Sunday, 19 December 2010

Hell Hath No Curry

Author: Tamar Myers
Genre: Suspense/Mystery
Pages: 267
Series: 15th book in the Pennsylvannia Dutch Mystery series with Recipes
Series Order: See here
First Published: February 2007
First Line: "It was the best of crimes; it was the worst of crimes."

Synopsis: Magdelena Yoder is a Mennonite woman who runs a very successful bed and breakfast in her home town of Hernia, Pennsylvania. When Hernia's ladies man Cornelius Weaver is found dead in another woman's bed Magdelena, who is now mayor of the town, decides to get to the bottom of the murder. As she investigates, the number of women involved with Cornelius seemed to be adding up at an alarming rate.

My Thoughts: This wasn't as good as the previous book I read from this series. It just wasn't as quirky and the jokes seemed too repetitive and silly. Note: I skipped from book #9 in the series to book #15. Unfortunately, there were a few spoilers from the previous books I hadn't read yet (note to self: always read a series in order!).

After reading two books from the series, I have a really hard time imagining what Magdelena looks like. Initially I pictured her to be middle age, plump with the prayer bonnet etc. But in this book, it goes on and on about how beautiful and stunning she is ... which doesn't gel with my inital impression from reading book #9 in the series. I plan to read the series from the beginning and perhaps its in those earlier books where a more detailed description of Magdalena can be found.

I'm glad that I read "The Crepes of Wrath" (9th book in the series) first. This book was a pale comparison and just didn't have the humour the other book had nor the involvement from the quirky secondary characters. Being the 15th book in the series perhaps the author was running out of steam? I look forward to reading from the beginning of the series to see where Magdalena first began.

My Rating: 2.5/5 stars

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