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    Rose & Ida's Nursing Home is deadly!

    This may be a Rose Kaplan Mystery but her best friend and storyteller Ida Berkowitz is the star of the show in my opinion. The characters at the Julius & Rebecca Home for Jewish Seniors may be 70+ but they are a community who seem to have murders as a source of excitement now that Mrs. K is considered the go to person for help in solving crime. When Vera Gold dies on Yom Kippur no-one is overly concerned, she was sick, nor overly saddened, Vera was a pain the in tuchis! Ida finds herself dressed in borrowed leathers climbing onto the back of Moishe's Harley Davidson. A situation only she can find herself in by listening to the advice of her BFF Rose Kaplan. See it takes more than solving a murder to make life interesting! Now, if I could talk to Ida I would answer her question about Paul - he never married so it wasn't an issue. If you enjoy a story told with Jewish sentences and learning new words this is the book for you. Welcome to the world created by Mark Reutlinger. It's a blast.
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    Murder and Mystery at the Jewish Retirement Home

    This was just an OK cozy mystery for me. The characters and the setting were fun but I found the mystery to be very easy to solve. This is the second mystery in the series and the first mystery is mentioned a lot. Vera, the local Pain in the Tuchis, dies. At first it looks like natural causes but an autopsy proves differently. The police of course arrest the wrong person so it is up to Mrs. K and Ida to solve the mystery. Based on the previous book the police give Mrs. K and Ida a lot of confidential information and leeway to solve the mystery. There are lots of Yiddish words and Jewish traditions throughout the story. There is some humor with the side stories but they do not add much to the story. I really wish the mystery was better. This series should probably be read in order. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review
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    Second book in Mrs. Kaplan Mystery series!

    A Pain in the Tuchis by Mark Reutlinger is the second book in a Mrs. Kaplan Mystery series. Rose Kaplan and her sidekick, Ida Berkowitz live at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. Vera Gold (who was a pain in everyone’s tuchis) just passed away (on Yom Kippur). Her sister, Fannie Kleinberg does not believe that Vera died from a natural death (since she was getting better after having been ill) and asks Rose to look into the matter. Rose had previous success solving a crime and has been helpful in finding items for residents (and solving disputes). Rose and Ida start talking to various people to find out what happened to Vera Gold. When it turns out that Vera was poisoned, Rose will have to try and narrow down the suspect pool (since Vera managed to alienate everyone she met) to find the killer. I found A Pain in the Tuchis to be just a satisfactory novel. The story is told from Ida’s perspective so we do not know everything Rose is thinking and doing during the book (which leaves us missing clues since she is the one solving the crime). There are also many (way too many) Yiddish phrases in the book (some are explained and some are not). The mystery was extremely easy to solve (though the author tries to mislead the reader). There are also several side stories going on during the book (Motorcycle Moishe who wants to date Ida, Sol and his issues with his mother-in-law) that have nothing to do with the mystery. I had trouble getting into this story. I wanted to enjoy it, but I did not. I think part of it is the rambling nature of the book. It is written like Ida is talking to you and telling you a story (but we get everything not just the mystery—i.e. shopping, dinner, tea time). I give A Pain in the Tuchis 3 out of 5 stars. I believe the story just needs a little more work (like getting rid of the extraneous characters and all the Yiddish phrases). I also think the story would be better if it was told from Rose’s point of view instead of Ida’s. A Pain in the Tuchis is the second book in the series, but can easily be read alone. I received a complimentary copy of A Pain in the Tuchis from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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