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Hold the cream cheese, kill the lox : a Ruby, the rabbi's wife mystery
Kahn, Sharon, 1934-
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New York : Scribner, [2002]

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290 pages ; 23 cm
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X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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When the murder of a lox cutter wreaks havoc with a double bar mitzvah, Ruby traces the victim's past to Nazi-era Denmark and embarks on a chase that takes her from wintry Alaska's salmon streams to a New Jersey smokehouse.

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Booklist Review

Ruby, the (late) rabbi's wife (Fax Me a Bagel, Never Nosh a Matzo Ball, Don't Cry for Me, Hot Pastrami), has her hands full when the manipulative Essie Sue involves her in planning a Bar Mitzvah for her twin cousins, the "Lovable Leevees." The boys are, in fact, holy terrors who have never been to Hebrew school. When the retired lox cutter who was to help with catering the affair is killed with his own slicing knife, Ruby helps trace the crime back to his past in Denmark during the Nazi occupation. This involves travel to Seattle and Alaska with her e-mail pal Nan as well as help from would-be suitors reporter Ed and police lieutenant Paul Lundy. Although the characters in this series drift toward the stereotypical, the madcap plots are always entertaining. Readers who enjoy the antics of small-town life will be amused. --Barbara Bibel

Publisher's Weekly Review

Although they lack the complex and suspenseful plotting of Harry Kemelman's rabbinical mysteries, Agatha-nominee Sharon Kahn's "kosher kozies" have a charm all their own, as shown in this fourth installment, Hold the Cream Cheese, Kill the Lox: A Ruby the Rabbi's Wife Mystery. Investigating the stabbing death of Herman Guenther, a quiet old lox cutter, takes Ruby and friends from her home in Eternal, Tex., to Alaska and New Jersey before she deduces a murder motive that goes back to Nazi-occupied Denmark. The antics of self-centered Essie Sue Margolis, who's fussing over the impending bar mitzvah of her obnoxious twin cousins, provide plenty of comic relief. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved