"Delia Rosen offers an wonderful deli whodunit." --Mystery Gazette on One Foot within the Gravy

Hitting under the Borscht Belt. . .

For ex-Manhattanite Gwen Katz, working Murray's Pastrami Swami, the Jewish deli she inherited from her past due uncle in Nashville, Tennessee, makes her think like a whitefish out of water. so as to add to the craziness, martial arts instructor Ken Chan has come to pattern her kosher cuisine for a black belt rite he desires catered.

But simply as Chan is ready to aim a matzo ball, bullets shatter the deli's window and Ken Chan is killed as he pushes Gwen to security. used to be Chan the sufferer of a success via against the law gang from New York's Chinatown? was once an area hate-group focusing on Chan--or perhaps even Gwen? With the Nashville Police--and the FBI--baffled, Gwen enlists assistance from an eccentric new-age entrepreneur.

But greater than undesirable vibes are coming her means as a killer returns. . .and this time it is the deli proprietor who could be the outgoing order. . .

"Will definitely depart the reader hungry for more." --MysteryLibrarian.com on A Brisket A Casket

"A relatively funny comfortable. . . Readers will completely get pleasure from this deli tale." --Once Upon a Romance on One Foot within the Gravy

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I suggest, what's conventional? ” The smile broadened very somewhat. “Bring what you hold. ” That didn’t support, yet I smiled in a well mannered way in response—directly at her, no longer on the turning heads in again. It wasn’t my goal to snub them yet quite to not be discouraged by means of them. the appearance had now not made me suppose welcome. As I crossed the road i spotted that the officer had come to the nook to monitor what used to be happening. She was once busy texting. She didn’t appear too involved . . . until she was once texting anything approximately me. I checked my cellphone messages as I walked again. there have been calls from each member of the workers, all asserting a similar factor: we are hoping you’ve long past domestic through now. I texted all of them that i used to be wonderful and that i used to be jogging round. I advised them i used to be going to take it effortless that evening and i could see them within the morning handy out menus and care for our takeout enterprise. Thom nonetheless appeared to think a bit ghoulish approximately that. I cared, yet now not for my sake. i wished to paintings. there has been additionally a message from provide, checking in and letting me be aware of that the protection cameras on my road had performed not anything for them. “The gunshots didn't come from a passing car or pedestrian,” he acknowledged. “I’m upset we didn’t get a lead, yet no longer stunned. the perspective was once a bit steep for that. We’re taking a look at one of many rooftops around the highway. ” incredible, i assumed. somebody was once awaiting the morning crowd to skinny so that they may get a transparent shot at Chan or me. inside of, the place we couldn’t run. furnish went on. “The excellent news, if there's any, is that there can have been a run via. A aggressive marksman loves to reverse-engineer a goal, if attainable. Stand in entrance of the bull’s-eye and glance back—gauge refraction of the glass, glare, obstructions, that kind of factor. So your shooter could have been one of the buyers this morning. ” That was once excellent news if the buyer had charged a meal. And owned a gun legally. And didn’t have anyone who might mislead provide him an alibi. a pal in big apple used to be one of many big apple assistant DAs. It used to be alarming how frequently an ideal hurricane of proof was once had to get grand juries to join up the dotted line. And that used to be long island. In Nashville, the place cousins or pals have been usually the alleged perps, supply as soon as advised me that the duty was once even more durable. while I acquired again to the deli, I made an early dinner to make amends for skipping lunch. i didn't go back the decision from sweet Sommerton or Robert Reid of the Nashville nationwide or a person else who sought after an interview. The sunlight set on me enjoying solitaire at the computing device and feeling very, very trapped. The workplace felt darker than it was once, road sounds—never dramatic, unlike in New York—being muted by way of the massive wall of plywood and metal up entrance. I had closed the again door so the cats now needed to remain cooped up. The robust odor of the disinfectant I’d used at the flooring additional to the choking claustrophobia. I acquired up without warning, as if I’d made up our minds whatever. I hadn’t. It used to be simply caged-tiger impatience. I stepped into the corridor, did not locate any pride in my atmosphere.

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