No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes

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Dutton, 1996 - Fiction - 260 pages
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In her third uproarious mysterious, Tamar Myers takes her heroine, fortysomething Mennonite Magdalena Yoder, out from behind the counter of her quaint PennDutch Inn, and into hot milk - uh, water - when news of a shocking murder reaches her ears. Yost Yoder has been found naked, floating in a tank of unpasteurized milk, and Magdalena knows at once it's murder. Amish men just don't go swimming in milk in the middle of February.
Since Yost was her second cousin twice removed, Magdalena feels obligated to travel to Farmersburg, Ohio, for the funeral, leaving behind the man of her dreams, local farmer Aaron Miller.
Once in Farmersburg, Magdalena picks up a scent of crime and conspiracy, as she learns that not a week earlier another Amish man met his untimely death, plunging from atop a silo. Something is truly rotten in Farmersburg...and it smells a lot like cheese. A war between powerful cheesemakers has erupted, disrupting the local townsfolk's slice of life.
Magdalena, having proved herself a worthy sleuth before, takes it upon herself to solve the crimes. By battling countless relatives, meddling policemen, and her own sister's flights of fancy, Magdalena uncovers a startling truth about what's churning in this once peaceful town. It's enough to get anyone killed. Including Magdalena.

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Ok, if you are as corny as I am, this book's humour will have you cracking up! All the way till the end. The recipes offered were also quite yummy---I made the chocolate sludge bottom cake and it was a success. The mystery is what gets the story rolling, but the way she finds out who dunnit is hilarious. That's just me ... 

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About the author (1996)

Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo (now just the Congo). Her parents were missionaries. She was sixteen when her family settled in America. In college she began to submit novels for publication, but it took 23 years for her to get published. Persistence paid off, however, because Tamar is now the author of two ongoing mystery series. One is set in Pennsylvania and features Magdalena Yoder, an Amish-Mennonite sleuth who runs a bed and breakfast in the mythical town of Hernia. The other is set in the Carolinas and centers around the adventures of Abigail Timberlake, the proud owner of a Charlotte (and later Charleston) antique store, the Den of Antiquity. Tamar now calls Charlotte, NC home. She lives with her husband, plus a Basenji dog, a Bengal cat, and an orange tabby rescue cat.

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