- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Swimming Kangaroo Books (15 April 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934041319
- ISBN-13: 978-1934041314
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,334,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Chanukah Guilt Paperback – 15 Apr 2007
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About the Author
“… lots of fun!” – Midwest Book Review “… a fast and fun read that I think anyone would enjoy, and I recommend you give it a try. I know I’ll be watching out for the next Rabbi Aviva Cohen mystery!” – Davida Chazan, dooyoo.co.uk “Wonderful well-written characters will pull you in…. I hope this book has mass appeal beyond the Jewish population because it is a great mystery.” — Armchair Interviews “… a well-crafted story and a satisfying conclusion.” Muse Review Mark: Great Read — Muse Reviews “… an interesting, and informative book, and will be enjoyed by our readers.” – South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries “…weaves Jewish culture and mystery in a delightful blend. I enjoyed this cozy mystery and look forward to the next installment by this talented author.” – Bloodstained Book Reviews “Bravo Ilene Schneider! Chanukah Guilt is a grand success! I can’t wait for more Rabbi Cohen!” –My Shelf “…. it’s refreshing to encounter a book that might be gimmicky and isn’t…. this character could show up in several more books and I’d be glad to see her.” – Reviewing the Evidence --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
An intricate mystery plot is slowly unravelled by Aviva as she follows clues that arise naturally from her life of helping others. One of the functions of literature is to expand the reader's universe and I am grateful that my universe has been expanded by getting to know Rabbi Aviva and her beautifully detailed Jewish community.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
In this second edition, you get a bonus alternate ending chapter. I've read a couple of mysteries that do that, but it is certainly not SOP. I understand the appeal of producing the alternate. As a writer, you have several possible murderers, but you ultimately must choose one. I think the extra chapter at the end is a great way for authors to show how their thinking can switch with just a few twitches of the clues.
I look forward to more from Schneider as she writes additional Aviva mysteries. But now, I'm off to read Unleavened Dead, book two.
In fact, I quoted that example in one of my own books for writers (with full credit, of course) to illustrate that very skill. Schneider uses clichés to convey the shock of her protagonist, Rabbi Aviva, on learning that a young woman she'd tried to counsel is dead. Aviva says _Clichés exist because they're true. My heart leaped into my throat. I couldn't breathe. The room was spinning. My vision dimmed._
By naming each specific visceral feeling, Schneider portrays her character's actual gut reactions to shock while also letting us know that SHE knows each is a cliché. Other less aware authors would either use clichés without recognizing that's what they were (very common among most first-time authors) or use many more words than these to try portraying instant emotional reactions. As a book editor, I appreciated Schneider's writing abilities while also enjoying the mystery.