by: Ilene Schneider
by: Christine I Speakman
ISBN: 978 1 934041 31 4
Price: $16.99 (print – US) 10pounds (print-UK) $4.99 (electronic – US)
out of 4 roses
I love “Chanukah Guilt”
It was recently brought
to my attention that my family knows when I’m crazy about a book -- I don’t shut up about it. I haven’t stopped talking about “Chanukah Guilt.”
Simply put this is the
story of Rabbi Aviva Cohen. She’s in her fifties, twice divorced, and lives
quietly in South Jersey. Rabbi Cohen is finally doing what she loves and enjoys
her life. All she has to do is officiate the funeral service for the disliked,
self-made millionaire, William Phillips.
A simple routine duty.
Until someone confesses
to her that they killed Phillips. Until the confessor commits suicide. Until Rabbi Cohen discovers suicide was murder, and it was someone else who killed Phillips.
I had ten pages left
and I still wasn’t sure who did the killings. I thought I knew; I was pretty
sure I had figured it out; I wasn’t totally wrong. But it rarely takes
me that long to figure out any mystery! Thank you Rabbi Schneider!
I want more!
The characters are clearly
defined and very individual. “Chanukah Guilt” is funny when you need
it to be, and realistic when it needs to be. The family relations, both Rabbi
Cohen’s and the deceaseds’ are dysfunctional and loving. I’ve
found new fiction friends.
is a whodunit that weaves through family lies and secrets and doubts. Rabbi Schneider
brilliantly leaves all the clues where they can be seen, but not quite seen. You
need to turn the next page and the next just to be sure, and still there’s that little bit a doubt.
Guilt” is set during the time of Chanukah. Yes, there are a few references
to the Jewish tradition and its rituals (my apologies for any error in my word choices) but this is completely normal given
the main character is a Rabbi. I found the references very interesting and added
depth to the characters. These references also added a time line for the story,
a pacing to the story.
Again, I want more!
is a mystery for all readers. Rabbi Ilene Schneider is an author you must add
to your library.