AS THE WORLD CHURNS
Myers' Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries continue with the same lovable and acerbic Magdalena Yoder. She can talk in circles and drive a sane person mad, but she also delivers a madcap adventure that takes readers on a wacky
ride through Hernia, Pa., and its crazy inhabitants. The mystery develops well and the dialogue is funny. The ending meanders a bit, but overall, this trip is as pleasant as the others.
The first annual Hernia Holstein Competition is about to take place, and the small town is bubbling with excitement. Magdalena is the emcee, and her PennDutch Inn is booked solid. But before the festivities even begin, Doc Shafor is beaten while inspecting the cows, and Magdalena has a fainting spell that lands her in
the hospital. Handsome husband Gabe takes over the emcee duties while Magdalena tries to uncover the motive behind the attack on Doc. Then Gabe and stepdaughter Alison go missing, and nothing can stop Magdalena from tracking down the perp and bringing her herd back home. (OBSIDIAN, Feb., 260 pp., $21.95)