Books by Tamar Myers

Tamar Myers, who is of Mennonite background, is the author of the Pennsylvania Dutch mysteries and the Den of Antiquity series. She grew up in the Belgian Congo, where her parents were missionaries.


THE GIRL WHO MARRIED AN EAGLE by Tamar Myers
Released: April 30, 2013

"Engrossing and educational."
An artful combination of cultural anthropology and fiction. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO STOLE THE LEOPARD'S SPOTS by Tamar Myers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 8, 2012

The Belgian Congo of 1958, facing enormous social changes as colonial rule is nearing an end, is challenged by more intimate disruption. Read full book review >
THE HEADHUNTER'S DAUGHTER by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 25, 2011

"The second in Myers' new series (The Witch Doctor's Wife, 2009) hides the Mastermind's identity well. But it's best read for the evocative descriptions of life in the Congo, where the author grew up, and the skillful portrayal of the vast disconnect between the white and black inhabitants."
The closer the Belgian Congo comes to independence in 1958, the more dangerous it becomes for the white population. Read full book review >
THE WITCH DOCTOR’S WIFE by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2009

"A radical but welcome departure for Myers (As the World Churns, 2008, etc.). Fans of Alexander McCall Smith may well find Cripple as delightful as Precious Ramotswe."
A tale of wildly clashing cultures in the Belgian Congo. Read full book review >
AS THE WORLD CHURNS by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"Fans of the clever, sarcastic, engaging Magdalena will doubtless find this adventure just as rollicking as all her others (Hell Hath No Curry, 2006, etc.), even if they're hard-pressed to find much mystery."
A fast-talking Mennonite innkeeper's latest scheme for publicizing her inn puts her loved ones in danger. Read full book review >
HELL HATH NO CURRY by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A masterful Mennonite mystery marred only by curry recipes that don't seem right for Hernia."
More mirthful murder for Mennonite Magdalena Yoder, the leading citizen of Hernia, Penn. (Grape Expectations, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
GRAPE EXPECTATIONS by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"Acidulous Magdalena's fans will doubtless enjoy another of her tongue-in-cheek adventures amid The Plain People. But the mystery is meager, and kitchen divas should be warned that the obligatory recipes specify (gasp!) several prepackaged ingredients."
A plan to create a winery in the bone-dry Mennonite hamlet of Hernia, Pa., provides a motive for murder. Read full book review >
ASSAULT AND PEPPER by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A silly plot and forced humor spiced by distinctions between the Amish and the Mennonites. Much spicier are six chili recipes, including such unusual ingredients as dumplings, chorizo and egg. "
The Beechy Grove Mennonite Church chili cook-off becomes the send-off for Rev. Schrock. Read full book review >
CUSTARD’S LAST STAND by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 4, 2003

"Includes six custard recipes (not sampled)."
Had Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder but known Colonel Custard's plans for upscaling tiny, picturesque Hernia, Pennsylvania, with a 100-suite hotel, deluxe spa, gourmet restaurant, and hot-and-cold running amenities, she never would have rented out the second floor of her PennDutch Inn to him, his chauffeur Ivan, and his personal chef Anne. Read full book review >
NO USE DYING OVER SPILLED MILK by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 8, 1996

"There are poignant moments and an occasional smile here, but the story will be most enjoyed by readers with high sugar tolerance and a fondness for archly self-deprecating stand-up comedy."
 Third in a series featuring Magdalena Yoder (Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Crime, etc.), the 40-something Mennonite owner of the PennDutch Inn. Read full book review >
PARSLEY, SAGE, ROSEMARY, AND CRIME by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Eight accompanying recipes look a lot less highly seasoned than peppery Magdalena."
 Hollywood has duly noted the murders at the PennDutch Inn (Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, 1994), and turns upin the person of advance man Steve (Bugsy) Freemanon Magdalena Yoder's doorstep to rent the inn for filming. Read full book review >
TOO MANY CROOKS SPOIL THE BROTH by Tamar Myers
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 6, 1994

"Clean and pluck the hens''—are scattered through the tale."
 A tough week for Mennonite innkeeper Magdalena Yoder. Read full book review >