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Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime

(Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  1,211 ratings  ·  67 reviews
Another delicious mystery from the author of Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth. An Amish innkeeper would like nothing more than to forget the terrible murders that occured at her guesthouse. Yet it's impossible, as a film crew is bent on using the actual site of the crimes for a movie. But not whe's in a real stew, as the assistant director turns up dead--and she's the prime ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by Signet (first published September 1st 1995)
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Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime by Tamar Meyers is a 1996 Signet publication. This is the second book in the Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery series.

I loved the first book in the series so much, I have decided to attempt reading this entire series from start to finish. These easy to read, cozy mysteries centered around Magdalena Yoder and her PennDutch Inn, set in Hernia, Pennsylvania.

A film crew has arrived at the inn to shoot a film based on the murders that occurred there a little while back. B
Apr 21, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Storyline is tired already and it's only book 2. Same Inn, more murder. Main character still abrasive and unlikeable.

Not reading the rest.
Joy Gerbode
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it
While I did enjoy the mystery in this one, I really don't care for the characters in this series. I know we're all weird, and for the most part I think weird is good ... but these characters just seem toooo crazy. Still, although this murder was a bit more gory, it was enjoyable to try to figure it out ... and I was waaaaay off base!
Linda Smatzny
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This story has Magdalena Yoder renting her inn to a movie crew. When a member of the group is found murdered in her barn Magdalena is the prime suspect. The book was a quick easy read.
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I love the sense of humor that Tamar Myers uses in these mysteries. They are a wonderful break from dark mysteries or heavy relationship stories.
A film crew comes to Hernia, PA to film a movie. Imagine the Hollywood types with the plain people at the Pennsylvania Dutch Inn. Many locals, including our heroine, Magdelina, end up as extras. Of course, there does have to be a murder and one of the directors is found pinned to the wall with a pitchfork....kind of yucky to imagine.
An example of th
Mar 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
This is the second book i read in the Penn Dutch series and really don't care to read another. Magdalena Yoder is a mennonite innkeeper who rents out her inn to hollywood film makers to make extra money till there is a murder on the set. Martha Simms wanted to be an actress like her famous grandmother but was married to a minister and when she wanted a lead role she never got one. Susannah is Mag's sister who is a slut, there is an old doctor who flirts with Mags, Freni and Mose help around the ...more
Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hilarious!! I'm tearing through this series. When reading them I laugh like I can't remember laughing from reading any other book. The only reason I'm not giving 5 stars is that the sister character is annoying to me. At first the small jokes peppered throughout were jolting me out of the story and I didn't like it but some were so funny I could not stop laughing! That keeps me returning to T. Myers. I will read every one I can get my hands on. Well worth the chuckles. The most hilarious sense o ...more
Jaclyn Cannon
Aug 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I don't know if it is my mood or what. Although there were funny/witty lines delivered by the characters, and the book talked alot about food, I was a bit disappointed. It felt like I was definitely in a different world, which I know is what the author was trying to convey. I didn't mind that, but the characters for me were a little unbelievable and zany (?) for lack of a better word. I felt it was a little too light-hearted and whimsical for me. ...more
Lynn Townsend
Dec 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was so bad, I didn't even finish it. I didn't even get TO the murder... mostly because I couldn't decide which one of the 15 million boring/obnoxious or unpleasant characters introduced that I wanted to SEE murdered.

So, I think I read about 30 pages and put it away.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: z2011
2 1/2 stars Liked the protagonist's and her descriptions of Mennonite culture. Interesting romance developing. Mystery itself was weak. I figured out the murderer early and her efforts to harm the protagonist seemed obvious except to her. ...more
April Ann
Jan 03, 2011 rated it did not like it
i am saying I read this...but didnt finish it. not my cup of tea
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After the events of the first book, Hollywood comes knocking. Magdalena Yoder, proprietress of the Penn-Dutch Inn, agrees to reschedule all her guests and rent out the premises for a movie.

The director, asst. director and location scout descend on the Penn-Dutch, along with people from the community who want to be in the movie. The Asst. Director was found pitchforked to the wall in the barn..... The local police chief wants Magdalena to confess and she staunchly stands by the fact that she did
Nov 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was ok. The murder and identity of the murderer didn't really make sense. I think it would take a lot of strength to pin a body to a post with a pitchfork. Melvin Stoltzfus, promoted to Police Chief since book 1, refuses to consider any suspects other than Magdalena; in an attack of obsessive stupidity, which became boring very quickly. The character Susannah is even more irritating than she was in book #1. Maybe you are just supposed to read these books for the witticisms.

