Thursday, November 20, 2014

TLC Book Tours Book Review: Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball Of Death

Author: Mark Reutlinger
Title: Mrs Kaplan & the Matzoh Ball Of Death
Publisher: Albi
Publish Date: Nov 18, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & Net Galley
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.

Review: I absolutely loved this book. Rose and Ida live in a Jewish Senior Home. When one of the residents ends up dead, Rose is the prime suspect. (It was Rose's soup, Bertha went face down in)

The story is told from Ida'a point of view, and she's really such fun. This was really a different kind of cozy. You'll definitely learn a bit of Yiddish while reading this book. You'll also laugh.

I found that reading this was a bit like Sherlock Holmes meets Jessica Fletcher.

Rose was a spunky character. I love how they went about unearthing how Bertha died and the character's they met along the way, especially the burglar, Flo.

The police never seemed to bother Rose, even though she was their prime suspect. I found it kind of odd, since they were treating her death as a possible homicide and then there was the stolen earring that belonged to another retirement home member.

Like any good cozy there are subplots/mysteries and family dramas going on, that keep the reader interested.

It is a great start to a new cozy mystery series!

Rating: 5 flowers


Heather J @ TLC Book Tours said...

I think Holmes and Fletcher would have made a fantastic team, though I doubt Holmes would have agreed!

Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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