Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Mrs. Kaplan & the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger

Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

Blurb: 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.

Advance praise for Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

“Is there kosher food in jail? These two heroines have gotten themselves in quite a pickle! Well, it’s a matzoh ball mess, really. Too deliciously funny!”—Rita Mae Brown, bestselling author of Nine Lives to Die

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This novella takes place at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors and features a pair of sassy seniors reminiscent of Miss Marple, Jessica Fletcher, and Holmes & Watson rolled into one.

Rose Kaplan is once again chosen to make her famous matzoh ball soup for the Home’s seder on the first night of Passover, but everything goes terribly wrong when  Bertha Finkelstein ends up face down in her soup bowl after choking on a stolen diamond earring. Who stole the earring in the first place and how did it end up in the soup? Poor Rose is instantly the main suspect, and as a mystery lover takes it upon herself to clear her name with the help of her dear friend Ida.

The antics these two get into solving the mystery, as well as their interactions with other residents of the retirement home, had me in stitches, and the final revelation of how Bertha died took me completely by surprise.

For a fun few hours of reading you can't go wrong in downloading Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death.

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Anonymous said...

Cute idea - sounds like a great plot and characters too!


Anonymous said...

I loved Murder She Wrote, Jessica Fletcher/Angela Lansbury, so this sounds good to me, too. I don't tweet, though, so won't be entering drawing.

Seville at Nerissa's Life said...

Face down in a bowl of soup? MOUSES!


Angel Prancer Pie said...

This sounds like Sharon Kahn's series and I LOVED them!
Definitely need to dowload this to my Nook.

meowmeowmans said...

That sounds like a good and fun book! Gotta check this one out!

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a fabulous fun read! I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

Marty the Manx said...

Sounds like a fun read :)