Those of you who have read Ilene Schneider’s first book – Chanukah Guilt – will remember our beloved Rabbi Aviva Cohen. She’s the unruly-haired, rotund rabbi of the small, Walford New Jersey synagogue 'Mishkan Or,' who has been divorced twice, and has a lesbian niece Trudy, who now has two children with her partner Sherry. What’s more, mysterious deaths have been coming to her attention, and she just can’t keep from trying to solve them – much to the chagrin of her ex-husband Steve who’s been working in Walford as the interim Police Commissioner.
This time, in the midst of preparing to preside over a wedding taking place the day before the most stressful of all Jewish holidays, Passover, Aviva is very busy. She has to clean her house and cook for the holiday, in between her regular duties and attending a conference of the International Rabbinical Association. While at the conference, she hears of the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of the Fischers. She soon finds out one of her rabbinical school classmates, Ben Bronfman, performed ceremony for the Fischer’s daughter Audrey's marriage to George. However, Ben didn’t know George wasn’t Jewish until he was about to sign a contract with another synagogue in Walford – B’rith Abraham – that included a no intermarriage clause. When his wife Sandy finds out she’s furious that Ben may have unknowingly ruined what could be his last chance at gainful rabbinical employment. What’s more, there are aspects of the accident that don’t sit right with Aviva.