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.
Bubby: I laughed so hard at Rose and Ida and their geriatric adventures that my children were concerned for my sanity. Sissy did not share as much in my enjoyment but I think that’s because retirement home living is just around the corner for her and she’s in denial.
Sissy: That is SO rude, Bubby. I can hardly believe that you are my bosom sister. It’s true that I didn’t laugh and snort and roll about the floor like you did when I read Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death but that’s simply because I have a smidgen more maturity and decorum than you. I did enjoy the fact that the main characters were senior citizens and I have adopted many of the Yiddish phrases into my everyday language.
Bubby: Maturity is just another word for old! I loved the fact that this cozy mystery was something new and different – author Mark Reutlinger must have grown up with a few crazy Jewish aunties to have come up with these characters.
Sissy: This book is as entertaining as its title suggests. A perfect pre-Thanksgiving read. And p.s. – Bubby wishes she could look so good at my age (which is not senior citizen age, by the way).
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