In addition to his congregational duties, Rabbi Daniel Winter hosts a weekly radio show about religion. One evening, a strident outspoken feminist rabbi, Myrna Wahl, a radical Catholic nun, and a female Protestant minister appearing on the program get into a heated discussion. Rabbi Wahl is found dead later, the victim of a hit-and-run accident. Rabbi Winter, who exchanged harsh words with her on the air, becomes a prime suspect. He must find the real murderer to clear his name. As he investigates, he develops a more personal interest in the attractive police psychologist assigned to the case. As always, Telushkin combines a contrived plot with Jewish teaching. In this case, he deals with the issues of forgiveness and honoring parents. This book was originally published in 1987 and the one-dimensional feminist characters seem out of place in 2005. Rabbi Telushkin is a prolific author. His non-fiction works such as Jewish Literacy are useful reference sources. Mystery fans who like a bit of halacha with their clues will enjoy this reissue.
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.