A Rabbi Ben Mystery #2
by Marvin J. Wolf (GoodReads Author)
ebook, 421 pages, pub Feb 17, 2017, Antenna Books
Also available in paperback
A thrilling mystery, a romance and a detective like no other.
Lured to a clandestine meeting with the President of Israel, Ben Maimon is asked to find the long-vanished third of the Aleppo Codex, rivaled in historical importance only by the Dead Sea Scrolls. The missing pages reportedly surfaced in Brooklyn’s Syrian Jewish community, only to vanish again. Plunging into a strange, quasi-medieval culture that is both Middle Eastern and Iberian, Ben learns that others seek the Codex—and that they don’t play nice. His guide to all things Aleppo-on-Gravesend-Bay is Miryam, the sassy, sexy, sweet, grand-niece of the increasingly mysterious man rumored to have smuggled the Codex out of Syria decades earlier. Sparks fly as mystery veers toward a surprise romance and an ending that you won’t see coming.
Disclaimer: A read and review were requested by the author's representative for which I am not being compensated in any way. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review
First response: Awesome quality writing! I sat down to read a sample and didn't stop until I had read the whole book about four hours later! Full review on my blog soon.
I was approached for a "read and review" by a rep for the author of this book and agreed to do it. Technology being what it is, the copy did not come through to me after multiple tries. So, I went to Amazon and took a look at the sample posted there. After reading for a bit, I purchased the book. At the end of the book and about 4 hours, I also purchased book #1 in the series. Now, I have to hope that Mr. Wolf is already writing book #3 and is a fast writer. I absolutely loved this book and its characters! I wish for Rabbi Ben a long life!
Rabbi Ben is a man of many hats. He's hoping to find some family, he's a Catholic priest going over the fence, he's doing what needs to be done in a crisis, he's a very learned Jewish rabbi, and he's a modest man trying to help someone out without sharing all his talents with the world. He's also a man distracted by a lovely young woman who's trying very hard to keep him distracted.
A wonderful character! Mr. Wolf has created a most complex main character here in Rabbi Ben. This is a man who could handle any situation with which he's faced with panache and be quite modest about it all. The secondary characters weren't quite so complex as Rabbi Ben, but they stood up to him quite well. No one was flat, not even the thugs. The plot was amazing and the story moved along pretty well. The book is a little over 400 pages and I read it comfortably in about four hours. That included my husband bringing me a sandwich and chips in there somewhere, cause it was too hot to cook.
I'm not sure what exactly the parameters are for cozy, but I'm tempted to classify Rabbi Ben as a cozy character because of the sheer humanity of the man. But if you like mysteries with very nice people and a sense of humor and lots of religion (Jewish), this is a book I would recommend for you. In fact, I would recommend you start with book 1, For Whom the Shofar Blows. Then read the second one and hope and pray that Mr. Wolf has book 3 done when you're ready! That's what I'm doing!