Hell Hath No Curry (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #15)

Hell Hath No Curry (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #15)

by Tamar Myers

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Overview

National bestselling author Tamar Myers turns up the spice

Praise for the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries:

Includes tasty curry recipes!

Three days before he's due to tie the knot with Priscilla Livengood, eligible bachelor Cornelious Weaver suffers a massive heart attack-in another woman's bed. The scandal is about as good as television for the insular citizens of Hernia, Pennsylvania, and it gets even spicier when the coroner's report reveals possible foul play: Cornelious's curry was spiked with a stimulant.

Innkeeper-cum-sleuth Magdalena Yoder can't help but investigate-and soon discovers that the old adage about a woman scorned is true...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451220332
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/06/2007
Series: Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series , #15
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.74(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.07(d)

About the Author

Tamar Myers, who is of Mennonite background, is the author of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. Author website: tamarmyers.com.

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Hell Hath No Curry (Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery Series #15) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Even though he's engaged to Priscilla Livengood, Cornelius Weaver has quite a way with women. In fact, when he dies after eating poisoned curry there are a number of suspects, all women who at one time or another had an affair with Cornelius. Police Chief Olivia Hornsby-Anderson can't investigate the case because she was with Cornelius when he died so she asks Magdalena Yoder to investigate. Mags agrees and soon finds out that Cornelius was a busy man - besides Priscilla and Olivia he was having affairs with a number of other women including Alice Troyer, Caroline Sha, Thelma Unruh and Drustara Kurtz. While Mags is trying to solve the murder, she is also trying to plan her wedding to Gabe Rosen. But Mags is beginning to wonder if the Jewish Gabe will fit into her Mennonite world. Add in a second murder and Mags has her hands full. Starting with the very first sentence ("It was the best of crimes; it was the worst of crimes") "Hell Hath No Curry" is a very funny if light cozy mystery. The book is filled with humor - lots of puns and double entendres: Priscilla's habit of misspeaking; Freni's cooking; Mags habit of being cheap even when she is extremely wealthy; and the various people of Hernia, Pennsylvania. Some of the humor is filler that doesn't add to the plot like Mags' extremely funny conversation with a telemarketer and some of it does move the story along. Author Tamar Myers also pokes fun at herself yet manages to plug one of her books "The Dark Side of Heaven" at the same time. Myers has a habit of using running gags throughout her books and it sometimes works like Mags asking for hot chocolate and lady fingers at every house she visits. But her decision to have people keep telling Mags how beautiful she is backfires, especially since it goes against her description of Mags in the previous books in the series. It's too bad because Magdalena's growing self-awareness, realizing the fact that she has been living under the shadow of her dead mother, and her worries about her marriage to Gabe made her a deeper character than she usually is and added much to the book. I also liked Mags relationship with her foster daughter Allison (although I'm not convinced teenagers really talk the way she does), but there's far too little Susannah in the book. The mystery itself is light and tends to get lost in all the jokes. There's a second murder in the book for no apparent reason except to perhaps set up yet another running gag in the series. Readers who like funny but light cozy mysteries will enjoy "Hell Hath No Curry".
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Get rid of Allison and bring the xat back. It was funnier and cuter.
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~Sewaddle
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read the entire Penn-Duch Mystery with Recipes series and absolutely LOVE them. My mom purchased the first few books and since we have a lot of the same taste in reading she passed them along to me. Between the two of us we now have the whole set. We have shared so many moments laughing out loud at these books and discussing what we think will happen next. I do have to say though that this last one was not my favorite. It seemed to jump around alot and didn't flow nearly as smoothly as the others. While I wouldn't recommend it as the first one of the series to read, I would still highly recommend it (after reading a few of the earlier books). It still provided a lot of laughs and was an ejoyable read though!
harstan More than 1 year ago
Magdalena Yoder, a conservative Mennonite who owns the PennDutch Inn, where celebrities, the rich and power brokers go to, has rearranged the town hierarchy to meet her requirements. As the new mayor of Hernia, she hires Olivia Hornsby-Anderson as the new police chief unlike the old chief, Olivia appreciates Magdalena¿s investigative abilities and appreciates her help on homicides. She also hires a new reverend for the Beechy Grove Church because he is willing to marry Magdalena to her Jewish fiancé.------------------ The police chief¿s second in command asks her to take over the investigation of the death of wealthy Cornelius Weaver. The chief can¿t even talk to Magdalena about the case because she was in bed with him when he had a heart attack. A toxicology reports show he had a high dose of Elavil in his system which could bring on a heart attack. There are at least six suspects that Magdalene finds that have motives, including a fiancée and five lovers all who knew he was cheating on them. The case becomes dangerous when two of the suspects try to kill her.----------------- Tamar Myers can always be counted on to write a good cozy without any blood and sure as HELL HATH NO CURRY is no exception. The author constantly refreshes her characters and series by the circumstances of the players so the long running series never grows stale. There is a lot of humor in the book so readers will find themselves laughing out loud in the middle of a deadly confrontation. Of all the novels starring Magdalena, this has the best and most unexpected ending.----------------- Harriet Klausner