I really liked this series early on but this book just took quirky and fun to over-the-top ridiculous.
Another great Magdalena Yoder mystery. As always very very funny and entertaining. Great story line. This is the 16th book in the PennDutch Mysteries line by Tamar Yoder. I enjoyed this book as well as all of the 15 other books very very much. Too Many Crooks Spoil The Broth is the first book and would highly recommend starting there. Would recommend these books for any cozy mystery lover.
How to do this without spoilers ... the combined plot "twists" at the end of the book made me decide there'd be NO WAY I could think about reading another - just too much!
This is the first book I have read by this author. I had a really hard time following the book. There were so many cliché`s that it interfered with the plot. Most of the time I couldn't tell what was going on.
Let's say it right at the start: I had not touched a Tamar Myers novel in almost 2 years. I thought that the series had gone stale, that the best scenarios and humorous bits were ones that had been reprised from earlier novels in the series, and that there was little hope that things would improve.
Having recently completed As the World Churns, the 16th book in the Magdalena Yoder / Penn. Dutch Inn series, I will tip my hat to the author and will happily retract the last of the assertions from the first paragraph. The novel is not perfect which ones ARE? - but it is a definite step in the right direction. Point to the author # 1 there might be some tip-o-the-hats to earlier books in the series, but there are attempts successful attempts to introduce new humorous situations. Point # 2 there's a mystery in this book, but no murder; after all, even our protagonist makes reference to the ridiculously high murder rate in the small town. Point # 3 the author makes it clear that the next book in the series will have even more new situations for Magdelena and friends to deal with.
I won't wait 2 years to read the next book in the series.
RATING: 3 ½ stars, rounded up to 4 stars.