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A Killer in the Rye
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A Killer in the Rye

3.7 12
by Delia Rosen
 

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Nashville Katz is about to be the main course of her own Early Bird Special!

Has deli owner and former New Yorker Gwen "Nashville" Katz bitten off more than she can chew? The spunky owner of Murray's Pastrami Swami finds the McCoy's Bakery delivery guy dead right in front of her deli, and his employers want to settle someone's corned beef hash. With the

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A Killer in the Rye 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
For those of us who enjoyed “One Foot in the Gravy”, we are traveling back to ” Murray’s Pastrami Swami” Kosher Deli and find Gwen “Nash” Katz dealing with the day-to-day chaos along with “Mother Hen” Thomasina, who is the glue that keeps the zany staff together and everything running as efficiently as possible. Gwen has enough on her plate including the decision of whether to hire ditzy but well-intentioned Dani Petunia Spicer as a new server, but when they run out of Rye Bread—it’s an emergency in itself!! Especially since the “Best Medium-Range Restaurant of Nashville” Competition was looming on the horizon! Store-bought Rye Bread just wouldn’t do!! Gwen calls “McCoy’s Bakery” and pleads (then gets in a loud argument) with the wife of the owner; Brenda Silvio, and asks for an extra early bread delivery. Brenda finally agrees and all seems well until Nash goes to meet the deliveryman at the rear loading dock of the deli and finds Brenda’s Husband; Joe slumped in the driver’s seat—dead. Fingers of suspicion start flying around with some pointed in Nash’s direction after it is learned her disagreement with Brenda was overheard by a rude customer. Much to on again/off again boyfriend/ Detective Grant Daniels’ dismay, Nash takes it upon herself to try to find clues which will lead to apprehending Joe Silvio’s killer., clearing her name and restoring some semblance of normalcy back in the deli. With the sleuthing comes some shocking revelations and some startling curves in the case. When the lady in black, who had been keeping watch outside the deli, brazenly walks in, more questions than answers abound. As if this all wasn’t enough to turn poor Gwen’s hair another wild color, gruesome photos of the murder scene appear for a short while on the deli’s new Facebook page, but—it was long enough for some eagle-eyed employee of the “Nashville National” newspaper to pull them off and place them on their front page! Does Editor Robert Reid have an ax to grind with Gwen? Or could he have played a part in the murder? Or perhaps it was Brenda’s “eager-beaver” Policeman/ Brother; Jason McCoy? Does he know something about Joe and committed the nasty deed to protect his Sister? And what about slimy, sexist slumlord; Stephen Hatfield? Is the centuries-old feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys going to rear its ugly head once more? Did he feel it necessary to kill Joe Silvio so he could acquire the McCoy Bakery property? Ms. Rosen has written another winner of a cozy. It will make you chuckle, gasp and keep on guessing until almost the last pages. As an added bonus, the Author has included the recipe for Murray’s Uncle Moonish’s homemade sauerkraut—and what’s a good Reuben without yummy sauerkraut?? As I previously stated, I enjoyed Ms. Rosen’s title; “One Foot in the Gravy” and she has pulled me into the delightful deli world once again. I hope it won’t be long before we embark on another of Gwen Katz’s escapades—I’ll be waiting!. Cozy lovers, be sure to put this on your “TBR” list. Nancy Narma
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Karen P. for Readers Favorite "A Killer in the Rye" is the next in the Delia Rosen Murray's Deli series and it is every bit as entertaining as its predecessor. Gwen Katz is recently divorced and in charge of her Uncle Murray's Kosher Deli in Nashville, Tennessee. Gwen is lost and anxious as she prepares an important catering event in the hope of having the deli named as the best in Nashville, an honor which would respect her deceased uncle and his hard work in establishing the reputation of the deli. Gwen finds herself short of bread and calls the baker who promises delivery early the next morning, the morning of the important catering event. When Gwen gets to the deli, she finds the delivery man dead in his truck. This begins a series of events which find Gwen smack dab in the middle of confusing romantic relationships and family history which threaten to undermine everything she seeks for her own peace of mind. Delia Rosen is a master at character development. Her character of Gwen is unforgettable. The self-dialogues, self-critiques and speculations about self-motivation and damnation make the book very impressive. Most readers will surely relate to the lead character with her charm, her honesty and her all-too-obvious human flaws. Thomasina is also a delight with her absolute moral values and her willingness to set boundaries and expectations about those she values. Gwen's potential lovers are so well-described that readers will laugh at Gwen's choices and decisions which threaten to leave her as alone as when she left New York. I particularly laughed at Gwen's potential assessment of others' intentions toward her. It is a trait that readers will also see in themselves. This is a charming book which will appeal to readers on many levels.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
And most of them dont but are used as color fillers but food is probably better than drink as one gets tired of bars. They are running out of themes and the combos are all over the place rate this as a fast read and PG cozy but not a saver.
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phillybean More than 1 year ago
A very good story about a girl who owns a deli. Great characters, interesting story line. Not boring, I liked it very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was dull & also far fetched. Gwen had become un likeable. She was self absorbed,mean spirited,& was constantly obsessing. This is the last book I will read from this author.
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Realy love the the book.
jahJH More than 1 year ago
if you like jewish books you will like this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is authir any relative to the rosen fsmily whose company bskers makes the Rosen Jewish rye bread of Chicago? No jewish deli here care packages of canned and packaged like matzo herring available in norseland and lox bagels too but frozen baker made here too big and puffy exciked in cow company