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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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Product Details

  • Series: Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery (Book 18)
  • Paperback: 259 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045122910X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451229106
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've read every book in this series. They started off mildly entertaining, but they've been declining in quality since Play It Again, Spam. I've picked up the latest release each year, hoping that the quality would improve, but these hopes were always dashed. I'm not sorry to see this series end. I want the hours I spent reading this book back!
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Don't know what is worse - the time wasted to read it or the money spent on buying it.
No plot to speak of, the intended "comic ramblings" do appear more to be more a product of a very sick mind.
Very disappointing - I liked Magdalena in the earlier books - too bad that lack of literary prowess of her creator caused the heroin to loose any credibility at all. Magdalena is not credible in any aspect - as a mother, a wife, a detective.
Even the recipes are downloaded from a website.

The only positive aspect is that it would appear to be the end of this series: started out good - shame that it ends on such a low note.
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while this series has always had slapstick and slighty-incredible storylines, this latest (and last??) entry is just horribly absurd. In summary, it is rambling, sloppy and self-indulgent. There are none of the laugh-out-loud moments from earlier books in the series. I almost hope this IS the last, as Magdalena has just become a parody of herself. I read this entire series in the past 5 months and also have the Den of Antiquity series to read, but now I think I'll wait a while before tackling that series...
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I was not happy with this book at all. Magdalena has always been over the top and exaggerated -- this time is it just absolutely ridiculous!

I will not make the mistake of buying another of these books.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed Tamar Myers "Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery" series. I enjoy reading the recipes, adapting those that I can for my dietary concerns, and getting into the current murder/mystery. I will say I was surprised at the turn of events at the end of this book, I didn't expect what happened, and it caught me completely flat-footed. But I will be there when the next edition is released.
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I read some of Myer's books years ago. I can't say why this one was not enjoyable. Unbelievable, slightly boring. I could never see her married. (and I won't tell the end). Perhaps someone of the Amish or Mennonite faiths might enjoy the tales she chooses to tell.
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By gypsysmom on January 15, 2013
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Have enjoyed this series for many years. After reading the online reviews, I was almost afraid to purchase. I'm glad I did anyway. This is a fun book with an enjoyable lead character. I've always laughed along with the crazy paths that her thought processes take and this is no exception. If you're looking for Shakespeare, this is not it, but if you want to spend a couple of silly, entertaining hours, this is for you. Life is hard enough, add a little happiness.
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I have read the entire series and although there have been some other disapointments, none was this bad. There are entire sections that have no link to the story, as though there was a requirement for word count by the publisher and a couple chapters thrown in. The author phoned this one in and it is a shame to end (either get a ghost writer or end it now) on such a flimsy edition. Sad. But as others have said or intimated, it makes it easy to say goodbye. Don't buy this one. But the recipes may be better than her other books since these come from a legitimate source. Even if they seem to have no meaning to the plot or characters.
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