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Chanukah Guilt [Paperback]

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Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a 50-something, twice-divorced rabbi living a rather uneventful life in South Jersey. True, she has a family that is rather unconventional. And her first ex-husband is moving to her town. But her life takes a truly interesting - and sinister - turn when she agrees to officiate at the funeral of an unpopular land developer. She doesn't expect to be told by two different people that he had been murdered. Nor does she expect that the first funeral will result in a suicide. Her search for the story behind the suicide (or was it murder?) will lead her to discover the truism "appearances can be deceiving" is accurate, while putting her life in jeopardy.

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Pages   314
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 15, 2007
Publisher   Swimming Kangaroo Books
ISBN  1934041319  
ISBN13  9781934041314  

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Reviews - What do customers think about Chanukah Guilt?

Great easy-read!  May 19, 2008
This book was a great read. Captivating from the onset. A lot of characters to keep track of, but otherwise, a good story. I hope she writes more.
Highly recommend - good first book  Nov 26, 2007
I had the opportunity to meet the author of this book last May at Malice Domestic 2007 and ordered her book at that time. I just had the opportunity to read the book over this past weekend. What intrigued me when I heard Ms Schenider talk about the book carried through to the actual read. Her characters are believable and interesting. I found myself engaged from page one. The book gives the reader an insight into a Jewish community while weaving a tale of murder and mayhem and introducing a set of characters that will be fun to follow through other books.
First novel and great read  Sep 22, 2007
This is a great first book and I hope Ms. Schneider will give us more tales with the indomitable Rabbi Aviva Cohen as the protagonist. The book kept me up past my bedtime for two nights and that's high praise from me, who needs my sleep! Through the days of the Chanukah season, Rabbi Cohen digs into the question of a young girl's apparent suicide nagged by guilt that she drove the girl to her fate. The yarn of the tale is twisted but Aviva unravels it piece by piece, and ultimately places herself in danger. In addition to a fast-paced mystery, the book is also an "inside" look into the days and work of a rabbi. Cheers to the author.

CHANUKAH GUILT is lots of fun!  Sep 2, 2007
Ilene Schneider is a rabbi by occupation, and is currently a Coordinator of Jewish Hospice for Samaritan Hospice in Marlton, NJ. She also works for the New Jersey Audubon Society at the Rancocas Nature Center. She has several degrees; is an avid birder; gardener; and is married and has two teenagers.

Rabbi Aviva Cohen is a baby boomer living in South Jersey. She is twice divorced and learns that her first ex is moving back to run the police department after its chief is caught in corruption charges. Aviva is called upon to officiate at the funeral of a smarmy real estate developer whose daughter is sure he has been murdered. When the daughter, Madison, dies the next night, her mother calls upon Aviva to investigate. Aviva is naturally curious, but she doesn't bank on the idea that she might be putting her own life in danger as she looks into the nooks and crannies of another person's life. What puts levity and a sense of realism into the tale, though, is Aviva's own family's reaction to her sleuthing:

"I got home by ten to find two very different messages on my phone machine. My sister, in her inimitable style, scolded me. 'What's going on? Even here in Florida I hear that you've been playing fast and loose with a family's emotions? I always knew you'd get in trouble for butting in where not wanted. And now you're being sued! If you're not careful, you'll be unemployed, and unemployable. Whatever are you thinking?'"

Schneider's mystery is a delightful blend of the finer points of Judaism, combined with a mystery involving a dysfunctional, blended family, all wanting to get their hands on the money. Aviva is a likeable detective, with plenty of foibles, all of which make her more endearing. She is strong, independent, and eloquent when the occasion calls for it. But she also has an aversion to the finer points of maintenance, such as cleaning and cooking. She is full of fun and isn't afraid to laugh at herself with us. CHANUKAH GUILT is lots of fun!

Shelley Glodowski
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This book was fun to read!  Aug 16, 2007
Aviva is my kind of gal - she's very funny, smart, and clever. I enjoyed being part of Aviva's thought processes as she solved the crime, and really loved seeing the relationships in her family. I had fun reading this book, it made me laugh and kept me wondering. What more can you ask for? Oh, yeah - MORE Aviva mysteries!

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