Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Hearse And Buggy (An Amish Mystery #1), Laura Bradford
Synopsis: 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.
Thoughts: I'm a big fan of stories which include the Amish, and this first book in a series did not disappoint. The glimpses into Amish life, mingled with the English life of the main character, and tied together by both the murder mystery and the police detective (a shunned former Amish man related to several people in town), makes for a very interesting story. I can't wait to get the second book from the library!