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Murder in Gutenthal by Armin Wiebe

Murder in Gutenthal

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“I am Schneppa Knjals. I am the eyes at the back of your head. I see the world in a stepped-in cowpie. I am a good neighbour for a fee.”

Wiebe’s second Gutenthal novel takes the form of a comic “anti-murder mystery.”

Return to this hilarious fictional southern Manitoba town as Schneppa Kjnals, the gumshoe of Gutenthal, is bedutzed by stolen bras, exploding trailers, contraband bibles, and mysterious Ford LTDs.

Advanced Praise

Wiebe is able to bring a community and its people vividly, wildly to life.

Canadian Literature

...the flatlands mover and shaker, Armin Wiebe...has again managed to create a narrator-character who is both klutzy and loveable...A worthy successor to The Salvation of Yasch Siemens

Birk Sproxton, author of The Red-Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart

Thanks to the comic inventiveness of Armin Wiebe, this is not at all a bad place to be.

Nancy Wigston, Quill & Quire


Wiebe has perfected a voice unique in Canadian Literature.

Western People

...a funny, lively, incongruous parody of Mennonite Village life, murder mysteries, and the myth of the detective hero.

Di Brandt, author of questions I asked my mother

The irony of all this play on fiction versus reality is that Wiebe includes, in this wildly improbable fiction, an undeniably realistic, harrowing account of the smouldering hatreds, stifled desires, and even insanity that exist beneath the venneer of Guthenthal. It is this depth beneath the layers of surface brilliance that makes Murder in Gutenthal an even better book than Wiebe's hilarious The Salvation of Yasch Siemens.

Edna Froese, NeWest Review

Even when I was a pig-tailed, Mennonite tomboy in feed-sack skirts I knew the mysteries of the Word were best packaged in black, zippered leather: I desperately wanted a zipper Bible. After reading Murder in Gutenthal, I figure maybe it's a good thing I never got one...unzipping scripture is twice as dangerous as peeling back a fig leaf. Bumbling, milquetoast gumshoe Schneppa Kjnals is jolted into the higher hermeneutics of verses portentously underlined, baggies of cocaine, tens of thousands, and old photos suggesting that pacifist community members had Nazi affiliations.

Elizabeth Anthony, Books in Canada

Short-listed for the 1991 McNally Robinson Book of the Year

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