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Issue: November 2014

Reading Matters

- A Collection of Short Reviews

Welcome to a collection of short reviews of material we read in November 2014

For a list of all the books reviewed in Spring, 2014 (Sept - Nov), go to the Bookroom. More detailed reviews are listed there. For more reviews, search for 'book reviews' in our gold site search box at the top of this page (the bottom field, please).

Short reviews in Reading Matters this month:
Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death (Mark Reutlinger)


Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death (Mark Reutlinger)

book cover, Mrs Kaplan and the Matzo Ball of Death; 105x140 ISBN 9780553393392, Random House, kindle, USD 2.99


Mark Reutlinger

I'm going out on a limb here and suggesting this is a cozy mystery. Two elderly Jewish ladies in a retirement home set out to solve the mystery of the death of another resident, face down in Mrs Kaplan's chicken soup.

Sprinkled with yiddish (?) terms, all explained, this short novel follow the ladies as they gently, but not necessarily gracefully, investigate. Rita Mae Brown described the book as "Too deliciously funny!", but I didn't find it amusing at all, just a straightforward mystery set in a specific culture.

Ali Kayn

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