Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death. Mrs. Kaplan and THE MATZOH BALL ... OF DEATH. HOW could I not want to read this?!?! Really?!
Now, take a second. Scroll to the top and look at the cover. Specifically: the bowl of soup. See that one matzoh ball? Yeeeeeah. See? Hooked. HAD to read.
Rose Kaplan lives at the Julius & Rebecca Cohen home for Jewish Seniors. It's almost Passover and, as usual, they have a competition to find out who has the best matzoh ball soup - and that person gets to be the person who makes the soup for everyone to eat at their seder. When Bertha is found dead facedown in a bowl of Rose's amazing soup, she's the one they look at as the main suspect. Her, and her best friend, Ida, can't let that happen, so they decide to investigate the murder themselves.
Rose and Ida are awesome. I can't say they're "typical" Jewish "old ladies" because I've only actually met two, but they are EXACTLY like the two that I have met. They have all the yiddish words that crack me up and they are just awesome. I love them - VERY well done - and the additional characters in the story are a lot of fun too.
One of the great things about the story is that there are a few side things going on, which make Rose and Ida that much more real.
Another great thing about the story is where they live. First there's Shady Pines and NOW there's the Julius & Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. This place is great and there are a lot of really great people living here, and a lot of interesting things happening.
I liked this book so much, I handed it to my mother (who is a picker-aparter) and told HERE to read it :)
Mr Reutlinger, I do have one request - that you share Mrs. Kaplan's totally awesome matzoh ball soup recipe. I may not be Jewish, but that stuff is delicious - and it's great when you're sick. I could use a good recipe :)
Note: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.