BATTER OFF DEAD
Magdalena Yoder's new adventure sure is a doozy. As always the Mennonite innkeeper gets herself into trouble, and her solutions are good for laughs. Myers skillfully pulls off this comedic mystery by keeping the story moving along swiftly, but not at the expense of witty dialogue. Magdalena can be frustrating, but she's a fun character to spend time with. The 17th installment of her Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries proves that Myers is
getting better with time.
Magdalena never knows when to keep her mouth shut. Moments after a loud shouting match with Minerva J. Jay at the church's annual pancake breakfast, Minerva keels over dead. While the police chief doesn't suspect the largely pregnant Mags, he does need her help solving this crime. Magdalena does her usual bit, getting people to tell the truth, but in the process she stumbles upon many truths. Just when Magdalena thinks she's found the culprit, she realizes she could be wrong -- and that mistake could cost her everything she holds dear. (OBSIDIAN, Feb., 272 pp., $22.95)