After driving her husband, Aaron, to the airport, Magdalena Yoder, a Mennonite businesswoman and owner of the prosperous Penn-Dutch Inn, finds the body of an Asiatic woman lying in the street. Since the police chief is incapacitated, he deputizes Magdalena, who has experience investigating murders, to officially examine what happened.
Soon, an Amish boy is shot to death. Magdalena concludes that he must have witnessed the first murder. The other person who was in the buggy with the deceased lad was also shot and lies unconscious in a nearby hospital. Magdalena continues her investigation even as she receives a personal shocker from Aaron.
Tamar Myers is renowned for her Pennsylvania Dutch cozies and the authentic recipes interspersed throughout her books. BETWEEN A WOK AND A HARD PLACE is a well written who-done-it that would please mystery fans as a stand alone or first novel. However, as the fifth book in the Yoder series, this story will disappoint fans because of the radical personality change of Aaron (mindful of Booby wakening up after a nightmare), thereby, negating the past and making the sub-plot seem more like a contrived device. The trademark heroine's acerbic humor and a superb mystery still exist, but may not prove to be enough for Ms. Myer's numerous fans.