A Churn for the Worse (Amish Mystery Series #5)

A Churn for the Worse (Amish Mystery Series #5)

by Laura Bradford

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The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to  Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community...

When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.
Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410497635
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/03/2017
Series: Laura Bradford's Amish Mystery Series , #5
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 393
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend’s house as a child, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mystery series, including Suspendered Sentence and Shunned and Dangerous, as well as the upcoming Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series.

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A Churn for the Worse 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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SleepDreamWrite 8 months ago
The mystery, the characters, the setting and just everything about this series I love. Oh and the writing style and pace of course. Also near the end got a little intense. What more could I say about this series that I haven't said for the other books. Five books in and already want to read the next one.
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Love all the books in this series. It makes me want to travel to Pennsylvania and visit the Amish countryside. Wonderful characters, delightful imagery and most important a mystery to cozy up to.
krazyquilter More than 1 year ago
loved this book! Every book in this series is really good and they just keep getting better. I have visited Pennsylvania Amish country and I feel like I am visiting there each time I read one of these books. The characters grow with each book. This Author never disappoints. Highly recommend it!.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
I really felt like this visit to Heavenly, PA seemed even more real than usual--this storyline seemed to hit so close to home, as I would believe that it would be easy for an unscrupulous character to prey upon the Amish's naivete and sense of goodness. Claire's boyfriend and police link, Jakob, has his hands full with the reticence of the Amish, who barely wish to call anything a crime, instead, thinking it is God's way. With Claire owning a local shop that sells Amish goods, she interacts with many Amish on a daily basis. I have enjoyed Bradford's peek at Amish life, and how life moves on. When Claire's assistant Esther married in a previous book, Annie replaced her, becoming another interesting Amish character. I liked the peek at Claire's Aunt Diane's interests and life this time, and how that story was also interwoven into the plot.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Bradford does it again, I thoroughly enjoyed my return visit to Heavenly. I swear that I can hear the horses and smell fresh air as I read. An Amish farmer is found murdered and money begins to disappear through the community, is it all connected? There is also a side mystery going that I found very interesting. I was certain that I had it figured out but with a surprising twist, I was wrong. I cannot begin to say enough good about the characters in this series, they are all likeable and I would love to be able to sit down with them. I don't think that you would have any problem reading this as a stand alone but I highly recommend that you read them all just for character development...and fun.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
Claire Weatherly is enjoying her time getting to know Detective Jakob better, as well as solidifying her friendships with the Amish settlers in Heavenly, Pennsylvania. However when one of the Amish farmers is found dead in his barn, Claire is convinced it was not an accident, as the family originally felt, and helps bring Jakob in to investigate. In the meantime, it appears that there is a mysterious unidentified Englisher that is robbing the Amish farms in the area. Are these two crimes related or has Heavenly lost the peacefulness and serenity that has made it a joy to visitors. I love this series and am delighted with the relationship between Claire and Jakob, as well as that with her aunt. I liked the character of Esther in the previous books (still there by the way but in a different role), but now there is a new assistant in Claire's shop that is also becoming well-fleshed out. This story also brings in a love of horses, one which Claire never really considered important in this community, but ultimately brought a very important poignant moment to the story. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
As always I enjoyed my time spent in Heavenly, PA. Author Laura Bradford does a remarkable job of pulling you into the story and making you feel like you are there visiting with all of the great characters. I very much enjoyed the story being told while I also learned many things about retired racehorses. Clair and Jakob's relationship is progressing at a realistic pace. I also enjoy being able to visit all of the Amish women that Clair has become friends with at their homes. I have never actually met an Amish person but, I feel like I have many Amish friends after reading this book.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another Heavenly trip to Heavenly! Laura Bradford continues to give us wonderful stories starring some of the most engaging cozy characters. When I pick up one of her mysteries it is like wrapping myself in a warm cozy blanket. Claire Weatherly is in love and not only with Jakob Fisher. She loves this town, her work, and all the heartwarming people of Heavenly. Her greatest wish is to bring Jakob and his family together again after they have shunned him when he decided to become a law enforcement officer after he had been baptized. She pushes the boundaries to help him have contact with them while trying not break the rules of the Amish. This time an Amish farmer has been killed and no one calls the authorities. “God’s Will”. Money goes missing, no one reports it. The man seemed “kind”. Well word gets back to Claire and she is sure to let Jakob knows what is going on. But will he be able to help if none of the Amish will talk to him? Claire does her best to keep her ears open and Jakob tries to get the Amish to understand he just wants to help. There is also a strong subplot that ties together a missing racehorse and the horses the Amish purchase to pull their buggies. I love the way Claire and Jakob’s relationship is evolving. The pace has been perfect. They have built a trust working together, become friends and have now moved to courting. The author continues to nurture these characters in a delightful way. I enjoyed learning about the horses too. I never really thought about the horses pulling the buggies and now it makes perfect sense. It is easy to see Ms. Bradford thoroughly researched this aspect to her story. They main mystery in the story has someone preying on the local Amish community. It has to be someone familiar with their ways and traditions. We are given several suspects and a lot of different diversions as we try to solve the mystery right along with Jakob and Claire. I was totally wrong and surprised. I loved this story and I love this series. Laura Bradford has churned up another captivating cozy for us to enjoy. Don’t hold your horses, race right out to get this one today.
