“I laughed until there were tears running down my cheeks! These two seniors could put any police department or detective agency to shame! Busybodies for sure and unashamed of it. They do what they have to do with lots and lots of Yiddish words interspersed (but don’t worry-the author translates for you!). And in between trying to save Mrs. Kaplan from a murder rap
they can’t resist trying to save one of the other seniors daughters from a real nogoodnik!! They do what they have to do–worrying about it the whole way!
I hope more books come out featuring these two seniors–I always enjoy a really good laugh and these two manage just that–just a hint-imagine if you can a senior climbing in a window in a dress with her friend helping!”
“Mark Reutlinger has created lovable, memorable characters that are reminiscent of Sadie Shapiro or Mrs. Pollifax and every bit as entertaining. I look forward to more adventures like MRS. KAPLAN AND THE MATZOH BALL OF DEATH. I am sure we have not heard the last of this pair of friends—as they foil the no-goodniks of their world.”
“Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death is a warm, witty, suspenseful book that hooked me on the first page and kept me laughing and wondering along with Ida what plot Mrs. K. was going to come up with next to dig up evidence on someone else and find the real culprit/s to clear her name.
I’m having aftershocks of chuckles just thinking about the book as I write this review. And I’m craving matzoh ball soup. Know of any place in the far north Chicago suburbs that serves a gluten-free version?”
“The trouble the two get into while trying to solve this mystery makes the book a very fun read. The other thing that makes it fun to read, in my opinion, is that I can just “hear” Ida’s voice as she tells the story. I have a friend with a Jewish grandmother and the inflection of the words reminds me of her. The use of Yiddish phrase such as oy vey and meshuggeneh and the sentence structure are all the way she talks. She is one of my favorite people.
The point is with the book written using the Yiddish and “old world” sentence structure, adds character and humor to the story. If you are looking for a fun read and a bit of Jewish history/words, this book will provide that.”
“What great fun. A cozy mystery with such appealing characters & brains! Set in a Jewish retirement home, the characters seem so perfectly themselves — expressions, attitudes & quirks — all written with a sense of fun yet also with affection.
I definitely would read another book with dear Mrs. K and her very own Dr. Watson.”
“Rose and Ida are awesome. I can’t say they’re “typical” Jewish “old ladies” because I’ve only actually met two, but they are EXACTLY like the two that I have met. They have all the yiddish words that crack me up and they are just awesome. I love them – VERY well done – and the additional characters in the story are a lot of fun too.
One of the great things about the story is that there are a few side things going on, which make Rose and Ida that much more real.
Another great thing about the story is where they live. First there’s Shady Pines and NOW there’s the Julius & Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. This place is great and there are a lot of really great people living here, and a lot of interesting things happening.
I liked this book so much, I handed it to my mother (who is a picker-aparter) and told HERE to read it.”
“This has the feel of an old Jewish women version of Sherlock Holmes and Watson, as Rose and her friend Ida Berkowitz start investigating the murder on their own to find the real culprit. The residents of the home are quite the characters, and that gives Reutlinger a lot of room to play up the humor. The Jewish-ness of the characters come into play heavily, and he has that down perfect. In fact, you can’t help but learn a lot of new Yiddish as you read along.
This is a quick read, and very enjoyable. It’s worth the time…”
“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.”
“This was a great cozy mystery. Rose makes the bets matzoh ball soup around and it was no surprise when she was chosen to make the soup for the retirement homes dinner for Passover. When Bertha Finkelstein is found face down in a bowl of matzoh ball soup and apparently chocked on a diamond earring that was stolen from another resident it looks like Rose is the only suspect. Rose teams up with her best friend Ida to help solve the mystery. This book will keep you entertained for hours it is full of humor, and mystery.”