Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Pain in the Tuchis (A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery #2) by Mark Reutlinger

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and soul searching. But at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, Vera Gold misses this opportunity to atone for her many sins when she up and dies. Indeed, Vera was such a pain in the tuchis to all those around her that when her sister claims Vera was deliberately poisoned, the tough question isn’t who would want to kill her—but who wouldn’t? 
Having already solved one murder with her dear friend Ida, Rose Kaplan has a sleuthing reputation that precedes her. It’s only natural that Vera’s sister turns to Mrs. K for help. So do the police, but when her conclusions conflict with theirs, they tell her to butt out! This case has more twists than a loaf of challah. And with a homicidal scoundrel on the loose, Mrs. K has to act fast—or she might be the guest of honor at the Home’s next memorial service.

My review:
Rose Kaplan is back! Every Jewish kid has heard the phrase “A Pain in the Tuchis” on occasion. We have all had one or two in our lives. In the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors the pain has a name, Vera Gold, and it is her demise that our intrepid Rose and her bestie Ida are investigating in this book. And while this story is told while liberally peppered with Yiddish exclamations they are all translated for the folks who missed having a Jewish grandmother. And while this is the second in the series it can be read stand alone.  A Pain in the Tuchis is a fun peek into a world few get to see in a story told with humor and respect and a damn good mystery.
Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.

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