Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Choir is a continuation of author Sharon Kahn’s series featuring Ruby, the Rabbi’s Wife (now a widow). The book hones in on the familiar membership of a small town synagogue. As the story commences, they are planning a Chanukah gala, which is to be the kick off for a big latke sale. The proceeds will underwrite the choir’s upcoming train trip across the Canadian Rockies. Alas, their soprano, Serena Salt, collapses during the performance and later dies.
There’s not much of a mystery brewing until months after Serena’s death when the choir is in their Vancouver hotel prior to boarding the train. Ruby receives an ominous phone call from her police officer boyfriend who informs her that Serena’s body has been re-examined and it now appears that she was poisoned. Of course, what should have been a relaxing vacation has now turned into a full blown murder investigation and the Jewish version of Murder on the Orient Express takes off through the Canadian wilderness.
If this book were a latke, it would be of the very light and fluffy variety. I must admit to liking mine denser and more fully flavored, but will certainly concede that Sharon Kahn’s characters are believable and endearing and her series has developed quite a loyal following.