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Tastevin (Michael Kaplan Mysteries Book 1) Kindle Edition

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  • File Size: 1195 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hadley V. Baxendale & Co. (April 20, 2012)
  • Publication Date: April 20, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064FJPQA
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,156 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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David W. Cowles was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in California's San Fernando Valley. He's lived in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1976.

Cowles is a member of the State Bar of California (inactive) and is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States. He has served as a board member and president of numerous nonprofit organizations, and was awarded Congressional and other commendations for his efforts.

Cowles founded and was CEO of companies in the photographic and financial communities. He's flown his own airplanes; traveled extensively; and spent a month as a volunteer with the Israeli Defense Forces.

For over eight years, Cowles published and edited Keno Newsletter, a monthly publication read by keno players and casino executives. For six years, he wrote a weekly column for Gaming Today. For three years, Cowles wrote op-ed columns and a weekly cooking column for the Peninsula Gateway newspaper in Gig Harbor, Washington. His articles have been published in the Las Vegas Sun and Newsweek magazine.

Cowles draws on his background and experiences to write in a wide variety of genres including mystery, adventure, thriller, comedy, romance, how-to, nonfiction, and cookbooks. Often he'll combine several genres in one book.

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This was a good mystery book, with some romance that had surprises. Kept me on the edge of my seat. Didn't expect what happened as the story unfolded.
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By J. R. on April 4, 2012
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A sexy, funny, mystery set in a city I know well . . . what's not to like?
That Michael Kaplan, oy! What a charmer!
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Want a whirlwind ride? Try a week in the life of Michael Kaplan, the menschy hero in David Cowles murder mystery Tastevin. Young, handsome, single and living in Las Vegas where he writes a column for the Las Vegas Times called "The Anonymous Gourmet." Michael Kaplan has gotten in lots of trouble with his candid appraisal of local restaurants to the point where a restaurant owner threatens to break his legs over an inferior Caesar salad. That was scary but not like the trouble this week will bring. Here is our somewhat intrepid Michael Kaplan in a meeting with his boss and editor:
"E.J., I keep telling you I'm the wrong person for the job," Michael objected. "I'm a restaurant critic, not one of your cub reporters. I feel like a fish out of water. I wouldn't know what questions to ask." Geller slapped his forehead with the palm of his hand. "Oy, I nearly forgot. How stupid of me. You're a food maven. Michael, why are you trying to make such a gansa megillah of this? It's not such a big deal..."
Oh, and did I mention that Kaplan is Jewish? Yeah, he is, and so is his boss E.J. Geller, his girlfriend Myra Brotsky, Abe Fox, the Alta Cocker who is trailing them, and also the Purlmutter brothers, twin owners of an upscale winery near Napa. Enough that you will find more Yiddish in this story than you have heard since the last canasta game your Bubba and Zeyde played in 1956.
So off he goes Michael Kaplan, our not so hard-boiled sleuth, up to his taste buds in a possible double homicide of a food and wine buyer for a large chain of casinos, and a wine steward at an upscale restaurant in Las Vegas.
"I know reporting isn't your forte," said editor E. J. Geller," but if you'll follow up on this story, I'll give you a byline." Thus begins the mishegoss.
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Stilted, awful dialogue. Reads like an encyclopedia of the most unimportant minutiae imaginable. Remove the unprongsnecessary filler and you have a 10 page story line of nonsense.
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A different kind of story that tasted even better since I got an ebook for free. I will read more by this author.
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