One Foot in the Gravy (Deadly Deli Series #2)

One Foot in the Gravy (Deadly Deli Series #2)

by Delia Rosen
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One Foot in the Gravy 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
rrmajik01 More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in this "series" and found it to be quite good. However, I found this one to be frustrating and, after a while, infuriating. Then, I checked the copyright and found the reason why nothing, and virtually no one, was the same as the first book, "A Brisket A Casket". The first book was copyrighted by Jerome and Suzanne Preisler. The second book was copyrighted by Jeff Roven. I presume that means different authors wrote the books. Which makes sense as the title of the series has also changed from Deadly Deli to Nashville Katz. Kensington Press obviously does not bother to actually edit their manuscripts before publishing. Due to the changes in the names and personalities of the characters, the lack of consistency in how they spelled those names (Lolo vs.Lola), and the total change in the history of Gwen Katz, this book is a shoddy piece of work. Fortunately, I won't have to worry about reading anymore books by Kensington Press. Wasting my money on "One Foot in the Gravy" is enough for one lifetime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first book in the series, so was eager to read the second, but I felt lost from the first chapter. I was like there is a book missing. What happened on her date with Royce and how did he try to steal her business? Who is Grant and where did he come from? Is this Beau and if so when and how did they get together? I see a third book is ready to come out at the end of the year but maybe a book or short story and what happened between the end of book 1 and the beginning of book three to tie the books together. Only the deli and it's employees seem to be the common demonator between the two.
MRHTX More than 1 year ago
Not only are the characters different, the tone is different. It is like two different authors wrote the two stories.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book in the series and found the characters interesting enough to see what happens next. Really?!? I'm like a few chapters in and feeling like book 2 was skipped. Then I find out that history has been rewritten and now i could care less about these characters. Seriously, the first book tells how the deli starts and now her "nonexistent" in the first book parents are playing a sigmificant role in the history of the deli?? I never stop reading a book, but this is a total waste of time and money. Maybe if an editor had actually turned a page.........
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The original book in the series was so much better,
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Not so well written. Very choppy.
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Ummm..... This books seems really bad. Am i wrong to say that?
Jazola More than 1 year ago
This book had a slow start for me but once I got into it it was a little riveting. There was a surprise ending for me which made this well worth the read.
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Victoria_TwoLipsReviews More than 1 year ago
Gwen ¿Nashville¿ Katz wants to expand her late uncle¿s deli, Murray¿s Pastrami Swami, into the lucrative catering market. When contacted by wealthy society maven Lolo Baker to provide the food for a murder mystery party, Gwen leaps at the chance to show the deli¿s offerings and rub elbows with the crème of Nashville¿s elite. Taking several employees with her to Lolo¿s mansion to set up and serve the guests, things are going quite well until one of the guests lands up dead in her gravy. Who hated Hoppy Hopewell so much they murdered him at the mystery party? Delia Rosen¿s One Foot in the Gravy was one engrossing mystery which kept me guessing who the killer was until the end. Gwen is one interesting character, having the chutzpah to leave an accounting job in New York and take up owning a deli in the heart of Nashville. Using her keen business skills, Gwen knows she¿s got to attract more affluent customers for specialized parties to keep the deli in the black. When approached by Lolo Baker to cater her mystery party, Gwen feels her every wish is granted. Soon into the event, Hoppy Hopewell winds up dead under very suspicious circumstances. As she observes the crime scene, Gwen knows she¿s going to do a little snooping to find out who could do such a thing. Delving into Hoppy¿s past, she¿s disgusted by his unsavory character which causes her to wonder if there was anyone who attended the party or in his inner circle who didn¿t despise this man. Having more suspects than she can count on her hands, Gwen works not only with her cop boyfriend but Lolo¿s mystery-minded friends to uncover the culprit. That mystery circle is very astute, often outshining the detectives in the story. I¿m sorry I didn¿t read Ms. Rosen¿s first Deadly Deli Mystery to get more of their backstories because each one is a hoot. I hope Ms. Rosen continues to develop not only these ladies but the unique relationship Gwen has with Thomasina (a font of southern comfort and wisdom) in subsequent stories in her mystery series, which will have you craving pastrami on rye while you read!
judiOH More than 1 year ago
a cozy mystery not to be missed! you will never guess who until the very end....great reading!
sfc95 More than 1 year ago
This is a cute cozy with a spunky main character in Gwen who is certainly a "character"." With many zany sidekicks it is hard to determine "whodunit" as everyone makes a plausible suspect. Ends quickly, takes a little to get into, but a good easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
a good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read except for the name changes the took place the dect. went from Beau to Grant and Royce was married and he's last name was changed also and yes i notice things like this. Nash is a walking corpse magnet or at least her food is Hoppy just fell on to the table from the ceiling actually how didnt he miss that hole. And when did the cops start asking civies to help with the cases normally they tell you stay out of it that it does'nt concern you. Hoppy is dead and one the Foxes that's Lola's readiong club didn't But since Hoppy was hopping from each of thier beds and woprking a poz scam in the process maybe some at a right to wack him wonder who that's what Nash is wrong unstead of felling sorry for herself. Can she bet the cops or will Hoppies Killer get to her first.