judiOH More than 1 year ago
things are heating up between claire and jakob romantically. but first they must find the person or persons that are murdering and robbing the Amish. these stories are all set in a town that mixes Amish with the Englishers, and this author handles this very well. her knowledge of the Amish is very clearly shown in her writing. treat yorself and read this series, you won't regret it.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
Claire Churns up Another Killer Last year, I got completely hooked on the Amish Mysteries by Laura Bradford, reading all four that had been published to date. That left me anxiously awaiting the publication of book five, A Churn for the Worse, and I’m glad to say it is another wonderful visit with these characters. It’s summer, and Claire Weatherly is enjoying the added tourism that brings to Heavenly, Pennsylvania. While her shop is busy, she is enjoying her evenings with her boyfriend, detective Jakob Fisher. With her English and Amish friends, Claire finds her life rich, full, and peaceful. The biggest conflict in town is the consultant that’s come in and wants to bring in younger tourists with plans that would ruin much of what makes the town so special now. The peacefulness is shattered when Claire hears of an Amish man found murdered in his barn, hit over the head by a shovel. Things get more complicated when the family realizes that they were robbed about the same time, and the robberies continue in the Amish community. Who is responsible? Will the robberies lead to another murder? I am a confirmed read in order person; I go out of my way to read a series in order. Most of the time, you would be okay reading a series out of order, and it’s just a matter of personal preference. This series is not one of those times. While the murders of the previous books aren’t spoiled here, the character growth and the change in the relationships between characters is a major strength of the series. To fully understand all that happens here, you need to know what has come before. Because once again, the characters shine. The main cast continues to evolve, and their relationships reflect that fact. It is truly heartwarming to read some of the scenes in this book knowing where the characters started out in book one. Other scenes tie up sub-plots from previous books. The focus of the book is the series regulars, and to fully appreciate how wonderful the growth is, you need the full backstory. Not to say we don’t meet some great new characters here, and they are interesting as well. But they don’t get the page time that the regulars do. The plot is definitely something different than what we get in many of the cozies I read, but it absolutely worked to keep me turning the pages. In fact, I read much more of the book than I intended one day because I had to see if my theory about the plot was correct. Once again, I thought I had a handle on things, but it turned out I was wrong, as I discovered when I reached the logical climax. Oh, I had a part of it figured out, but only a part. What I realized as I was reading this book is how much the peace Claire is always finding in town translates through the pages. Thanks to the wonderful descriptions, I’m transported to a place that’s slightly less busy and definitely more restful. I am longing to visit Heavenly in real life (between murders) for some much needed R and R. Since that’s not an option, these books work wonderfully for that purpose thanks to the great atmosphere. So if you have yet to visit Heavenly, I highly recommend you do so. And if you are ready for your next visit, you’ll be delighted with A Churn for the Worse. NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
A Churn For The Worse is the fifth book in the An Amish Mystery series. It's always nice to spend some time with Claire and Aunt Diane in Heavenly. With Esther having gotten married, Claire has a new Amish girl, Annie, helping in her shop. One day when Annie arrives for work Claire can see that she has been crying. Annie tells Claire that a friend of hers, Henry Stutzman, had lost his father the previous evening, in what she called an accident in his barn. It is assumed that he stepped on a shovel and it hit him in the head and killed him. Claire is sure this is not the case and ask Detective Jakob Fisher (was Amish) about the story. They soon find out that some Englisher has been stopping by farms and asking for direction to some nearby place and they soon learn that money is also coming up missing from some of the houses. Claire, of course, has to help Jakob with the investigation as the Amish don't want to deal with the police and especially one that used to be a member of their faith. There's also a subplot that deals with a missing racehorse that was skillfully woven into the main story. Once again Ms. Bradford has masterfully provided the reader with an interesting cast of characters. From the local residents and Amish to the interesting guest at her Aunt Diane's Bed and Breakfast. Will be watching for the next book in this series.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the best installment of this series so far! You’ll have to put on your best thinking kapp to solve this one! Laura Bradford is a phenomenal author. A magnificent storyteller. And while I adore all series written by her (She also writes as Elizabeth Lynn Casey), the Amish mystery series to me, is the biggest and brightest gem in her crown of work. Truth be told, A CHURN FOR THE WORSE is THE best mystery I have read, not only this year, but in the last couple of years. The Amish Mystery series is in my top three favorite series. Each time I read a new book in this series, I feel like I am home again. To say the characters in this series are wonderful would be a vast understatement. From the English (what the Amish call us), Claire, her Aunt Diane, and Jakob Fisher (once Amish), to the Amish characters Benjamin Miller, and Ester and Eli Fisher, just to name a few, Ms. Bradford has created characters, no, people with amazing depth and layers. Each book in this series brings out more about these lovely folks. Watching them develop and grow has been one of the best parts of reading this series. As for the mystery, author Bradford has outdone herself! Bringing the victim into the story fairly early, the mystery surrounding the death, and investigation for the truth, spread throughout the entire story. There is also a secondary mystery happening in this book, ensuring every page will be filled with exciting reading. So, with my thoughts churning away, I didn’t put this book down until it was done. Wow! Ms. Bradford once again blew me away with her clever reveal. I never saw it coming. If you’re looking for a great read, go no further than A CHURN FOR THE WORSE. Make sure to check out the back of the book for a sneak peek of book one in Laura Bradford’s new Emergency Dessert Squad mysteries series, ÉCLAIR AND PRESENT DANGER!