Jewish mysteries - recommendations?
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Do you have any recommendations for more Jewish themed/charactered/authored mysteries? I think I like more 'cozy' works, but it's certainly no limitation.
Thanks in advance!
Walking the Perfect Square
The James Deans
Empty Ever After
Hope this helps.
Also, this is the sort of thing that tagmash is great at --
try Judaism, mystery or Jewish, mystery (I note that Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policeman's Union is high on those lists; trivia: Chabon and Waldman are married to each other.)
Thank you, everyone!
I hope you don't think I'm lazy; I did try tags and google. :P I just thought I'd check for personal recommendations, they're usually more on the spot.
The Prager series sounds great, magnumpigg.
The first book in the series is The Dutchman. There are at least 6 or 7 to date, I believe.
You might want to check out this site which has a bibliography of Jewish mysteries
He also wrote The Mourning Sexton by Michael Baron. I liked that one even better in some ways because it went into the Jewish faith a in a little more detail. As a non-Jewish person, I learned a lot!! (A very good thing, imho)
Its part of the Temperance Brennan series, I think thats the one the Bones TV show is based off of.
The main character is a former Israeli intelligence operative that has a cover as an art restorer. He gets called back into action and the action is heart-stopping, fascinating, and amazing. Wow.
You learn plenty about the Holocaust and history as well. The author really grabs your attention!
The Kill Artist; The English Assassin; The Confessor; A Death In Vienna; Prince of Fire; The Messenger;The Secret Servant; Moscow Rules; The Defector; and The Rembrandt Affair.
1. The Walls of Jericho (1997)
2. The Pillars of Solomon (1999)
3. A Walk In The Darkness (2000)
4. Keepers of the Gate (2001)
5. Blood Diamonds (2002)
6. The Blue Widows (2003)
7. The Last Prophecy (2004)
Nancy Cohen - the Marla Shore books
David Delman- the Jacob and Helen Horowitz series
Howard Engle - The Benny Cooperman series
Michael Kahn - the Rachel Gold series
Rochelle Krich - the Jessie Davis series
Reggie Nadelson - the Archie Cohen series
Caroline Roe - the Isaac of Girona series
Roger Simon - the Moses Wine series
The Torah Codes by Ezra Barany
1. Saturday Morning murder
2. Literary Murder
3. Murder on a Kibbutz
4. Murder Duet
5. Bethlehem Road Murder
6. Murder in Jerusalem
Gabriel Allon series by Daniel Silva - wonderful. I did a review on his latest, The Fallen Angel. Silva's books are very instructive.
Faye Kellerman's series with Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus are very enjoyable.
Curses on forgetfulness! Several years ago, I read a mystery in which Will Shakespeare became involved with a Jewish family in England during the Inquisition, and the problems faced by Jews all across Europe during the Inquisition. But I can't remember the title or the author! Sorry.
Although the book was full of intrigue, adventure, and budding romance, it was the the Benny Goldfarb character himself I found to be quite intriguing. He is more than a just a man with unique and creative inroads to crime-solving. His whole approach to life is somewhat like a dance. He ebbs and flows through impossible situations. He takes time to reflect on what he is experiencing, when you least expect that reflection might even be possible in that moment. This kind of detail had me on the edge of my seat, waiting to find out how Benny Goldfarb, Private "I" might handle each new situation, wanting to know him a little better. I was not disappointed.
The book moved along at a very nice pace for me, as I found myself howling with laughter one moment, then wanting to bite my nails the next.