Mean and Shellfish
by Tamar Myers

Hernia’s fourth Billy Goat Gruff Festival is derailed by murder and a series of outrageous pranks in this hilariously entertaining cozy mystery filled with quirky characters – the latest delectable offering in the longrunning Pennsylvania-Dutch mystery series featuring the irrepressible Magdalena Yoder.

The annual Billy Goat Gruff Festival is the undisputed highlight of Hernia’s social calendar. But when Magdalena Yoder, village mayor and owner of the PennDutch Inn, had the brainwave four years ago, little did she realize that it would soon attract visitors from far and wide – even Australia, as the unexpected arrival of Gabe’s long-lost cousin, Miriam, at the inn confirms.

Unfortunately, the shock of Miriam’s one-legged appearance is soon usurped by a gruesome discovery, followed by a series of bizarre pranks as the festivities take place. As chaos ensues, Magdalena is spurred into finding a killer. But is the festival really the target, or is it Magdalena herself?

A deliciously laugh-out-loud, kooky culinary cozy full of unexpected twists that will entertain and intrigue from start to finish, perfect for fans of Diane Mott Davidson.


This offbeat cozy, filled with laugh-out-loud humor, is distinguished by its numerous quirky characters, the beautifully described Pennsylvania Dutch setting and culture, and the unlikely but richly evoked Mennonite-Jewish relationship between Magdalena and Gabe

Booklist on Puddin' on the Blitz

Those who like broad humor will best appreciate this one

Publishers Weekly on Puddin' on the Blitz

Quirky characters abound in this mystery in which the acerbic, opinionated Magdalena's first-person account drives this at times laugh-out-loud cozy

Booklist on Tea with Jam and Dread

Filled with the author's trademark double entendres and bawdy humor, this tale of deceit, revenge, and murder is sure to please fans of willful, wordy and winsome Magdalena

Publishers Weekly on Tea with Jam and Dread

A charming mystery series very much in the vein of Alexander McCall Smith's No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Booklist on The Headhunter's Daughter

If you enjoy cozies with unrelenting slapstick humor, the Pennsylvania-Dutch mysteries are your cup of tea

Booklist on Batter Off Dead

Tamar Myers

Tamar Myers was born in what was then the Belgian Congo in 1948, where her parents were American-Mennonite missionaries to a tribe of headhunters. She moved to the USA at the age of fifteen. On her mother’s side, Tamar is descended from one of the first Amish families to settle in America in 1738. She is the author of more than forty mysteries and many short stories.

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Mean and Shellfish by Tamar Myers is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978178029196326th August 2021145 X 225mm320£23.99
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