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Product Details

  • Series: Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery (Book 13)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Hardcover (February 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451213947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451213945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

Hilarious situations...a treat to read. -- Charleston Post and Courier

Hilarious situations...a treat to read. (Charleston Post and Courier) Charming and delightful...Tamar Myers [keeps] it fresh and original. (Midwest Book Review) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Tamar Myers, who is of Amish background, is the author of the Pennsylvaina Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. She grew up in the Belgian Congo, where her parents were missionaries.

Customer Reviews

Magdalena has become VERY annoying!!!
Annette Jordan
Maybe the discovery of the perpetrator is so surprising that people don't care why he/she did what they did, but motives have always been important to me.
InYourDreams
Ok, first off, I did finish this book; honest, I kept hoping it would get better.
James D. Reichstadt

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Susan Boyer on February 3, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I found Assault And Pepper even more fun than the other six or seven Tamar Myers PA Dutch Mysteries I've read and laughed out loud more than once. The part where Magdalena thinks she's been "left behind" is a brilliantly written piece of humor. This author is all about fun: She never takes herself too seriously and even better, she makes it clear she doesn't expect the reader to get all bogged down in seriousness either. Tamar's books are categorized as Mysteries with a humorous twist...but for me, the broad and often farcical humor is the reason to read her books--the mystery is there only as a form to wrap the humor around. That being so....If you're looking for a serious mystery with a complicated plot to puzzle over--look elsewhere. If you want a slightly silly (okay ALOT silly), light hearted reading experience, written by a wise and warm hearted woman who so obvoiously has fun writing her books and wants you to have fun reading them--- then this (or any other Tamar Myers) book may be exactly what you're looking for.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amy Leemon VINE VOICE on February 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I've read all of the books in this series and enjoyed everyone but of all of them, this is the best!

Magdalena Yoder hasn't lost any of her tart personality in this clever turn of direction of the series. In this one she gets away from the inn while trying to find out who killed Reverend Schrock. He died when someone put peanut butter (to which he was allergic) into the chili he was tasting for the annual chili bake off.

Many secrets are revealed - some of them very surprising to fans of this series.

Magdalena is still Magdalena but the book is fresh and absorbing.

A must read if you've read any of the others in this wonderful series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The whole town of Hernia is shocked when the Reverend Schrock dies at a church supper or, as Magdalena Yoder says, "my peppy pastor plotzed in the peppery pot"! Melvin Stolzfus, the chief of police, decides to quit and asks Magdalena to solve the murder. As she interviews those closest to Reverend Schrock, she discovers that he was practicing many of the sins that he preached against. She is shocked and dismayed, and she begins to realize that many people had a grudge against Schrock and were glad to see him dead. Before the madcap bed-and-breakfast owner is through with her investigation, she uncovers many closely-guarded secrets in the tightly-knit Mennonite community, some of which concern those nearest and dearest to Magdalena herself. Fans of this series are in for a surprise when they read this latest in the Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By John S. on February 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I was left wondering if this is the end of the series?

Ms. Myers leaves us in a place where she could end it, or continue on in a somewhat different direction. She can't exactly pick up and keep going the way she was been so far with each installment.

I liked the fact that it was more low-key than the previous ones. I had been kind of turned off that Magdalena had turned into such a greedy, scheming person; here we learn that she has been very generous with the "loot" she has fleeced from those celebrities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By drebbles TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 17, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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.
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Tamar Myers, who is of Mennonite background, is the author of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. Born and raised in the Congo, she lives in North Carolina.

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