"Claire, a troublemaking resident at the Keter Gardens Retirement Home in Yonkers, N.Y., travels with a brick in her bag and her money inside her blouse. Or so says retired cop-with-a-past Rotuf Mazal, a resident in the next room, who narrates The Humbugs Diet.
A fellow resident, the elderly Booger Rooney, finishes his lunch of chicken pie, (five cubes of chicken, nine cubes of carrots and a dozen number 2 peas,) returns to his room and jumps out the window to the rock garden below.
Between her operatic vocalizations, her drinking and her smoking, Claire pronounces that Booger’s death was no suicide. He was murdered so his subsidized room-with-a view could be leased to a full-fee-paying senior. Claire sets out to prove it with the help of colleague Lorraine Tardiff, a woman who has budgeted 865 days until her demise. What they discover leads them far beyond a simple murder, into a maze of elder neglect and political sleaze.
With a poetic caress and a philosophically caustic voice, Majzels spins a story that is a mystery to the last page as well as a humorous, yet intensive, social commentary on aging, death and societal ignorance.
The Humbugs Diet is witty, insightful and a satisfying challenge."
---Don Graves. March 1, 2008