Crime Fiction during the Days of Awe: Jewish New Year/Yom Kippur
Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, starts tonight. Rosh Hashana also begins the 8 days of awe culminating onYom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, and the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. That a murder would take place during this time or on Yom Kippur itself runs opposite to Jewish beliefs. However, that's an ideal, and this is a mystery blog.
Here's a short list of mysteries that take place during the Days of Awe and Yom Kippur. As always, I welcome any additions to this list. This year I've added a few new titles including a novel from Bitter Lemon Press that I can't wait to read. Nights of Awe by Harri Nykanan is set in Helsinki, and Ariel Kafka of the Violent Crime Unit of the Helsinki police, is one of two Jewish Policemen in Finland. This book won't be out until February 2012 (UK) and April 2012 (US), so not in time for this New Year. Three Weeks in October by Yael Dayan Days of Atonement by Michael Gregorio Yom Kippur Murder by Lee Harris Day of Atonement by Faye Kellerman Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman Nights of Awe by Harri Nykanen