Posted in 3 1/2 paws, Cozy, Giveaway, mystery, Review on November 14, 2015

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pain in the tuchis

A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery
2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Alibi (November 17, 2015)
An Imprint of Random House LLC
Publication Date: November 17, 2015


Combining the classic charms of Agatha Christie with the delightful humor of M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels, Mark Reutlinger’s Mrs. Kaplan mystery series returns as a notorious crank meets an untimely fate.

Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and soul searching. But at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, Vera Gold misses this opportunity to atone for her many sins when she up and dies. Indeed, Vera was such a pain in the tuchis to all those around her that when her sister claims Vera was deliberately poisoned, the tough question isn’t who would want to kill her—but who wouldn’t?

Having already solved one murder with her dear friend Ida, Rose Kaplan has a sleuthing reputation that precedes her. It’s only natural that Vera’s sister turns to Mrs. K for help. So do the police, but when her conclusions conflict with theirs, they tell her to butt out! This case has more twists than a loaf of challah. And with a homicidal scoundrel on the loose, Mrs. K has to act fast—or she might be the guest of honor at the Home’s next memorial service.


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Praise for Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

“Is there kosher food in jail? These two heroines have gotten themselves in quite a pickle! Well, it’s a matzoh ball mess, really. Too deliciously funny!”—Rita Mae Brown, bestselling author of Nine Lives to Die


Second in the series and a bit better than the first. There are a few things that help you figure out the killer, but much like the first book, Mrs Kaplan keeps it all to herself. Now I don’t know if that is because Ida is narrating the book and doesn’t see fit to tell her so she can tell the reader, or if she is just a character that wants all the glory.

There was a few humorous parts and at least this book the name of the home wasn’t repeated over and over again (just a few times this book). Lots of Yiddish phrases and of course many of the same cast of characters. I will say that having Jewish older women as the protagonist is something different for me.

I’d give this 3 1/2 paws.


About the Author

mark-reutlingerMark Reutlinger is the author of the novels Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death and Made in China. A professor of law emeritus at Seattle University, Reutlinger was born in San Francisco, graduated from UC Berkeley, and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington.

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