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I read all this series years ago when they were written, and they still seem relevant. Of course cell phones, DNA and computer hacking are not part of them--but the mysteries are ok (this one was too easy to figure out, though). But don't let that put you off--the mystery is fun--and had twists and turns. But what makes this series outstanding is the deep look into human character, spiritual needs and an amazing explanation of Judaism--which is given with quite understandable human explanations that make some of the traditions and rituals have so much meaning. This is a book--indeed an entire series--not to be missed if you want more than just sex, violence and fast car chases! This is a mystery series with depth.
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This series is not only a fascinating detective series, with original and innovative plots, it is also an intriguing look at Judaism. For those people who know little or nothing about Judaism, this is a fascinating yet unobtrusive insight into what Jews believe (& more importantly, don't believe).
Don't read this if you are likely to be offended by religious references or belief systems that are not your own. Because if you aren't open minded to others beliefs, this is going to upset you - if though it is first and foremost a murder mystery series.
David Small sticks his neck out again... It's interesting to look back to the time I was a student myself, although clearly UK universities are very different and I now know why in the USA places of study for those 17-21 year olds are called "schools" - this one at least is more a sixth-form college than a beacon of higher education! The Rabbi solves another crime of classical design (no gruesome forensics, exceptional cruelty or sickening descriptions (thank the Lord), but he also learns about young people and teaching. He can be just a little bit dogmatic....