Book Recommendation: Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

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The book recommendation I have for you this week is part of the Amish Bed & Breakfast series by Tamar Myers. Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, which takes place in Hernia, PA, is a great read with an intriguing mystery and some laugh-out-loud moments to boot.

The book is filled with quirky characters, not the least of which is Magdalena Yoder, our intrepid innkeeper. When both her parents died in a car accident, they left Magdalena the family home, with the caveat that Mags’ younger sister, Susannah, be cut in for a share of the property when she became responsible enough. An iffy prospect, at best. Magdalena turned the home into the PennDutch Inn, an Amish Bed & Breakfast where guests are treated to an “authentic” Amish experience during their stay (including an added fee for the fun of cleaning their own rooms and making dinner one night of the week).

Susannah, who left the faith temporarily when she married a Presbyterian, is back at the PennDutch Inn and generally gets in Magdalena’s hair with her flirty ways, her immodest bling, and her dog, Shnookums (his name says it all). There’s also Freni, the stubborn and on-again, off-again cook for the PennDutch, and her husband, Mose, who has his hands full dealing with Freni.

And that’s before we even get to the guests, who are a clever mish-mash of people thrown together (perhaps not so much by chance) during the opening week of deer-hunting season in the county. Magdalena has her hands full with the dietary demands of the guests, as well as their personalities, which range from sweet to down-home to brusque to downright mean. And when the bodies start piling up, Magdalena has to figure out what on earth is going on behind the closed doors of her inn.

I loved this book. As with many of the books I read, I downloaded this one on my Kindle when it was free during a marketing promotion. And I’m so glad I did. Tamar Myers has given the reader a light-hearted glimpse into the life of an Amish innkeeper, complete with the concessions Magdalena has to make to the preconceptions much of the world has about the Pennsylvania Dutch Amish. Myers has written a fun mystery that kept me guessing to the end, with humor and a light touch that I thoroughly enjoyed.

Oh, and did I mention the book includes recipes for such things as chicken and dumplings, buckwheat pancakes, and cocoa mocha cake, to mention a few?

What are you reading? I’d love to hear!

Until next week,

Amy

P.S. In addition to her Amish Bed & Breakfast Mystery Series, Tamar Myers has also penned the Belgian Congo Mystery Series, the Den of Antiquity Series, and several stand-alone books. I intend to read as many as I can!

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7 comments on “Book Recommendation: Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth

  1. macjam47 says:

    Quirky characters? Sounds like a perfect read.

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  2. Thanks for the review. I love quirky characters, and reading this review reminds me to make sure I add one (or two) in my next book! I think I’d get this book for the recipes also. Chicken and dumplings are one of those great comfort foods.

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  3. Sharon Aguanno (Armymom) says:

    Wow, there are 18 books in this series… That could really keep a girl busy… There is a Pennsylvania Dutch Country Store down the block that I love going to…. Tamar Myers, having been raised in the Congo with a Mennonite background sounds like an interesting author. I am definitely adding this book to my TBR list…. Have a great day, Amy.

    As Always, “Keep Reading and Writing” 🙂

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    • amreade says:

      Sharon, you’re right. She sounds fascinating– she must have a million stories to tell. I think I’d like to try one of the Den of Antiquity books next, or maybe one of the Belgian Congo mysteries. Are you talking about the North Country Store on Route 11? I love that place. I haven’t been to many of the other markets in the area, though.

      Happy Tuesday!!

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      • Sharonag13@gmail.com says:

        Yes, the one on Rte 11, it’s about 5 minutes from us. There are also PennDutch at the Farmers Markets… Watertown and Carthage.

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