Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth is a 1995 Publication. (In other words, this book is a year older than me, give or take a couple months probably.)
Confession time! I have this guilty pleasure for Hallmark movies, especially the Hallmark mystery movies. I’m in that boat with my mom and my dad both though, so it’s not as bad as it sounds – or maybe that makes the whole situation worse.
But yes, that guilty pleasure leads me to books like the Pennsylvania Dutch Mysteries. Something I love about both Hallmark mysteries and the Pennsylvania Dutch series is that the series are made up of stand alone stories. I can read any of the Pennsylvania Dutch books in any order and I won’t be all that confused about anything. I can watch any Hallmark mystery out of order of the series without ever having seen another episode of that series without being confused. It’s awesome! In fact, the first Pennsylvania Dutch book I read was in high school: Play it Again Spam!
These sort of books take after the old dime store novels in the way that they are written to be consumed. It took me only 5 hours to complete this book from the time I started it… sometimes you just need a fast no-brainer read.
Plot and Pacing
Miss Magdalena Yoder, an old order Mennonite woman, is the owner/proprietress of the Pendutch Inn, a quaint and popular bed and breakfast located in the very heart of Amish country Pennsylvania. When she inadvertently books both a party of hunters and a party of animal rights activists only murder can ensue.
Faced with a bumbling Police Chief fill-in who couldn’t pour water out of a boot with instructions on the heel, Magdalena is forced to investigate the mystery herself.
The book is well paced, a quick and easy read. Each turn of the page leaves you with new questions as you try to solve the mystery yourself.
Final Thoughts and Recommendations
Mysteries can be hard to write, if the reader can’t look back and in hind sight see all the clues that led to the murderer then you haven’t done it correctly.
Tamar Myers managed it better than some. It was very well done and while it’s no thriller, it’s perfect for a cozy mystery! This is the perfect kind of book for curling up with a blanket and a cup of tea/coffee/cocoa/whatever during the cool fall nights that are about to be upon us here in Indiana.