The Gostynin Shul [NOOK Book]

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The Gostynin Shul - A Yiddish history mystery. A Yiddish historian finds herself fending off an enraged Hasidic group intent on preserving its reputation, and a Boston society matron desperate to preserve her family's wealth and status.
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The Gostynin Shul

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Overview

The Gostynin Shul - A Yiddish history mystery. A Yiddish historian finds herself fending off an enraged Hasidic group intent on preserving its reputation, and a Boston society matron desperate to preserve her family's wealth and status.
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Editorial Reviews

Lydia Fielding
This is an entertaining mystery novel which occasionally delves into serious subjects like history and prejudice. It is set in modern-day Boston, and has elements of Boston history, but doesn't cover the usual topics of the pilgrims or the revolutionary war. Instead it looks at people on the outskirts of society, especially jews and african-americans, and their attempts to find a place in a culture that was hostile to them.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045070669
  • Publisher: Kris Langman
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 194,260
  • File size: 557 KB

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Post Hoc PublishingBoston, Massachusetts
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    A new twist

    Nice 2 read about a sensory challenged heroine.
    The characters were all well developed. I felt like i knew each one! It caught my interest at the beginning & didn't let go!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

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    Great and fast moving.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

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    I was depressed because of the killings that toook the lives of the children in Conn. So I thought if I lturned to a story on my nook it would help. I started to read at 3pm and read this wonderful, enjoyable and mysterious well written book until
    2:30 in the morning. It did help my depression and I was able to sleep. Thank you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2011

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    Great Story - Weak Ending

    Joanna works in the Archives of The Boston Archive and Research Library. She specializes in the Jewish immigration in the Boston area. Recently, a bunch of diaries and letters were donated to the Library that she was working on until the head the library, Catherine Lowell, decided that they were not important and shipped them to New York. But before they were gone, Joanna learns that there is a dead for some property that Catherine owns.

    The property was a Jewish temple before it was sold to a black gentleman in 1930. How the property became part of Catherine's family is under question. But when Joanna starts to look into the property, she is under attack. Delilah, her seeing eye dog is poisoned, an elderly Jewish gentlemen, Micah Levy, is determined to stop her from learning what really happened, then a restorations archive is set on fire with Joanna and her friends inside. When Joanna's assistant, Ming, is kidnapped, things start getting really strange.

    I really liked the story. There is great potential for a series. It was interesting learning about the different ethnic groups in Boston. The only thing that I was not impressed with is the ending. I won't ruin it for everyone but I will say that it was blunt and a let down. Beyond that, I will be keeping my eyes out for other stories from Kris Langman.

    I received this book for free from Book Rooster in exchange for an honest review. I'm sorry that I took so long to get to it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    A mystery novel with Boston history

    A mystery novel set in Boston, it has vivid characters and moves along pretty well, plotwise. The book centers around an old Jewish synagogue on Beacon Hill, and who was the legal owner of the building - a group of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, or a group of African-Americans. The funniest character in the book is a golden retriever called Delilah (named after the Biblical temptress). She's a guide dog who is supposed to keep her owner from bumping into things, but Delilah has a mind of her own and tends to go her own way, sometimes forgetting that her owner is holding onto her harness.

    The two villains, a wealthy society matron and an old Hasidic man with a violent temper are suitably nasty. There are some interesting tidbits of Yiddish and Jewish history. All in all a satisfying read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    Very interesting mystery

    This quirky mystery novel mixes intriguing characters with a fast-moving plot. There's an old Hasidic guy bent on revenge, a wealthy woman with too much money and too little humanity, a blind Yiddish translator, a Chinese-Israeli chemistry student, and a guide dog with a touchy stomach. The plot revolves around an old synagogue in Boston and the valuable land underneath it. The Lowells, one of Boston's oldest families claims to own the land, as do an African-American senator and a Hasidic group which originally immigrated to Boston in the 1800's. The mixture of history and suspense makes this a fun read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Great multi twist plot

    This book has a grest multi twist plot which is always more interesting. This writer does a great job of explaining how the a blind person "views" the world but never prompts pity from the reader. Fantastic book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2014

    On re read found this too flawed and a mish mash of

    Eccentric characters and conflicting confusing story lines a fast first read only so suggest borrowing from library not a keeper buska

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    Well written mystery

    I really enjoyed this book. The protaganist is well developed and so are the supporting cast. The premise is a bit wonky, but it is fiction. Would read more from this author

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Pleasantly Surprised!

    Enjoyed this very much. Kris did some homework on the history behind this. Will read more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Paper Chase

    A mystery with an archivist at its center, what fun!

    Joanna, who specializes in the Jewish history of Boston, comes across what looks like a deed in Yiddish. An elderly Jewish man warns her to keep out of it. The society matron at the head of the board of directors is in a hurry to get rid of the document. What is going on?

    One of the scenes that is supposed to show intimidation is rather cartoonish. The explanation of the document's implications (what really happened) is murky. But if you can believe that a blind archivist would still have a job, the rest is easy.

    An entertaining book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

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