An Amish Mystery
BY LAURA BRADFORD
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The first book in a new series about an Amish community in the fictional town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania.Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace—in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop. So when the store’s former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved.
Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly—and his Amish upbringing—as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between.
As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk . . .
PRAISE FOR HEARSE AND BUGGY:
"The Best Cozy Mystery Debut I've read all year."
— Harlan Coben
— Harlan Coben
"Hands down Hearse and Buggy is a mystery debut cozy lovers will flock to."
— Laura Hinds, Myshelf.com
— Laura Hinds, Myshelf.com
"A delightful cozy with depth and dimension."
— Fresh Fiction
"Laura Bradford's Hearse and Buggy is undoubtedly one of the best cozy mysteries I've read this year. It is meaty, with an intriguing background, and it provides an education as to the Amish culture. And, Bradford's characters are some of the best-developed, most interesting ones I've come across in a cozy mystery. With Hearse and Buggy, Bradford has taken the Amish mystery, and successfully made it her own."— Lesa's Book Critiques
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Laura Bradford is the author of the new Amish Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime/Penguin). The debut title, HEARSE AND BUGGY, is available now.
In addition to this new series, Laura is also the bestselling author of the Southern Sewing Circle Mystery Series (under her pen name, Elizabeth Lynn Casey), and an award winning romance author for Harlequin American. Her third romance, MIRACLE BABY, was named RT Magazine's Reviewer's Choice Award Winner for Best Harlequin American of 2010. KAYLA'S DADDY—her first romance—was nominated for the same award and has gone on to be translated in both Spain and Germany. Her next romance, STORYBOOK DAD, is scheduled to release in October 2012.
A graduate of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, Laura lives in New York with her family.
To read more about Laura Bradford's life and view more photographs, visit her website HERE.
AN EXCERPT FROM HEARSE AND BUGGY:
Claire Weatherly looked around the empty stockroom, kneading the small of her back with stiff, tired fingers. Three hours earlier she'd been almost convinced it would take an act of God to clear away the last of the handmade furniture left behind by the previous tenant. Bed frames, tables, chairs, chests, and cribs had claimed the much- needed space for weeks, a glaring reminder of one more task that needed to be completed before Heavenly Treasures would finally feel as if it were truly there to stay.
Because it was. And so was she.
Sure, there had been times—like three hours ago—when she'd been inclined to give in to the doubts and simply roll over, convinced her fresh start was nothing more than idle daydreams with a hefty dose of delirium thrown in for good measure. Yet she'd pressed on, driven by the same little voice that had prodded her to make some of the best decisions she'd made in years. Including taking a gamble and leaving her ex-husband's harried world in favor of one where she actually fit.
At the sound of Esther King's timid voice, Claire turned and drank in the sight of the young woman in her plain royal-blue dress and white apron.
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