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One Foot in the Gravy (A Deadly Deli Mystery #2)

3.29  ·  Rating Details ·  173 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Revenge is served very cold in this deli-cious whodunit

When Gwen Katz inherits her late uncle’s kosher deli, Murray’s Pastrami Swami, little does she know that murder is always on the menu. Now Nashville Katz, as she’s quickly nicknamed, has landed her first catering gig: Social butterfly Lolo Baker’s audience-participation mystery party, where someone is “murdered” and th

Paperback, 313 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2011)
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Aug 08, 2011 Ali rated it did not like it
Shelves: food-mysteries
This gets 1 star just because I can't believe an editor even allowed this book to get past them to be published. Clearly written by a different ghost writer than the first book in the series, as evidenced by the copyright page, no effort whatsoever was made for there to be any consistencies. The name of the detective love interest changed, family background was different, even the name of the deli changed. I had to keep checking to make sure I didn't accidentally skip a book in the series becaus ...more
Mar 04, 2012 Vicky rated it liked it
So many discrepencies betwee nthe first deli novel and the second one. it was obvious the author is not "delia rosen". The story itself was good but having read the first one i kept saying "huh?" And what happened to her cigarettes and chocolate binges?
Lisa Elizabeth
Oct 17, 2012 Lisa Elizabeth rated it did not like it
I couldn't get very far into this book because so many changes had been made from the last one. From Gwen's father's profession to the Nashville cop's name, I was too confused to keep going.
Nov 04, 2011 Rose rated it really liked it
One Foot in the Gravy is the second book in Delia Rosen’s cozy mystery series, Deadly Deli. Not having read the first book in the series, A Brisket, A Casket, this was my first exposure to Ms. Rosen’s writing style which is an eclectic mix of humor, mystery and romance. The main characters were likeable and the dialogue is hip and trendy. The mystery portion of the book was well handled and several clues were provided to give the astute reader a hint as to the perpetrators identity.....unfortuna ...more
Meghann Redding
May 22, 2013 Meghann Redding rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, library
The first book was great. This one not so much. I keep having to look back over what I have read to make sure I didn't miss something, because of so many inconsistencies in the two books. I cannot read this book after reading the first one.
Oct 24, 2011 Amy rated it did not like it
The "author" Delia Rosen is not a real person. The first book in this series was written by a husband and wife team. This by a different guy. There are so many inconsistencies in this story from the first one, that I could not even get halfway through it. Fail.
Nov 08, 2014 Jacqueline rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery, series, 2014
extra 1/2 star
Wyshona D. Lawson
Sep 06, 2014 Wyshona D. Lawson rated it liked it
Ghostwriters and publishers: take note: readers aren't stupid. You cannot change the characters' history without us noticing.

I really liked Gwen, Thom, and several other characters in this book, but if you're an easily confused person, this book might not be for you if you read A Brisket, A Casket.

First, Gwen does not mention a thing about her cigarettes or chocolate loves, which were cute and integral in the first book.

The detective's name changed from Beau McClintock to Grant Daniels, and I
Nancy Narma
Sep 14, 2011 Nancy Narma rated it liked it
“An Enjoyable Banquet of Mystery and Intrigue”

Befuddled by divorce, former forensic accountant Gwen Katz, left New York City to assume ownership of “Murray’s”, her late musician-wannabe Uncle Norman’s Kosher Deli and catering business in Nashville, Tennessee. Despite getting used to single hood and “Music City” as well as the already established, slightly bossy Deli Manager, Thomasina Jackson and her staff, business was flowing along quite well . They had even booked a murder mystery-themed dinn
Oct 31, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it
In One Foot in the Gravy, Gwen Katz has inherited her uncle's kosher deli. Things are going well and she's just got her first catered affair contract - a murder mystery party hosted by social butterfly, Lolo Baker. Things are underway and everyone seems to be having fun when a guess crashes through the ceiling and ends up in Gwen's gravy. Gwen knows that this just isn't a great way to start this new side of her business, so she decided to do a little investigating to clear things up as quickly a ...more
Nov 20, 2011 Victoria rated it really liked it
Shelves: twolips-reviews
Gwen “Nashville” Katz wants to expand her late uncle’s deli, Murray’s Pastrami Swami, into the lucrative catering market. When contacted by wealthy society maven Lolo Baker to provide the food for a murder mystery party, Gwen leaps at the chance to show the deli’s offerings and rub elbows with the crème of Nashville’s elite. Taking several employees with her to Lolo’s mansion to set up and serve the guests, things are going quite well until one of the guests lands up dead in her gravy. Who hated ...more
Jane Niemeyer
Oct 28, 2011 Jane Niemeyer rated it really liked it
One Foot in the Gravy
by Delia Rosen
Let’s face it, who doesn’t like to hunker down with a good book and a snack and if the book is a mystery all the better! Rosen has a hit with this one. Gwen, “Nashville” Katz has inherited her Uncle’s deli and has decided that maybe her life needs a little more spice, mustard goes with anything? Oh well, so much for my humor. Along with the deli, she inherits the staff, and they are nothing like she is used to!

The murder occurs at the very first party, an audi
Feb 04, 2012 Pat rated it it was ok
I downloaded this book from the library because the title intrigued me. I was not expecting a heavy, suspense-filled thriller-style mystery when I read it (which was ok, since I was in the mood for something light at the time). Even so, however, I found the book disappointing.

In Rosen's defense, the humor genre and the mystery genre are so dissimilar that successfully combining them is a near-impossible task. In my eyes at least, she was trying too hard to be funny -- with the result that most o
Noel Johnson
Apr 05, 2016 Noel Johnson rated it it was ok
This is a rather poor girly mystery, written about Nashville, by an author that has failed to do any research about the location or the people portrayed in her writing.

