Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death

Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger
Publisher: Alibi (November 18, 2014)
Sold by: Random House LLC
Source: Publisher via TLC Book Tours for an honest review

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.

Advance 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

My Take:

I found Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death to be a fast-paced, funny, and charming book. I read the book in one thoroughly pleasant evening of senior citizen mystery solving.

Rose Kaplan once again wins the honor of making the matzoh ball soup for the seder at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. It is quite an honor because it means her matzoh balls are the best - again. No one expected one of the residents to die with her face in her bowl of soup - kind of makes a person leery of eating. What killed poor Bertha? Unfortunately for Rose, the first place everyone looks for cause of death is her soup. Well, I'm sure we can see where this is leading.

I thought Rose and Ida were so much fun! What a detective team. Rose knows she isn't a killer and she didn't take the diamond earring either -- but she is determined to find out who did. She and Ida have quite an adventure and Rose gets to use all the stuff she learned from reading all those Sherlock Holmes stories over and over again.

This was just a delightful and very fast-paced read. This is the perfect book to just relax and have a few chuckles over. The mystery was fun as well, but I would have read it just for Rose and Ida. I do hope there will be more books with this crime fighting duo. I am happily recommending Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death to anyone who likes a fun, light mystery.

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Mark Reutlinger_Author PhotoAbout Mark Reutlinger

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.

Mark Reutlinger’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, November 10th: From the TBR Pile
Monday, November 10th: Vic’s Media Room
Tuesday, November 11th: 2 Kids and Tired Books
Wednesday, November 12th: A Book Geek
Thursday, November 13th: Rhodes Review
Friday, November 14th: Patricia’s Wisdom
Monday, November 17th: Brooke Blogs
Monday, November 17th: Omnimystery News – author guest post
Tuesday, November 18th: Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries, and Meows
Tuesday, November 18th: Open Book Society
Wednesday, November 19th: Back Porchervations
Thursday, November 20th: A Chick Who Reads
Friday, November 21st: Bell, Book & Candle
Monday, November 24th: Dwell in Possibility
Monday, November 24th: Melina’s Book Blog
Tuesday, November 25th: Read Love Blog
Tuesday, November 25th: Words by Webb
Monday, December 1st: Buried Under Books

Thursday, December 4th: I’d Rather Be at the Beach


  1. I'm looking forward to getting to know Rose and Ida - they sounds like a fantastic duo!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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