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Murder is no mitzvah
Browning, Abigail.
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Minotaur, [2004]

Physical Description:
xii, 285 pages ; 22 cm
The bread of affliction / Michael Kahn -- Comes the revolution / Gregory Fallis -- A Sabbath flame / Ronald Levitsky -- The Rabbi and the Sorcerer / Russell William Asplund -- The Lipkin-Wexler affair / Louis Weinstein -- Kaddish / Batya Swift Yasgur -- Funny story / Larry Beinhart -- The Jew's breastplate / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Kaddish for the kid / Max Allan Collins -- Where does a Golem go? / Bernice F. Weiss -- Mom remembers / James Yaffee -- The Christmas mitzvah / Doug Allyn.
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PS648.D4 M8595 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Abigail Browning is the publisher of Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine and Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

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 Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Murder Is No Mitzvah: Short Mysteries About Jewish Occasions, edited by Abigail Browning, collects a dozen Jewish-themed crime stories, 11 of which first appeared in either Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine or Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. The one classic tale, "The Jew's Breastplate," is by Arthur Conan Doyle. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Michael KahnGregory FallisRonald LevitskyRussell William AsplundLouis WeinsteinBatya Swift YasgurLarry BeinhartArthur Conan DoyleMax Allan CollinsBernice F. WeissJames YaffeeDoug Allyn
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Bread of Afflictionp. 1
Comes the Revolutionp. 31
A Sabbath Flamep. 63
The Rabbi and the Sorcererp. 75
The Lipkin-Wexler Affairp. 95
Kaddishp. 115
Funny Storyp. 129
The Jew's Breastplatep. 151
Kaddish for the Kidp. 173
Where Does a Golem Go?p. 199
Mom Remembersp. 205
The Christmas Mitzvahp. 249
Glossaryp. 283