Dec 042014


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

File Size: 1110 KB
Print Length: 170 pages
Publisher: Alibi (November 18, 2014)

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.

I love thriller/mysteries and I love funny, and this book had it all. Rose is my kind of lady. She’s in her 70’s but full of vim and vigor and is quite the character. When Rose is the main suspect in Bertha’s death, she sets out with her friend Ida to prove her innocence.

They do some really strange  and hilarious things to get proof that she isn’t the killer. There are a lot of Yiddish words and phrases I didn’t understand, but thankfully some included a translation.

This is cozy at it’s best. It’s an easy quick read without the gore most murder mysteries not in the cozy genre have. The story flows well and Rose and Ida will keep you entertained to the end.

This is my first book by this author but I plan on reading more from him in the future.


About The Author:
unnamed Mark Reutlinger is the author of the novel Made in China and a professor of law emeritus at Seattle University. Born in San Francisco, Mark graduated from UC Berkeley and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington.



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

  1. Vicki, this sounds like a very funny and engaging cozy! I’m glad the book kept you entertained. I will keep this one in mind. Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

  2. I think Rose and Ida would be a treat to know! I’m looking forward to reading about their adventures. Thanks for being a part of the tour!

  3. This sounds like such a fun read! I’ve got this on my TBR. It sounds a little different from the usual cozy and it sounds like Rose and Ida are definitely characters worth meeting. Great review!

  4. Looks like fun 🙂 I like an occasional cozy.

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