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  • ISBN-13: 9781420867381
  • Publisher: Authorhouse
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 1,021,000
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    Pickle Barrels, Covered Wooden Bridges, Wrap Around Porches: lcons of the Amish Mystique.

    In this second book in this series, Granny Hanny opens the story again with the murdered victim scene one, front stage. This time granny doesn¿t get far. She goes down. The brief, crisp, chilling prologue reflecting the books¿s cover art creates a dramatic contrast to the first chapter¿s warm exchanges around community goings on featuring Amish quilting events, past and upcoming weddings, and massive fund-raising auctions of quality goods. The word, ¿barrel¿ returned the prologue events into chapter one, chust as this reader¿s anxiety had almost been comforted out-of-mind. I had just let go of wondering how long I¿d have to read to find out where in the plot the prologue scene would shoe-in and explain at least the first phase of itself: What the heck was Hannah doing in that wet-grass, stream-damp setting, and how did/would she get rescued? Workinger adeptly uses artistic cultural icons to ground her setting for plot workings. In the Hanny pilot, IN DUTCH AGAIN, Workinger used the deep, wrap around porch¿s symbolism of the idyllic intimacy of farmhouse life, and of the natural exchange between outside elements of nature, and the protective structures of home fires. In this second book, in addition to the pickle barrel, the author featured an antique, covered wooden bridge, allowing horse & buggy to hoof-clop briskly over burbling streams. In chapter two the cover art sketched into the plot when Hannah mentioned her plan to get the lead out of a few pencils by etching the likeness of the covered bridge. The story¿s gradual back-stitching from ongoing plot to pieces in the prologue gave a chilling, vivid contrast of malice set against the warm, bright, tones of Amish life, which was dressed cleanly within the clear-cut hues of black-on-white. In the ideals of the Amish world, black is as clean as white, both unsullied, even as they¿re smudged with the soil and sweat of honest labors ... wood chopping, mowing, sewing, cooking, barn raising, and reaping. The realistic perspective on the Amish culture was friendly, without pushing either Amish or English as the better deal. Even though I don't quilt, which was the focus in Shoofly around which the plot pivoted, I found the quilting facts and ambiance to be appealingly informative. In wrapping up the overall character of SHOOFLY PIE TO DIE, I¿m left with the natural warmth, the heavily satisfying, convoluted mystery plotting with multiple murders knotted together amazingly well, and the intriguing way Workinger deals with ¿excuses¿ for the amateur sleuthing activities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Slenda Woman

    SMASH!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2006

    Shoofly Pie to Die

    What an original, enjoyable mystery! A delightful main character with spirit and empathy, Hannah Miller is unwillingly drawn into aiding the police when she witnesses a murder. When the means of death turns out to be a pie she made, Hannah needs not only to clear herself, but stop the killer. Adding to the tension is the need to solve the crime before the upcoming wedding of her granddaughter. Vivid and well researched looks into the worlds of antique auctions, quilting shows, and set in April in picturesque Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the backdrop is memorable. The mystery is a classic who-done-it and zips along to a surprising conclusion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2005

    Shoofly Pie to Die

    Love this series, and was over the moon to discover a new one just out. It is the best yet. Granny Hanny is feisty, funny, intellegent and intuitive. Contrasts abound and add to the vibrancy of this book. The everyday serenity of Amish life is a background for with the fast-paced, engrossing mystery. The characters, both main and minor, are unforgetable!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    Shoofly Pie to Die

    This was a delightful book, and an engrossing mystery with a unique setting. Well-known Amish quilter, (and closet mystery reader)Hannah Miller and her non-Amish attorney granddaughter must clear Hannah of the murder of a detested antique dealer. Not unlike one of Hannah's quilts, the pieces of the investigation soon form a picture that leads the women to the real killer. I really enjoyed this book all the way to its perfect resolution.

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