A Brisket, a Casket (Deadly Deli Series #1)

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Murder's on the menu in this savory debut.

Gwen (nee Katz) Silver heard the brisket at her uncle's Jewish deli, Murray the Pastrami Swami—the only one of its kind in Nashville, Tennessee—was "to die for." But she didn't realize that meant literally...

When Gwen learns she's inherited Murray's, the native New Yorker leaves her chaotic career and messy divorce behind to start over in Nashville. But the venture seems doomed from the start. ...

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Overview

Murder's on the menu in this savory debut.

Gwen (nee Katz) Silver heard the brisket at her uncle's Jewish deli, Murray the Pastrami Swami—the only one of its kind in Nashville, Tennessee—was "to die for." But she didn't realize that meant literally...

When Gwen learns she's inherited Murray's, the native New Yorker leaves her chaotic career and messy divorce behind to start over in Nashville. But the venture seems doomed from the start. Murray's taken his recipes and secret list of food suppliers to the grave with him, and ruthless real estate developer Royce Sinclair will stop at nothing to try and sandwich Murray's into his already overstuffed portfolio. Then, on Kosher Karaoke Night, longtime customer Buster Sergeant bites into his brisket...and bites the dust. The coroner says food poisoning, but Gwen's not convinced. Now, with the help of hunky police detective B"Nashville Katz"—as Gwen is quickly nicknamed—will find h.

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Hapless New York accountant Gwen Silver makes a disastrous move to Nashville to take over her uncle's deli in this flavorless debut. Gwen is happy to leave New York and her larcenous ex-husband, but the new venture hits a snag when local car dealer and celebrity Buster Sergeant keels over after eating her brisket. Then Gwen is attacked and locked into the walk-in freezer. Is the culprit pushy developer Royce Ramsey, lawyer Cyrus Liarson, or one of Gwen's own employees? Good thing she has attractively mysterious Det. Beau McClintock and bitchy battle-ax manager Thomasina Jackson on her side. The overworked shtick is full of caricatures and lacking in surprises, and awkward prose ("Only her anxious expression convinced me she wasn't setting a trap to test my deli acumen") further hampers the threadbare plot. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758241702
  • Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Series: Deadly Deli Series , #1
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 498,448
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    Fun new cozy series

    Loved the inside joke of "Nashville Katz". I won't bore you with a synopsis - you can get that elsewhere. Lots of fun and some quirky characters. Okay as a first in series -- hope for more in the 2nd. I enjoy mysteries with recipes and cats and this had both (although the cats are in name only). Maybe I just liked it because I use to live in Nashville. Read it in one day. I think the series has promise.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Very disappointing

    As an American Jewish woman I was hoping for some unChristian spins but this story did not seem like it met my goal. I bought 2 of Delia Rosen's book and I am sorry because I don't care for her writing style. I don't like the characters and I was not comfortable reading this nook book. That is a problem, you can't return nook book purchases like you can a physical book. Bummer

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

    interesting

    first time I read this writer. will have to read some more to be sure

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  • Posted November 2, 2011

    Fun, Easy Read

    What could be funnier than placing a true NY Jewish deli in the deep South? Probably lots of stuff but for me - a former New Yorker living in the South - it brought plenty of giggles. A nice little mystery that was painless to get through. I enjoyed it a lot!

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    Posted October 26, 2011

    Decent debute novel. Shows promise.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

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    good story

    kept me guessin till the end...did not see it comin...lol

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    quick read

    a nice cozy mystery

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