Harry Kemelman
Harry Kemelman (1908-1996) was an American author of mystery novels. He wrote the Rabbi Small series. A native of Boston, Kemelman earned his B.A. in English Literature from Boston University and his M.A. in English philology from Harvard. From there, he began a career teaching English. Kemelman spent World War II working as a wage administrator for the U.S. Army Transportation Corps and for the War Assets Administration. Following the war, he began his writing career.

Harry Kemelman became a published author in 1947 with the story The Nine Mile Walk, which was written for Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. The story and its follow-ups all appear in the collection of the same name. Kemelman’s first novel was Friday the Rabbi Slept Late in 1964, which won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Below is a list of Harry Kemelman’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Rabbi Small Books


Friday the Rabbi Slept Late(1964) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Saturday the Rabbi Went Hungry(1966) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home(1969) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Monday the Rabbi Took Off(1972) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tuesday the Rabbi Saw Red(1973) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wednesday the Rabbi Got Wet(1976) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thursday the Rabbi Walked Out(1978) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Conversations with Rabbi Small(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Someday the Rabbi Will Leave(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Fine Day the Rabbi Bought a Cross(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Day the Rabbi Resigned(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
That Day the Rabbi Left Town(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


The Nine Mile Walk(1967) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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Harry Kemelman Synopsis: Friday the Rabbi Slept Late is the first book in the series featuring Rabbi David Small by Harry Kemelman. Rabbi Small is now the head of the Jewish community of Barnard’s Crossing, but he can’t even enjoy his Sabbath before a young nanny is found dead on his Temple’s parking lot. With the evidence pointing directly at him, the Rabbi will have to clear his name.

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