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At the moment I'm going through all the Rochelle Krich novels I own for a school project since I'd like to introduce my students to her works.

Rochelle Krich is a Modern Orthodox mystery writer. She majored in English literature and taught English for 18 years before she actually started to write. She has now written a total of 14 novels and a few short stories.

Rochelle Krich's books fall into three categories:
- those that stand alone and have no sequel
- those that belong to the Jessie Drake series
- and those that belong to the Molly Blume series.

I've only read one in the first category, "Speak no evil", and highly recommend it to those who enjoy mysteries.

I've read all the Jessie Drake novels, except one. Jessie is a police detective in her early thirties who is slowly reconnecting with her Jewish roots and gradually discovering our rich tradition.

I've read and own all the Molly Blume books. Unlike Jessie, Molly is an observant Jew, even if she took a break from religion when she was a student. The reader gets a glimpse of her spiritual life through her first person narrative.

Apparently Rochelle's enthusiastic readers are both Jews and non-Jews. You can read much more about her works and writing on her website:

You can also listen to a very interesting interview of Rochelle on the radio of the Orthodox Union:

Obviously the best thing to do is to read Rochelle's mysteries.
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I CAN'T believe you are reading these! I just (sadly) finished the last Molly Blume and am trying to decide whether to try her others as well. You've about convinced me to gibe Jessie a try too. I found Krich through the great new (female) co-owner of a local Jewish bookstore and like them so much better even than Peter and Rina Decker. Are you also a Batya Gur fan? We lost her much too soon - so gifted.
If you like other than Jewish mysteries I also suggest Elizabeth George who explores issues of class as well as crime. What a coincidence that you find my blog, I find yours and we both love these crime fighting holy women. Must have been "meant to be." Shabbat Shalom.


What a coincidence indeed, or is it?
Yes, do give Jessie Drake a try. She is a lovable character, but also one who is more vulnerable than Molly. I won't tell you why and you won't find out the complete reason until the second novel in the series but it is quite poignant. In fact you must have come across Jessie, even if briefly, in "Now You See Me".
I don't know Batya Gur but will have a look on Amazon in a minute. I've read all the Peter and Rina Decker novels but I also prefer Rochelle Krich whose characters I find more convincing than Rina (too flawless for my liking). I must say I like Peter and find the dialogues with his female partner quite well-written and true-to-life.
I seem to remember that I read one Elizabeth George a cousin lent me a few years ago and quite enjoyed it. But I read it in French, I suppose I must have lost something there.
If you like mystery writers who explore societal issues, you must try Henning Mankell, a Swedish mystery writer who has been translated in English. I think you'll like those too.
Shavoua tov.

Jessie Drake

I *do* remember Jessie from Now You See Me, but I didn't make the connection to Krich's other series. I will definitely start reading it!

Meanwhile, I'm reading Yael Hedaya's Accidents, which takes place in Israel. The characters are secular, but I still love to read about life there.

If you like mysteries in general, I recommend Laurie King's books, particulary the Mary Russell series. Mary is a (kinda) Jewish young British woman who becomes Sherlock Holmes' partner in crime-solving. Once again, even book 4, O Jerusalem, has little to nothing to do with being Jewish, but all of her books are very well-written and compelling.

PS Are you my anonymous poster from way back? (I.e., the teacher in France?)

Re: Jessie Drake

In fact, I know and really appreciate Laurie King, the Mary Russel series but also the Kate Martinelli series.