Gruel and Unusual Punishment: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes

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Thorndike Press, 2002 - Fiction - 363 pages
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At Magdalena Yoder's PennDutch Inn, the meals are drop-dead delicious. When imprisoned con man Clarence Webber meets his Maker after sampling a bowl of gruel laced with arsenic, it's cruel and unusual punishment indeed. And since Magdalena provided the last supper, she's convinced that one of Clarence's many visitors must have added the sinister secret ingredient. With the reputation of her establishment at stake, Magdalena puts on her detective bonnet, determined to discover who in Hernia poisoned the porridge. But with a quartet of quirky female suspects who all claim to be the victim's widow, a bumbling sheriff with political aspirations, and a young hellion with a ton of attitude who insists she is Magdalena's daughter, this is one grueling mystery the intrepid innkeeper may be sorry she ever tried to solve....

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User Review  - ChrisWeir - LibraryThing

Magdalena has sold her red BMW to a man who paid cash. He then winds up in jail under charges of credit card fraud. Magdalena however finds herself under suspicion for murder when this same man is ... Read full review


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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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