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 Fallen Snow 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 i  Fallen Snow 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 . . . 


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 Fallen Snow 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 i  Fallen Snow 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 . . . 

30 review for Hearse and Buggy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Sweet Enjoyable Amish Romance So glad I found this series of books. I really enjoyed the first book. Wish I could write better reviews, but I can tell you that it you like clean mysteries with Romance set in Amish country, this is a book for you. This book checked all three boxes for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa White

    From the first page to the last I loved this book. I "awwed" on the last line. The emotions were real in this book and I felt them with every page I turned. I have fallen in love with this series and everything about it. Such a wonderful book and I highly recommend it. From the first page to the last I loved this book. I "awwed" on the last line. The emotions were real in this book and I felt them with every page I turned. I have fallen in love with this series and everything about it. Such a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Allison Collins

    Laura Bradford has written a wonderful, emotional Cozy Mystery set in the small-town of Heavenly, PA. Claire Weatherly has left a high-stress lifestyle behind in New York to settle in this Lancaster County town. Her shop, Heavenly Treasures, features homemade items from the Amish community. She becomes embroiled in the case when a man is murdered, and the young man her employee and friend is sweet on is accused of the crime. I love the Cozies that Laura Bradford writes. But with “Hearse & Buggy” Laura Bradford has written a wonderful, emotional Cozy Mystery set in the small-town of Heavenly, PA. Claire Weatherly has left a high-stress lifestyle behind in New York to settle in this Lancaster County town. Her shop, Heavenly Treasures, features homemade items from the Amish community. She becomes embroiled in the case when a man is murdered, and the young man her employee and friend is sweet on is accused of the crime. I love the Cozies that Laura Bradford writes. But with “Hearse & Buggy” she has taken it to a whole new level, one filled with the emotions of complex characters. Claire meets Detective Jakob Fisher, who left the Amish Community when he was young to pursue a career with the police. Back home now from sixteen years in New York, he finds no one, not even his family, will speak to him. This author has written of his emotions with such depth and feeling that I had a lump in my throat when Jakob talked about his shunning, and the results of turning away from his religion. I have continued thinking about this story even after I finished it. Laura Bradford has begun exploring and writing about the Amish culture in ways I had never before considered. It’s encouraged me to do more reading on that way of life. Bravo, Laura!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nana Prah

    In the romantic mystery Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery), Laura Bradford displays the Amish lifestyle through the perspective of “English” woman, Claire Weatherly who has moved to Heavenly to find a life of simplicity. She ends up trying to deal with her attraction for two men and becoming an amateur detective when a murder occurs at the back of her store. I love a well balanced sweet romance novel, and this one was like a multicolored round swirly lollipop as big as my head. Laura Bradford c In the romantic mystery Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery), Laura Bradford displays the Amish lifestyle through the perspective of “English” woman, Claire Weatherly who has moved to Heavenly to find a life of simplicity. She ends up trying to deal with her attraction for two men and becoming an amateur detective when a murder occurs at the back of her store. I love a well balanced sweet romance novel, and this one was like a multicolored round swirly lollipop as big as my head. Laura Bradford captivated me with the simple lives of the Amish. She drew me into Claire’s experiences, the depth of her emotions and how the pain of her past was influencing her present. One of my favorite things about the book was how much Claire loved the art of the Amish. I could see the art in my mind’s eye as it was being described. I wanted to feel the texture of the wood as Claire brushed her fingers over the pieces. The murder mystery kept me wondering all though the story who the killer was. In the end was I wrong or was I right? I’m not saying. Hearse and Buggy was a wonderful novel and I recommend it to all and sunder. I am definitely ordering her second book in this series Assaulted Pretzel.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mark Baker

    After her divorce, Claire has settled into the town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, thanks to her aunt. She’s begun to make friends among the Amish and even opened a store that sells the items her new friends make. However, the potential peace of her new life is shattered when a man is found murdered outside her store. He left town recently after being accused of stealing from the Amish. Even though murder is not in their beliefs, might one of Claire’s new friends killed him? The characters in this bo After her divorce, Claire has settled into the town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, thanks to her aunt. She’s begun to make friends among the Amish and even opened a store that sells the items her new friends make. However, the potential peace of her new life is shattered when a man is found murdered outside her store. He left town recently after being accused of stealing from the Amish. Even though murder is not in their beliefs, might one of Claire’s new friends killed him? The characters in this book are already fully developed and alive. They drew me into the story and made me care about several sub-plots that do slow down the mystery early on. Still, once the mystery takes center stage, it is well plotted with clues and red herrings along the way. Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Kay

