<b>A collection of four novels from the <i>New York Times</i>–bestselling, Edgar Award–winning mystery series starring a rabbi in a tiny New England town.</b><br />  <br /> Spend a long weekend with the scholar and spiritual leader who watches over the Jewish community in 1960s Barnard’s Crossing, Massachusetts—and in his spare time, solves crimes.<br />  <br /><i>Friday the Rabbi Slept Late</i>: A young nanny is found dead in the temple parking lot—and her purse is discovered in Rabbi David Small’s car. Now he has to collaborate with the local Irish-Catholic police chief to exonerate himself.<br />  <br /><i>Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry</i>: Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, is defiled when a body is found—and the rabbi must uncover who has something to atone for.<br />  <br /><i>Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home</i>: When Passover is overshadowed by congregational politics and a murder at a local university, the rabbi must study the clues.<br />  <br /><i>Monday the Rabbi Took Off</i>: Rabbi Small journeys to Israel for a bit of peace, but instead has to team up with an Orthodox cop to unravel a bombing case.<br />  <br /> Don’t miss these four mystery novels featuring an amateur detective who uses Talmudic logic—an introduction to the multimillion-selling series that provides both “an eye-opening snapshot of a particular time in Jewish-American history” and delightfully entertaining whodunits (<i>Los Angeles Review of Books</i>).<br /><br /> Harry Kemelman (1908–1996) was best known for his popular rabbinical mystery series featuring the amateur sleuth Rabbi David Small. Kemelman wrote twelve novels in the series, the first of which, <i>Friday the Rabbi Slept Late</i>, won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. This book was also adapted as an NBC made-for-TV movie, and the Rabbi Small Mysteries were the inspiration for the NBC television show <i>Lanigan’s Rabbi</i>. Kemelman’s novels garnered praise for their unique combination of mystery and Judaism, and with Rabbi Small, the author created a protagonist who played a part-time detective with wit and charm. Kemelman also wrote a series of short stories about Nicky Welt, a college professor who used logic to solve crimes, which were published in a collection entitled <i>The Nine Mile Walk</i>.<br /> Aside from being an award-winning novelist, Kemelman, originally from Boston, was also an English professor.