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A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery

A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery

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by Mark Reutlinger
Combining the classic charms of Agatha Christie with the delightful humor of M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels, Mark Reutlinger’s Mrs. Kaplan mystery series returns as a notorious crank meets an untimely fate.
Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and soul searching. But at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, Vera Gold


Combining the classic charms of Agatha Christie with the delightful humor of M. C. Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels, Mark Reutlinger’s Mrs. Kaplan mystery series returns as a notorious crank meets an untimely fate.
Yom Kippur is a day of reflection and soul searching. But at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, Vera Gold misses this opportunity to atone for her many sins when she up and dies. Indeed, Vera was such a pain in the tuchis to all those around her that when her sister claims Vera was deliberately poisoned, the tough question isn’t who would want to kill her—but who wouldn’t?
Having already solved one murder with her dear friend Ida, Rose Kaplan has a sleuthing reputation that precedes her. It’s only natural that Vera’s sister turns to Mrs. K for help. So do the police, but when her conclusions conflict with theirs, they tell her to butt out! This case has more twists than a loaf of challah. And with a homicidal scoundrel on the loose, Mrs. K has to act fast—or she might be the guest of honor at the Home’s next memorial service.

Praise for A Pain in the Tuchis
“A pure joy to read . . . This book oozes with charm, humor and mystery.”—Socrates’ Book Reviews
“A relaxing cozy mystery as comfortable as a warm knitted shawl on a cold winter night.”—Mallory Heart Reviews
“It is a treat to read about Rose and Ida as they sleuth—making a list of suspects, working out the motives and opportunities—always keeping in mind WWSD (What would Sherlock do?).”—Jane Reads
“Ironic, intriguing and engaging . . . This cozy mystery is wonderfully well written, full of humor, intrigue and plot twists. I love the style of this writer.”—LibriAmoriMiei
“One of the most enjoyable things about A Pain in the Tuchis was the narration of the story by Ida. She defers all the brains to Mrs. K, but, in reality, Ida’s voice is the humorous glue that holds the whole story together.”—Bubble Bath Books
Praise for Mark Reutlinger’s Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death
“Is there kosher food in jail? These two heroines have gotten themselves in quite a pickle! Well, it’s a matzoh ball mess, really. Too deliciously funny!”—Rita Mae Brown, bestselling author of Nine Lives to Die

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Mrs. Kaplan , #2
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Meet the Author

Mark Reutlinger is the author of the novels Mrs. Kaplan and the Matzoh Ball of Death and Made in China. A professor of law emeritus at Seattle University, Reutlinger was born in San Francisco, graduated from UC Berkeley, and now lives with his wife, Analee, in University Place, Washington.