    ★★★★☆ What a pleasant surprise from a "new-2-me" author. Love this author's "voice" in this cozy-mystery set in Amish country. ★★★★☆ What a pleasant surprise from a "new-2-me" author. Love this author's "voice" in this cozy-mystery set in Amish country.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    2.45 stars - very mild pg13 Okay. I think I read a different book than everyone else! Parts of the book were 3.50 stars and parts were 1.50 stars. I’m torn between a final rating of 2 or 3 stars but maybe I’ll bump up since it was “clean” and the last chapter was good? (I think maybe the author's style just doesn’t fit with me.) If you just looved this book and snarky criticism will just hurt your heart, then I suggest you do not read this very long review. I’m a cranky middle-aged geezer, so it 2.45 stars - very mild pg13 Okay. I think I read a different book than everyone else! Parts of the book were 3.50 stars and parts were 1.50 stars. I’m torn between a final rating of 2 or 3 stars but maybe I’ll bump up since it was “clean” and the last chapter was good? (I think maybe the author's style just doesn’t fit with me.) If you just looved this book and snarky criticism will just hurt your heart, then I suggest you do not read this very long review. I’m a cranky middle-aged geezer, so it would perhaps be wise for prospective readers of this book to also read some alternate 5-star reviews for needed balance! Okay, here we go. There are way too many details that don’t add up in this book. And Claire, our amateur-sleuth heroine, annoyed me beyond all annoyance! By the end of the book I wanted to puke at her constant introspection. She’s a flat, dishrag-dull character. There’s no fire, no pizazz, no humor. Just complete sappiness and cluelessness. Not to mention she’s constantly toying with the affections of two decent men throughout the whole book, only to decide, oops!, she needs time to heal and just be by herself, sorry boys! Author also manages to take a hunky, formerly-Amish, experienced New York City detective and make him clueless, all so that she can turn our incompetent heroine (who IS actually clueless!!) into Sherlock reincarnated. Here are some of my many, many notes made while reading (lots of notes is NOT a good thing with me!!): (view spoiler)[ ~~ Up to the halfway point and I can’t put my finger on it - ?? - kind of “meh”? Some details don’t fit. Some things seem a bit over-the-top. There’s always some totally silly reason why the main character, Claire, withholds info from the police. And almost every time Claire is in a scene with the hunky, formerly-Amish, police detective, Jakob, she’s “Swallowing. Hard.” This is the author’s version of the sexual-attraction tinglys or shivers. Ugh! There is just too much gasping, googly eyes and other similar nonsense in this book! ~~ Additionally, Claire just started running a shop that sells Amish handcrafted goods. Evidently just one (ONE!) teenaged Amish girl has been supplying her shop with enough handcrafted wares to sell to all the tourists??? Oh, please!! That’s a pretty lame shop right in the middle of tourist-ville! Although. . . no customers ever seem to be in her shop, so maybe it’s realistic? Claire spends very little time actually working and those few hours she does work are spent arranging and rearranging the 5-10 items she has for sale. ~~ Up to Ch. 21. I don’t think this is authors first book, but little stuff needs to make sense and be tightened up. It’s like a novice writer who puts in words just to make it fit in a certain scene, but it just doesn’t fit with the rest of the book. All of a sudden Claire, a dull, wet dishrag, who has been coasting along hiding info to herself, changes into an intuitive, brilliant, “Nancy Drew” and she actually finally voices her splendid (eye-roll) idea to the police detective. ”’Maybe it’s not Ruth who is being targeted,’ she said, the notion surprising her as much as it did Jakob.” (pg 167) Okay, you have to read the story to understand, but that right there is an example of what’s wrong with this story. Jakob is a seasoned, New York City, police detective. This very obvious idea would not have been a surprise to him -- it would have already crossed his mind. But, now, for the next several paragraphs he acts all surprised and impressed with her sleuthing abilities and decides to give this ”new-to-him”, brilliant notion some serious detective-style consideration. (Major eye roll!) ~~ There is just way too much melodrama. Not the usual histrionics that I abhor in my romances. But this melodrama comes as Claire is thinking, sleuthing or observing. It’s just too over-the-top. I feel like this should be read out loud by a male with a very deep voice, like from one of those old-time radio shows. I keep expecting to hear “Dragnet” music. Dun-da-tah! The key is not in it’s usual spot. Dah-ta-dah! There’s a twig out of place on the ground. Dun-da-tah! His eyes looked to the side. Dun-da-ta-taah!! (My eyes rolled up into my head. Ta-Dah!!!) ~~ Oh, how stupid!! Chapter 24 is a total waste of a tree! Author has made Claire just flat out stupid. She’s limp. There’s no fire to her. She’s annoying, clueless, melodramatic. I don’t think there’s a more-dense dimwit on the planet. Forget the sleuthing skills. She has zilch in the basic human understanding skills. I’m about to quit reading what was, otherwise, a 3 star book. This just became a 1 star book. ~~ What??!! Oh, so that’s a good idea! Keep all the details to your dimwitted little self. No reason to pass them on