Tuesday, December 2, 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.
Publisher: Alibi (November 18, 2014)
Sold by: Random House LLC
Language: English

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


I enjoyed the book. I had no idea what Matzoh ball soup was. I thought the Jewish traditions was explained very well from someone who really knows not a lot about it. The story is good, I was kept in the dark about who the guilty parties were. It is a clean cozy.

I enjoyed the humor Of the story. One scene as the 70+ Rose breaking into a room through climbing in a window and the room was not empty and what happens you will have to read about it.

The setting for the book is a Jewish Senior home. It is a seder and they have Matzoh ball soup and a big contest to see who makes the best and that person makes it for the whole home. Rose won and makes it all by herself in the kitchen right before the dinner. Someone dies by choking on a diamond earring from eating the soup.

Rose Kaplan becomes the major suspect. So Rose and her friend Ida decide to find the thief or murder and clear Rose before she gets arrested.

Rose and Ida are in their 70's. Ida is telling the story about what happened. Ida compares herself to Watson and Rose to Sherlock.

It has some Jewish words I was not to familiar with in the story. Others they explained.

I never was able to stay into the story as much as I would like but I had a lot of interruptions and that could be the reason I did not connect to the characters as much as I would like.

I would read another book by Mark Reutlinger in the future.

I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Alibi and I agreed in exchange to give honest review of it.

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