Book Review: The Instrumental Rabbi by: R.D. Abruzzese


Rating: 3/5

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publish Date: October 15, 2012

Origins: From Author for Review

Format: E-book

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Sixteen horrific murders have occurred as Linda Roth prepares to leave her apartment and go to work on a sweltering August evening. Police patrols and helicopters that swarm the city do little to allay her fears. The "Subway Slasher" has called for another murder this evening and the city of Boston is frozen in terror.

The novel introduces us to the world famous investigator, Professor Stuart B. McCauley as he and his protégé Jenny Smith uncover what lies beneath this series of gruesome murders.

Their investigation leads them from Cambridge across New England to a remote genetic research facility in Easton, CT where they confront the imposing Chief of Security for the A.G. Bhermann Company.

Eventually. they arrive at the Weston, MA home of the Dr. Albert Scheiter, Chairman of the billion dollar industrial conglomerate and the richest man in the world.

Follow the murder, suspense, and intrigue as the investigators search to find meaning and motive for these seemingly senseless Subway murders.


Review: I finished ‘The Instrumental Rabbi’ in one sitting, not only because it’s a shorter story, but because it is a good mystery which kept me interested. There were some editorial issues and the use of italics could get a bit distracting at times, but overall this is a great mystery. It isn’t until further into the book you discover the meaning behind the title, but it is quite apt. Featuring random murders, a high security international company, and an eccentric professor, ‘The Instrumental Rabbi’ has a quirky cast and a twisted mystery which will keep you guessing. Hopefully the editorial issues will have been addressed by the time book #2 in the Professor McCauley series comes out. I am interested to see what kind of odd case he and Jenny Smith take on next…

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