Monday, November 24, 2014

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

Imagine a Jewish Miss Marple.  Sounds strange, doesn't it?  This older lady is an interesting and fun character that solves a mystery her own unique way.  I like it!

Alibi and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  This is the first in a new series and I'll be looking for the second book.  You can get it now at your local bookstore.

They are celebrating seder at the home she lives in and she has the best Matzoh ball recipe ever.  She doesn't share it, so everyone is waiting anxiously for their bowlful.  Everything is going along swell when a lady sitting at the back room collapses in her soup.  The first thought the cops have is that Mrs. Kaplan poisoned her.  When she points out she and everyone else in the room was eating the same soup, the soup spoons stop.  What a disaster!

The odd part is that it seems she choked to death on an expensive earring.  It's not the lady's earring and no one knows why she would have it.  They keep talking to Mrs. Kaplan, thinking she must be involved somehow.  Mrs. Kaplan has no choice.  She and Ida will have to solve the mystery if they are to get any peace.

I especially liked the niece who has a burglar for a friend.  Wouldn't that be handy?  (No stealing, of course.  Just investigation.)  It takes lots of bits and pieces, misdirection and fast thinking to solve this case.  It's a good thing the cops had Rose and Ida to help them.

I enjoyed this cozy mystery and plan to follow Rose and Ida on their next case.

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