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The book takes place over three days and two nights when Benyamin tries to solve a blood libel incident which weighed down the Jewish communities up until the 20th Century. There is one divorce, a Judeo-Christian marriage, a witch hunt, wisbnia whore with a golden heart, and much time spent in prayer and discussion of the Talmud.

After a young Christian girl is found murdered in a Jewish shop just outside the ghetto, mere days after the fifth shammus translated as servant of the community arrives to start his employment, the community fears the worst: My interest was kept partly because of learning about the setting. Wishnia manages the neat trick of writing a great mystery that’s also rich in historical detail. Benyamin still has hope that he could win her qjinto.

I also loved the detail about daily life, about being an apothecary or a butcher eknneth a Jewish prostitute. The book sounds like, from the synopsis, that it’s going to be a historical murder mystery.

: El quinto siervo (Spanish Edition) (): Kenneth Wishnia: Books

Kenneth Wishnia has written five previous mysteries under the name K. English Choose a language for shopping. Working together with the freethinker Rabbi Lowe they must work fast while keeping the Jewish laws and restrictions regarding the holiday of Passover.

Set in Prague in the 16th century, Benyamin Ben-Akiva is newly arrived in Prague when he stumbles upon a murder in which a family from the Jewish community is charged with committing. The author uses Czech, German, and Yiddish throughout the book. A richly atmospheric tale of religion, mystery, and intrigue, The Fifth Servant recreates life in the era when Emperor Rudolph II occupied the throne—a time of uncertainty and fear viewed through the eyes of an intrepid rabbinical student on a quest for truth and justice.

And although Wishnia includes an author’s note clarifying his reasons for bringing 16th century conversations to a more contemporary approach, I did only initially struggle with it. Manufacturer warranty may not apply Learn more about Amazon Global Store. Benyamin Ben-Akiva’s quest takes him from the dark corners of the ghetto and docks into fine homes, the Christian city and even a meeting with the scientific-minded Emperor Rudolph II.


There is great insight on how Jews were persecuted and the struggles they faced. In addition, the author reveals more of what it’s like to be a Jew, as what the Old Testament refers to as ‘the alien within your gates’.

The protagonist, Benjamin Ben-Akiva, is a new Talmudic scholar who’s come to Prague under the weight of a few acceptance issues, by his own scholarly crowd as well as his wife, both of whom are more than a little disappointed in him. Fascinating historical details are seamlessly woven into this enthralling mystery, a finalist for the Macavity Award for Sieevo Historical Novel. My review for the AP: Dec 26, Lauren rated it liked it.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. All ar Here’s a book that combines some of my favorite things – history, detailed information about a relatively unfamiliar culture, a basis in folklore, and a mystery.

May 01, Judith Starkston rated it liked it Shelves: Dec 29, Wendy rated it liked it. This book is a whirlwind of activity, personalities, and conflicting ideologies. I think an actual book may have been better as I could have looked up all the Jewish words and phrasing more easily in the glosery. Instead of the murder and the subsequent investigation being the vehicle and driver of the story, it seemed to interrupt the narrative.

I knew so little about this time period and place that I found everything to be fascinating. I don’t think that I’ve read a story with that descriptor before!

I wsihnia prefer historical fiction to be representative or as closely as it can be, or maybe even how it is imagined it would be to the actual speech patt Only at the outset was it slow to keep my attention – while I was enthralled by the imagery Wishnia provided, I was put off by the modernization of the dialogue. Characterization is strong throughout the novel and the story sieevo some memorable characters which, given the story has quite a wide cast, is important to its success.

The Fifth Servant

Wishnia brings a dark, ironic sense of humor to his mystery which many will enjoy. I started out liking it but liked it less and less as I went along until at the end, it was all I could do to finish it.


The hostility between the various religious factions was a big focus of the novel. Sadly, I was not able to follow the action. Jan 09, Hermien rated it liked it Shelves: I’m really torn on how to review this book. The shopkeeper and his family are arrested, but more is at stake than just their freedom as the Christians may use this The Fifth Servant by Kenneth Wishnia is a complex historical fiction murder mystery, taking place in in Prague where Jews take refuge within the gated walls of a ghetto in one of the few places they are actually allowed to live.

Fortunate 16th century Jewish Prague is a bustling ghetto filled with those who embrace the isolation from the larger community and those that chafe against it. Words that were foreign to me made me feel more like I was there, and at the same time sparked my curiosity to know more. It makes it easier to keep track of all the pieces. As a murder mystery, I found The Fifth Servant to be lacking.

There’s nothing worse than reading historical fiction where the dialogue sounds like that one person from your high school drama class that has that phony snooty stage voice or that pretentious classical music announcer that thinks a fake British accent makes them smarter.

The author clearly did a lot of research into the traditions and history of the time period. I found it to be none of the above. I was promised an ” To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Even the postscriptum is sad and pointless. This well researched historical novel gives significant insight into long running religious conflict.

This is a book that requires not only careful reading, but a score card. Explore the Home Gift Guide. It’s also not Wishnia’s fault but when everyone goes by Rabbi or Reb I get easily confused trying to recall who has done what and sometimes the novel became too complicated for me.

With less than three days to find the real killer, Talmudic scholar Benyamin is left to try to solve the crime.