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The Rabbi returns to Israel and......,
This review is from: One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross (Mass Market Paperback)
of course trouble finds him even there.
As this 9th volume of the Rabbi Small series opens the Smalls have just dropped their teenagers off at summer camp and decide on the spur of the moment to take an offer (one of several) to return to Jerusalem for a few weeks. Word quickly spreads through Barnard's Crossing of his departure and the Rabbi finds himself deluged with various errands, purchase a cross, check up on a son studying there etc. Before he even lands Rabbi Small finds himself being drawn in an international conspiracy, one that will bring him in conflict yet again with members of his own congregation, Orthodox Jews in Israel, the local police and Israeli secret service as he once again must extract a member of his community from trouble.
The charm of this series of cozies lies more in the characters and their various problems and points of view rather than in the mystery. More than half the book elapses before the corpse even appears and most readers will not have much trouble figuring out the crime. It is still a most enjoyable read and for anyone who has read any of the previous books, wonderful to see what the Rabbi and his family are up to now.