Adele (the Rabbi's Mother: Book One)

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Adele Rothstein has buried three husbands and she's living the good life of a seventy-five year old femme fatale in New York City when God comes calling. Never mind that she doesn?t actually believe in God -- Adele can't ignore the mysterious black cloud engulfing a handsome boy named Sol in her son the rabbi's synagogue on a Friday night. Almost immediately after making friends with Sol, tragedy strikes the boy's mother and, together, the unlikely duo try to solve what ...
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Overview

Adele Rothstein has buried three husbands and she's living the good life of a seventy-five year old femme fatale in New York City when God comes calling. Never mind that she doesn?t actually believe in God -- Adele can't ignore the mysterious black cloud engulfing a handsome boy named Sol in her son the rabbi's synagogue on a Friday night. Almost immediately after making friends with Sol, tragedy strikes the boy's mother and, together, the unlikely duo try to solve what happened.

Of course, once a femme fatale, always a femme fatale. As they pursue the truth, Adele?s affections are torn between a handsome younger man and the older man who was once the love of her life. Sol, too, discovers that love can occur even in the most devastating situations. As Adele and Sol get closer to unravelling what's really going on, they are targeted themselves and face the ultimate danger.

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A rabbi's 75-year-old mother develops her psychic abilities to catch the culprit behind a brutal attack in this mystery, a first novel for King under this pseudonym. In spite of being widowed three times, Adele Rothstein lives a good life. She has two full-grown kids; one's a rabbi at the local synagogue. Adele may not pay much attention to God, but God pays attention to her when he gives her, at age 75, her life's mission: to help people using her psychic abilities. When she spots a literal black cloud engulfing young Sol Wiseman and learns that Sol's mother was attacked and now lies comatose, Adele decides to help him find the attacker. While an elderly woman doesn't usually star in suspense novels, this twist works well. Adele has a sharper wit and more energy than many people half her age. Still, several younger characters--including her rabbi son--object to her involvement. Adele has her faults--she fails to acknowledge that long-lost-love Manny left her simply because he loved someone else--but these minor sins give her depth and believability. Most characters are well-defined, including Adele's two love interests and Sol, her sleuthing partner. Sol resolves to find his mother's attacker, but he is also like any other teenage boy who finds his little brother annoying and thinks about sex constantly. The mystery maintains its momentum. Plenty of clues suggest the culprit's identity, and a few of these lead in the right direction, but many send the reader off on red herrings. One is left guessing almost to the point of the unveiling. A page-turning mystery with romance, humanity, standout characters and a heroic 75-year-old psychic as the lead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781478200284
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna King is the pseudonym of Josephine Carr, a writer formerly published by HarperCollins, NAL/Penguin, and Dial Books for Young Readers. She's delighted to embrace independent publishing with her new company, Three Kings Books (also publishing Joseph King with novels CRACK and EVIL DOES IT, currently available for Amazon's Kindle). Please visit her website (http://threekingsbooks.com) and blog (http:carrtalks.wordpress.com) for more information. You're welcome to contact her: 3kingsbooks@gmail.com.
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