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The Latke in the Library & Other Mystery Stories for Chanukah

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  38 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Oy vey! When elderly mystery writer Agatha Krinsky falls for the fifth time, her nephew Sheldon insists she move into an assisted living facility. True to form, on her first day in her new home Agatha discovers a body in the library. But the staff won’t take her seriously, and even her elderly luncheon companions — Herschel Perlow, Miss Eppel, and Ronny and Rubles Bernfeld ...more
Kindle Edition, 93 pages
Published December 10th 2015 by Aster Press
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Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
I was excited to see an adult Chanukah themed book of fiction, but this was more like reading Reader's Digest than a good book. ...more
Liz Terek
Dec 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely enjoyed every bit of these stories. What an adorable group of characters! It was so nice to read about seasoned citizens who are active, fun-loving & continue with everything they enjoy. Most of all, they are treated with respect by the facility. Libi Astaire has developed a phenomenal group of main characters. Each of them brings a different personality & skill set to the group. Each is ornery, opinionated, & most of all, lovable.

I also enjoyed the Chanukah traditions sprinkled thr
Dec 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. In this gentle parody of Agatha Christie’s short story collections, Libi Astaire has lovingly trotted out caricatures of the Dame of Mystery’s most famous detective characters, together for the first time in a posh assisted living facility. There, at the luncheon table, they embark on a reminiscent journey through murders past which took place during Chanukah, while all the while noted author Agatha Krinsky is fast and furiously trying to figure out how to direct her ...more
Lauren Michele
Thanks to a handful of nasty falls, mystery writer Agatha Krinsky is moved into an assisted living facility with the help of her nephew Sheldon. On her first day she gets lost and finds herself inside the library with a dead body. To her dismay, no one believes her story or offers to call the police. She is taken to the dining room where she meets Ukrainian PI Herschel Perlow, knitting enthusiast Miss Eppel, and husband and wife team Ronny and Rubles Bernfeld. As they take turns reminiscing a la ...more
Dianne Landry
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Agatha Krinsky has just moved into a retirement home following a series of falls. On her way to lunch she takes a wrong turn and finds a body in the library. She makes her way to the dining room and tries to tell her lunch mates about it but everyone ignores her and instead each of them tells a tale of intrigue.

There is a twist and the end that made me smile. All in all this was a very enjoyable little book. I'm glad I picked it off the library shelf.
Margaret Klein
Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, mystery
A quick read Chanukah-themed mystery, featuring an elderly mystery writer who herself discovers a body in the library of her new-to-her assisted living facility on her very first day of living there. Except no one will listen to her. Instead every one of her dining companions at lunch has their own mystery to share. There is a major twist at the end I did not see coming.
Apr 16, 2022 rated it really liked it
Clever stories

It pays to know Agatha Christie's characters. They are parodied in these tales. The stories are not only fun, but well written. This is an easy read 📚 on a lazy, rainy day.
Dec 18, 2021 rated it liked it
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If you enjoy spoof mysteries, this book will be a lot of fun.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It was wonderful. I loved the plot, she kept me guessing until the end.
This was a likeable book, written in a series of related short stories. The book is set within a senior citizens' retirement home in England. Each story presents a fully resolved mystery, the first instigated by a new resident finding a dead body in the home's library. I don't recall that he latkes ever were in the library, but that's a very minor issue. As this new resident is sat at her place in the dining room, she and her fellow table mates share stories of mysteries that they had each witne ...more
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