A copy of Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death by Mark Reutlinger was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through NetGalley. The opinions are my own.
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.
Ida and Mrs. K are on the case!
Told through Ida’s bubbe like narrative, this story was a bissel nosh for the brain. It wasn’t a great book, but it was a cute story peppered with Yiddish and charming exchanges. I found many of the resolutions too convenient and far-fetched, but it was good for a road trip or late night read.
Is this a book you’d be interested in reading? What do you like to read when you want some bubblegum for your brain?