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  1. 6.5 hrs • 12/1/1964 • Unabridged

    Rabbi David Small, the new leader of Barnard’s Crossing’s Jewish community, can’t even enjoy his Sabbath without things getting stirred up in a most unorthodox manner. It seems a young nanny has been found strangled, less than a hundred yards from the Temple’s parking lot—and all the evidence points to the rabbi. Add to that the not-so-quiet rumblings of his disgruntled congregation and you might say our inimitable hero needs a miracle from a higher source to save him.

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  2. 7.4 hrs • 1/1/1965 • Unabridged

    In his hugely popular series, bestselling author Harry Kemelman creates well-crafted mysteries filled with slice-of-life characters and fascinating Hebrew rituals. Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry pulls you into the Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing, which has just been thrown into disarray over the unexplained death of one of its members. As Rabbi Small and his temple congregation solemnly prepare for Yom Kippur, a non-practicing member is found dead behind the wheel of his car—in his own garage. The police call the death an accident, and the insurance company insists that it’s suicide. But Miriam, Rabbi Small’s wife, believes the mishap could only be cold-blooded murder. With his congregants splitting over the possible cause, the young rabbi must discover the truth or forfeit all hope for peace in the temple. Turning to the Talmud for divine logic, Rabbi Small discovers order in the midst of the most muddled events. Veteran narrator George Guidall, personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, provides the perfect voice for the determined rabbi as he faces the divided Jewish community.

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  3. 6.6 hrs • 1/1/1969 • Unabridged

    With his absorbing mystery series, bestselling author Harry Kemelman transports you to the closely knit Jewish community at Barnard’s Crossing, a small city near Boston. Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home portrays the unassuming Rabbi Small joyously preparing to celebrate Passover. However, the holiday season is marred when local violence, racism, and misplaced pride run amok. Miffed over the sanctuary’s new seating policy, several families are secretly planning to start their own temple in an unoccupied mansion in the country. When some teenagers break into the house for a party—and one ends up dead—the temple plot is interrupted. Suddenly Rabbi Small must discover what really happened, or the whole community will self-destruct. Savvy Rabbi Small combines earthly chutzpah and divine wisdom to solve the mysterious death that has the entire police force befuddled. Personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate, veteran narrator George Guidall breathes life into the persistent rabbi and his ambitious congregants.

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  4. 11.9 hrs • 12/31/1970 • Unabridged

    In the American heartland, someone is killing cops. The ambush exploded in an Iowa marijuana field. The weapons were high caliber. The pot was high grade. And the reporters said afterward: “We have two known dead…” Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman knew the dead all right: One was a small-time doper, the other a good cop. But Houseman doesn’t know why they died, or who cut them down in a blaze of automatic rifle fire. Now, as the Feds descend on Nation County, Houseman and his fellow cops are suddenly walking point, searching for answers amidst the violence, treachery, and evil in their own backyard.

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    Known Dead

    11.9 hrs • 12/31/69 • Unabridged
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  5. 9.2 hrs • 2/1/1972 • Unabridged

    Popular author Harry Kemelman combines baffling crimes, fascinating characters, and rich Jewish tradition to create his bestselling mystery series. In Monday the Rabbi Took Off, an exhausted Rabbi David Small searches for relaxation in Israel, only to find himself in the midst of an explosive international incident. After six years of leading a challenging congregation, Rabbi Small is taking his dream vacation: three months in Jerusalem without any rabbinical duties. He is finally getting the rest he needs—until a new acquaintance is found dead after a bombing. Suddenly the savvy young Rabbi is up against the formidable Israeli intelligence and faceless Arab terrorists with murder on their minds. With Harry Kemelman’s dramatic flair, you will feel as if you are walking the colorful streets of Jerusalem alongside the perceptive Rabbi Small. George Guidall—personally approved for this unabridged recording by the author’s estate—skillfully breathes life into the ordinary people caught in extraordinary situations.

