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Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

Book 1, Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries with Recipes - Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #1

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An Amish Bed and Breakfast Mystery with Recipes
PennDutch Mysteries #1
“Bubbling over with mirth and mystery.” –Dorothy Cannell
“A delicious treat!” –Carolyn G. Hart
This debut mystery introduces Magdalena Yoder, prim, proper, and persnickety proprietor of the PennDutch Inn, where guests luxuriate in the true “Amish experience,” (read: doing Magdalena’s chores and paying top dollar for the opportunity!).
When one of her more reclusive guests takes a tumble down the PennDutch’s picturesquely steep staircase and breaks his neck, the timing couldn’t be worse. It’s the start of hunting season – and her inn is packed to capacity!
What at first seems to be a horrible accident (and insurance nightmare for Magdalena!) could turn out to be a much more sinister event; and when another mishap occurs, Magdalena is certain there is a killer in her group – and it’s up to her to sniff out the culprit…before the world’s most incompetent town sheriff throws her in jail!
Readers will delight in this laugh-out-loud cozy mystery debut – and relish the country cooking recipes included.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 29, 1993 – This debut mystery introduces Magdalena Yoder, a mean-spirited Mennonite innkeeper who offers service with a sneer to the ``well-heeled, highfalutin customers'' patronizing her PennDutch Inn in southern Pennsylvania. When not badmouthing her sinful, slothful, divorced sister and her ``bizarre excuse for a dog,'' Magdalena attends to an unfortunate combination of guests: a congressman, his wife and aide, who are in the area for the first weekend of deer-hunting season; a quartet of anti-hunting activists; and Heather Brown, who calls herself a ``photo-hunter.'' Ironically, one of the hunting foes bags the first big game when, in the middle of the night, he finds Heather sprawled dead on the inn stairs. Police chief Jeff Myers initiates an investigation of the suspicious death, but leaves soon for a vacation with his wife Tammy, who is, Magdalena's observes, ``dingier than a mailbox on a gravel road.'' With the case in the hands of a dim deputy, Magdalena undertakes some sleuthing and learns that her patrons are secretly linked in their pasts. Another guest bites the dust as this carping narrator fails to display the high IQ she brags of: matters become clear to her only when the villain is overcome by a desire to confess. Occasional recipes, rich in butter and sugar, don't make up for the story's sour tone.
Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth
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  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Published: Dec 01, 1993
  • Publisher: NYLA
  • Seller: INscribe Digital
  • Print Length: 245 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries with Recipes
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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