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Never Nosh a Matzo Ball: 07/24/07
Never Nosh a Matzo Ball is another of those early BookCrossing books that I've had sitting on my shelf for far too long. I finally decided it was time to read it and I'm glad that I did.
Kevin, the replacement rabbi for the temple in Eternal Texas is getting married. Meanwhile, his temple is hosting an interfaith seder featuring diet matzo balls but something isn't kosher at the fat farm in charge of making the matzo balls. Can the former rabbi's widow sort things out and survive wedding of the new rabbi?
The odd mixture of Austin and Jewish cultures made for a humorous cast of characters. Were it not for the odd assortment of characters, Never Nosh a Matzo Ball would be a fairly routine cozy mystery. My favorite character is the wedding coordinator, Ardis, because my grandmother was a wedding coordinator and had to work with other coordinators brought along by various wedding parties. Ardis's meddling in things really made me laugh.
Sean says Never Nosh a Matzo Ball is a yucky book because it has a man with a giant matzo ball on his shirt (follow the link to Amazon to see the full cover). The man on the cover is Coach Boagie and how his death relates to matzo balls is the keystone of the mystery.
That sounds like a great read!
Jewish humor can be such good fun. I write the Silver Sisters mysteries with my sister Phyllice Bradner. The main protagonists are identical silver-haired Mae West look-alikes (one an aging hippie from Alaska and the other a wealthy widow from Beverly Hills who writes a syndicated advice column) and their 80 year old mother and uncle, former vaudeville magicians.
Flossie Silver is the a consumate Jewish mother who also believes in astrology and tarot cards. In the first book in the series, A CORPSE IN THE SOUP, she pushes a famous TV chef to eat her matzo ball soup.
Not to mention that he is later accused of murdering another chef.
Check it out on www.silversistersmysteries.com. You can read the first three chapters on the preview tab. CORPSE is available in paperback, e-book, CD, cassette and MP3.
MORGAN ST. JAMES