Thou Shalt Not Grill: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery
Signet, 2005 (2004)
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Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth
ennonite Magdelena Yoder of Hernia, Pennsylvania has returned (happily for her readers ) to the mystery scene in
Thou Shalt Not Grill
agdelena has to be the most self-centered character in fiction today. On top of that she is obstreperous, calculating, greedy, evasive, bossy, over-confident, overbearing, and has a heart that - while not of gold - is warm around the edges. You have to love her. She is once again enmeshed in a murder, but when she goes to the morgue to check on the victim, he's disappeared and another corpse is in his place!
agdelena's town of Hernia is a bastion of Mennonites. Frivolous living is frowned upon. Even though her sister wraps herself in swaths of material instead of clothing, Magdelena wears the little prayer cap and '
good Christian underwear
' of the faithful. Magdelena explains that most of the town is interbred and you could end up being your own cousin.
his is a really fun read, written by a woman of Amish background. Wacky happenings - as well as serious murders - abound. Magdelena has a fiancÚ, but keeping him is proving to be a chore she had not counted on. His Jewish mother is a definite factor in their problems.
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