Burn­ing Twi­light: A Novella

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By – June 30, 2014

This book con­tin­ues a fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ry line from Wish­ni­a’s mys­tery The Fifth Ser­vant. Toward the end of the six­teenth cen­tu­ry in Europe, anti-Semi­tism abounds. Benyamin Ben Aki­va, trav­el­ing com­pan­ion of the renowned Rab­bi Loew, famed for his cre­ation of the Golem of Prague, is try­ing to get to their des­ti­na­tion, Poz­nan, qui­et­ly. On their way they res­cue Kassy, whom we know from her short appear­ance in a pre­vi­ous adven­ture in The Fifth Ser­vant, from road­side attack­ers. She has been ban­ished from her city for her prac­tice of witch­craft” — the herbal reme­dies she uses to heal those who seek her ser­vices. Kassy is a quick study who helps the men solve mur­der mys­ter­ies they encounter on their jour­ney. When I fin­ished read­ing The Fifth Ser­vant I hoped that Wish­nia would con­tin­ue Kassy’s sto­ry and am glad that he came up with this inter­est­ing addi­tion. His writ­ing is sharp, wit­ty, and engag­ing, and though this sto­ry stands on its own, it would be a shame to miss the main course, The Fifth Ser­vant.

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Miri­am Brad­man Abra­hams, mom, grand­mom, avid read­er, some­time writer, born in Havana, raised in Brook­lyn, resid­ing in Long Beach on Long Island. Long­time for­mer One Region One Book chair and JBC liai­son for Nas­sau Hadas­sah, cur­rent­ly pre­sent­ing Inci­dent at San Miguel with author AJ Sidran­sky who wrote the his­tor­i­cal fic­tion based on her Cuban Jew­ish refugee family’s expe­ri­ences dur­ing the rev­o­lu­tion. Flu­ent in Span­ish and Hebrew, cer­ti­fied hatha yoga instructor.

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