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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