to the police detective, who just happens to also be one of the two men you’re making googly eyes at. No. No need to do the right thing, much less gain his respect. ~~ Why does this book have so many 5 star reviews??? Is the ultimate reveal of the mystery extra fantabulous or something? Because the writing and the basic human story certainly is not. I really should stop reading. ~~ Her rationale behind all her dumb decisions is absolutely ridiculous and basically a rationale that would never be held by any intelligent being. I cannot stand stupid, ridiculous characters. One small example out of many: Claire can’t discuss events with her aunt because her aunt is an innkeeper. Wait, what?? Huh??? That’s it. That’s the reason. She’s an innkeeper. One of the measly four or five guests in the B&B just might overhear her. Seriously. Evidently, there is nowhere inside the inn, outside the inn, inside the car, or anywhere else within the whole town or county where she could possibly speak privately with her aunt. …….. My eyeballs are stuck!!! …….. Cluelessness or ineptitude once or twice in the story is okay and probably necessary for the plot. But constantly??!!? And yet, we’re supposed to believe she’s some sort of Sherlock-in-training for the series of books that come after this one! ~~ Oh please! Claire just got out of a bad marriage only six months ago. I’m a bit sick of her girlie twirly tingly feelings for two different men (one of whom is an Amish widower!). She’s selfishly leading on, and having romantic thoughts about, Benjamin. He’s Amish. Unless she wants to renounce all her worldly little self, then she’s just being self-centered and hurtful to him. (Not to mention she’s also still “swallowing – hard” around Jakob!!) ~~ And, so far, the author perpetuates the overly romanticized view of the Amish community and also seems to imply that the Amish are childlike or slow-of-intellect. I don’t like that! A simple lifestyle does not equate with a simple mind!!! The Amish can be gentle and seemingly unsophisticated, but they are not idiots. They are smart people and, often, extremely wise and shrewd and they are well aware of how things work in the world outside of their own community. ~~ Our dimwitted heroine has now supposedly become a much more clever investigator than the seasoned, New York City police detective. Oy vey!! This book is about to go in the rubbish, along with the next in the series which I had already purchased. ~~ Ugh. Surely, they can’t all be simpletons??? ~~ Cue melodrama music and drum roll. Claire has an INCREDIBLE REVELATION. The revelation to end all revelations. It’s………. the exact same revelation she had about 4-5 pages earlier. Ta dah!! Argh!!! ~~ And. Once. Again. She’s a twit. Normal cozy mysteries perhaps have one or two instances of our amateur sleuth being stupid or making unwise decisions, but this book just knows no bounds!!! ~~ Only 40 pages to go and I’m not sure I have the blood pressure to do it. I know I don’t have enough eye drops!! ~~ ”She had absolutely no proof that ...(major spoiler – so I won’t fill in this blank).... To go to Jakob with her harebrained suspicion prematurely would make her look like a total and complete nut. Besides, he had more urgent matters on his plate than trying to follow a trail of what-ifs and just-supposes.” <-- ??? Huh?? In this small, rural, Amish town, the police detective has more URGENT matters than following a trail of clues and solving a MURDER. Really???!!! Well, of course he’s busy with other stuff – wouldn’t want to bother him with silly murder suspicions…. (Needless to say, my eyeballs are rolling every which way!) ~~ Oh geez. Now she’s trying to explain that she’s not interested in a relationship with either of the men she’s been leading on – she’s still trying to “find herself”. Ugh! this has seriously got to be a first book, conceived when author was in her early teens! Oh!! Oops! I didn’t mean to lead either of you men on. Silly you for misperceiving my flirtations! Since I’m newly divorced, I still need time to contemplate my navel and marvel for another 200 pages about how I’m now at peace and thankful and happy and blah, blah, blah, blegh!! <-- Not a direct quote. ~~ A positive point. Surprise! I found one. I am thankful that the author did not do the cozy standard and put Claire in some ridiculous, life-threatening situation. ~~ I guessed the murderer from the get-go. Yay for me! (The resolution was quite lame -- not fantabulous as I had been led to believe based on all the 5 star reviews.) ~~ More gushing positives: The very last chapter was good! (hide spoiler)] So many people whose reviews I usually agree with have given this book 4 & 5 stars. (What happened to me??!) Had I not already purchased book two in the series, I would definitely not buy it now. However, I will try to read it at some point with the hopes that Claire improves and also to find out if she ever actually sells something in her shop. I shudder, though, to think how the author plans to resolve the love triangle. Plus, I can’t imagine how she can realistically solve the fact that Jakob is shunned by the Amish community he once left. My knowledge of the Amish is quite limited, but I believe some Amish sects allow contact (even if awkward) and some do not; author already set this particular sect up as one that strongly shuns. I’m guessing she’ll just “abracadabra” change that as the series progresses (my prediction is they get a new bishop or the old one has a softening of the heart and changes their rules).

