Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Oy Vey, Maria!


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Mark Reutlinger will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.  

Rose Kaplan and her sidekick Ida are at it again. It’s the holiday of Purim, and almost everyone at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors is in costume for the Purim play. All except one, who will instead have to be fitted for a shroud. Once again, “Mrs. K” and Ida are called upon to solve the puzzle of a mysterious death at the Home. Described by Chanticleer Book Reviews as “at times more Lucy and Ethel than Holmes and Watson, with a soupcon of Miss Jane Marple,” these geriatric amateur sleuths will keep you laughing, guessing, and maybe even learning a bissel Yiddish!

my review...

I have read another of Reutlinger’s books but not in this series. It was quite good. This book, Oy Vey Maria, is based on a couple of delightful female amateur detectives living in the “over 55” or maybe 65 or 75...oh never mind, a home for seniors. While this is a good story, Reutlinger has two things going for him that are super winners. He has a keen sense of humor. It might be a little sarcastic at times but it sure fit my tastes. Maybe Mrs. Kaplan and I have a lot in common. The other thing he seems to be able to do is to develop great characters. Characters full of laughter and personality and those you will most certainly enjoy. While Mrs. Kaplan and her sidekick Ida work on solving a murder, this is still a light, funny, book that will make your heart feel good just from reading it.

Reutlinger has other books listed on Amazon. All have good reviews. Check them all out. 

read an excerpt...

I was the first to reach the car, which was making a low rumbling sound, I imagined something like a very large lion or tiger makes when getting ready to leap on an unsuspecting gazelle. I gingerly turned the handle of the rear door and pulled. Nothing happened. I pulled harder. Nothing happened. Finally Mrs. K grasped the handle with me and we both pulled. Even a growling tiger was no match for the combined weight of two determined ladies. The door swung open and it was all Mrs. K and I could do to keep from ending up head over tuchis in an undignified heap on the ground.

When we had finally climbed into the back seat, the car took off with a jerk and a roar.

That poor gazelle didn’t have a chance!

The first thing we noticed when the car was moving was that we could not see anyone driving it. Looking over the high back of the front seat, we saw little Sophie peering over the top of the big steering wheel, the seat being pulled as far forward as possible so she could reach the pedals.

“Sophie,” Mrs. K said, loud enough to be heard over the engine roar, “are you sure you can drive this … this vehicle?”

Sophie looked back, meaning she was not looking where the car was going, and said with a smile, “Oh, yes, Rose. Isn’t it fun?”

If you define fun as having a heart attack, I suppose the answer was “yes.”

about Mark Reutlinger...  

Mark Reutlinger, professor of law emeritus at Seattle University, is the author of the “Mrs. Kaplan” cozy mystery series (of which Oy Vey, Maria! is the third installment) and the caper mystery Murder with Strings Attached, as well as the political thrillers Made in China and Sister-in-Law: Violation, Seduction, and the President of the United States. Mark and his wife, Analee, live in University Place, Washington.


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  1. Congratulations on your recent release of Oy Vey, Maria, Mark, I enjoyed the excerpt and your book sounds like a great mystery! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

    1. Thank you for the comments. I hope you'll enjoy the book.

  2. Thanks for hosting and for the nice review. I try to mix mystery with a little Jewish humor. Glad you liked it.

  3. The book sounds like a fun read. Great cover!

    1. Glad you like the cover. I know we aren't supposed to "judge a book by its cover," but people do, so cover design is really important.

  4. This sounds like an excellent read.


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