Author: Laura Bradford
Published By: Berkley
Date Published: June 5th 2012
Genre: Mystery, Amish Mystery
Recommended Age: Adult
Read and Reviewed By: Me
I borrowed this book from the neighborhood library.
Claire Weatherly has divorced her husband and left New York for the Amish village of Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She opens an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and slowly makes friends among the Amish, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop.
When the store’s former owner, a unlikable man is found murdered Eli, the Amish man Esther is sweet on is the prime suspect. The new detective Jakob Fisher who was raised Amish and is now shunned by the Amish community tries to solve the case, but the Amish won’t talk to him so he relies on the help of Claire.
I really liked Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford, so much so that I plan on reading the next book in the series. I think Bradford did an excellent job creating the characters and presenting their backgrounds. I believe Bradford was being smart when she included Jakob’s pain and anguish over being shunned by his family. Yes, he knew what would happen if he left the Amish community, but it doesn’t lessen the pain any. How many of you have faced a difficult decision that you knew you had to make for whatever the reasons and ended losing love ones over. Showing Jakob’s pain to the readers made the storyline a bit realistic. If you love cozy mysteries, I recommend you reading Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford.
Adult Content: None