  8. 5 out of 5

    Betsy

    I picked up Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford because I am intrigued by the Amish. I thought a cozy mystery set in Lancaster County, PA, would be right up my alley. I was not disappointed. I loved visiting Heavenly, PA, and meeting the characters. I enjoyed getting a little more information on the Amish as well. I am interested in seeing where this series leads. 3 stars. Interesting passages: Claire's aunt is describing why she is does not regret not getting married. Included in the response was I picked up Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford because I am intrigued by the Amish. I thought a cozy mystery set in Lancaster County, PA, would be right up my alley. I was not disappointed. I loved visiting Heavenly, PA, and meeting the characters. I enjoyed getting a little more information on the Amish as well. I am interested in seeing where this series leads. 3 stars. Interesting passages: Claire's aunt is describing why she is does not regret not getting married. Included in the response was "...with the way I tend to run off at the mouth about history and such, I'd have bored some poor fellow into an early grave." A discussion about one of the characters doing something that really would not have a desired outcome -- done more out of hope than belief. A character is described as the "epitome of goodness" and made the world a better place with her kindness and generosity. (This is what I would love to strive for.) I agree that cooking for people who appreciate your effort makes all the difference in the enjoyment of cooking. "....so many people feel the need to tarnish what is good. It's like it makes them feel better about themselves somehow if they do." Looking forward instead of backward can really help one's attitude. My favorite is the words to describe a character who is less than faithful to his wife -- "vow-challenged".

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Let me start by saying that I LOVE cozy mysteries. They don't have to be brilliantly written for me to enjoy them thoroughly. However. I do appreciate a decent editor. Didn't anyone else notice that they changed the name of Claire's ex-husband halfway through the book?!?! And some of the phrasing was so clunky and convoluted that I have to believe that they were just overlooked in editing. The cliches were unending, the constant "gasping" obnoxious, and the sappy sweetness, sappy sweet even for Let me start by saying that I LOVE cozy mysteries. They don't have to be brilliantly written for me to enjoy them thoroughly. However. I do appreciate a decent editor. Didn't anyone else notice that they changed the name of Claire's ex-husband halfway through the book?!?! And some of the phrasing was so clunky and convoluted that I have to believe that they were just overlooked in editing. The cliches were unending, the constant "gasping" obnoxious, and the sappy sweetness, sappy sweet even for a cozy. I'm willing to forgive a lot in a mystery, but this one was over-the-top in every way. I gave it two stars (instead of one) because I did make it through all the way to the end, and actually, reading it whet my appetite for more cozys. Go figure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Schwartz

    I was excited to read the first book in the Amish mystery series as I've always been fascinated with the Amish and their way of life. But this book was a disappointment to me. The characters weren't realistic and there was entirely too much schmaltz and "puppy dog eyes" for my liking. The protagonist, Claire Weatherly runs a shop in a small town connected to an Amish community. She sells Amish made arts and crafts in the book. I don't know how she manages to keep that shop afloat because there w I was excited to read the first book in the Amish mystery series as I've always been fascinated with the Amish and their way of life. But this book was a disappointment to me. The characters weren't realistic and there was entirely too much schmaltz and "puppy dog eyes" for my liking. The protagonist, Claire Weatherly runs a shop in a small town connected to an Amish community. She sells Amish made arts and crafts in the book. I don't know how she manages to keep that shop afloat because there were never any customers in the shop - ever. The whole book was sans customers and full of tears, longing glances and lovesick yearnings. Sorry, I just didn't care who committed the crime by the time the book ended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel in the Amish mystery series. Living in Buffalo, we've traveled around/near Amish country many times but this book bought the day-to-day living to life in a charming but fairly realistic manner. I generally don't do plot reviews because so many do that on Amazon. The mystery was well-written and kept me guessing until almost the very end. The characters were engaging, empathetic, and the story's romantic tension left me already excited for book number two. I I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel in the Amish mystery series. Living in Buffalo, we've traveled around/near Amish country many times but this book bought the day-to-day living to life in a charming but fairly realistic manner. I generally don't do plot reviews because so many do that on Amazon. The mystery was well-written and kept me guessing until almost the very end. The characters were engaging, empathetic, and the story's romantic tension left me already excited for book number two. I definitely recommend this book. I previously read Éclair and Dangerous by this author.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    Laura Bradford, master story teller of Amish cozy mysteries brings readers the first book of An Amish Mystery series. A murder takes place early in the book leaving readers guessing who done it almost to the end of the story. I kind of suspected who the real killer was but to be honest I also had another person I thought had motive enough to have killed the victim. I love cozy murder mysteries and I will be reading more of this authors mysteries in the near future. If you love to read cozy murde Laura Bradford, master story teller of Amish cozy mysteries brings readers the first book of An Amish Mystery series. A murder takes place early in the book leaving readers guessing who done it almost to the end of the story. I kind of suspected who the real killer was but to be honest I also had another person I thought had motive enough to have killed the victim. I love cozy murder mysteries and I will be reading more of this authors mysteries in the near future. If you love to read cozy murder mysteries I recommend Hearse and Buggy for your reading pleasure.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Meh. Found the heroine, Claire, too goody-goody, even for an Amish book (and she's not even Amish). Had a hard time believing that she was so close and friendly with the Amish characters when she's new in town. Seemed to have limited Amish people creating crafts for her shop, but lots of stock, and the ones that were mentioned couldn't have produced as much as they did in the time-frame of the book. Detective didn't detect much. Meh. Found the heroine, Claire, too goody-goody, even for an Amish book (and she's not even Amish). Had a hard time believing that she was so close and friendly with the Amish characters when she's new in town. Seemed to have limited Amish people creating crafts for her shop, but lots of stock, and the ones that were mentioned couldn't have produced as much as they did in the time-frame of the book. Detective didn't detect much.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)

