The Kiddush Murder

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
A great new mystery series! A great bat mitzvah, a dead grandmother, a rabbi with a family problem, a gathering storm of synagogue politics, and Cantor Shoshana Goldberg would much rather mind her own business but finds herself right in the middle of it. Welcome to the new Cantor Shoshana Goldberg mysteries. The Kiddush Murder is only the beginning! You don't have to be Jewish to love it! More

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About Gail F. Nalven

Gail F. Nalven is a Jewish educator and an alumna of JTS, just like Cantor Shoshana Goldberg. She has directed and taught in Hebrew schools across the denominations, and is the author of the blog Adventures in Tefillah ( She lives in New York City.

Patricia S. Rudden is Professor of English at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. She has worked as a lay cantor in various settings for nearly two decades. She is an alumna of Hunter College, like the late Myra Bloom and Cantor Goldberg’s mother, and wishes she could grow up to be Cantor Goldberg. She too lives in New York City.

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Review by: Doris B on July 20, 2012 :
This is a great book. There are just enough Jewish phrases and bits of culture to make an interesting and engrossing background to Cantor Goldberg's involvement in the mystery. And just enough hints about trouble brewing in the synagogue to make me eager to read the next book in the series.

As a New York Jew who went to Hunter, this stirs up loads of memories and leaves me smiling. I recommend it!
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: Shirley Riefenhauser on July 18, 2012 :
This mystery is a wonderful, slow read as it introduces Shoshana, her charge Zahava, and a family web. Be prepared for good Jewish culture with a smattering of New York sights and sounds. (Did the authors know that they were making of a worthy guide to out of towners?) Canter Goldberg, I sit here with my seltzer waiting for your next exciting tale!
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)

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