Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

by Tamar Myers | Mystery & Thrillers | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0385471394 Global Overview for this book
Registered by AnonymousFriend of Wantirna South, Victoria Australia on 4/28/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by AnonymousFriend from Wantirna South, Victoria Australia on Tuesday, April 28, 2020
(The first book in the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries with Recipes series)
PennDutch Inn owner Magdalena Yoder is up to her ears in trouble when her guests include deer hunters and animal-rights activists, the cook quits, and two guest die under mysterious circumstances. This debut mystery introduces Magdalena Yoder, a mean-spirited Mennonite innkeeper who offers service with a sneer to the "well-heeled, highfalutin customers" patronizing her PennDutch Inn in southern Pennsylvania. When not badmouthing her sinful, slothful, divorced sister and her "bizarre excuse for a dog," Magdalena attends to an unfortunate combination of guests: a congressman, his wife and aide, who are in the area for the first weekend of deer-hunting season; a quartet of anti-hunting activists; and Heather Brown, who calls herself a "photo-hunter." Ironically, one of the hunting foes bags the first big game when, in the middle of the night, he finds Heather sprawled dead on the inn stairs. Police chief Jeff Myers initiates an investigation of the suspicious death, but leaves soon for a vacation with his wife Tammy, who is, Magdalena's observes, "dingier than a mailbox on a gravel road." With the case in the hands of a dim deputy, Magdalena undertakes some sleuthing and learns that her patrons are secretly linked in their pasts. Another guest bites the dust as this carping narrator fails to display the high IQ she brags of: matters become clear to her only when the villain is overcome by a desire to confess. Occasional recipes, rich in butter and sugar, don't make up for the story's sour tone.

Released 4 wks ago (4/20/2021 UTC) at Wantirna Mall Street Library in Wantirna, Victoria Australia


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