Wedding Wipeout

October 31, 2013
BY Maayan Jaffe

110113_mishmash_bookBy Jacob M. Appel
Cozy Cat Press 2013, 249 pages

“Wedding Wipeout,” a Rabbi Kappelmacher mystery, was nothing short of hilarious. And interesting. And edge-of-your-seat. Yet, it was never intense.

When I started the novel, I sighed, assuming it would be some corny Jewish trash novel with little plot. But it was not long before I became totally engrossed and did not want to put it down. As the characters developed — and the murder plot evolved — I too began wondering who killed Florence. I started guessing, sure I would get it right — as I usually do. But then I was surprised when the truth was revealed.

And it was funny all along. The rabbi’s wit (and interspersed pieces of wisdom) reminded me of some of the rabbinical figures I knew growing up. And when the rabbi becomes a detective, nosing his way into other people’s business for a good cause, you laugh out loud. The way he treats his assistant rabbi — and partner in investigation — also adds some flavor.

Each character is developed fully, and the reader — at least this reader — can relate. The family dynamics are as expected for a large Jewish family. Everyone has something to say about everyone else.

So, why would anyone kill an old woman on her wedding day? You’ll have to read the book.

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