Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Crime Fiction during the Days of Awe

The Jewish calendar is lunar, and Rosh Hashana, the beginning of the Jewish New Year, begins Wednesday night. The Days of Awe are the days between the beginning of 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 murders only take place in fiction!

Here's a short updated list of Mysteries that take place on Rosh Hashana, the Days of Awe and/or 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
A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn
Day of Atonement by Faye Kellerman
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry by Harry Kemelman
The Day of Atonement by David Liss
Nights of Awe by Harri Nykanen

Short Stories:  
Murder is no Mitzvah: Short Mysteries about Jewish Occasions
Mystery Midrash: An Anthology of Jewish Mystery & Detective Fiction, Edited by Lawrence W. Raphael

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


Priscilla said...

And may you as well, Janet! Gratitude for all you do to make the mystery community so welcoming, alive and exciting?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the list! Wishing you a healthy and serene New Year.
Llyn K.

lil Gluckstern said...

hank you for these.Iwish you a happy and healthy New Year.