The Death of Pie
A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes
Sutton, Surrey, England
The small Amish-Mennonite village of Hernia, Pennsylvania is a
traditional village. Families have resided here for generations and
sometimes have difficulty finding a distant enough cousin to marry.
The community welcomes outsiders but prefers their old ways.
Ms. Ramat Sreym visited the small community and was fascinated by
getting to know the people. She used this information to write a
best-selling novel. However most of the residents of the community
were not pleased with how each of them was portrayed in this novel.
A bit of truth can be vicious gossip.
While staying in Hernia, Ramat stayed at a local
bed-and-breakfast, The Penn Dutch Inn owned and run by Magdalena
Yoder. Unfortunately during Ramat's stay, she didn't become close
friends with the owner but did succeed at making enemies of most of
the community once her book was published.
Being that now the author is considered to be a celebrity, Ramat
was honored to be a guest judge at annual 110th Annual Festival of
Pies. The pies for this event are outstanding being made with the
natural foods, lard, salt and longtime family.
Ramat takes a bite of Magdalena's pie. She falls directly into it
as she dies. It was poisoned.
So who is the likely suspect?
Besides Magdalena Yoder running the bed-and-breakfast in this
Amish-Mennonite community, she is a wife to her Jewish husband who is
a respected cardiologist and mother to a young son and adopted
teen-aged daughter. Besides that she is the town mayor and the one in
town responsible for financing the needs of the community including
How does anyone investigate the person paying their salary?
The new Chief of Police, Toy Graham realized that it was his
responsibility to discover who had poisoned the glamorous author.
Being that Toy quickly realized this conflict of interest since
Magdalena paid Toy's salary and had paid for his police car, he
wisely requested Magdalena to find the murderer. After all, he
believed that she was the murderer.
The Death of Pie is a fun-to-read cozy mystery whose story
is told from Magdalena's sarcastic but realistic point-of-view. As
the investigation meets dead-ends and searches for new leads, the
reader is with Magdalena as she questions each possible suspect. To
further complicate issues, Magdalena is related to the suspects and
also realizes that she is the most likely to have poisoned Ramat. It
was her pie even if she had not actually baked it.
Tamar Myers writes from her Amish/Mennonite heritage and has
written and published numerous novels and short stories many with her
protagonist Magdalena Yoder. Myers was born in the Belgian Congo
where her parents were American-Mennonite missionaries.
The Death of Pie is a delightful fun novel to read as are
all the books by Tamar Myers.