I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I am a big fan of mysteries, so when I received the opportunity to read Mark Reutlinger’s A Pain in the Tuchis, I was very excited. This is the second Mrs. Kaplan mystery, featuring a senior citizen sleuth and her intrepid assistant.
Narrator Ida and her friend Rose Kaplan are residents in a Jewish assistant living center. When Vera, one of the residents, passes away under suspicious circumstances on Yom Kippur, Mrs. K and Ida spring into action. Right away, they realize that their biggest obstacle is that the deceased was not a very nice person. She recently had a waiter fired for a very petty reason. She told the center director about her neighbor’s secret cat. Simply put, Vera was the sort of person who made enemies wherever she went, but which of them would actually kill her?
Ida and Mrs. K are both very witty, and they love to pepper their conversations with Yiddish words and phrases. Their observations about the assistant living center and life in the modern age are very funny. Mrs. K is clearly a force to be reckoned with, and her methodology is impressive. Ida is very sweet, and she is certainly an observant narrator, but she is a little too daffy at times.
I would recommend A Pain in the Tuchis. I have read a lot of cozy mysteries, but I have never read a mystery story as funny as this one. I have already downloaded the first book in the series, and I am looking forward to more Mrs. K mysteries.