    This is the first book in the Amish Mystery series and I am finding that I really like Laura Bradford’s writing as I read several of her series this year. Claire has moved to Heavenly, Penn. and is staying with her Aunt till she gets financially secure enough to find her own space. She has opened a shop called Heavenly Treasures where she makes her own crafts to sell but also sells some Amish crafts on consignment. The Amish are a little leery of letting her do so because the man who had a store This is the first book in the Amish Mystery series and I am finding that I really like Laura Bradford’s writing as I read several of her series this year. Claire has moved to Heavenly, Penn. and is staying with her Aunt till she gets financially secure enough to find her own space. She has opened a shop called Heavenly Treasures where she makes her own crafts to sell but also sells some Amish crafts on consignment. The Amish are a little leery of letting her do so because the man who had a store there previously wronged them. When he ends up dead it all points to a hot headed young Amish man and so Claire has to try and figure things out as the young lady who is working for her is smitten with him and doesn’t think he would do such a thing. I really enjoyed this and liked the characters a lot. It was fun learning about the Amish side of things and how a town operates around the English and Amish living there. Claire is a great character and I really liked the detective Jakob who use to be Amish. I felt sorry for him as it was hard to try and solve a crime when those he needs to talk to don’t want to talk to him. I really can’t wait to try some more from this series and would recommend it to all cozy lovers.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Moondance

