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Hearse and Buggy (Amish Mystery Series #1)

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Heavenly, Pennsylvania has become home to Claire Weatherly. She

Heavenly, Pennsylvania has become home to Claire Weatherly. She lives with her aunt Diane who runs Sleep Heavenly Bed & Breakfast. She has left behind her old life in Manhattan and find herself the owner of Heavenly Treasures on Lighted Way where she sells Amish cra...
Heavenly, Pennsylvania has become home to Claire Weatherly. She lives with her aunt Diane who runs Sleep Heavenly Bed & Breakfast. She has left behind her old life in Manhattan and find herself the owner of Heavenly Treasures on Lighted Way where she sells Amish crafted items. Her store is right next to the Shoo Fly Bake Shoppe where Ruth Miller bakes up and sells her tasty treats.

Ruth is a Amish woman with two very protective brothers, Eli and Benjamin. They try to keep a close eye on both her and her business and they are very upset when she seems to be the target of someone doing their best to frighten her by leaving notes and breaking milk bottles on her porch.

The town is shocked when the former owner of Claire's shop is found murdered in the alley between the two stores. He was not liked by many and had been accused cheating the Amish artists who consigned their works with him to sell. The accusation was made loudly and heard by many. The accuser was none other than Ruth's brother Eli.

The detective on the case is Jakob Fisher. Jakob was brought up Amish and after his Rumspringa returned and was baptized. Then he decided her really wanted to work in law enforcement so he left his Amish roots behind. Because he was baptized and then left he was shunned by his family. The family that is part of the Heavenly Amish Community. He hits several roadblocks as he tries to investigate the murder because the Amish won't talk to him. Clare has made friends with many in the Amish Community and offers to be his go-between.

The peaceful town of Heavenly is not very peaceful as Clare finds out much more than she wanted about her neighbors. There is much more going on here than just a few bottles of spilled milk and she is determined to get to the bottom of it!


Laura Bradford is an amazing author! She has created captivating characters in an unique setting that I just know you will love. The Simple Life of the Amish is fascinating to many as we wonder how these people who look just like us live the way we do. Laura is giving us a chance to see how the Amish and the English live and work side by side.

Clare has a young Amish woman working for her and she sells the treasures crafted by her Amish neighbors. The Amish have shops up and down the way. Lighted Way connects the two ways of life. Tourists come to Heavenly to learn about the Amish culture and purchased their goods. Heavenly, Pennsylvania sounds like a little slice of heaven, well except for the dead body and a bit of vandalism.

A wonderful complex mystery with a variety of suspects!!

The author has also laid the groundwork for a little romance. The men that send tingles through Claire and Esther has a crush.

We also need to see what happens between Jakob and his family. Sixteen years have past and there is a great divide.

Think is now my favorite cozy so far this year! If you love cozies like I do you will love this book and like me you will eagerly waiting for the next book in the Amish Mystery Series as soon as you finish this one. Hearse and Buggy is a Heavenly Treasure!!!

posted by Dollycas on June 8, 2012

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

OK

I'll finish series but not the best mystery I've ever read nor the worse.

posted by cwc on December 1, 2012

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  • Posted January 6, 2014

    Wonderful cozy with a dash of romance!

    The arctic blast hit the midwest on january 5th and a good cozy mystery is just the thing you need when you are stuck indoors(and roads are impassable).

    I couldn't leave my house due to the weather in chicago, so I browsed the "start a new series" section of the shopping area on my Nook. I found this book and was pleasantly surprised!

    The English and Amish are working and living together in a community that experiences its first murder in maybe 10 years. A past business owner comes back to town and is soon found murdered in an alley. Unfortunately, the most likely suspect is an Amish man. But the Amish don't believe in violence. But who else had the motive to kill ??

    This is a gently cozy with no blood and gore, a main heroine who has relocated from new york city to mend her broken heart, and 2 possible love interests for this new heroine....one an ex-amish who is a policeman and one is an amish widower.

    The mystery is good! The Amish history lesson is very well done. Overall, I would look forward to another book in this series!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2013

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    Amish & English must work together in great Amish cozy

    Claire Weatherly has left a fast-paced New York life and a wealthy, absentee husband, to live in a quiet Pennsylvania town in Amish country with her aunt. Aunt Diane runs a bed and breakfast for tourists curious about the Amish and she always knows what’s going on in both English and Amish communities. As Claire settles in to her new, simpler lifestyle, she opens Heavenly Treasures (a gift shop featuring Amish creations), employs Esther (a local Amish girl) and earns the respect of both business owners and Amish alike. After just a few months, Claire is happily rediscovering who she is. A new police detective, Jakob Fisher, comes to town (a detective who is a former member of the Amish community) and heartbreaking secrets are revealed. When Amish friends are cheated, misunderstood, denounced as something other than they seem, accused of murdering the man who cheated them, Jakob is at a loss to investigate, since he has been shunned and the Amish are not allowed to speak to him directly. How will fairness and justice be served? Claire becomes a liaison between Jakob and her Amish friends and is soon actively involved in the pursuit of the truth. What’s at stake is more than catching a killer – trust must be restored between the two communities. Bradford weaves an absorbing look at the Amish culture and value system into the murder investigation. We learn about Ordnung and Rumspringa, about clothing and transportation, as well as the misconceptions outsiders might have. Bradford presents a balanced view, including both defense and criticisms of this way of life, making “Hearse and Buggy” a fascinating read. There are several love stories and family conflicts and surprises in this well-written, character driven cozy. Relationships do not go smoothly for anyone, but resolutions are realistic and satisfying, even when the pairings don’t work out. “Hearse and Buggy” is the first book in the Amish Mystery series, followed by “Assaulted Pretzel.” Review by Patti Phillips, Nightstand Book Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Recommend. A really quick read.

    This book has a good insight into the Amish way of life and how it interacts with the "English" world. It is amazing how this population can maintain it's old world lifestyle. If you are interested in learning about other cultures, this is one right here on your doorstep. I would like to read more of the Amish Mystery Series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2013

    Great Read

    Fun and exciting to read all at once!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted January 31, 2014

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