52chickadees More than 1 year ago
Befuddled by divorce, former forensic accountant Gwen Katz, left New York City to assume ownership of "Murray's", her late musician-wannabe Uncle Norman's Kosher Deli and catering business in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite getting used to single hood and "Music City" as well as the already established, slightly bossy Deli Manager, Thomasina Jackson and her staff, business was flowing along quite well . They had even booked a murder mystery-themed dinner with wealthy, eccentric dowager Lolo Baker. A few business "road blocks" didn't stop Gwen and her capable workers from delivering and setting up a sumptuous buffet with all of the trimmings. Hors d'oeuvres were being served, cocktail glasses clinking. while Gwen and Thom took a final inspection of the bulging tables. The grand event was about to begin as soon as Lolo rang the crystal bell. Just as the terrine, filled to the brim with flank steak gravy, was being transported to the buffet table, terrible crashing and pounding sounds seemed to be coming from the room directly above the festivities. The ceiling shook violently!! Then, with a loud crack, it fell in a shower of sand and plaster, carrying with it the rotund body of local chocolatier, Hoppy Hopewell. His lifeless body landed with a hefty thud, his foot landing in a puddle of spilled brown gravy. This was NOT the murder mystery Lolo had planned for her friends and members of the mystery-solving club; "The Cozy Foxes". All present were interrogated and some had theories concerning Hoppy's demise. Gwen tried to put the murder puzzle pieces together. Her amateur sleuthing was compounded by her feelings and on/off relationship with Detective Grant Daniels. Just when you think Gwen's on the right track, a "curve ball" is tossed in the mix with the bludgeoning death of Lolo's longtime housekeeper, Lizzie Renoir!! Two bodies, many suspects in the murder of Hoppy with his financial schemes and his wheeling and dealing, but, who would want poor Lizzie dead?? Was it Lolo? But she was so doubly heartbroken as Hoppy was a treasured friend. Many twists and turns occur while trying to unravel the truth and several secrets are revealed. What part did Atty. Solomon Granger play in all of this? Was Hoppy really in love with Rhonda Shays (among others) or was she just one of many used for their money? Who is Anne Miller? Will the "Cozy Foxes" come up with a reasonable conclusion as well as some long-hidden admissions? What secret is Gary Gold, the writer of the murder mystery plot for the dinner as well as the supposed corpse for same, hiding? You'll be drawn into the warmth of the deli, chuckle over the zany characters Gwen encounters, catch your breath over discoveries made, as well as puzzling along until almost the last page. Ms. Rosen has dished up an enjoyable offering of mystery and intrigue that should not be missed. Nancy Narma
harstan More than 1 year ago
Following her nasty divorce, Gwen Silver inherits her late Uncle Murray's Jewish deli, the Pastrami Swami in Nashville, Tennessee. She packed her bags, reverted back to her maiden name and quickly became dubbed the Nashville Katz as she takes over the deli although she was unprepared for a side order of murder (see A Brisket, A Casket). The native New Yorker miraculously adjusts to living in the "Music City" and feels welcomed by her employees except for the Pastrami Swami boss of bosses Thomasina Jackson. Wealthy socialite Lolo Baker hires the deli to cater a murder mystery-themed dinner. Lolo rings the crystal bell to start The Cozy Foxes' gala, but horrible noises from the room above frighten the deli employees and the attendees. The racket upstairs is quickly accompanied by a crash through the ceiling; Chocolatier Hoppy Hopewell has fallen dead with One Foot in the Gravy. NPD Detective Grant Daniels leads the homicide investigation that turns stranger when Lolo's housekeeper Lizzie Renoir is murdered. Unable to mind her deli, the former Manhattan forensic accountant, as well as the Cozy Foxes, tries to find the ties between the two victims; with only Lolo connecting them. The second lighthearted Nashville Katz amateur sleuth is a fun cozy as the heroine using her New York shtick investigates the homicides knowing Grant will be unhappy with her placing herself in a pickle as someone who kills twice will have no remorse adding a body to the gravy. The support cast is a horde of quirky individuals who enhance the tale with a touch of mustard. Readers will enjoy a Reuben with a knish as Delia Rosen provides an entertaining deli whodunit. Harriet Klausner