Assault and Pepper (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #13)

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A tasty mystery-with a side of killer chili

Includes six chili recipes

Magdalena Yoder and her Mennonite congregation gather for the annual chili cook-off, only to have beloved Reverend Schrock fall face-first into his bowl. For his widow's sake, Magdalena begins to look into the victim's death, soon discovering that Schrock wasn't all that well liked by his flock.

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A tasty mystery-with a side of killer chili

Includes six chili recipes

Magdalena Yoder and her Mennonite congregation gather for the annual chili cook-off, only to have beloved Reverend Schrock fall face-first into his bowl. For his widow's sake, Magdalena begins to look into the victim's death, soon discovering that Schrock wasn't all that well liked by his flock.

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The 13th installment in Tamar Myers's Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery series is most definitely unlucky for the saga's protagonist, devoted Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder. After the sudden and inexplicable resignation of the local police chief, Magdalena must find out who murdered the beloved Reverend Schrock at the congregation's annual chili cook-off.

When the head of the Beechy Grove Mennonite Church does a face plant into a pot of chili and dies, his ill-tempered wife, who has the personality of a "flea-bitten badger," begs Magdalena to find out who the killer was. Although it was common knowledge to most everyone living in and around Hernia, Pennsylvania, that the reverend was highly allergic to peanuts, someone mixed a lethal dose of peanut butter into the chili with full knowledge that the reverend would be consuming it. When Magdalena begins investigating, however, she is shocked to discover that the much-admired pastor had more than a few jaw-dropping secrets -- and plenty of unlikely enemies. But the more Magdalena digs into the reverend's sordid past, the more she unexpectedly uncovers about herself…

Aside from having some of the best tongue-in-cheek titles in serial mystery (Play It Again, Spam; The Crepes of Wrath; Thou Shall Not Grill), Myers's Pennsylvania Dutch sequence is -- like her "sturdy Christian underwear"–clad protagonist -- one of the funniest and most endearing mystery sagas around. In a word: delightful. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
A fiery red dust jacket fittingly adorns Tamar Myers's Assault and Pepper: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes, her muddily plotted 12th culinary cozy (after 2004's Thou Shalt Not Grill) to star Magdalena Yoder, the Mennonite proprietor of PennDutch Inn. Magdalena pursues the convoluted truth behind the poisoning of the seemingly beloved Reverend Schrock, who topples "face forward, into a pot of chili" in front of his congregation. Agent, Nancy Yost at Lowenstein Yost. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder (Thou Shalt Not Grill) readies herself for her church's annual chili cook-off but can't prepare for what happens. Someone laces the severely allergic Rev. Schrock's chili with peanut butter, and he dies on the spot. When Yoder investigates, she finds more enemies than she thought possible. More serial fun. Myers lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The Beechy Grove Mennonite Church chili cook-off becomes the send-off for Rev. Schrock. Crabby Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder (Custard's Last Stand, 2003, etc.) thinks the saintly reverend must have fallen dead into a pot of chili, but his wife Lodema believes her hubby, highly allergic to peanuts, was poisoned by the chili's secret ingredient. When pesky Magdalena agrees to investigate, the congregation is only too willing to confide the worst to her: the good reverend tippled a little, enjoyed days at the track and nights at the Happy Back Massage Parlor, and probably raided the church building fund. Was there a sin he didn't indulge in? Probably not, but Magdalena makes little headway in finding his poisoner, stymied as she is by her brother-in-law, stupid Sheriff Melvin Stoltzfus, and his besotted deputy Zelda. Even worse, the reverend's wife, overcome with grief, regresses to childhood, and his sister Catherine is shot to death. Meantime, a little girl with dubious parentage is seen at the Tastee-Freeze guzzling ice cream while blackmail money changes hands and the inn's cook is kidnapped. Is sex or greed at the root of the reverend's demise? The answer is so outlandish readers will be tempted to slip the author some of that befouled chili. A silly plot and forced humor spiced by distinctions between the Amish and the Mennonites. Much spicier are six chili recipes, including such unusual ingredients as dumplings, chorizo and egg. Agent: Nancy Yost/Lowenstein-Yost Associates
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786273188
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/13/2005
  • Series: Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series , #13
  • Pages: 389
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Tamar Myers, who is of Amish background, is the author of the Pennsylvaina Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. She grew up in the Belgian Congo, where her parents were missionaries.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Magdalena Yoder looks forward to the Beechy Grove Mennonite Church annual chili supper cook-off but her anticipation turns to horror when her beloved Reverend Schrock dies after sampling one of the dishes. His widow is convinced that he was murdered and that someone put peanut butter, which everyone knows he was allergic to, in one of the dishes. Magdalena doesn¿t want to believe that someone hated the preacher enough to kill him but she agrees to investigate the case even if she doesn¿t like the widow......................... To her surprise, her brother in law Hernia¿s chief of police ¿Melvin the Mantis¿ tells her he¿s quit his job and he wants her to investigate the case because after testing products, it was found that peanut butter was in one of the chili dishes. After talking to various people she finds that the Reverend Schrock was not the saint she thought he was. His crimes include embezzlement, bigamy, spousal abuse, his refusal to perform a marriage ceremony and much more. When Magdalena gets close to unveiling the perpetrator, he kidnaps her friend and cook and wants to exchange her for one million dollars in getaway money........................... Readers are going to want to buy ASSAULT AND PEPPER just to find out who the killer is. Nobody will guess the person¿s identity and it will come as a total shock to fans who have read this charming and delightful cozy series. Tamar Myers has changed the entire direction of the series storyline keeping it fresh and original. This reviewer will definitely want to read the next book in the series to see what direction the author takes her heroine next...................... Harriet Klausner

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