- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Walker Books Australia (April 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1934041319
- ISBN-13: 978-1934041314
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 37 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,022 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chanukah Guilt Paperback – April 15, 2007
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About the Author
A 1976 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia, Rabbi Ilene Schneider, Ed.D., was one of the first six women rabbis in the United States. A native of Boston, Rabbi Schneider holds a B.A. In Publication from Simmons College, Boston; an M.Ed. in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University, Philadelphia; and an Ed.D. in Foundations of Education from Temple, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the RRC. She attended the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and was awarded both the University and the Graduate School Fellowships at Temple. She has served as the Executive Director of the Board of Jewish Education of Atlantic County, New Jersey; as an Adjunct Professor of Education at Temple University and at LaSalle University; as Director of the Master of Arts in Education Program at Gratz College, Melrose Park, PA, and currently as Coordinator of Jewish Hospice for Samaritan Hospice, Marlton, NJ. She has been a columnist for the Burlington County Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer. An avid birder, she works with the New Jersey Audubon Society Rancocas Nature Center. Rabbi Schneider resides in Marlton, NJ, with her husband, Rabbi Gary M. Gans, and their sons, Natan and Ari Schneider-Gans.
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Chanukah Guilt is the epitome of a cozy murder mystery. Unlike some others, I doubt many readers figure out "who done it" before the last chapter. Before anyone asks, you don't have to be Jewish to get her characters. I can't wait to read the other two books in the series.
And just in case you don't like the end, she has included an alternate ending.
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.