Friday, November 20, 2015

Review: Pain in the Tuchis by: Mark Reutinger

Title: Pain in the Tuchis
Author: Mark Reutinger
Publisher: Alibi
Series: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery #2
Pages: 215
Format: e-book ARC
Source: NetGalley & Great Escapes Book Tours


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.

My Thoughts:

This is the second book in the Mrs. Kaplan Mystery series.  In this book one of residents of the Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors Vera Gold winds up dead, mind you Vera was a tough nut to get along with, she fought with many people anyone from other seniors to the staff and everyone in between, luckily she didn't fight with Mrs. Kaplan or Ida.  Ida tells this story from her view point while Mrs. Kaplan plays Sherlock Holmes of sorts.  When Vera's sister comes to Mrs. Kaplan and Ira to inquire in their investigative services in finding out whether or not her sister was poisoned with a little nudging they quickly find out that Vera was poisoned and it's up to the senior duo to find out who poisoned Vera Gold.  With no shortage of suspects and the police apprehending Vera Gold's son will Mrs. Kaplan and Ira figure it out or will they meet their demise instead?

I love this series as it is heavily Jewish but with the jewish phrases you also learn what they mean.  I enjoy both Ira and Mrs. Kaplan and enjoy the story as with the other one I'm in the middle of they are written very well and descriptive and really hold your attention and want to know who the bad guy or gal is.  Can't wait to see what Mr. Reutinger comes up with next in this series!

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