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A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable story with interesting characters and fun action.
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: A Pain in the Tuchis - Mrs. Kaplan Mystery 2 Author: Mark Reutlinger Published: 11-17-2015 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group / Alibi Pages: 191 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Amateur Sleuths; Cozy Mystery ISBN: 9780553393408 ASIN: B00TWE4FHO Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4 1/2 Stars . Yom Kipper is in full swing when Vera Gold dies under questionable circumstances. Where most would ask is Who and why in Vera's case becomes who wouldn't and why not? Not the most pleasant of residents at Jules and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors makes it difficult for police to find answers. When Vera's sister asks fellow resident Rose to look into the death it is not an easy task for her to decline and accomplish. With so many suspects it is hard to decide who Rose and her friend Ida can trust. The police leave them alone until their findings disagree with theirs the they tell them to back off. Can they expose the killer before they become the next dearly departed resident of the assisted living facility. With Ida's narration to keep readers on tract and entertained along with a thought out plot and wonderfully crafted characters this humorous story will have you wishing to visit the home and getting to know Rose, Ida and their friends more. I may not be Jewish but this series is always interesting with the little tidbits of knowledge included. Fast paced and fun to read with clever clues and a few twist and turns. My rating is 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.
Injoy-Life More than 1 year ago
A Pain in the Tuchis, A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery by Mark Reutlinger is a well written book. I gave it five stars. I was pleased to discover that there was an explanation for almost all of the Yiddish terms used in this story. What a delight to read it without needing to search for or guess the meanings. Ida Berkowitz & Rose Kaplan are residents of the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. Another pleasant surprise, their place of residence was named only twice. They are a fun team of lady detectives off on another grand adventure. "I should have suspected all was not quite kosher with Vera Gold's death when one of the men carrying her body accidentally slipped at the front door & almost spilled poor Vera onto the ground. This was not a good omen." I received a complimentary copy from Random House Publishing Group-Alibi & NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I particularly like the writing style and pace. The story line is si.ply but consistent with the CHARACTERS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
[ I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising] " This reminded me of the important lesson of Mr. Sherlock Holmes that Mrs. K is fond of quoting: “When you eliminate what is impossible, what is left over must be the truth, no matter how meshugge it might seem.” " The Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors has some very interesting characters as do many facilities of its type. But when you have a house full of bubbes (Jewish grandmothers) poking their noses into things, who knows what might turn up Rose Kaplan has a reputation in the Home for figuring out mysteries. Even the police consult with her. She and her friend Ida Berkovitz ( who is the storyteller) just seem to get into the middle of the action, whether they want to be or not. In this, the second in the series, a resident dies but maybe it wasn't of natural causes. And, in the eyes of the police, her son becomes the prime suspect. He has means, but the motive and opportunity are suspect enough that Mrs. K continues her "investigation". And comes to a conclusion that is not expected by anyone involved. Told as one convoluted tale seen through Ida's perceptions, this mystery weaves daily life of a resident in a close knit community who still live large in their own world, despite how the rest of the world may patronize them. It was funny, sad and poignant to see how getting older but still being vibrant can cause some really strange things. Because, as Ida says: " And so it was…[at] the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. Like most such places, it can be a rather dull and unexciting place much of the time. But life there is never boring for too long when your best friend is Rose Kaplan."
kpb More than 1 year ago
Easy light read with fun humor. I recommend it for those dark days of winter by the fire.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts We return to the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors for another adventure with Rose and Ida. The Pain in the Tuchis happens to be Vera Gold, she was very nice so the suspects of those wanting to get rid of her could be many. At first her death appeared accidental but her sister begs Rose to investigate. Even after the police tell her to butt out Rose just can’t let go and again she schools the officers. Rose just has a way of figuring things out and she holds her cards close to her chest. Ida is just along for the ride and acts as Rose’s sounding board. She does tell a good story or as much as Rose allows her to tell. Again the story as plenty of Yiddish idioms and a good bit of humor. The mystery itself had its fair share of twists but I had an inkling of where we were headed and I was right. A quick entertaining read.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
If you appreciate a wicked, very Jewish, sense of dry humour and a detective story where the detectives are actually a couple of residents in the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors you’ll love the latest Mrs Kaplan mystery from Mark Reutlinger! In this mystery one of the home’s residents, Vera Gold, has died. Now few of the others will lament her passing as she was, as the title suggests, ‘a pain in the tuchis’ for the others. She’d moan, complain and threaten, making life difficult for others at times and meaning she wasn’t the most popular person in the home by any means. When she dies, initially nothing is suspected but her sister raises concerns with Mrs Kaplan and Mrs Berkowitz, asking for help from this intrepid duo to find out how her sister died. With disagreements with the police, interactions with the other residents and plenty of jewish and humorous references this is a delightful story to escape into as Mrs K again tries to discover who the murderer might be, putting her own life in danger in the process! This is a great detective story, packed with Jewish references and humour. A delight to read, I highly recommend it to anyone likes their murder mysteries to be solved by the elderly Jewish equivalent to Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson! Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Book! This is a great book; this is the second book in the A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery series by Mark Reutlinger. Rose Kaplan teams up with her BFF to find the person who killed Vera. The more they look into this case they end up finding more twists than a loaf of challah. If you are looking for a great mystery that will keep you reading way past your bed time then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