I was thinki
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A goofy little gift book that I didn't expect much from but had a great time reading. Magdalena Yoder, who is supposed to be Amish/Mennonite, is having a tough time making ends meet at her family's PennDutch Inn in Hernia, PA, Amish country. A Hollywood director named Bugsy showed up in the middle of the night offering to buy the inn, which she had no intention of selling. With much naivete on Magdalena's part and after much wrangling (Bugsy: "Playing hardball, eh?" Magdalena, "I don't even play ...more
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am ambivalent about Magdalena Yoder. I really enjoy her as a character (with a capital "C"!) and the stories and mysteries are pretty good. But I just have to wonder if a Mennonite would be as wise-cracking and abrasive as she is. Maybe the author knows more about the Plain People than I do...or else it's those Pennsylvania Amish/Mennonites rather than the Ohio ones I have known and interacted with. I also know that they hold their religion very closely and seriously and Magdalena seems to tak ...more
Lauri Saplad
Hilarious! Menonite innkeeper, Magdalena Yoder, keeps a lovely, clean inn -- except for the occasional murder! In this 2nd book, a Hollywood movie crew shows up to make a lurid B movie on the site of the first murder -- Magdalena's beloved Penn Dutch Inn! After refusing to sell the inn outright to the "English," she accepts a huge amount of money to allow the production to take place on her property and they write her and some other locals into the script! Everything seems to be going smoothly u ...more
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno-2019
Despite Magdalena still being the rude, sassy, and somewhat self-righteous character she had been in the first book of this series, I think I'm growing more fond of her. I'm not sure how much I'd like her as a person, but her personality is becoming more entertaining to me than annoying. Maybe it's just that I now know that these are light mysteries, not the intense thriller-style I had (for some reason) been thinking of when I initially started reading.
A fun, light read that makes me wish I ha
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is book two in the series and Magdalena is not nearly so obnoxious.

The title comes into play only as a clue that parsley is purchased at a store when it grows in the yard at the Pennsylvania Dutch Inn.

The Inn is invaded by Hollywood and the film that is made there results in a death and several attempts at murder. Locals are hired as extras and the competition is robust.

This is a very quick read.

I borrowed a copy from the public library.
Monica Albright
So much better than the first book in this series. It was a fun easy read. I got to know the characters more this time around. I laughed out loud at the way the Presbyterian church is portrayed. The mystery had me working to figure out the killer before it was revealed on the pages. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet. ...more
She's gone and grown on me, has Magdalena Yoder. She's salty, and hilariously self-righteous, but she's fine making fun of herself when she feels like it. I like the setting quite well. The mystery is fine also. ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to order the rest of this series! Magdalena Yoder reminds me very strongly of one of my great-aunts. Now, Addie wasn't Menonite OR Amish, she was a good Methodist girl from South Georgia, but OH MY, were their characters similar! ...more
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This author cracks me up. Her early books, in particular, have delightful word play and unique characters. The Pennsylvania Dutch setting is fun and charming. This is a very enjoyable book in a good series. The titles are even fun! Good for fans of cozy mystery.
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Enjoy this new series
Jul 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
I will not be reading any more in this series. I found the characters annoying.
Dennis Phillips
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
I really liked the first book in this series. This goofy entry was even better.
Carole Donald
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ok, book. The plot was a little hard to believe.
Mar 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this LOL mystery series about a Pennsylvania Dutch Bed & Breakfast
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy, myers

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes
by Tamar Myers
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A cozy with an Amish sense of humor, November 2, 2013

This review is from: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime: A Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery with Recipes
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Crime by
Tamar Myers

This book is for the serious but fun loving cozy reader. The author, Tamar Myers, has a sense of humor that adds to the storyli
Lynn Demsky
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book made me chuckle, laugh and get awfully hungry!!! And, once again, I find that I'm in the middle of a "series of books" - in the last one I had read, she had already been married but her books are just plain entertaining and enjoyable!!! What with her sister, Susanna and her little dog Schookhims (tucked in her bra) - Freni, the cook who's always quitting - Aaron, her husband to be, - "Doc" -88 year old doctor in love with her, - Jumbo Jim, a crude, first date, and a midget to boot, - a ...more
The Pennsylvania Dutch Mystery series are just plain fun and silly - that's all there is too it. They're made up of quirky characters who will drive you insane but can be lovable at the same time. You know they're nuts and bullies but you begin to care for them because they are weird people with problems. The mysteries are often down-right off-the-wall crazy and wild yet you come back for more. If you can get past the fact the characters are cranky, zany, weird, irritating and human like the res ...more
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Tamar Myers was born and raised in the Belgian Congo (now just the Congo). Her parents were missionaries to a tribe which, at that time, were known as headhunters and used human skulls for drinking cups. Hers was the first white family ever to peacefully coexist with the tribe, and Tamar grew up fluent in the local trade language. Because of her pale blue eyes, Tamar’s nickname was Ugly Eyes.


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