Book Review: “Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death” by Mark Reutlinger

November 20, 2014 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Mark Reutlinger in his new book, “Mrs. Kaplan book coverMrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death” Book One in the Mrs. Kaplan series published by Alibi introduces us to Mrs. Kaplan.

From the back cover:  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.

What do you do when one of the residents of the retirement home dies while eating the matzoh ball soup that you made and, somehow, the police think you did it? well sure if the police will not investigate this case properly then you will have to do it and clear your name and soup as well. Welcome Rose Kaplan who goes to show that getting older doesn’t mean we are done. Rose and her friend, Ida, are out to prove what is really going on and they are a joy to hang out with. There is a lot going on in this retirement home that you would never think goes on. Mrs. Kaplan is just great fun. “Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Reutlinger has provided us with a clever heroine inside a fairly exciting book and I am so looking forward to more of her adventures.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Oy vey indeed! Sounds like quite a wild ride alongside Rose and Ida!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.

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