Sometimes I pick books by their covers, this one I picked by the name. I was thrilled to be approved to read Tamar Myers Tea with Jam and Dread. This was a very funny and oddly exciting mystery. The main character is not the most believable of characters but by God she is the funniest and most witty woman of immeasurable faith.
It is at times hysterically funny, it is endearing and I picture main character Magdalena as a Mennonite Super Hero, who hides her cape in her sturdy Christian Under Clothes. This story feels very relevant with the times and even the political climate of the USA right now. This story is a wonderful blend of religion, politics, long standing feuds, ghosts, murders, friendship, deception and more...
"Deciding that the PennDutch Inn needs to go more upmarket, Magdalena Yoder is delighted to welcome the Earl and Countess Grimsley-Snodgrass and their family as honoured guests, looking forward to the challenge of introducing English nobility to traditional American culture. But, as Magdalena is about to find out, the Grimsley-Snodgrasses are by no means the easiest of guests, and at the same time she has to contend with the discovery of a mummified corpse trapped in her elevator shaft.Then tragedy strikes during a traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch picnic at Stucky Ridge, when one of the Grimsley-Snodgrasses disappears over the edge of Lovers’ Leap. Did he fall – or was he pushed? And where is the body…?"
Tea with Jam and Dread was such a hoot! Very entertaining and just and all over enjoyably fun read.
I would in a heart beat read anything by Tamar Myers in the future and look forward to looking at some past works as well.
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