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


I decided to google “Yom Killer reviews,” and am glad I did. I somehow had missed a great review of the book on Sept. 4 by the renowned Lelia Taylor of CNC/Buried under Books fame. Thank you, Lelia, for your “overall enjoyment of this lighthearted, intelligent mystery.”
You can read the review here. (Scroll down as it’s the 2nd one on the page.)



Review of YOM KILLER, by Rabbi Rachel Esserman, Executive Editor and Book Reviewer, The Reporter Group; appears in the August 25, 2017, issue of the Jewish Federation of Greater Binghamton’s The Reporter, located in Vestal, NY. (

“I’ll admit I feel an affinity for the main character in Yom Killer. After all, how could I not like Rabbi Aviva Cohen, a middle-aged, wise-cracking, liberal rabbi? In previous books in the series, Aviva not only had to deal with balancing the needs of different members of her congregation, but with an ex-husband who is now living in the same town. There were also phone calls and advice from her older sister and her mother, who fortunately don’t live in New Jersey, but who still frequently interfere in her life. In the current novel, Aviva faces a family crisis during the worst possible time for a rabbi: the High Holidays. When she learns her mother is in the hospital, Avivia rushes – with her ex-husband in tow – to Boston. Questions abound: If her mother only had a simple fall, why did the hospital place her in a medical coma? Why does the staff at the hospital and the assisted living facility act as if they are hiding something? Does the fact that a new company owns the assisted living facility and the hospital have anything to do with her mother’s injury? Aviva is willing to risk her own life to find the answer. 
“Aviva is an appealing character, partly because she’s honest about her own faults – and she does have several endearing ones, including not thinking before she acts. It’s also hard not to like someone who packs far more books than she can possibly read for the trip to Boston. The novel has the right balance of seriousness and humor, and the mystery was satisfyingly complex …. Yom Killer is fun, easy reading….a perfect book for the beach or relaxing after work.”


My thanks to Helen Chapman for the 5 star review of YOM KILLER she posted on Amazon: 
You should buy the book. Promise, no spoilers.

The third of the series about Rabbi Cohen. Funny, poignant, as it touches on too many things none of us really want to think about, and, on top of it all, a darned good mystery. 

No, it’s not necessary to read “Chanukah Guilt” or “Unleavened Dead” before Yom Killer, but it couldn’t hurt.


YOM KILLER won the David Award for best novel at Deadly Ink!

My thanks to Jim Callan for posting my 4th blog in as many weeks. I discuss my 2 favorite places to write.  Spoiler: They both have fattening snacks and drinks, plus lots of outlets for plugging in my laptop. 

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I hadn’t set up to do a blog tour, but my 3rd guest blog in 2 weeks is now “live.” Thank you to Anne Louise Bannon for hosting me as I discuss “What Mysteries Can Do.” You can check it out at

My thanks to Lelia Taylor for hosting my blog about how I had difficulty finding my voice while writing Yom Killer. And what is “voice” anyway? Find out at: