Hearse and Buggy
Amish Mysteries : Book 1
Claire Weatherly has fled her high-stress lifestyle for one with a slower pace--in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned for it to be a short visit to her aunt's inn, but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in for the long haul. 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 with her.
So when the former owner of the store, an unlikable man names Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can't help but get involved.
To catch a killer, 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 to him. Claire's connections make her the perfect go-between.
As Claire starts to dig into who else might have wanted Snow dead, 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...
"The Best Cozy Mystery Debut I've read all year."
— Harlan Coben
"Hands down Hearse and Buggy is a mystery debut cozy lovers will flock to."
— 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