Book Review: A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger

November 17, 2015 Book Reviews, Cozy Mystery 0

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Book Review: A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark ReutlingerA Pain in the Tuchis (A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery #2) by Mark Reutlinger
Series: Mrs. Kaplan Mystery #2
on Expected publication: November 17th 2015
Genres: Cozy Mystery
Source: NetGalley
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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 thoughts

This starts out and at first I was curious if it really was a mystery. About 17% or so in the mystery starts. The first 17% was about the residents in the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Jewish Home for Seniors.

Right from the beginning I enjoyed the characters. Although I did, the plot seemed a bit slow. Being that this is also a Jewish Senior Home a lot of the words are peppered with Jewish sentiment and language. Some I knew, some I didn’t. But it is done so often that the book would be twice as large had every word been explained. So, it leaves some of the knowledge to the imagination if you cannot look up the words. This really threw me off. I wanted to enjoy the story but it is difficult when I don’t know what is being said some of the time.

That said, The characters are fun. They are all full of life and ready to help when they start to question if there really was a murder or not, even though many of the residents did not get along with the person that was murdered.

The humor of the story is what kept me involved. It is hilarious seeing two old gals trying to solve a mystery.

In short: Interesting but I wish the actual plot would have started earlier than 17%.

The Author


Mark Reutlinger is the author of the novel Made in China and the “Mrs. Kaplan” mystery series. He is 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.
When not reading or at his computer writing, Mark enjoys tennis, biking, playing the clarinet (in the Tacoma Concert Band), sports cars, and various arts and crafts. He wishes he had time for it all.

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