Too many crooks spoil the broth: a Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery with recipes

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Doubleday, 1994 - Fiction - 245 pages
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In the first book of a wickedly funny new mystery series, Tamar Myers has created a memorable cast of eccentric characters and spiked her plot with a tasty selection of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch recipes.
Magdalena Yoder, practical Mennonite proprietor of the determinedly quaint PennDutch Inn, has succeeded in converting a tranquil family farm into a thriving hostelry catering to sophisticated urbanites with a yen for charm and Amish ambience.
With rooms in constant demand, Magdalena is usually able to select a compatible group of guests from her permanent waiting list. But a touchy situation develops when an arrogant congressman, his elegant wife, and an eager aide arrive for the start of deer hunting season, and a second contingent of customers turns out to be a curious assortment of animal rights activists. Then one strangely reclusive visitor is found dead, apparently as the result of a fall down Magdalena's quaintly steep staircase.
Worried about lawsuits, infuriated by her wayward sister, attracted to one rough-edged reformed hunter, Magdalena does her best to mediate the conflicts between finicky vegetarian diners and a stubborn Amish cook, and to puzzle out the complex personal connections among her divergent group of visitors.
With the kitchen a battleground between culinary lifestyles, Magdalena prevails upon her guests to cook the second night's dinner. The result is a farcical communal meal - and another death, this one no more an accident than the first turns out to have been. Everyone at the inn is under suspicion, including a most perplexed proprietor, whose stolid good nature won't stretch much farther.

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All together just okay quirky characters and good plot! - Goodreads
Plot is a little overcomplicated. - Goodreads
I liked the recipes and the sisters were hilarious. - Goodreads
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Review: Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #1)

User Review  - Joan Schrock - Goodreads

A Pennsylvania Dutch mystery with recipes. Magdelena, B&B owner of an Ammish Inn solves another murder. Cast includes a mixture of Animal Rights Advocates, Deer Hunters and local Mennonite and Amish villagers. Very light and easy read. Read full review

Review: Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #1)

User Review  - Pat - Goodreads

Funny. Pennsylvania Dutch Inn. Hunters come to stay. Anti hunters. Vegetarians. Good start to series. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
25
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About the author (1994)

TAMAR MYERS is the author of fifteen previous Den of Antiquity mysteries: "Larceny and Old Lace; Gilt by Association; The Ming and I; So Faux, So Good; Baroque and Desperate; Estate of Mind; A Penny Urned; Nightmare in Shining Armor; Splendor in the Glass; Tiles and Tribulations; Statue of Limitations; Monet Talks; The Cane Mutiny; Death of a Rug Lord"; and "Poison Ivory". She is also the author of the novel "The Witch Doctor's Wife" and the Magdalena Yoder series. She is an avid antiques collector, and lives in the Carolinas.