Friday, November 21, 2014

Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger


Move over, Miss Marple—Mark Reutlinger’s charming cozy debut introduces readers to the unforgettable amateur sleuth Rose Kaplan and her loyal sidekick, Ida.
Everyone knows that Rose Kaplan makes the best matzoh ball soup around—she’s a regular matzoh ball maven—so it’s no surprise at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors when, once again, Mrs. K wins the honor of preparing the beloved dish for the Home’s seder on the first night of Passover.
But when Bertha Finkelstein is discovered facedown in her bowl of soup, her death puts a bit of a pall on the rest of the seder. And things go really meshugge when it comes out that Bertha choked on a diamond earring earlier stolen from resident Daisy Goldfarb. Suddenly Mrs. K is the prime suspect in the police investigation of both theft and murder. Oy vey—it’s a recipe for disaster, unless Rose and her dear friend Ida can summon up the chutzpah to face down the police and solve the mystery themselves.

My review:
I received a copy of the book via NetGalley for an honest review. I’ll admit I asked to review this book because I loved the title.  This is a cute cozy mystery with charming characters and a good storyline.  But OY! The Yiddish. I was reminded of visiting my Bubbe in Florida and her friends.  Ida as the narrator can get off track sometimes and that can be distracting but if you can get by that this is an enjoyable read.

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