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A Brisket, A Casket (A Deadly Deli Mystery) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
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.
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!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am a fan. I love the stories, the characters, and Ilove the recipes. Thecholent recipe received alot of complements when I used it! Thanks!Published 5 months ago by Amy Ort
Gwen inherited Murrays and leaves New York to come to Nashville to run it. Murray has taken his recipes to the grave and the whole place is having money problems. Read morePublished 10 months ago by maytag
A very interesting book I think you will like it especially if you are a mystery buff this author is goodPublished 18 months ago by Unknown
A Brisket, A Casket is the first in the Deadly Deli Mystery series by Delia Rosen. Right now there are 6 books in this series. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Angie Young @ The Little Reading Cabin
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. Read morePublished on July 15, 2014 by bigbluestem
This book grabbed my interest immediately. I loved the restaurant details. I couldn't put it down. Loved the twists and turns.Published on June 5, 2014 by Cheri
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 on April 2, 2014 by Edith Ann
I just could not get into this book. Neither the characters nor the plot held my interest. Not very good.Published on March 25, 2014 by Beatrice