Too many crooks spoil the broth: a Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery with recipes
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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Review: Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #1)User Review - Jan - Goodreads
Acerbic Magdalena Yoder, Mennonite innkeeper, hosts an odd group of hunters and animal rights activists at The PennDutch Inn in Hernia PA with to be expected conflicts. You might not expect, however ... Read full review
Review: Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #1)User Review - Connie N. - Goodreads
This was pretty cute with an enjoyable (but sometimes a little over-the-top) main character who is the owner of a Pennsylvania Dutch Inn. She apparently is Amish (or Mennonite) and occasionally ... Read full review
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