    Claire Weatherly looked around the empty stockroom, kneading the small of her back with stiff fingers. Claire has moved to Heavenly, Pennsylvania to get away from her stressful life. She has opened Heavenly Treasure to sell handmade items by the local Amish community. The former store owner is found murdered and Claire becomes involved in the investigation to clear the name of a friend. The return of a former Amish man who has basically been shunned for choosing a career in law enforcement was qu Claire Weatherly looked around the empty stockroom, kneading the small of her back with stiff fingers. Claire has moved to Heavenly, Pennsylvania to get away from her stressful life. She has opened Heavenly Treasure to sell handmade items by the local Amish community. The former store owner is found murdered and Claire becomes involved in the investigation to clear the name of a friend. The return of a former Amish man who has basically been shunned for choosing a career in law enforcement was quite sad I felt terrible for him most of the book. i am not well versed in Amish ways but i could not imagine not speaking to my brother. I was a little concerned about Claire's possible attraction to an Amish man who is a widower. I can't imagine where this might lead. The mystery was well done. I had pretty much figured out what was going on but it did not distract from the plot in any way. This was an excellent beginning to the series. I enjoyed the characters and the town. I look forward to reading more in the series to see where certain story lines may lead.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    I can't be the only one who thinks an English person selling Amish made goods in Amish country exploitative, right? Right? Well maybe I am. But I do, and I've got my problems with having non Amish protagonists in Amish centric books. I stopped reading Amanda Flower for this reason. Claire is mostly respectful in this case unlike Flower's protagonists, but still. I also figured out whodunit it pretty quickly, and so could they (the mc and her would be beau), except they spent too much time flirti I can't be the only one who thinks an English person selling Amish made goods in Amish country exploitative, right? Right? Well maybe I am. But I do, and I've got my problems with having non Amish protagonists in Amish centric books. I stopped reading Amanda Flower for this reason. Claire is mostly respectful in this case unlike Flower's protagonists, but still. I also figured out whodunit it pretty quickly, and so could they (the mc and her would be beau), except they spent too much time flirting with each other. That was gag inducing, not least because this lady is stringing another person along as well. I do not have patience for this sort of thing either. I usually give series at least two books before I call it quits, but probably not with this one because Claire isn't going to suddenly change into someone who was born Amish.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Claire moves back to Heavenly for a short visit but stays after opening an Amish craft store. Even though she isn’t Amish she starts to fit in. A man who had stolen money from the Amish is killed and her worker’s want to be boyfriend is the suspect. She isn’t sure he did it and works with the new policeman. A man who was Amish but left and is being shunned by his family, one of which works for her.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    Claire has come from a very bad time in her life to the present time in her life with the help and love of her aunt. She moved to Heavenly to heal herself from the heartache of her broken marriage. She does this by moving into her aunt's B&B and helping her out. Claire soon is finding that Heavenly may be the place for her to set her roots in. It is Amish country and is made up of great people. Claire soon opens her very own shop, Heavenly Treasures, where she sells Amish made crafts to tourists Claire has come from a very bad time in her life to the present time in her life with the help and love of her aunt. She moved to Heavenly to heal herself from the heartache of her broken marriage. She does this by moving into her aunt's B&B and helping her out. Claire soon is finding that Heavenly may be the place for her to set her roots in. It is Amish country and is made up of great people. Claire soon opens her very own shop, Heavenly Treasures, where she sells Amish made crafts to tourists who come to learn about and see the Amish way of living. Life is good for Claire, but when a murder takes place between her shop and the Amish Bakery next door things change. Claire soon is doing everything she can to help prove that such a horrid crime was not committed by such simple and nice people as the Amish, especially those that are her friends. It looks bad though, seeing as how the murdered man was the same man who stole lots of money from the Amish and then skipped town. Who else would have a reason to kill this man? Surely no Amish man or woman would murder...or would they? Can they get to the bottom of anything when the Amish refuse to talk to the new Detective, Jakob? They won't talk to him because he was Amish and from their area, but after being baptized he committed the worst sin in their eyes and left the Amish ways for becoming a Detective. Therefore, he is not one to be communicated with in their eyes. Can Claire help bridge that gap at least enough so solve this murder? Can she help? Also, what are all these butterflies doing in her tummy when she sees Jakob or brushes against him? Is she ready for those to happen after her hard past? This is such a refreshing mystery! It is light, but not without suspense and action. It is a book that has a flow as smooth as hand churned butter and is just as delicious. When reading this book I could almost hear the clip clop of the Amish horse's feet on the roads. This book gave me a sense of calm while reading it, even though it was a murder mystery. It just was a book that took me away from all my "real life" problems and in to a world that is so much more simple. The descriptions were great, I could see it all playing out in my head...from the look of the characters to the look and feel of the town and the Amish way of life. The characters were some of the best I have read about in quite some time. They were simple, yet had just enough complexity to them to make them easy to relate to. I was quite shocked at the conclusion of the murder and can't wait to see what Claire is in for next. I also am very interested in seeing where Claire and Jakob may go in their friendship/relationship. I know what my hopes are, but I can't wait to see what really happens. The Amish feel of the book is what made this great for me! Loved everything about this book....the writing, the characters, and the plot line!! I highly recommend!!! It is a great book to curl up with on the couch and read until all hours of the morning just to see how it all turns out. 5/5 Stars!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary Brown

    Synopsis: Fallen Snow 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 Synopsis: Fallen Snow 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 . . . (Goodreads) Review: In this first book in An Amish Mystery series, we are introduced to Claire Weatherly, owner of Heavenly Treasures, a speciality shop featuring many Amish made goods crafted by the local Amish families. After leaving her fast-paced life behind, she is happy living in this quaint Pennsylvania town. She is making friends with many of the locals and there are two men who have piqued her interest. Things are working out just as she hoped until a dead body is found. Then her quiet life is turned upside down and she finds herself between the Amish culture and the Englisher culture. She decides she needs to find the murderer to help out her neighbors and friends, making sure that an innocent person is not accused of the crime. The characters are well developed and well rounded. I found myself caring what happened to them and wanting to know more about their lives. Claire is a strong independent woman but she has a heart of gold. When her friends are hurting, so is she. She wants to make things right in all their worlds, but she is realizing that is not always possible. I really enjoy reading Amish mysteries because I love learning about their way of life. I also enjoy reading the difference between their ways and the ways of the Englisher, I have always found this fascinating and this book fed that fascination. The writer is very talented creating a setting that invites the reader in and makes them reluctant to leave. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery and if you enjoy Amish mysteries, this is a must read book. I am happy that this is just the first book in the series because I will have more opportunities to visit Claire and Heavenly again and again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    This is the first in the An Amish Mystery series. And what a delightful and interesting series it is, too. Claire Weatherly has left an unhappy marriage and has moved to Heavenly, PA. Heavenly is located in the middle of the Amish area in Lancaster County. Claire has an Amish speciality shop, where she sells items made by Amish locals. In the evenings she helps her Aunt Diane around her B&B. Claire with the help of a young Amish woman, Esther, are getting the store organized after getting rid of This is the first in the An Amish Mystery series. And what a delightful and interesting series it is, too. Claire Weatherly has left an unhappy marriage and has moved to Heavenly, PA. Heavenly is located in the middle of the Amish area in Lancaster County. Claire has an Amish speciality shop, where she sells items made by Amish locals. In the evenings she helps her Aunt Diane around her B&B. Claire with the help of a young Amish woman, Esther, are getting the store organized after getting rid of the previous store's inventory. He has left Heavenly after cheating the craftspeople of the monies due them. Soon Walter Snow, who previously ran the little shop, is found dead behind the store and the bakery next door. Eli, who Esther has a crush for, and who is known to have a temper and has run ins in the past with Snow, is considered to be the prime suspect. In addition there have been acts of vandalism at the bakery which is managed by Eli's twin sister, has Eli upset also. Jakob Fisher is the newly arrived detective that has been assigned to the investigation. Jakob is also Esther's uncle and has left the Amish faith and this will be a major conflict. The Amish won't want to have anything to do with someone who has left the faith, so Jakob needs to enlist Claire to help with the investigation. I'm looking forward to the next book to learn more about the Amish community. Also looking forward to hearing more about Eli and Esther, how Ben, Eli brother,and Jakob will fit into Claire's life. I always enjoy reading a good mystery and learning more about the Amish faith.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joanne

