Tamar Myers has made a name for herself through her series of Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries. What sets Ms. Myers' Amish mysteries apart from other books based on this culture is her slightly irreverent, but never intentionally immoral, main character, Magdalena Yoder. Yoder is the Mennonite owner of the Pennsylvania Dutch Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast establishment square in the heart of Amish country. While managing the inn, Magdalena manages to often be enlisted by her brother-in-law, Hernia's Chief of Police, to help him solve murders that always seem to involve one or more of Magdalena's inn guests.
The Crepes of Wrath is no exception. Early one morning, Ms. Yoder is awakened by postmistress Thelma Hershberger looking in her bedroom window. Once invited in, Thelma shares her suspicions that the death of Lizzie Mast, an Amish woman known for her horrendous cooking, may not have been the simple accidental drug overdose that everyone believes. Later, Magdalena’s brother-in-law Melvin asks for Magdalena’s help in this mystery so that he might devote time to his bid for the state legislature. When Thelma in turn is murdered by a hit-and-run driver, Magdalena has to somehow figure out how drugs are getting into the little community of Hernia, Pennsylvania, and why the two women were murdered. Inn guests, residents, and even Magdalena's doctor boyfriend are all possible suspects in this double homicide.
Ms. Myers’ mysteries show a fine sense of humor and her characters are memorable and quirky. Each of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries come with recipes scattered throughout the pages; in this book, the recipes are mostly for crepes. I read this mystery aloud during long car trips and my husband continued to ask for more. An engaging mystery that will pull you in and keep you chuckling and wondering to the conclusion.