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  6. 8.3 hrs • 1/1/1973 • Unabridged

    With his Rabbi Small mysteries, acclaimed author Harry Kemelman has made the bestseller lists every day of the week! The adventures of the unassuming Rabbi are hailed by critics and fans for their wit, wisdom, and the unparalleled logic of one of the world’s most unusual sleuths. On Tuesday, Rabbi David Small takes a break from the Barnard’s Crossing pulpit to teach a course on Jewish thought at a small community college. But he soon discovers that all is not idyllic behind the ivy-covered walls. When a bomb goes off in the dean’s office, the peaceful campus mood is shattered. Soon everyone—from professors and students to the indefatigable rabbi himself—is suspected of murder.

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  7. 9.9 hrs • 1/1/1975 • Unabridged

    Amelia Peabody, that indomitable product of the Victorian age, embarks on her first Egyptian adventure armed with unshakable self-confidence, a journal to record her thoughts, and, of course, a sturdy umbrella. On her way, Amelia rescues young Evelyn Barton-Forbes, who has been “ruined” and abandoned on the streets of Rome by her rascally lover. With a typical disregard for convention, Amelia promptly hires her fellow countrywoman as a companion and takes her to Cairo. Eluding Evelyn’s former lover, who wants her back, and Evelyn’s cousin Lord Ellesmere, who wishes to marry her, the two women sail up the Nile to an archaeological site that is home to a rather lively mummy. Soon strange visitations, suspicious accidents, and a botched kidnapping convince Amelia that there is a plot afoot to harm Evelyn.

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  8. 4.3 hrs • 9/15/1975 • Unabridged

    The assassin, a man with a legacy of violence in his blood and a past that left him only one future. The conspirators, icy, calculating power merchants, cold as the bullet that would stop the heart of a nation. The mission: a split-second, intricately perfected design for the death of one of the world’s most powerful men. The payoff: a desperate, nerve-twisting race of gasping terror that mounts to the most shattering, unforgettable climax you will ever read.

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    The Domino Principle

    4.3 hrs • 9/15/75 • Unabridged
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  9. 8.2 hrs • 1/1/1976 • Unabridged

    One of the world’s most unusual sleuths, Rabbi David Small captivates mystery fans with his chutzpah and unparalleled logic. When he investigates some non-kosher behavior by his congregation, he finds himself in water way over his head. While a destructive hurricane pummels Barnard’s Crossing, an elderly temple member dies suddenly after taking his newly prescribed antibiotic. When members of the Jewish community fall under suspicion for drug tampering, Rabbi Small struggles to uncover what really happened—before the temple crumbles from within. In Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet, popular author Harry Kemelman skillfully blends fascinating Jewish tradition and a well-crafted plot.

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  10. 7.3 hrs • 1/1/1977 • Unabridged

    The adventures of Harry Kemelman’s unassuming hero have been hailed by critics and fans alike. Kemelman is celebrated for his absorbing plots and his warm and knowledgeable depiction of Jews and Judaism. Rabbi David Small must step into action when Barnard’s Crossings’ most notorious anti-Semite is found dead—and several members of his congregation are suspected. The murder victim is a cantankerous curmudgeon who has offended many members of this close-knit Jewish community, and it will take all of Rabbi Small’s cool-headed logic and tenacity to solve the case—and redeem his standing in the temple. 

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    6.8 hrs • 1/1/1979 • Unabridged

    “They’re going to kill me soon,” begins the note Amelia discovers in an antique hurdy-gurdy. From that moment on, the shy young woman finds herself doing all kinds of things she never thought possible. Between newfound intimacies and a risky journey into the past, Amelia comes to see herself in a whole new light. The scrawled note drives Amelia to find out what happened to the person who wrote it, identified only as “Hannah.” Who was Hannah? Was she really murdered? Amelia’s investigation leads her to dizzying new heights of romance and danger. Like a tightrope walker, she must not look down—especially when she finds herself in situations uncannily similar to those Hannah faced just before her murder. Like the Mrs. Pollifax mysteries for which Dorothy Gilman is famous, The Tightrope Walker features a spirited and unpretentious heroine and an intriguing mystery, enhanced by colorful settings and characters. Ruth Ann Phimister’s skillful narration adds a personal dimension, making you care about Amelia and the fascinating and dangerous people she meets.