    Clair has left her ex-husband and the stress of living in New York City to open a little shop and settle down in a small town in Amish country. She has fallen in love with the concept of living a simple life surrounded by normal, down-to-earth people, and is looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming part of the community. Claire already is attached to the young Amish girl, Esther, who works in her store, and when the young Amish man she is sweet on becomes the prime suspect in the Clair has left her ex-husband and the stress of living in New York City to open a little shop and settle down in a small town in Amish country. She has fallen in love with the concept of living a simple life surrounded by normal, down-to-earth people, and is looking forward to getting to know everyone and becoming part of the community. Claire already is attached to the young Amish girl, Esther, who works in her store, and when the young Amish man she is sweet on becomes the prime suspect in the murder of the former owner of Claire's store, Claire feels compelled to help in any way she can. Claire's increasing involvement in the Amish community includes trying to help the formerly Amish detective investigating the murder, since the Amish don't want to speak to him because he is being shunned for leaving, as well as getting to know the handsome older brother of the prime suspect, and she feels a little torn between the two very different men. I really enjoyed the book because I felt like I was getting to know the characters just as Claire was, and was kept in suspense because, like her, I didn't want Esther's beau to be guilty even though all the evidence pointed in his direction! Great cliff-hanger with multiple suspects!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    I read this book because I enjoy the Southern Sewing Circle series by this author under the name Elizabeth Casey. There are some similarities in that both series are set in small towns with an engaging female sleuth. Claire has moved to Amish country to live with her aunt who runs an inn for tourists. Claire has opened a gift shop selling Amish made items; the former owner of the space is found dead in the alley behind the row of shops. Suspicion falls on a young Amish man, Eli with a short temp I read this book because I enjoy the Southern Sewing Circle series by this author under the name Elizabeth Casey. There are some similarities in that both series are set in small towns with an engaging female sleuth. Claire has moved to Amish country to live with her aunt who runs an inn for tourists. Claire has opened a gift shop selling Amish made items; the former owner of the space is found dead in the alley behind the row of shops. Suspicion falls on a young Amish man, Eli with a short temper. Claire finds herself as an intermediary between the "English" and Amish while also falling for two different men. Jakob is the detective who is a shunned member of the Amish community while Benjamin, an Amish widower also catches Claire's attention. Claire is a stronger woman than Tori Sinclair, the librarian sleuth in the Southern Sewing Circle series but both are interesting characters. Both towns have their repeating characters than round out the plot lines. I would recommend both series for readers of cozy mysteries.

  23. 5 out of 5

    C.

    I enjoyed this story except for a major complaint ..... SPOILERS AHEAD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The only fault I have with this book is there is no way that Jakob an Amish man would not have known very well what the consequences of his leaving the Amish after baptism would be,so it really annoyed me that so much of the story focused on his pain over being shunned and the pain he caused his family.Come on.... any Amish knows, that is the price they will pay! If such a big deal had not been made I enjoyed this story except for a major complaint ..... SPOILERS AHEAD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The only fault I have with this book is there is no way that Jakob an Amish man would not have known very well what the consequences of his leaving the Amish after baptism would be,so it really annoyed me that so much of the story focused on his pain over being shunned and the pain he caused his family.Come on.... any Amish knows, that is the price they will pay! If such a big deal had not been made of that,and been such a huge side story,and why on earth come back to the same town after living in NY,anyway, yeah THAT made sense! I would have glady given this 5-stars if not for Jakob's story,and the part about the going nowhere attraction between Claire and Benjamin could have been left out,as well! END SPOILERS>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I did enjoy the character development and the mystery.I think most Amish fiction fans would enjoy it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Rogan

