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Thou Shalt Not Grill: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery    by Tamar Myers Amazon.com order for
Thou Shalt Not Grill
by Tamar Myers
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Signet, 2005 (2004)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Mennonite Magdelena Yoder of Hernia, Pennsylvania has returned (happily for her readers ) to the mystery scene in Thou Shalt Not Grill.

Magdelena has to be the most self-centered character in fiction today. On top of that she is obstreperous, calculating, greedy, evasive, bossy, over-confident, overbearing, and has a heart that - while not of gold - is warm around the edges. You have to love her. She is once again enmeshed in a murder, but when she goes to the morgue to check on the victim, he's disappeared and another corpse is in his place!

Magdelena's town of Hernia is a bastion of Mennonites. Frivolous living is frowned upon. Even though her sister wraps herself in swaths of material instead of clothing, Magdelena wears the little prayer cap and 'good Christian underwear' of the faithful. Magdelena explains that most of the town is interbred and you could end up being your own cousin.

This is a really fun read, written by a woman of Amish background. Wacky happenings - as well as serious murders - abound. Magdelena has a fiancÚ, but keeping him is proving to be a chore she had not counted on. His Jewish mother is a definite factor in their problems.

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