Assault and Pepper

Assault and Pepper

by Tamar Myers

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Overview

An Amish Bed and Breakfast Mystery with Recipes – PennDutch Mysteries #13
A piquant mystery--with a side of dangerous chili...

Includes six different chili recipes!!

It's that time of year again – the Hernia, PA's annual chili cook-off – and the competition is hot!!!

When Reverend Schrock falls face first into his bowl of chili while judging the cook-off, his wife is convinced someone intentionally poisoned him and hires Magdalena Yoder for her expert nosing-around skills.

But Magdalena finds that dear old Reverend Schrock wasn't exactly beloved by his congregants...and the more Magdalena digs, the spicier the secrets she uncovers...


"Bubbling over with mirth and mystery." –Dorothy Cannell

"A delicious treat." –Carolyn G. Hart

"Charming and delightful...Tamar Myers [keeps] it fresh and original." -- Midwest Book Review

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158298578
Publisher: NYLA
Publication date: 02/01/2005
Series: An Amish Bed and Breakfast Mystery with Recipes , #13
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 442,886
File size: 810 KB

About the Author

Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo (now just the Congo). Her parents were missionaries to a tribe which, at that time, were known as headhunters and used human skulls for drinking cups. Because of her pale blue eyes, Tamar’s nickname was Ugly Eyes.
Her boarding school was two days away by truck, and sometimes it was necessary to wade through crocodile infested-waters to reach it. Other dangers she encountered as a child were cobras, deadly green mambas, and the voracious armies of driver ants that ate every animal (and human) that didn’t get out of their way.
At sixteen, Tamar's family settled in America, and she immediately underwent culture shock: she didn’t know how to dial a telephone, cross a street at a stoplight, or use a vending machine. She lucked out, however, by meeting her husband, Jeffrey, on her first day at an American high school. They literally bumped heads while he was leaving, and she entering, the Civics classroom.
In college Tamar began to submit novels for publication, but it took twenty-three years for her to get published. Persistence paid off, however, because Tamar is now the author of three ongoing mystery series: One is set in Amish Pennsylvania and features Magdalena Yoder, an Amish-Mennonite sleuth who runs a bed and breakfast inn; one, set in the Carolinas, centers around the adventures of Abigail Timberlake, who runs an antique and collectable store (the Den of Antiquity); and the third is set in the Africa of her youth, with its colorful, unique inhabitants.
Tamar now calls North Carolina home. She lives with her husband, a Basenji dog named Pagan, two rescue kitties: a very large Bengal named Nkashama, and an orange tabby cat who goes by the name of Dumpster Boy. Tamar enjoys gardening (she is a Master Gardner), bonsai, travel, painting and, of course, reading. She's currently working on her next Amish mystery.
tamarmyers.com

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Assault and Pepper (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #13) 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The heroine in this series is middle-aged Magdalena Portulacca Yoder, a Mennonite woman who runs the PennDutch Inn in the fictional town of Hernia, Pennsylvania. Although her middle name came from a flower-seed pack, Magdalena is NOT a delicate flower. She¿s tall, bold and outspoken. Although she was married once, it turns out her ¿husband¿ was already married ¿ and her Mennonite and Amish neighbors still bring up her sinful, adulterous (though inadvertent) behavior.In Assault and Pepper, the pastor of Magdalena¿s church dies when he eats chili laced with peanut butter ¿ to which he was very and famously allergic. Pastor Shrock¿s death was no accident. The town¿s incompetent sheriff, Melvin Stolzfus, is Magdalena¿s distant cousin who happens to be married to her sister. Melvin is very happy to delegate the murder investigation to his sister-in-law. That¿s a very convenient, although pretty unbelievable, way to justify an amateur getting involved in a murder investigation. Magdalena is a curious mix of worldliness and naivete. Her self-deprecating humor, affinity for alliteration and soft heart combine to make her a very interesting character. (She¿s so softhearted that she agrees to be the guardian for her one true love¿s troubled teenage daughter.) I prefer, however, that my ¿cozy¿ heroines are much more likeable than Magdalena. I found her most annoying characteristic to be her constant fretting about sin ¿ hers and others¿. And if she had mentioned her barren womb or fretted about her appearance one more time I would have duct-taped her mouth. Although the writing in Assault and Pepper is very clever and often really funny, I found the plot weak and the characters too quirky to be believed. Even the recipes (all for chili) couldn¿t make up for those deficits.Review based on publisher- or author-provided review copy.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When Reverend Schrock dies while judging a chili bakeoff, his widow, convinced that someone murdered her husband by putting peanut butter into the chili (he was allergic) asks Magdalena Yoder to investigate. Magdalena has been helping her brother-in-law, police chief Melvin Stoltzfus, solve cases for years and is happy to oblige. When Melvin tells her he is quitting her job, Mags find herself working alone. As she works to solve the case, Magdalena uncovers many secrets about Reverend Schrock that shock her. Little does she realize that more surprises will come her way, including a long buried family secret. But the biggest shock of all will come when she realizes who murdered Reverend Schrock. "Assault and Pepper" is an entertaining mystery. Magdalena, a somewhat naive Mennonite with a taste for hot chocolate, is a hoot, especially as she discovers that Reverend Schrock was not quite was he seemed (not only was he a bigamist and an embezzler, but (gasp!) he was a bowler!) As always, the supporting characters are larger than life, especially Melvin, but are still fun to read about. Magdalena can be a bit acerbic, but the affection between her and her cook, Freni, and even her sister Susannah keep her lovable. Author Tamar Myers even pokes fun at herself, as astute readers who have visited her website will notice. Unfortunately, while this book is better plotted than some of the other books in the series, which sometimes rely too heavily on humor, the plot still has some flaws. The motive for a second murder is never explained and Magdalena looks for what is supposedly a key piece of evidence, but why it is so important is not explained either. Still, flaws aside, Assault and Pepper is a good read, with a surprising ending (in more ways than one) which may take the series in an entirely different direction.
Darla on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This thirteenth book in Tamar Myers's series about wisecracking Mennonite innkeeper and sleuth Magdalena Yoder features the murder of her beloved Pastor Schrock. In the process of determining whodunit, Magdalena discovers a plethora of secrets she'd rather not have known, and the solution of the mystery will change the town of Hernia forever.Unlike the previous books in this series that I've read, Assault and Pepper changes a lot of things about Magdalena's beliefs about her town, her life, and the people she knows. It will be interesting to see what happens next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
harstan More than 1 year ago
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