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Harry Kemelman (1908 - 1996)

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Marian May 16th, 2006 07:36 PM PST

Philip Grosset maintains a website about “clerical detectives” (Father Brown, etc.) He says: “The first book in a series isn't always the best, but in this case, I'd go for the first Rabbi Small novel, FRIDAY THE RABBI SLEPT LATE (1964), as this won the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Award, and got the series off to a good start.”

editor July 18th, 2006 07:59 AM PST

FYI "Conversations with Rabbi Small" is not a mystery. "The Nine Mile Walk" is a collection of stories featuring Nicky Welt.


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Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1908, Harry Kemelman created perhaps the most famous of religious sleuths: Rabbi David Small. After having received a BA in English Literature and a MA at Harvard in English philology, he taught in a number of schools before WW2. After, Kemelman worked as wage administrator for the Army Transportation Corps in Boston, and subsequently for the War Assets Administration. His writing career began with short stories for Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. The Rabbi Small series began in 1964. Friday the Rabbi Slept Late was a bestseller and won Kemelman an Edgar for best first novel in 1965. Kemelman died in 1996.

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