The Amish/Mennonite village of Hernia, Pennsylvania, sits
in the Alleghany Mountains. Magdalena Portulacca Yoder-
Rosen (everyone calls her Mags) runs a cultural experience
bed and breakfast for the rich and famous. She offers them
ALPO, the Amish Lifestyle Plan Option.
Ramat Sreym, an author who wrote a tell-all bestseller
about the people of this quaint village, comes back to be a
judge at the annual pie festival. She falls face down in
Mag's pie and dies. Mags is somewhat of an amateur sleuth,
so the local chief of police asks her to help with the
investigation. He gives her a list of suspects, all of whom
are some kin to Mags, mostly very distant cousins. Mags
begins her investigation, but the chief of police really
believes that Mags is the killer. Can Mags find the true
murderer, or will she be charged with killing this famous
I do not believe I have ever read a more hilarious book.
The pages are splattered with metaphors, puns, similes and
alliteration. THE DEATH OF PIE is filled with some
excellent linguistic and literary writing. The story is a
sidesplitting parody with everyone talking in riddles.
Tamar Myers gives us a bevy of some of the zaniest
characters I have ever met. Magdalena's ramblings often get
off-track, but she does share some sound Biblical doctrines
throughout the pages. The story also gives a lot of
introspect into how people see themselves and how others
view them. THE DEATH OF PIE is another installment in Ms.
Myers' Pennsylvania-Dutch Mystery series and has some mouth-
watering recipes interspersed between the chapters.
When a bestselling novelist falls face-down dead into
Magdalena Yoder's prize-winning apple pie during the
village of Hernia's 110th Annual Festival of Pies, there is
no shortage of suspects in the subsequent murder
investigation. A former guest at Magdalena's PennDutch Inn,
the author had made many enemies on publication of her
subsequent tell-all book, exposing the faults and foibles
of members of the local Amish/Mennonite community, and
mocking their way of life. But who was enraged enough to
want to poison the acid-tongued writer?
Hopelessly out of his depth, Hernia's inexperienced young
Chief of Police requests Magdalena's help in uncovering the
answer. As she sets about questioning her friends and
neighbors, Magdalena discovers that more than one villager
has a secret to hide.