Rabbi Aviva Cohen, 50-something and twice-divorced, would never have chosen to
officiate at an unpopular land developer’s funeral. And his highly dysfunctional
family won’t make it any easier on her, especially when one of his daughters asks to see her privately the day after
When a second family member turns up dead, this time declared a suicide, the
family starts to wonder. Could both deaths have been murder? Rabbi Cohen is dragged into the investigation when one family member threatens her with a lawsuit, and
she’s compelled to search for answers.
Though the police are reluctant to reopen the two deaths as potential murder,
they are forced to do so when Rabbi Cohen unearths some damaging evidence that supports foul play. And her own emotional life is affected by her first ex-husband’s arrival to oversee the police department,
as he involves himself in her efforts.
Amateur sleuthing is always dangerous, and Rabbi Cohen is lucky to survive the
attempts on her life. But she is successful in clearing her name as she figures
out who would be willing to commit murder.
This story weaves Jewish culture and mystery in a delightful blend. However, in portraying the rich and interesting social life Rabbi Cohen enjoys, both with her family and
congregation, there are very many characters, occasionally causing some confusion to the reader. But overall, this doesn’t detract from a well-crafted story and a satisfying conclusion.
Muse Book Reviewer: Alice Berger