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Don't Cry for Me, Hot Pastrami (Ruby, the Rabbi's Wife #3)

3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  156 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Sailing the Caribbean on a bargain cruise line, Ruby and members from her temple discover day old dinners and portholes sealed with bubblegum. The good news is Ruby finds love on deck. The bad news is he may be a killer.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 5th 2002 by Berkley (first published 2001)
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Deborah Sigel
Aug 02, 2016 Deborah Sigel rated it really liked it
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#3 in the Ruby, the Rabbi's Wife series.

Ruby wins a cruise to St. Thomas in a temple raffle. Essie Sue has arranged a temple group tour on a liner captained by her cousin Horatio. The scheduled speaker is murdered and Ruby's life is threatened because of something she is suspected of knowing.

Feb 23, 2007 smalls rated it did not like it
I didn't think this was such a great book. I hated the narrative. But finally got past it. The story itself was not too bad. Fairly easy to figure out. However there are three characters in the book that are totally obnoxious and I wanted to slap them all. Mostly the rabbi. Man, did he drive me crazy. If I knew this person in real life, I would have to seriously hurt him. As well as the character Essie Sue. But for sure the Rabbi. This is not a man to be in leadership. What a disgrace! I know it ...more
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The reviews say-"third Rabbi's wife mystery, DONT CRY FOR ME, HOT PASTRAMI, is an amusing who-done-it due to the internal sufferings and asides of Ruby. The story line is fun though a reader might wonder why Ruby puts up with Essie Sue, a professional nudnick. Essie Sue is as aggressive a character one will find in a cozy while the Rabbi needs to borrow some of her chutzpah so he will not continue to look like a putz. Fans of an ethnic who-done-it will enjoy this tale that requires noshing a bag ...more
Bobbi Day
Jan 15, 2016 Bobbi Day rated it really liked it
Good mystery with humor.
Aug 12, 2015 Sherri added it
Just okay
May 02, 2016 Becca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reccos-from-dad
Read it for the crazy title, and that alone. Has got to be one of the worst books I've ever read (and horribly edited - typos all over the place!). No wonder my dad's library was getting rid of it. I think I'll take a cue from them and remove this from my shelf immediately.

The rabbi's wife books are an amusing mystery series with an interesting group of characters. The amateur crime solving sleuth is Ruby - wife of the previous (now deceased) rabbi of her temple. Ruby has a good sense of humor and good instincts. Good light read.
Feb 11, 2010 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2010
Ruby is a doll; but don't you think three murder attempts is a couple to many for a 225 page book? I have run out of patience with Rabbi Kevin and Essie Sue.
Sep 10, 2013 Kim rated it it was amazing
In this, the second of the series, Ruby ends up on a cruise, slightly against her will. There is humor, mystery, and romance. I look forward to more in this series.
Feb 11, 2009 Chana rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Silly, but not as many laughs as I had hoped. And part of the way through I realized that I had read this before.
Sep 20, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
Quick, easy, no thinking required read, which was exactly what I needed this week.
Michelle Schingler
Nov 13, 2013 Michelle Schingler rated it liked it
A quick and easy read; humorous and enjoyable. Tasty fluff.
Sep 15, 2016 Shannon rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned-books
Jul 08, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Fun easy read
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Sharon Kahn has worked as arbitrator and attorney, and is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Arizona Law School. The mother of three, she lives in Austin, Texas.

Sharon spent thirty-one years as a rabbi’s wife, inspiring the creation of Agatha nominated Fax Me A Bagel (Scribner) -- an Alternate Selection of the Book of the Month Club, with Ruby the Rabbi’s Wife doing the sleuthing.
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