Batter Off Dead (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #17)

Batter Off Dead (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #17)

by Tamar Myers
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Batter Off Dead (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #17) by Tamar Myers

From the national bestselling author of Butter Safe Than Sorry

Magdalena Yoder gets caught up in a case of hotcake homicide...

During the annual church breakfast, Minerva J. Jay slumps over dead after ingesting stacks and stacks of pancakes. Police Chief Ackerman wonders if the serving of fatal flapjacks is a case of assault and batter. He turns to Magdalena for help, but first she has to make a special delivery of her own...

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ISBN-13: 9780451227072
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Series: Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series , #17
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 571,373
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

Tamar Myers, who is of Amish background, is the author of several Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries, including Custard's Last Stand, The Hand that Rocks the Ladle, Between a Wok and a Hard Place, Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, and The Crepes of Wrath. Also the author of the Den of Antiquity series, she lives in South Carolina with her husband.

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3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its okay not the best though
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The Penn Dutch series is so much fun to read. The humor is wonderful and the characters lovable. I laugh out loud when I read these.
Stemline More than 1 year ago
The Penn Dutch mysteries are noted for their offbeat characters and humor, not their suspense or plots. This is another fun entry in the series. If you enjoyed the earlier ones, you will like this one too
harstan More than 1 year ago
Old Order Mennonite Magdalena Yoder, owner of the Penn Dutch Inn, has temporarily closed her businessl due to her expecting any week now. At eight and a half months pregnant running the inn is too much along with her duties as mayor and with her church; the latter two coming before making money. Still she hosts the Beechy Grove Mennonite Church Brotherhood fundraising all you can eat breakfast.

Magdalena irritates Minerva J. Jay over gluttony charges when the latter eats twenty-six pancakes and seventeen pork bellies. Shortly after her gouging, Minerva dies. The toxicologist reports states that someone added an overdose of pills into the pancake batter, making the death a homicide. Chief of Police Chris Ackerman knows Magdalena¿s record for solving murder cases so he asks her to help, but she puts him off as she gave birth in her cousin¿s grocery store just after Minerva died. When she begins to investigate she starts with the Church Brotherhood and quickly learns almost every member had a reason to loathe Minerva; none seem sad or suffer remorse as the glutton was blackmailing people and seducing married men. However, no one appears to be desperate enough to kill the woman who made everyone miserable.

Motherhood does not sweeten Magdalena¿s acerbic nature although she obviously loves and cares for her newborn although she treats the baby in the same manner she handles adults; this leads to amusing scenes as the infant acts like some of the childish adults she knows. The mystery is well executed with an interesting group of suspects who, like her family, try to stay out of Magdalena¿s way, but also like her relatives fail as she is more tenacious than a bull dog. Tamar Myers writes a delightful picturesque Pennsylvania Dutch cozy.

Harriet Klausner