Hearse and Buggy – Laura Bradford

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5/5 Horse and Buggies

On The Back:

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 . . . 

My Thoughts:

I’ve had this book on my physical TBR shelf for close to two years now. It was a ‘lucky’ find that I wasn’t expecting at a thrift store for an extremely cheap price. I have to say I am extremely disappointed in myself for the simple fact that I didn’t read this book earlier. It was superb!

I love Claire, she was broken and put-together at the same time and the author weaved her backstory in a way that made it suitably distant, yet close at the same time. Claire was slightly tedious at the beginning when she thought over and over again how lucky she was to be in Heavenly, but that soon remedied itself. The other characters were also great. I loved Diane, and I think a subplot involving her would be extremely enjoyable to read. The author seems to be setting up a love triangle, but I hope that’s remedied in the next book.

The mystery was well-plotted and solid. There was nothing really ‘surprising’ about it, but it was a good cozy plotline. The setting was wonderful. I loved how the author described Heavenly. It sounded perfect, and it renewed my interest in the Amish culture.

Overall an excellent book, it was a perfect light cozy for a beach read. Highly recommend!

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