Harry Kemelman – Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home (1969)


Vintage Silver Age Mystery
Just the Facts Category: When — Time/Date/etc in Title
Cloak and Dagger Challenge #93
TBR #64
Date Finished: June 30, 2018

The rabbi faces dissension in his temple, with the older members looking at purchasing an old home and converting it into a competing synagogue. The college-age youth of the congregation hold a party at the same location, with one of them turning up dead. Was the motive his racism toward a black kid or was it his drug dealing?

The first hundred-plus pages concentrate on the temple politics, interspersed only with the rabbi’s pedantic explanations of all things Jewish. Once something actually happens, the temple politics continue to play a large role, with the rabbi only lightly involved in the mystery, which is soon wrapped up. Incredibly boring and badly plotted.

Just the Facts Silver Card 2018-06-30

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