Blog posts about the Rabbi Aviva Cohen Mysteries and their author Rabbi Ilene Schneider

 I asked five authors whose works I enjoy (and whom I have met) to read the unedited manuscript of Unleavened Dead, and, if they liked the book, to write a blurb to appear on the back cover. All five accepted, and all five wrote nice mini-reviews. In order to fit all five onto the back cover (along with the book description, my bio, and my picture), we had to cut down the already short comments to a few snippets.

All five have given me permission to post the full blurbs on my website/blog. Please help me thank them by clicking on the links for their websites. And, even better, read their books. You won’t be disappointed.


And here they are (in alphabetical order):


In Ilene Schneider’s Unleavened Dead, Rabbi Aviva Cohen is funny, smart, and believable. Somehow between worrying about her job, her weight, and her exes, she keeps getting involved in murders, but her slide into crime-solving is seamless. A smoothly written and entirely enjoyable read!

– Sheila Connolly, Agatha Award nominated author of the Orchard Mysteries and the Museum Mysteries;


Rabbi Aviva is back – and never in better form – if never more stressed. The pressure of Passover preparations with a wedding the night before, Aviva’s complicated relationship with her ex-husband and turmoil in her niece’s life should be enough, but then people close to Aviva start dying in suspicious circumstances. And then the mob shows up. As always, Schneider gives us a wonderful picture of life in a Jewish community – Chaim Potok with a wacky sense of humor.

– Donna Fletcher Crow, A Darkly Hidden Truth, The Monastery Murders 2;


Ilene Schneider’s Unleavened Dead is like dishing with your girlfriend the rabbi, who leads a really interesting life. Three mysterious deaths, an evil therapist, a crowd of menacing murder suspects, a tangle of shul politics, a still-attractive ex-husband – What’s not to like?

– Kate Gallison, author of The Edge of Ruin (as Irene Fleming), winner of the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance fiction award;


Oy vey, this book made me smile. With two good mysteries, a dysfunctional family, and an inside look at life as a female rabbi-cum-amateur sleuth, Unleavened Dead is a book you don’t want to miss.

–  Barb Goffman, Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity award-nominated author of short stories including “The Lord Is My Shamus;”


Once again, the inimitable Aviva Cohen uses her rabbinic seichel and intuition to solve crime- this time the apparent “accidental” deaths of two of her congregants. You don’t have to be Jewish to root for this twice divorced, 50 something, slightly overweight, feisty heroine. This is a delightful cozy mystery for everyone!

–  Deborah Shlian, co-author of the award winning Sammy Greene series;








  1. I can’t wait to read it Love always you # 2 fan Aunt Joni HA

  2. Ilene, I’m so happy to have been able to put in a good word for Rabbi Aviva and I’m honoured to be in such excellent an company of reviewers! Love to you and to Aviva!

  3. Great reviews! Congrats !

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