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Wedding Wipeout: A Rabbi Kappelmacher Mystery Paperback – August 27, 2013
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"The well-paced plot neither plods nor races to the finish as some other whodunits do, and the final resolution is both surprising and refreshing. A rousing religious mystery--pastrami not included." -- Kirkus Review
"Wedding Wipeout," a Rabbi Kappelmacher mystery, was nothing short of hilarious. And interesting. And edge-of-your-seat....So, why would anyone kill an old woman on her wedding day? You'll have to read the book." -- Maayan Jaffe, Baltimore Jewish Times.
About the Author
Jacob M. Appel is an attorney and a practicing psychiatrist. His short fiction has appeared in more than 200 journals and magazines, including the Boston Review, Gettysburg Review, and Virginia Quarterly Review. He has won the Dundee International Book Prize, the Kurt Vonnegut Prize, the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction, the Walker Percy Prize, and others. He is the author of The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up. He lives in New York City.
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Natural causes or murder?
It's common for Rabbi's to make house calls to visit the sick - lead payers with family and friends who are morning the death of a loved one where the shiva is held....
But Rabbi's investigating a death and investing long hours of their time interviewing
possible crime suspects, is not 'business-as-usual' with Rabbi's.
Once again, Jacob M. Appel created a fun book to read. This time - instead of short stories...we have a 'whoduit' mystery novel....[Sherlock Holmes style.... 'somewhat]....
Readers who are familiar with Jacob M. Appel, know they can expect to see something inventive, creative, and fresh. He's just not a copycat author.
Yet....there is a mystery - which doesn't come together until the very end.
The characters are 'characters'....
The plot is reasonable - it works with your mind.
Sleuthing pastrami eating Rabbi's ( two of them) working together ---is a riot. Their
dialogue alone was just TOO FUNNY!!!!
This is a wonderful 'go to' book when you've read one too many books about wars, children or parents dying, abuse, or other more serious novels.
By Jacob M. Appel
“Wedding Wipeout”, by Jacob M. Appel, is a light hearted murder mystery with as its two main characters, Rabbi Kappelmacher and his assistant, Steinmetz. The story starts when two elderly sisters, Florence and Lorraine, are left a substantial amount of money with one stipulation; that they should never marry. If one of them did, they would break the will and the entire estate would go to the unmarried sister. They lived together as old spinsters for forty-three years, until Florence fell in love and decided to marry, breaking the trust. On the wedding night, Florence mysteriously died. When Rabbi Kappelmacher was made aware of the puzzle, he was immediately interested in solving it, and decided that he, along with his assistant, would crack the case.
Mr. Appel creates a list of characters ranging from a mischievous Rabbi and his sidekick, Steinmetz; to the nosy neighbor, who’s as bitter as she is nosy; to the playboy nephew, Fred. “The Wedding Wipeout” kept me laughing from the beginning of this amusing story to its surprise ending. I give this delightful book five stars and cannot wait to read Mr. Appel’s other works.