbos, and a Jewish wedding serve as backdrops for stories in this eclectic collection, but most of the dozen tales only loosely fit the parameters of the title and subtitle. Still, this is a savory, nicely varied roundup, with some insight into Jewish tradition as well as a pleasing smattering of Yiddish idiom. Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Jewish Breastplate," a locked-room jewel robbery, is the only "classic" tale. Others, which originally appeared in Ellery Queen's or Alfred Hitchcock's mystery magazines, run the gamut from Russell William Asplund's typically comic Polish shtetl yarn about a rather unusual golem to Max Allan Collins' "Kaddish for the Kid," about a gangland killing in 1930s Chicago. Also of note is a courtroom drama by Michael Kahn in which resourceful Rachel Gold, who has also figured in several novels, faces off with a lawyer whose knowledge of Jewish law works against him. The elderly, the middle-aged, and the young learn lessons about life and occasionally faith in these sometimes harsh, sometimes poignant, but always enjoyable tales. Stephanie Zvirin
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