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Custard's Last Stand: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery With Recipes    by Tamar Myers order for
Custard's Last Stand
by Tamar Myers
Order:  USA  Can
Signet, 2004 (2003)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

In this eleventh book of the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries series, Tamar Myers once again uses her Amish background to deliver a fun and funny book. Magdalena Yoder, of the size eleven shoes and flat chest, relieves Police Chief Melvin Stolsfuz of the burden of solving the murder of a developer who came to Hernia, Pennsylvania, to build a tourist hotel in the tiny, quiet town.

Colonel Custard, the developer, is not welcomed by Hernia's citizens. They like the town the way it is – not overrun by tourists. But it seems like overkill to both shoot the man in the head and squeeze him. Squeeze him? Magdalena is a hardheaded Mennonite, trying to live by her sect's precepts. It's very hard at times, surrounded as she is by incompetence, and burdened with a quick tongue. Gabe Rosen is her Babester, the man of her life and dreams. Unfortunately, he's Jewish and won't convert to Magdalena’s faith. But they plan to marry anyway.

The only concern I have is the insertion of recipes between some chapters. To my mind, this disrupts the flow of a well-written story. Otherwise, Custard's Last Stand is a really fun book with an implausible scenario – so what! It works.

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