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Gruel and Unusual Punishment: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery With Recipes

Tamar Myers

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ISBN 10: 0786241136 / ISBN 13: 9780786241132
Published by Thorndike Press, 2002
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Title: Gruel and Unusual Punishment: A Pennsylvania...

Publisher: Thorndike Press

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition:Good

Edition: Largeprint.

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In the tenth book in Myers's popular Pennsylvania Dutch mystery series, an imprisoned con man gives up the ghost after sampling one of Magdalena Yoder's most famous dishes-and lands Magdalena in the middle of a grueling mystery.

From Publishers Weekly:

Though this 10th Pennsylvania Dutch mystery installment's blend of intrigue, wit and recipes will likely satisfy Myers's fans, it's unlikely to win new followers. In her latest outing, Magdalena Yoder, the Mennonite keeper of the PennDutch Inn, joins forces with the Bedford, Pa., police to investigate the death of a prisoner in the local jail. Clarence Webber, credit-fraud perp and predator of wealthy women of a certain age, has been poisoned with arsenic in a meal provided by the PennDutch Inn. Magdalena, who is anxious to clear her name, starts interviewing the visitors he had in prison, and she soon has a list of suspects, each with an ax to grind. Neglecting her inn and her newly acquired foster child to follow clues to Maryland, Magdalena throws herself wholeheartedly into solving the mystery of Clarence's death. She must be getting close, because on the return trip, someone runs her car off the road. But the resilient Magdalena wraps her broken ribs with duct tape and keeps searching for clues. Unfortunately, the characters are generally distasteful and it's Magdalena herself who's the worst. She may love one-liners there are about three per page but she's the only one laughing; she comes across as a spiteful, judgmental woman in the midst of a weak plot and a sloppy story line. Myers has, however, devised a group of recipes for grits, that staple of Southern breakfasts, that proves there can be more to gruel than meets the eye.

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