Life keeps getting trickier for Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder as she tackles the death of the town's most eligible bachelor in the latest Pennsylvania Dutch mystery. Magdalena insults suspects and alienates loved ones. Her blunt honesty and sarcastic nature would normally render her unlikable, but she has great wit and insight and can poke fun at herself. Myers writes an entertaining mystery with great pacing and colorful characters. And curry recipes are also on the menu -- sprinkled between chapters.

Days before his marriage to Priscilla Livingood, Hernia's most notorious bachelor, Cornelius Weaver, suffers a heart attack in police chief Olivia Hornsby-Anderson's bed! With the police in a touchy situation, mayor and innkeeper Magdalena takes on the investigation. The autopsy reveals that Cornelius was poisoned, and now Magdalena has to determine which of the many women in Cornelius' life sent him to an early grave. (NAL, Feb., 272 pp., $21.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sandra Martin