giovedì 19 novembre 2015

Review & Giveaway: A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger

A Pain in the Tuchis
by Mark Reutlinger

pain in the tuchisA 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.
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 Review
This cozy mystery is wonderfully well written, full of humor, intrigue and plot twists. I love the style of this writer, is ironic, intriguing and engaging, a very pleasant and enjoyable reading.
At Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors everyone lives peaceful and serene until Vera Gold moves there. She's the neighbor who nobody wants, a real "pain in the tuchis". When she is found dead, her sister feared that she have been poisoned. It will not be easy to find the culprit, she had attracted the hatred of so many people. Only two women with a great insight as Ida and Rose can solve this intricate mystery.
The characters in this story are really well developed, lovable and  realistic: Ida and Rose are nice, funny as well as very intelligent and intuitive. Their dialogues are witty and relaxing. This is the ideal reading after a hard day's work.
It 's an interesting read to learn more about the Jewish religion: their holidays, their food, their rituals. 
It's the second book in this fantastic series but can be read as a stand alone. I can not wait to read another chapter of this fascinating couple of detectives.
If you are looking for a great humorous mystery then you need to read this book.

About This Author
Mark 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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