Grape Expectations (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #14)

Grape Expectations (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #14)

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by Tamar Myers
     
 

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Alcohol is a no-no in the Mennonite community of Hernia, Pennsylvania, but the events bubbling up in town are enough to make everyone feel a little tipsy. A couple of unprincipled outsiders have a plan to start a vineyard and open a winery. So everyone's a suspect when the manager of the vineyard is found entombed in cement..See more details below

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Alcohol is a no-no in the Mennonite community of Hernia, Pennsylvania, but the events bubbling up in town are enough to make everyone feel a little tipsy. A couple of unprincipled outsiders have a plan to start a vineyard and open a winery. So everyone's a suspect when the manager of the vineyard is found entombed in cement..

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Publishers Weekly
In Myer's disappointing 14th mystery to star Mennonite hotelier Magdalena Yoder (after 2005's Assault and Pepper), Felicia Bacchustelli, a long-legged glamour-puss, arrives in Hernia, Pa., and announces plans to open a spa that will put Magdalena's PennDutch Inn out of business. When Felicia gets herself murdered, Magdalena is suspect "numero uno"-so to save her own hide and satisfy her endless curiosity, our heroine sets out to finger the real killer. Magdalena has never seemed more annoying, or her penchant for attracting sexy bachelors never more perplexing. The recipes shoehorned between chapters are superfluous. And when the real killer confesses, the solution seems improbable rather than surprising. (Feb.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A plan to create a winery in the bone-dry Mennonite hamlet of Hernia, Pa., provides a motive for murder. PennDutch Inn owner Magdalena Yoder, the richest woman in town, is just one of the many neighbors with reason to kill Felicia Bacchustelli, a partner in Grape Expectations. When Felicia's body is found, however, the inexperienced police chief naturally forgets that gossipy Magdalena (Assault and Pepper, 2005, etc.) is a suspect and prevails on her to investigate. He doesn't care that Mag has troubles of her own: She's trying to find a minister to marry her to her Jewish boyfriend Gabe Rosen, aka the Babester. Even so, she ricochets around town chatting up likely suspects while trying to keep the teen she's raising out of trouble and dealing with her off-the-wall sister, her newly discovered half-sister and her eccentric Amish and Mennonite acquaintances. After nosy Agnes Mishler, whose brothers cavort in the nude, is found with a knife in her back, Mag's interview with a suspect almost gets her crushed in a woodpile, but her brush with death finally leads her to a minister willing to wed her to the Babester. Acidulous Magdalena's fans will doubtless enjoy another of her tongue-in-cheek adventures amid The Plain People. But the mystery is meager, and kitchen divas should be warned that the obligatory recipes specify (gasp!) several prepackaged ingredients.

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ISBN-13:
9780451214850
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
02/07/2006
Series:
Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series, #14
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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