First in the series. When a guest has a fatal fall down the steep stairs, inkeeper Magdalene Yoder is more worried about a lawsuit than foul play. Other problems arise: An arrogant congressman and his wife check in for deer-hunting, offending the other guests who are animal rights activists. Her Amish cook quits when vegetarian guests refuse to eat her hearty cooking. But when a second guest is found, stiff, cold and dead on one of her handmade quilts, Magdalena is sure there's a killer on the premises.
It was a struggle to get through this book. I loathed the main character (who is a broadly drawn, ridiculous stereotype who'd be an offense to Mennonites if they read mystery novels!) and thought the whole thing was sloppily plotted, poorly written, and needed a good editor. Even the recipes didn't appeal to me!
This is a fun book to read. Made me laugh and Magdalena is a hoot. I am looking forward to reading more of this series. Tamar Myers did a great job with the story line and characters. Her Inn and the guests (even the dead ones) were interesting and made the story enjoyable.
I love cozy mysteries, and always looing for a new series to read that holds my interest. I really liked this book. I was completely surprised by who the killer was, which is the mark of a good book to me, since I seem to figure out "whodoneit" on quite a lot of the books I read. I will definitely move on with this series!
I love funny murder mysteries - even though it sounds like an oxymoron, but Tamara Myers does the Pennsylvania Dutch/Amish so well! This book deals with a group of hunters who visit the Inn that Miss Yoder runs. A couple in the group refuses to eat the hearty cooking that is such a trademark of the Pennsylvania Dutch, and the cook quits. Of course the mystery is solvesd, the cook comes back to work at the Inn, and everything is fine - until the next mystery in the series.
The recipes are to die for (bad use of words), and I grew up eating a lot of the same foods, and still cook them. This is one very enjoyable book.
1st in the Pennsylvania Dutch Series. Murder threatens Magdelena Yoders successful Inn when two of her customers are killed on the premises. Suspects include a secretive congressman, his socialite wife, a gay aide, and several animal rights activists.
Magdelina has hunters and hunter protesters staying at the Inn. One of the visitors fall down the stairs or was she pushed. If she fell, Magdaline could be sued and lose her Inn.Magdaline is in search of the solution to this mystery.
This is my first Tamar Myers book and I did enjoy it, the recipes are a bonus and the characters being Amish and Mennonite plus the "English" makes for a different read from other mystery novels. Enjoyed getting the tidbits on Amish/Mennonite life and traditions.
I expected a lot better main character. I can't say that I like Magdelena. For a Mennonite she isn't a very nice person. Guess I'm sterotyping, but this book was nothing like what I expected. I will read the next one and see what I think. She may be one of those odd characters that grow on you.
Meet Magdalena Yoder, quirky, Mennonite owner of the Penn Dutch Inn and her whacky family.. This is one LOL funny start of what looks to be a great cozy mystery....I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next book in the series....