Mean and Shellfish
by Myers, Tamar






Chaos ensues at the annual Billy Goat Gruff Festival after a series of what seem to be pranks eventually ends in murder, in the latest novel of the series following Puddin' on the Blitz.





Tamar Myers was born in what was then the Belgian Congo in 1948, where her parents were American-Mennonite missionaries to a tribe of headhunters. She moved to the USA at the age of fifteen. On her mother's side, Tamar is descended from one of the first Amish families to settle in America in 1738. She is the author of more than forty mysteries and many short stories.





Magdalena Yoder, mayor of Hernia, Pennsylvania, is ready for the fourth annual Billy Goat Gruff Festival. She is less excited about the fact that her grouchy mother-in-law is going to be named citizen of the year and wants to be designated as queen of the festival. She is also unhappy when her husband Gabe's long-estranged cousin, Miriam, arrives from Australia, full of demands and rancor. Then Magdalena learns that some important guests due to arrive at her inn were murdered and discovered in a dumpster in town. When the festival begins, further vandalism makes it clear that someone wants to stop the event. Magdalena and her friends and family do their best to sort out who is behind the mayhem, and it becomes clear that the target is Magdalena herself. Plenty of humor and twists fill Myers' latest Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery. An entertaining addition to the series, though readers may want to read the previous entries for background on the various connections among characters. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.





Gabe, a retired Jewish physician, is married to Magdalena, a conservative Mennonite woman, and while they may have their differences, they both agree Magdalena has serious detective chops. Magdalena Portulacca Yoder Rosen's PennDutch Inn in Hernia, Pennsylvania, makes big bucks serving up plain rooms and fattening food and charging guests extra if they help with chores like mucking out the barn. Now that she and Gabe have one daughter studying pre-med and a clever 5-year-old, the only fly in the ointment is Gabe's mother, Ida Rosen, whose Jewish-mama act is unbelievably over-the-top. When Ida invites Miriam, her niece from Australia, to stay at the inn, she sets a dangerous chain of events in motion. Miriam, who's used a wheelchair ever since a crocodile bit her leg off, immediately bonds with Magdalena's sister, Susannah, who was just released from prison after plotting with her boyfriend to kill Magdalena. Meanwhile, Police Chief Toy, who often teams up with Magdalena (whose wealth pays his salary) to solve murders in Hernia, reports that two people have been found dead in a dumpster. Worried about the discovery's possible impact on the Billy Goat Gruff Festival, a cash cow that draws visitors from a wide area, Magdalena calls on Gabe and her friends for help and soon becomes the killer's next target. Depending on your sense of humor, you'll find Magdalena's cross-cultural adventures hilariously funny or totally meshuggeneh. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Gabe, a retired Jewish physician, is married to Magdalena, a conservative Mennonite woman, and while they may have their differences, they both agree Magdalena has serious detective chops. Magdalena Portulacca Yoder Rosen's PennDutch Inn in Hernia, Pennsylvania, makes big bucks serving up plain rooms and fattening food and charging guests extra if they help with chores like mucking out the barn. Now that she and Gabe have one daughter studying pre-med and a clever 5-year-old, the only fly in the ointment is Gabe's mother, Ida Rosen, whose Jewish-mama act is unbelievably over-the-top. When Ida invites Miriam, her niece from Australia, to stay at the inn, she sets a dangerous chain of events in motion. Miriam, who's used a wheelchair ever since a crocodile bit her leg off, immediately bonds with Magdalena's sister, Susannah, who was just released from prison after plotting with her boyfriend to kill Magdalena. Meanwhile, Police Chief Toy, who often teams up with Magdalena (whose wealth pays his salary) to solve murders in Hernia, reports that two people have been found dead in a dumpster. Worried about the discovery's possible impact on the Billy Goat Gruff Festival, a cash cow that draws visitors from a wide area, Magdalena calls on Gabe and her friends for help and soon becomes the killer's next target. Depending on your sense of humor, you'll find Magdalena's cross-cultural adventures hilariously funny or totally meshuggeneh. Copyright Kirkus 2021 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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