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    The Tightrope Walker

    6.8 hrs • 1/1/79 • Unabridged
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  12. 11.7 hrs • 1/1/1981 • Unabridged

    Victorian gentlewoman Amelia Peabody Emerson and her archaeologist husband are busy raising their young son; yet Amelia dreams only of the dust and detritus of ancient civilizations. Happily, circumstances are about to demand their immediate presence in Egypt. Sir Henry Baskerville had just discovered a tomb in Luxor when he promptly died under bizarre circumstances. The tabloids scream of “the Curse of the Pharaohs!” Amelia and her husband arrive to find the camp in disarray and the workers terrified. A ghost even appears. It is not at all what Amelia considers an atmosphere conducive to scientific discovery. Thus the indomitable Victorian sets about bringing order to chaos—and herself close to danger. How Amelia triumphs over evil and those who would stand between her and her beloved antiquities makes for a delightfully spirited adventure.

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  13. 6.4 hrs • 6/1/1981 • Unabridged

    This suspenseful courtroom drama is based on the actual historical trial of Jack McCall, who shot James Butler Hickok from that most dishonorable position—behind. No one paid any mind to Jack McCall as he unloaded a .44 caliber slug into Wild Bill Hickok’s brain at point-blank range. Deadwood’s legendary gunslinging marshal was dead, holding a poker hand of aces and eights, a dead man’s hand. The question the law wanted to know: was McCall a hired killer or did he kill Hickok to avenge his brother’s death?

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    Aces and Eights

    6.4 hrs • 6/1/81 • Unabridged
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  14. 8.7 hrs • 9/12/1982 • Unabridged

    In this classic crime novel and hypnotic thriller, a panic-stricken young wife races against time to prove that her convicted husband did not murder his mistress. Writing in first person from the wife’s viewpoint, Woolrich evokes her love and anguish and, finally, desperation as she becomes an avenging angel in her attempt to rescue her husband from execution.

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    The Black Angel

    8.7 hrs • 9/12/82 • Unabridged
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    7.5 hrs • 1/1/1985 • Unabridged

    The Globe Apartments, six stories of decaying brick and concrete, rises above San Francisco’s volatile Tenderloin district. The seedy former hotel, once a haven for the city’s down and out, now houses Vietnamese families striving to improve their lives. But private eye Sharon McCone believes that someone from the Tenderloins shadowy underworld is determined to drive the newcomers out. The suspects range from the colorful to the dangerous: a poetry-loving drifter, a mean-spirited preacher, a flower feller with a deadly touch, an enterprising pornographer, and a developer who’d like nothing better than to unload his worst investment—the Globe Hotel. When the All Souls Legal Cooperative is called upon to stop the pattern of intimidation, resentment explodes into murder. As McCone takes up the refugees’ cause, she is drawn into the depths of the city's most hated industry—and into the secrets of San Francisco’s buried past.

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    There’s Nothing to Be Afraid Of

    7.5 hrs • 1/1/85 • Unabridged
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  16. 6.8 hrs • 3/1/1985 • Unabridged

    From Friday the Rabbi Slept Late to Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out , the bestselling Rabbi David Small series follows the perceptive small town rabbi through every challenging day of the week. In Someday the Rabbi Will Leave, David Small steps beyond his daily responsibilities to face issues in the congregation and community that threaten to destroy his career. The beloved president of the temple is resigning. A new president is chosen: a prominent businessman who is used to being obeyed. It’s not long before the rabbi’s adherence to tradition clashes with the new president’s requests. Meanwhile, a young man in Rabbi Small’s congregation has been arrested in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Can the rabbi maintain his position in the temple while helping the young man? Much depends on good luck.

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