Friday, May 19, 2017

A not-quite-kosher beginning

A Pain in the Tuchis: A Mrs. Kaplan Mystery ~ by Mark Reutlinger, 2015, mystery
"I should have suspected all was not quite kosher with Vera Gold's death when one of the men carrying her body accidentally tripped at the front door and almost spilled poor Vera onto the ground.  This was not a good omen."
This is a "cozy mystery" where "a notorious crank meets an untimely fate."  I rarely read those.  Maybe once a decade or so.  Nevertheless, I chose this for the same reason my friend Donna bought it and suggested it to me ― we live in a senior retirement center provided by the Jewish community in St. Louis, and the setting for this book is a Jewish home for seniors.
"The Julius and Rebecca Cohen Home for Jewish Seniors is probably like most such establishments, except most of the residents ― not all, but most ― are Jewish.  They serve kosher food, and we celebrate all the Jewish holidays. ... The residents are a real mishmash of people..." (loc. 120).
A cooking class in the culinary kitchen, with our library behind us.
Our place is the Gladys and Henry Crown Center for Senior Living.  We also get kosher food and celebrate all the Jewish holidays, but I think our "mishmash of people" is even greater, in that we have lots of Russian and Chinese speakers and people from places like Armenia, Jamaica, Egypt, Japan, Korea, China and Russia (obviously), and all across the USA.
"Crown Center is a diverse community, offering independent senior living options plus high quality programs and services for area adults."

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AuntyDon said...

And I love it! (Crown Center, that is)

Helen's Book Blog said...

This sounds like a fun book, especially since it relates to your living situation :-)

Bonnie Jacobs said...

I read excerpts from the book after dinner this evening to my friend Barbara (who lives here) and our friend Linda (who lives in the neighborhood and volunteers as a server at dinner time), and BOTH of them are getting A Pain in the Tuchis to read. Their hoots and laughter could be heard all over the dining room and, I'm sure, down the hall as well. What fun!

Lauren Stoolfire said...

Sounds like a lot of fun - I don't often read cozies but this sounds good. Thanks for sharing!

Lauren @ Always Me