    This is a cozy set in Amish country, Pennsylvania. It was a great read and a good mystery. I figured out part, but not all of the ending. The writing style is a little above that of most cozies and it flowed very well. The characters were interesting and I see a lot of potential for developing them more as the series continues. There was not really a lot of information on the Amish that isn't common knowledge - hopefully, that will increase in futures books. The only real negative was the romant This is a cozy set in Amish country, Pennsylvania. It was a great read and a good mystery. I figured out part, but not all of the ending. The writing style is a little above that of most cozies and it flowed very well. The characters were interesting and I see a lot of potential for developing them more as the series continues. There was not really a lot of information on the Amish that isn't common knowledge - hopefully, that will increase in futures books. The only real negative was the romantic triangle. I'm not a real fan of women who can't make up their minds which man they are interested in. I don't think most women run into two men at the same time who really click with them, so I think it's very unrealistic. I know at least one more of this series has been written and I will definitely read it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julia Wilson

    OMG. LOVED it! The potential romance/flirtation between Claire and Benjamin (Amish) and Jakob (ex-Amish) is priceless. The author gives a "humaness" to the Amish characters. So often, we (English) feel that the simple lifestyle of the Amish removes them from the cares of the world. They feel the same things we do - happiness, anxiety, anger, etc. It is refreshing to see these feelings shown by the Amish characters. I love Amish country, and this brought me home. I am so "jonesing" for the peacef OMG. LOVED it! The potential romance/flirtation between Claire and Benjamin (Amish) and Jakob (ex-Amish) is priceless. The author gives a "humaness" to the Amish characters. So often, we (English) feel that the simple lifestyle of the Amish removes them from the cares of the world. They feel the same things we do - happiness, anxiety, anger, etc. It is refreshing to see these feelings shown by the Amish characters. I love Amish country, and this brought me home. I am so "jonesing" for the peacefulness of a trip to Amish country. It's gotta happen soon. In case it doesn't, here's hopin the next book in the series is not long in coming out. :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Melodie

    I really enjoyed this one. Amish culture has always fascinated me, and it appears the author did some research before she wrote this. I liked the characters and the story was well told. If you're looking for a nice cozy with a little different spin, you could do far worse than picking up this one! RECOMMEND! I really enjoyed this one. Amish culture has always fascinated me, and it appears the author did some research before she wrote this. I liked the characters and the story was well told. If you're looking for a nice cozy with a little different spin, you could do far worse than picking up this one! RECOMMEND!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Bradford

    What a great start to anew series. You will find yourself not wanting to put down this book. You will fall in love with the characters. I am very ready for the next book.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    After her divorce in NY, Claire Weatherly visits her aunt Diane at her B&B in Heavenly, Pennsyania. She feels at home in the slow paced, simple lifestyle and decides to open a shop called Heavenly Treasures, which features items hand made by the local Amish. (Quilts sell for dollar amount equaling twice the number of hours taken to make them) The man who rented the shop space before her cheated the Amish out of money for the things he sold for them, and left town when confronted by a hot tempered After her divorce in NY, Claire Weatherly visits her aunt Diane at her B&B in Heavenly, Pennsyania. She feels at home in the slow paced, simple lifestyle and decides to open a shop called Heavenly Treasures, which features items hand made by the local Amish. (Quilts sell for dollar amount equaling twice the number of hours taken to make them) The man who rented the shop space before her cheated the Amish out of money for the things he sold for them, and left town when confronted by a hot tempered young Amish man. Such displays of anger are not allowed in their faith and the young man is almost everyone's first suspect when the thieving former shop owner is murdered. Of course, there are two handsome men that Claire is attracted to. One is Benjamin, and their relationship is seemingly impossible because he is Amish. The other is a police detective who returned home to be near his family, even though they have shunned him for leaving the faith after baptism to join the police force. Although their faith does not even allow the Amish to speak to him, Claire is determined to help somehow bring them back together. Apparently they are allowed to speak with Detective Jakob Fisher in his capacity as a police officer.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    The concept for this book series holds promise. I believe the author did some research into the Amish way of life. But the story would have benefitted from a sharp editing. One glaring example is that Claire's ex-husband's name is Peter. Until the last 2/3 of the book, when inexplicably he is referred to as Paul. The dialog is a bit stilted, but perhaps the Amish don't use contractions and can be depended on to meander in conversations. Also, Claire is of an age now that it seems cliché to need The concept for this book series holds promise. I believe the author did some research into the Amish way of life. But the story would have benefitted from a sharp editing. One glaring example is that Claire's ex-husband's name is Peter. Until the last 2/3 of the book, when inexplicably he is referred to as Paul. The dialog is a bit stilted, but perhaps the Amish don't use contractions and can be depended on to meander in conversations. Also, Claire is of an age now that it seems cliché to need time to "find herself" and discover what she likes. Plus at no time did the situations present much suspense. A nail-biter it was not. But still, it was a pleasant escape, and I'd recommend it for girls ages 12-15.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Laura Bradford is my new favorite cozy mystery author! I enjoyed the Emergency Dessert Squad series and am now enjoying her Amish cozy series. If you are a cozy fan you owe it to yourself to check them out!

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