Typical girly mystery, with a theme about a silly woman from the North. IT IS VERY OBVIOUS FROM THE BEGINNING THAT THE AUTHOR KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT NASHVILLE, OR LIFE IN THE SOUTH. It is full of racial pings, and an flagrant put-down of Nashville and the South by someone whose only knowledge of the location is from tourists flyers.
Aug 28, 2014 Nidofito rated it it was ok
If I could pretend that this was the first book of the series it would have been enjoyable. But since I didn't, I felt confused/annoyed/angry/furious and then insulted that the writer/editor thought us readers would just take whatever they throw at us. I don't mind that there were different authors writing. I don't care. But at least keep the names and the backstory intact. I was disappointed that they skipped the whole Royce-as-a-boyfriend thing that was perfectly set up at the end of the first ...more
Jun 08, 2013 Kaye rated it really liked it
Gwen Katz inherits her late uncle's kosher deli, Murray's Pastrami Swami, and moves to Nashville from New York. While getting to know the town, her customers, and her employees, she is also having to answer some tough questions about herself. Does she really want to stay in Nashville running the deli, or go back to New York? While struggling with all of that, she gets her first catering job at social butterfly, Lolo Baker's audience participation mystery party. When a "real" victim comes crashin ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Natalie rated it did not like it
Shelves: penguin-2012
This was definitely not a stand-out in the "cheesy theme mystery" genre. I get that often the female main characters do foolish things and this book was shooting for having a smart, strong female lead. It was a good goal but it came off as annoying. She made fun of someone (in her head) for not knowing some crazy vocab word that I'd never even heard and she frequently talked about her past as a forensic accountant. We get it. She's smart. At times the story seemed unbelievable. At times it seeme ...more
Dec 22, 2011 Shay rated it it was ok
I couldn't finish the first book of this mystery series. But, my Nook broke, this book was sitting on a shelf at the library. I borrowed it, desperate for a cozy mystery since I was running low on them. I guess you could say that I liked this better than the first- simply because I was able to finish this book. But, I didn't really like it either. I probably won't read the next book in the series. Just don't like the main character or really any of the characters in the book.
Nov 03, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Gwen Katz, who owns the only deli in Nashville, branches out as a caterer to a mystery party. Needless to say, there's a real death, and Gwen can't resist trying to find out which high society lady was tired of the victim's lying and cheating. The case also takes her back into a does-he, doesn't-he relationship with police detective Grant Daniels. As New Yorker Gwen struggles to be comfortable in the New South, she must reconcile herself to her own family problems.
❂ Jennifer
Oct 02, 2011 ❂ Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Not a bad follow up to the first book in this series. I love that the protagonist has a backbone, and doesn't try to justify her involvement with a lame excuse (unless she's lying to a suspect). This author seems to defy some stereotypes/formulae that I find a lot of authors fall back on with cozy mysteries. The characters don't yet feel like friends, but I'll definitely read the third one and keep an open mind.
Jan 30, 2017 Melissa rated it really liked it
This is the third book I've read in this series. It's better than the first in the series I think. I really enjoy these mysteries since they tend to add some Yiddish and Jewish references in them(always explained for the uninformed) since I am Jewish. They always make me hungry though with all the food references. This book also includes some recipes at the end.
Marianne Stehr
Oct 15, 2011 Marianne Stehr rated it really liked it
This is a cute cozy with a spunky main character in Gwen who is certainly a "character"." With many zany sidekicks it is hard to determine "whodunit" as everyone makes a plausible suspect. Ends quickly, takes a little to get into, but a good easy read.
Nancy H
Jul 02, 2013 Nancy H rated it it was ok
This book was just okay. I didn't think it was tightly plotted or that the characters, many of whom were unlikeable, engaged the reader. I will, however, give the author another try when the next book is published.
Sep 06, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Since I did not read the first offering of this series and started with the second book of the series I did not have the consistency issues that other reviewers had. It was a good story and a fun cast of characters. Good story development.
Jody Hamilton
Didn't care for much about this book: the plot, the characters, the writing. Flat all around. I read the first book in this series a while ago and don't remember disliking it as much as this one. Because my thoughts so far are 50/50, I'll try one more book. But not right away.
Nan St.Michael
Oct 17, 2016 Nan St.Michael rated it really liked it
Funny, well written and not too much about the food :-)
Sep 12, 2013 Cathy rated it did not like it
I was turned off by the forced dialogue.
Oct 08, 2011 Melodie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2011
This one just didn't work for me. Lots of things combined in to one big "EH!" Don't think I'll bother if there's another.
Cindi (cheesygiraffe)
Jan 21, 2012 Cindi (cheesygiraffe) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
Cynthia Rielley
Oct 23, 2011 Cynthia Rielley rated it really liked it
nice fun ride. quirky characters
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A native of Brooklyn, New York, Delia Rosen is the author of A Brisket, A Casket, One Foot in the Gravy, A Killer in the Rye, From Herring to Eternity, To Kill a Matzo Ball, and Fry me a Liver. She now lives in Manhattan. She spends her time between writing and searching for the best bagels she can find. She has two identical twin Siamese cats, named Johnson & Johnson, because she can't tell t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

A Deadly Deli Mystery (6 books)
  • A Brisket, a Casket (A Deadly Deli Mystery, #1)
  • A Killer in the Rye (A Deadly Deli Mystery #3)
  • From Herring to Eternity (A Deadly Deli Mystery #4)
  • To Kill a Matzo Ball (A Deadly Deli Mystery, #5)
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