Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Crime Fiction during the Days of Awe

It's early September, but the Jewish calendar is lunar, and Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, began last Wednesday night. We are now in the Days of Awe (the days between the New Year and Yom Kippur). 

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. That a murder would take place on Yom Kippur (or during the Days of Awe)  runs opposite to Jewish belief. Let's hope any murders only take place in fiction!

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.

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

May you be inscribed in the Book of Life for the coming year!

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