Sunday, June 11, 2017

Carol Novis' Long In The Sleuth, A Tension on a Pension Mystery.

Late last night I finished reading Long in the Sleuth by Carol Novis. This is the first book in what I hope will be a long running series! A tension on a Pension Mystery,  I love the way that rolls off the tongue!  I very much enjoyed this story. The characters are impossible not to love.  Carol does a wonderful job of not only writing believable characters, but capturing the spirit of  a true cozy mystery. Main character Ellie is north of the 30 something characters in most cozies but with all the gumption and panache of someone half her age. This book is funny and endearing. I learned a lot from the author about Jewish culture, history and food! Oh the food, you won't be able to read this book without longing for someone to eat! I am thrilled that the recipes are in the back!  Ellie is very relatable and her unlikely friend and helpers in the story make you feel like you are part of the team. I hope you will consider picking up a copy of  Long in The Sleuth, you won't be disappointed.

First in the "Tension on a Pension" cozy mystery series  "The cast of Jewish senior sleuths made me laugh out loud." Anne Kleinberg, best-selling author of "Menopause in Manhattan" "A brilliant setting for a wickedly funny book." Linda Matchan, journalist, "The Boston Globe" "This book kept me absorbed and entertained all the way through. The denouement really was a surprise." Judy Weidman, librarian "Long in the Sleuth" combines humor, romance and suspense with a unique angle--a quirky team of seniors trying to adjust to life in a retirement home, while people are dropping dead all around them.  Who killed Sam Levin with a poisoned knish? Could it be Ellie, who baked it? The yentas at the Menorah Retirement Home think that it just might be. Ellie Shapiro is a reluctant resident of the Minnie and Isaac Memorial Menorah Retirement home. Then Sam, a popular fellow resident, drops dead after eating a knish that Ellie's baked. Other murders follow. With her fellow sleuths and Sam's hapless teen-age grandson Noah, plus a dog, Ellie sets out to find the killer.  But will the disapproval of Ellie's hunky crush, Hal, stop the motley detection team before the killer gets her?  Over the course of the book, Ellie gains confidence, a friend, a new career and maybe even the guy, as the action takes her from the Menorah kitchens to an out-of-control fight at a mahjong game and a revelatory visit to gambling casino, culminating in a confrontation with a crazed murderer.  Ellie's recipes included. If you loved Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, the Golden Girls and Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small, you won't want to miss "Long in the Sleuth."
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  1. This cozy would be a real treasure for me since I am Jewish, and would enjoy, appreciate and understand the characters, the food and the interaction. Being Canadian like the author is another similarity.

    1. I hope you do enjoy it and that you let me know what you think! Enjoy!