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Hearse and Buggy (An Amish Mystery #1)

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  790 ratings  ·  144 reviews
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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
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Mass Market Paperback, 275 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Berkley
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Rane

Huge fan of Laura Bradford's other alias ,Elizabeth Lynn Casey,
A Southern Sewing Circle. I quickly grabbed a copy of her newest cozy mystery series. Bardford has a gift of creating characters and places that are heart warming and not flashy.

Claire Weatherly has left the fast lane for the quiet life Heavenly, Pennsylvania in Amish country along with her aunt who runs a bed and breakfast. Clarie runs a small shop 'Heavenly Treasures' that showcases the art of Amish and help her make friends wi
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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. ...more
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 & Bu
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...more
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 tour ...more
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 ...more
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
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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.
LORI CASWELL
Heavenly, Pennsylvania has become home to Claire Weatherly. She lives with her aunt Diane who runs Sleep Heavenly Bed & Breakfast. She has left behind her old life in Manhattan and find herself the owner of Heavenly Treasures on Lighted Way where she sells Amish crafted items. Her store is right next to the Shoo Fly Bake Shoppe where Ruth Miller bakes up and sells her tasty treats.

Ruth is a Amish woman with two very protective brothers, Eli and Benjamin. They try to keep a close eye on both
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Edel
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Susan
Very nice cozy debut. Claire is rebuilding her life after divorce in Heavenly, Pennsylvania, a town that derives much of its income through tourist trade and handmade goods from an Amish community nearby. Specifically, Claire has taken over a storefront previously run by a crook who defrauded the Amish and then ran off owing them money. