- Publisher: Aakenbaaken & Kent (13 Dec. 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938436199
- ISBN-13: 978-1938436192
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
Yom Killer (Rabbi Aviva Cohen Mysteries) Paperback – 13 Dec 2016
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A heroine who loves Mel Brooks, Milky Ways and matzoh balls - what's not to love? Rabbi Aviva Cohen is back in action trading quips with her quirky relatives and besting bad guys when a series of mysterious deaths at a senior facility strikes perilously close to home. Great fun - and as the saying goes "you don't have to be Jewish..." Rosemary Harris Author of the Anthony and Agatha-nominated Pushing Up Daisies and The Bitches of Brooklyn
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This one is also interesting in that the instigating incident is an attempted murder, the actual murders have all happened way before and nobody is really thinking about them until near the end. And yet, it's still a very compelling novel.
Early hints play out gradually as we get to know the characters, potential layers of deception, and ultimately what crimes are committed and by whom. The mystery and the the characters seem familiar and generally realistic.
Hints at previous crimes solved by protagonist/sleuth Rabbi Aviva Cohen are well placed to suggest that she is both an ally and a bit of a bother to the police, including her ex-husband who plays a major role in this novel despite being out of his jurisdiction. And the layers of Judaism are generally well addressed to ease the non-Jewish or lesser-educated Jewish reader. If anything, I thought there could have been a little more Jewish flavor throughout the story — but that’s the kind of reader I am.
All in all a good read. 4 plus stars.
Rabbi Aviva's practical approach to religion may surprise some readers. I found it refreshing.
In "Yom Killer", Aviva finds herself trying to juggle the demands of a rabbi preparing for Yom Kippur with the demands of being a caring daughter whose elderly mother was found unconscious as a result of an accident... or was it something more sinister? What did Aviva's mother know and why would someone want to kill her?
With humor and humanity, the author brings to life a character who is just like someone we know... or would like to know. This third installment in the Rabbi Aviva Cohen series is the best yet!