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Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
The two main characters of The Kosher Butcher are Shimon Lincoln, an ex-policeman and private detective who is studying at the yeshiva and striving to learn how to become a good orthodox Jewish man; and Dafna Lachler, his fiancee and a computer genius. The two together form a unique partnership. They are planning for their wedding to take place in a few weeks and hope to solve a missing rabbi’s disappearance before they marry. The case takes them in several directions and puts them both in danger, but they are determined to find the answers. The case quickly turns into serial murder, with the killer leaving body parts as the only clues. Dafna is able to discover several answers through her computer searches and Lincoln, using his detective skills, is able to fill in many of the missing pieces. The danger never stops until the very surprising ending.
The Kosher Butcher by Melvyn Westreich is an unusual murder mystery story that I found to be very enjoyable reading. I loved how the Hebrew words, customs, foods and lifestyle were a large part of the story, Dafna and Shimon’s upcoming nuptials added a great side story. The Kosher Butcher is the second book in the Lincoln/Lachler series and though I have not yet read the first book, it did not take anything away from the story. I am anxiously awaiting book number three and have added Melvyn Westreich to my list of favorite authors. The Kosher Butcher must be read by all murder/mystery fans because they definitely will not be disappointed.