Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

A Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery With Recipes

Book - 1994 | 1st ed.
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Baker & Taylor
Insights into Mennonite customs and authentic Mennonite recipes mark a mystery set in Magdalena Yoder's Mennonite Inn, the setting for a series of mysterious poisonings involving a congressman, his socialite wife, and a group of animal-rights activists

Blackwell North Amer
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.

& Taylor

Unique insights into Mennonite customs and authentic Mennonite recipes mark a unique mystery involving Magdalena Yoder's Mennonite Inn, setting for a series of mysterious poisonings involving a congressman, his socialite wife, and a group of animal-rights activists.

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1994.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385471398
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 22 cm.


From Library Staff

Pennsylvania Dutch Series: At the always-booked PennDutch Inn, Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder must manage the strong personalities of guests and staff, who are not always what they seem. Each humorous mystery also features a traditional Pennsylvania Dutch recipe.

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Apr 03, 2018

I could not get into this book. The story moved too slowly. I do not like books written in the first person.

CRRL_MegRaymond Dec 20, 2017

Magdalena Yoder isn't really quite middle-aged, but she's inherited a farm she can't run. She turns it into a Mennonite bed-and-breakfast - where the guests are expected to cook, clean, and do farm chores.


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