I want to begin this review by saying that I am coming into
this series at the 17th book, so I am unfamiliar with a lot
of the backstory.
That being said...
BUTTER SAFE THAN SORRY finds the
Amish-turned-Mennonite-innkeeper Magdalena Yoder embroiled
in yet another stewpot
of trouble with all the ingredients for high adventure.
Magdalena and her young son, Jacob, are at the bank when a
trio of masked "Amish" men burst in to rob the place. When
inquisitive Jacob sets off to find out who the men are,
Magdalena throws herself on her boy to save him, only to
skid right into the robbers, causing them to shoot one of
the tellers in the arm. The robbers flee but not before
arousing Magdalena's suspicions.
After resting a while at her mother-in-law's Sisters of
Perpetual Apathy convent, Magdalena is back on her feet and
up to her ears with quirky guests, a murder investigation
or two, a incarcerated sister, and a brother-in-law with a
vendetta. Not to mention her poor befuddled husband, the
handsome Jewish Dr. Gabe.
As the seventeenth book in the series, BUTTER SAFE THAN
SORRY seems to be a well intentioned story that somehow
lost it's way. The reader is left with the feeling of being
left out of a joke or two, and the storyline ends up as
just a string of disjointed inside jokes that I'm sure fans
of the series understand and find hilarious, But for the
rest of the reading world, we are a bit mystified.
There are some lovely butter-influenced recipes included
among the chapters, but they almost seem an afterthought,
and for some reason all come from
This is just a guess, but perhaps author Tamar Myers is
wrapping up this series, as the epilogue seems to tidy up a
lot of loose ends for the characters. I'm sure her fans
will be sorry to see the end of the spunky Magdalena.
From the national bestselling author of Batter Off
Dead, the newest Pennsylvania Dutch mystery!
Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder is at the
bank with her four-year- old son when three armed Amish
men burst in and start shooting and-more surprisingly-
cursing. Magdalena protects Little Jacob, and the robbers
flee at the sound of police sirens.
wonders why the bandits had mustaches-unlike all the other
Amish men he knows-Magdalena springs into action to catch
the thieves. They may be armed, but they may not be Amish!