Saturday, November 30, 2013

Chanukah Crime Fiction/Hanukah Mysteries

Chanukah (Hanukah, Hanukkah) is celebrated for eight days. Jewish Holidays are aligned with the lunar calendar, so they vary every year, and this year Thanksgiving fell on the first day of Chanukah. Given that there are eight days, you'll have plenty of time to read all of these titles! Let me know if I've missed any.

Holiday Grind by Cleo Coyle (mostly about Christmas but Hanukah is mentioned)
Beautiful Lie the Dead by Barbara Fradkin
Festival of Deaths by Jane Haddam
Out of the Frying Pan into the Choir by Sharon Kahn
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman
Murder at the Minyan by Shlumat E. Kustanowitz
The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page (mostly about Christmas but Hanukah is mentioned)
Chanukah Guilt by Ilene Schneider
The Tattooed Rabbi by Marvin J. Wolf

Children's Hanukah Mysteries
Rabbi Rocketpower and the Mystery of the Missing Menorahs - A
Hanukkah Humdinger! by Rabbi Susan Abramson and Aaron Dvorkin and Ariel DiOrio

Mystery Short Stories
"Mom Lights a Candle" by James Yaffe, appeared in Mystery: The Best of 2002, ed. by Jon L. Breen.
"Hanukah" by Morris Hershman in Cat Crimes for the Holidays, ed. by Martin Greenberg, Edward Gorman and Larry Segriff
"The Worse Noel" by Barb Goffman in The Gift of Murder.
"Death on the List" by B.K. Stevens (AHMM, January 1999)
For more info on Jewish short story mysteries, check out Steven Steinbock who blogs on Criminal Brief, the Mystery Short Story Web Log Project.
"Navidad" by Elizabeth Zelvin, EQMM, January 2011
"No Candles for Antiochus" by Barry Ergang

Mystery Games
Children's software mystery game: Who Stole Hanukkah? offered in five languages: English, Hebrew, Russian, French and Spanish
Other Games for Children: The Case of the Stolen Menorah: An Enlightening Hanukkah Mystery


Marilyn Levinson said...

I love your list of holiday books. A favorite of mine is AUNT DIMITY'S CHRISTMAS by Nancy Atherton.

Joan O'Callaghan said...

Thanks for this Janet! May the lights burn brightly for you this Hannukah!! Chag sameach!

Joan O'Callaghan said...

Many thanks for this, Janet!! May the lights burn brightly for you. Chag Sameach!

Joan O'Callaghan said...

Thanks for this!! May the lights burn brightly this Hannukah! Chag sameach!