March Mystery Madness Reading Challenge


This year I will be participating in the 3rd Annual March Mystery Madness Reading Challenge as proposed by Elizabeth from Lizziefayelovesbooks on YouTube.  Started by Elizabeth and Troi Towel, this year’s reading challenge is hosted by 20 BookTubers:

Mara from Bookslikewhoa
Lisa from Books & Smiles
Mike and Becca from Books and Looks
Courtny from Courtagonist
Di from Disis19 Hearts (hosting for her 2nd year)
Emily of Emily Sears
Catherine from Jayne Catherine on Books
Kay of Kay T
Kady @lilkadykitty on Twitter (will be hosting Twitter Sprints)
Elizabeth from Lizziefayelovesbooks (co-creator)
Laura from mom2triplets04
Sarah from Not Just Romance Novels
Alicia from Pretty Brown Eyed Reader
Jen from Remembered Reads
Jo Lisa from Retired Book Nerd
Sarah from Sarah’s Nightstand
Stephanie from Time to Read
Tim from World of Sleuths
Troi from Troi Towel (co-creator)
Lesley from WordsofaReader

The reading challenge will run from 1 March through 31 March and is composed of six reading challenges:

  1. Shelf
  2. Borrow
  3. New
  4. Historical
  5. Foreign
  6. Opposite

For these challenges, I shall be reading the following mysteries:

  1. Shelf – File M for Murder by Miranda James
  2. Borrow – The Secret, Book & Scone Society by Ellery Adams
  3. New – The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl
  4. Historical – The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  5. Foreign – A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters
  6. Opposite – Saturday, the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman





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