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Grape Expectations: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery (Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries with Recipes) Hardcover – February 7, 2006

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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.)
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A delicious treat. -- Carolyn Hart

Bubbling over with mystery. -- Dorothy Cannell

Rollickingn suspense. -- Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries with Recipes (Book 14)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; First Edition edition (February 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451214854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451214850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,039,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on April 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Magdalena Yoder is back with the verve and over-the-top humor which characterize this series. This time, one of the citizens of Hernia, Pennsylvania, has sold his land to a group who plan to build a winery called Grape Expectations. Of course this does not go over well in this ultra-conservative Amish community, and the outraged citizens look for ways of heading off this potential catastrophe. Someone, however, carries the anger too far when one of the developers of the winery is killed. For some obscure reason, the local sheriff decides that Magdalena is her #1 suspect. As usual, the book is full of madcap jokes, and several past indiscretions come to life which seem at odds with the supposed clean-living Mennonite and Amish citizens of Hernia. The book is mildly amusing, but the oft-used formula in this series may be wearing a little thin.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Jones on March 16, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I believe I have read all of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries and have been a big fan, but this one fell very flat. There was entirely too much background information included/required. If anyone had picked this up and tried to read it without having read the other mysteries first, I doubt it would have made any sense. Myers explains the whole background of each character, such as Melvin Stoltzfus, who isn't even a character in this book, but whose background is included. It's very cumbersome and difficult to follow the present story.

I think there comes a time when an author needs to just let go of a character's background and let the present circumstances speak for themselves. Now's the time!!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on February 8, 2006
Format: Hardcover
In the Amish-Mennonite town of Hernia, Pennsylvania, population 1877, Penn Dutch Innkeeper Magdalena Yader is not having an easy time of it. Her sister's husband, the former chief of police, is in jail awaiting trial for allegedly murdering the local preacher. Her sibling is torn between still loving him and wanting male companionship. Her fiancé Gabe, a Jewish man, who settled in Hernia to get away from New York City, can't find anyone who will marry them because of their conflicting faiths. Since Magdalena is the richest and nosiest person in Hernia she wins the election for mayor and promptly appointed two Californians to replace the former chief and his deputy Zelda who is in love with him. To make matters worse, Magdalena has recently found out Zelda is her half sister.

However, the greatest calamity to unfold in Magdalena's mind is learning that the GRAPE EXPECTATIONS Resort is opening up. They are going to serve liquor which is going to incense the locals and they are going to be fierce competition for her, which makes her furious. It makes somebody else more outraged because somebody kills one of the owners. The new chief of police smartly turns Magdalena loose to investigate in the hope that she can ferret out the killer.

Any Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery is a special treat but GRAPE EXPECTATIONS is especially fun and funny. The wise cracking innocent heroine interrogates people seeking clues that will eventually solve the case but for the most part she is insulted and ignored, but she does make a new friend, the town gossip who gives her the final puzzle piece that brings the whole picture together. Tamar Myers is at her audacious best and her local recipes are the icing on the cake.

Harriet Klausner
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
At the end of the prior book, Mags was about to go visit her newly discovered sister, Zelda, and Doc & Ma Rosen were about to elope in Hawaii. This book opens a few months later with a clumsy recap of how she found out about Zelda (a very forced conversation with the never-eloped Doc)--with her having never visited her yet and no reason given as to why she didn't, as the last book ENDED with her heading over to see her! Also, the planned elopement is never discussed--it's actually totally ignored, as if the author hadn't used it as one of the closers of the prior book. Instead, near the end of this book, Mags offers to pay for Doc & Ma to take a trip since they can't afford one on their own (yet he'd planned on taking her to elope in HI?! Make up your mind, Tamar!). As for what exactly happened to Agnes, that was left unclarified. If you are going to read these books, I HIGHLY recommend you do not read them one after the other. The humor is good, but not good enough to cover up the incongruities, so if you space out the reading of them and read other stuff between them, the errors might not whack you so hard and take from your enjoyment. The motives for the murders in these last few books have been paper thin, which could be forgiven if it was the only flaw.
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Format: Hardcover
I found this in the mystery section at the library and figured someone with this many published books in a series must be pretty good... Then I tried to read it and wondered if this is one of those modern surreal novels where everything seems like a dream where strange people with strange names do strange things for no reason. (The description of one of the local drivers reminds me of a dream I once had, and trying to get though this book seemed like a nightmare.) There was a mystery somewhere in there because there was a denouement at the end but most of it seemed to be comedy of the absurd. (It did have recipes but they were trying to force themselves to fit the grape theme and most of them seemed as bizarre and surreal as the plot.)

Fortunately I'd gotten two books from the library and the other was much more comprehensible so this particle volume seems to be an anomaly (like the author had a fever while trying to write it.)
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