Rabbi David Small Mystery Series by Harry Kemelman


In 1964, Hary Kemelman published the first Rabbi David Small novel.  This novel, Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late, won a 1965 Edgar Award for Best First Novel and led to the publication of eleven other novels centered around a conservative Jewish Rabbi, who is a master of Talmudic logic.  Kemelman and Agatha Christie were my first foray into the world of cozy mysteries and gave me a great love of the sub-genre.

  1. Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late – 1964
  2. Saturday, the Rabbi Went Hungry – 1966
  3. Sunday, the Rabbi Stayed Home – 1969
  4. Monday, the Rabbi Took off – 1972
  5. Tuesday, the Rabbi Saw Red – 1973
  6. Wednesday, the Rabbi Got Wet – 1976
  7. Thursday, the Rabbi Walked Out – 1978
  8. Conversations With Rabbi Small – 1981
  9. Someday the Rabbi Will Leave – 1985
  10. One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross – 1987
  11. The Day the Rabbi Resigned – 1992
  12. That Day the Rabbi Left Town – 1996

War and Peace Read-a-long

During June and July, I have undertaken the Herculean task of reading War and Peace by Count Leo Tolstoy.  Outside of Turgenev, I have never read a piece of Russian literature, but was compelled to read this massive tome when I learned of the War and Peace Read-a-long created and hosted by two BookTubers who I greatly admire: Ange of Beyond the Pages and Yamini of TheSkepticalReader.

To facilitate the reading and discussion of this novel, the hosts have created a group at GoodReads and a Twitter feed which will be the mode of information dissemination, as well as facilitated discussion.

Personally, I will be reading the Penguin Classics edition of War and Peace, written by County Leo Tolstoy and translated by Anthony Briggs; however, the hosts have spoken of several translations that can be read in their introductory videos: Ange, Yamini, and their live stream collaboration.

They have also created a reading schedule and various translation samples using Google docs.

My Briggs’ edition contains 1399 pages, which may be daunting to some readers, but I have been assured that this is a wonderful read and the novel’s size should not be a deterrent to its enjoyment.