Friday the Rabbi Slept Late by Harry Kemelman

David Small is hardly the kind of Rabbi the members of the Jewish community in Barnard’s crossing had hoped for. Quiet instead of dynamic, scholarly instead of worldly, and disheveled instead of well-groomed. Not quite the impressive spiritual and community leader they were expecting.

But does the Rabbi’s “head-in-the-clouds” demeanor conceal something more sinister? The body of a young woman has been discovered in the temple’s parking lot. A crime where the evidence all seems to point to the Rabbi.