BAGELS FOR TEA by Serita Stevens


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 Fanny Zindel, a 65-year-old widow with a punchy backhand and a Mossad-agent boyfriend, while in York, England, to attend a memorial service for Jews massacred there way back in 1190, confronts murder at her granddaughter Susan's posh but impoverished boarding-school: Susan's nemesis, the sexually precocious and drug- slurping Mary Louise, becomes the victim of what appears to be a ritual Jewish slaughter. Then Miss Kentworth, the headmistress in love with Mary Louise's father, the Jew-hating vicar, is murdered. Susan, of course, becomes the main suspect--but not to worry: Pesky Fanny will hide evidence, disturb crime scenes, and lie a little to get at the real culprit, who will murder once more before an inheritance scheme is laid bare and an anti-Semitic zealot brought to task. Strained dialogue (``Such a lump you have, I could put it under a hen to hatch'') quickly palls, and Fanny and her travails become tiresome long before the implausible denouement. Second in a series that began with Red Sea, Dead Sea (not reviewed).

Pub Date: May 18th, 1993
ISBN: 0-312-09348-9
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1993