Thursday, January 26, 2017

Book Beginning: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late


Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

EARLY BIRDS & SLOWPOKES: This weekly post goes up Thursday evening for those who like to get their posts up and linked early on. But feel free to add a link all week.

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TIE IN: The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice is a natural tie in with this event and there is a lot of cross over, so many people combine the two. The idea is to post a teaser from page 56 of the book you are reading and share a link to your post. Find details and the Linky for your Friday 56 post on Freda’s Voice.



They sat in the chapel and waited. They were still only nine, and they were waiting for the tenth so that they could begin morning prayers.

Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman, the first of the Rabbi Small mystery series. Published in 1965, it counts as one of my Silver level books for the Vintage Mystery Challenge this year.


  1. I've wanting to re-read the Rabbi books. I like the logic he uses.

  2. Hi Gilion,

    I haven't come across this author or series before, but it is definitely destined for my reading list, so thanks for the feature and introduction.

    Reading about the series, brought to mind our own 'Chronicles Of Brother Cadfael' series by Ellis Peters, which also went on to become a very successful television series, featuring the crime solving monk.

    The first book was published in 1977, a little later than 'The Rabbi Small Mysteries', but both are rightfully tagged as 'classics' in my opinion.

    Thanks for sharing and hosting. Have a great weekend :)


  3. This book seems interesting. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  4. It's been ages since I've read one of the Rabbi books. I do remember enjoying them quite a bit, though, and hope you do as well!

  5. Sounds fascinating. Lovely opening sentence. Thanks for sharing, and hosting.

  6. I need to look this one up, I love mysteries new or vintage. :)

  7. I've heard of this series but haven't read any of the books. Sounds interesting.
    Thank you for hosting Book Beginnings.

  8. I would like this book.

    Thanks for letting us know about it.

    Have a great weekend.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  9. I've never even heard of this series, but good luck with the challenge and happy reading!

  10. Yvonne -- Funny you mention the Brother Cadfael books because I read the first one right before I started this Rabbi book!

  11. I had forgotten about this series! I stumbled across a couple in college when I was doing all my shopping at a used bookstore right off campus and loved them but the bookstore never got any other ones and this was pre-Amazon. I need to go back and read them! Thanks for the reminder!

  12. Sounds interesting. I've never heard of this one, but I often enjoy a good mystery. Hope you are liking this one.


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