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A Brisket, A Casket (A Deadly Deli Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

Delia Rosen
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 Beau McClintock, "Nashville Katz"--as Gwen is quickly nicknamed--will find herself adding "private investigator" to her resume--and a new love to her life.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Delia Rosen is the author of A Brisket, A Casket and One Foot in the Gravy. She now lives in Maine. She spends her time between writing and searching for good bagels.



Product Details

  • File Size: 379 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758241704
  • Publisher: Kensington Books (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI7KU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,824 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Murder served with a side of slaw October 19, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This new cozy mystery series by Delia Rosen unfortunately doesn't completely cut the mustard. While the premise was fantastic, a mystery set in a Kosher deli in the heart of Nashville, the writing felt disjointed at times. The tale opens suddenly and proceeds to introduce practically every character seemingly in the first few pages of chapter one, so my head was spinning to keep everyone straight.

Gwen, the cozy's amateur sleuth, has recently inherited her Uncle Murray's troubled deli. Having uprooted herself from NYC after a bad divorce, she finds herself with an unruly staff, while trying to run a deli she knows virtually nothing about. Throw a murdered patron on Kosher Karaoke Night into mix and you've got a real recipe for disaster.

While I enjoyed the interesting characters peppered throughout and the mystery plot, I did sometimes feel there was a great deal of let's get to the point already moments, which slowed down the pacing of the novel. I eventually warmed up to Gwen and the author's writing style, but not before having to put the book down once.

Since this is Rosen's first outing, I'm willing to give the series another go. I recommend the book for those with an open mind and don't mind a sleuth with chutzpah.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FUN FAST READ October 11, 2010
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Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book One of new cozy mystery series: A Deadly Deli Mystery. Set in Nashville, Tennessee in an inherited deli called Murray's. Gwen Katz (married name of Silver) is the owner and manager of the deli. During Kosher Karaoke Night, Buster Sergeant dies on stage. This opens the door for the hunkish police detective Beau McClintock to enter the story. Lots of characters, lots of deceit and threats are involved in the plot. A fun, fast read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining cuisine amateur sleuth October 10, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After her marriage fell apart and her Uncle Murray died, Gwen Katz Silver moved down to Nashville, Tennessee to take over her inheritance, the only kosher deli in town. Gwen looks on it as a new start and becomes familiar with all the employees except the manager Thomasina who was her late uncle's lover. Business is good until Kosher Karaoke Night when Buster Sergeant just keeled over and died.

The deceased was a powerful business man so his death got media attention upsetting a lot of folks. People start boycotting the restaurant. The police detective Beau McClintock informs Gwen that the victim was murdered with coyote poison that was injected into his food. Other dangerous things happen to Gwen as she investigates the workings of the restaurant. Someone locks her in the freezer so she can die. The list of vendors that her uncle used is missing and must be found because using the yellow pages leads to hilarious situations but doesn't bring in any customers. Another individual business mogul Royce Sinclair offers to buy her property in order to change it into a resort. However, Gwen has forensics skills that she applies bringing her closer to a killer.

This is Gwen's tale as she takes over from her late uncle the pastrami swami; if her personality can be summed up in one word it would be moxie. She knows something is not kosher at the deli and is determined to find what that is even risking her life. Gwen is obstinate as her friends know they can slightly nudge her, but never budge her once she makes up her mind. The support cast is everyday people who enhance understanding of the feisty heroine as she works to save the deli and identify the killer in an entertaining cuisine amateur sleuth.

Harriet Klausner
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good as far as cozy mysteries go. October 18, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Overall, this is a pretty good start in a new series, not great, but not bad either.

Gwen Silver inherits her Uncle Murray's Jewish Deli. One night, a long time customer, Buster Sargent, comes in, has something to eat, then he falls over dead. It's up to Gwen to find out who killed Buster and why. To add to her troubles, a land developer comes by and wants to buy her place. Soon, the killer thinks that Gwen is getting to close and want to silence her.

This is an okay read. Not the best, but not the worse either. The characters are okay, at times, some of them really grated my nerves. When the we found out who the killer was and why he did what he did, I was like...."meh". There aren't really any plot twists or turns. I'd have liked to see a bit more of cat and mouse between the killer and Gwen.

This book has recipes in it, and they do sound good.

If you start this, I'm sure you'll like it. It's a lot better than a lot of cozy mysteries out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Grammatically Challenged, to say the least... July 15, 2014
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If constant grammatical errors bother you, skip this one. Apostrophes are placed willy-nilly. To name a few: Page one, "Ya'll" is not the contraction of you all. Page 7, it's "longer'n" but by page 11 the apostrophe has moved "safe n' sound". Page 16 gives us this odd contraction of one of, "one'a". I think in the sentence "followed by a few hours of optional sleep" she meant optimal sleep. A child is described as "a wizened eight". I just pictured a little wrinkly, shriveled kid. She was trying to make the point that he was wiser than his younger brother. This is just in the first 35 pages!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read October 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I liked the author's writing style: direct, conversational, with tongue-in-cheek comments thrown in by the heroine. The story keeps moving at a good pace; there's enough background info to fill out the plot, but not so much as to bog the story down. The ending is not what I expected.

It's a quick, "light-hearted" read (it's not a Sandford, depressing you with the gritty horrors of the world). Am looking forward to the next in the series.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
This book grabbed my interest immediately. I loved the restaurant details. I couldn't put it down. Loved the twists and turns.
Published 1 month ago by Cheri
4.0 out of 5 stars Death and Lightness all in the same place
When Delia Rosen writes a mystery, you are also immersed in humor and love. No horror and heart stopping moments. Sorry when it is over.
Published 3 months ago by Edith Ann
2.0 out of 5 stars A Brisket, A Casket
I just could not get into this book. Neither the characters nor the plot held my interest. Not very good.
Published 4 months ago by Beatrice
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read mystery, not a romance
The book was a bit confusing at the start. It took me some pages to get used to the author's writing style and the way we sort of jumped right into the middle of things without... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Angel-Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Gramma
Loved the book! Needed a light and easy read. This was an intriguing mystery and I plan to read more from this author!
Published 15 months ago by Gramma
4.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing
I really enjoyed this cozy mystery.. Kept me guessing throughout the book..Can be slow going at times. Overall I really liked this book.. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tamah Gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it
I thought this was a fun, light-hearted mystery. My taste in mysteries runs the gamut from hard boiled detective stories to books like this, a cozy mystery. Read more
Published 22 months ago by L. Maple
3.0 out of 5 stars "I'm a gefilte fish out of water" - Gwen Silver...
Gwen Silver has just inherited her Uncle Murray's kosher deli in the heart of Nashville. The thirty-something divorcee packs up her life in NYC and settles in Tennessee,... Read more
Published on February 3, 2012 by L. Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute Debut
I enjoyed the debut of this new series and look forward to reading future installments.

I didn't like how the whole thing just suddenly came together for Gwen though,... Read more
Published on January 28, 2012 by A Reader
2.0 out of 5 stars A Brisket, A Casket
I've really been into the foodie mystery genre lately. But I have to say, this one kind of fell flat for me. I just couldn't get into it at all. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by M. Reynard
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