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

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  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IYI7KU
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Shifflet on 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 By ITZME on October 11, 2010
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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 By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 10, 2010
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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.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Reacher Creature on October 18, 2010
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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 By AmeliaAT on October 6, 2011
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This is apparently the first in a series of "Deadly Deli" mysteries. It has the requisite quirky heroine surrounded by other quirky characters -- though fortunately, not every one of them is overburdened with quirks, as in one recent mystery I read on my Kindle -- and a bit of a love interest, as well.

The heroine starts out the story feeling like a fish out of water in the Nashville deli she inherited from her beloved uncle, but as the book progresses, she comes to feel more at home and more connected with her employees and acquaintances.

The mystery here was fairly straightforward, although there is a fairly well done red herring that makes you think it was more obvious than it turned out to be.

It was a short, quick read, and pleasant enough, but not intensely engrossing for me. Still, I think the author shows some promise, and I might read more of her books if they are priced right.

One big grumble I have about the Kindle edition is that it should have been proofread and better edited. There were several places where many words were strung together with no spacing, or even full sentences, and there were a few places where the fonts even changed -- became compressed or something. There was also a typo -- "down" became "town," and it was clearly incorrect, particularly as the phrase (something along the lines of "her mouth turned down") was repeated three times in one paragraph, and the typo was in the middle instance. The odd formatting issues really detracted from the reading experience and they should have been fixed before the Kindle edition was offered for download.

Also, in response to the reviewer who said that it wasn't a kosher deli as soon as a pig appeared in the deli -- well, duh! That was the point of the pig being there!
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