TessT More than 1 year ago
A Pain in the Tuchis not on BN or AMA Mrs. Kaplan and her loyal side kick, Ida are back and just as entertaining as they were in the previous book. Rose Kaplan and Ida are residing at the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. There is never a dull moment when these senior sleuths find something to investigate. When Vera Gold is found dead the ladies are not exactly sad to see her go. But, of course Mrs. Kaplan decides that Vera was murdered and didn’t die from natural cause. While Vera’s passing will quiet the place down a little, as long as Rose Kaplan and Ida are there, it won’t stay quiet very long. Mark has written another laugh out loud book, I hope Mrs. Kaplan and Ida will be here for a while. FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.
ArleneArredondo More than 1 year ago
This is a murder mystery with an unusual location, Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, here all the residents are celebrating Yum Kippur, except for Vera who is ill and is at her unit resting. After the service is over they find that she has passed away. Her sister asks Mrs. Kaplan, who has a way for solving mysteries and her friend Ida, that if they could look into what happen with the death of the most infamous of the residents: Mrs. Vera Gold. The suspects are piling but the most obvious one is her own son Daniel. Mrs. K is set out to clear his name and find out who in the Day of Atonement committed a murder. A Sherlock Holmes kind of mystery. With the grace and funny touch of two old gals. Note: I received a copy free from Netgalley for review purposes.
NovaReylin0 More than 1 year ago
This starts out and at first I was curious if it really was a mystery. About 17% or so in the mystery starts. The first 17% was about the residents in the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Jewish Home for Seniors. Right from the beginning I enjoyed the characters. Although I did, the plot seemed a bit slow. Being that this is also a Jewish Senior Home a lot of the words are peppered with Jewish sentiment and language. Some I knew, some I didn't. But it is done so often that the book would be twice as large had every word been explained. So, it leaves some of the knowledge to the imagination if you cannot look up the words. This really threw me off. I wanted to enjoy the story but it is difficult when I don't know what is being said some of the time. That said, The characters are fun. They are all full of life and ready to help when they start to question if there really was a murder or not, even though many of the residents did not get along with the person that was murdered. The humor of the story is what kept me involved. It is hilarious seeing two old gals trying to solve a mystery. In short: Interesting but I wish the actual plot would have started earlier than 17%. Received by publisher, through Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
Connie57103 More than 1 year ago
This is a joy of a book for me. Although I am not Jewish (yes, I am a Goy), I love Yiddish. This book uses the phrases very well, which makes the dialog even better, funnier. This mystery begins after Vera Gold, who lives in the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors, tells her sister that someone is trying to poison her with her pills. But, she won't divulge who she thinks it may be. She also claims to have thrown the "poison pills" away. The very next day, Vera is found dead of "natural causes". Her sister refuses to call the police with her suspicions because she has no solid evidence to back up Vera's claim. So she does the next best thing. She seeks the advice of fellow residents, Rose Kaplan and Ida Berkowitz. Together, the friends have already solved one murder. They decide to talk to Vera's doctor, who is also a medical examiner. He tells them that a pathologist would have to perform an autopsy in order to find out if there was poison found in Vera's system. It is against Jewish tradition to perform an autopsy. However, it could be done with the permission of the next of kin ONLY. That would have to come from Vera's son, Daniel. But, will he agree to it? This is a wonderfully juicy cozy mystery. It is full of intrigue with a long list of suspects. The characters are richly written. It has humor, and is a great read. I am looking forward to the next book. Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Alibi and Netgalley for giving me a free copy of this book to read and give my honest review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC from NetGalley.com in exchange for my fair and honest review. In this second novel, Mrs. K and her friend Mrs.Berkowitz,who narrates the book, are once again on the trail of a murderer at the Julius and Rebbecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors. When Vera Gold is found dead, the initial reaction is "death due to natural causes." Unfortunately, her sister Fannie does not believe it and seeks out the senior sleuths to discover just what happened to Vera. The list of suspects is long, it seems that Vera was not a very nice lady, and her trail of meanness leads the ladies into several different directions. It takes some smart sleuthing to dig deep enough to find the answers and when the police target Vera's son as the only true suspect, the ladies work hard to try and clear his name. This is a fun and enjoyable story. I loved the Jewish slang words and I am really fond of Mrs. B. I love her witty remarks and her journey into the world of "smarty phones." I found myself wishing I was old enough to move in to the home with them. I give this book 4 stars!
In_My_Humble_OpinionDA More than 1 year ago
Rose Kaplan is back! Every Jewish kid has heard the phrase “A Pain in the Tuchis” on occasion. We have all had one or two in our lives. In the Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors the pain has a name, Vera Gold, and it is her demise that our intrepid Rose and her bestie Ida are investigating in this book. And while this story is told while liberally peppered with Yiddish exclamations they are all translated for the folks who missed having a Jewish grandmother. And while this is the second in the series it can be read stand alone. A Pain in the Tuchis is a fun peek into a world few get to see in a story told with humor and respect and a damn good mystery. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.