Books in this series are officially identified with the line, A Pennslyvania-Dutch Mystery with Recipes. It is also called the "Magdalena Yoder series" after the protagonist and sleuth. The author is Tamar Myers.
The series is a set in Pennsylvania Dutch country. The first novel in the series is Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth. The protagonist, Magdalena Yoder runs a bed and breakfast. In Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth, the guests in her house start turning up dead, and she investigates in order to save her business. She has a sharp mind and a sharp tongue and is familiar with the local community, so she ends up getting involved and solving other mysteries as the series progresses. All the books also contain recipes.
As can be seen from the list of titles below, the titles are all plays on word based on common phrases or titles of other famous works.
- Too Many Crooks Spoil the Broth
- Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Crime
- No Use Dying Over Spilled Milk
- Just Plain Pickled to Death
- Between A Wok and a Hard Place
- Eat Drink and be Wary
- Play it Again, Spam
- The Hand that Rocks the Ladle
- The Crepes of Wrath
- Gruel and Unusual Punishment
- Custard's Last Stand
- Thou Shalt Not Grill
- Assault and Pepper
- Grape Expectation
- As the World Churns
- Hell Hath no Curry
- Batter Off Dead
- Butter Safe than Sorry
- A list of novels from Tamar Myers official website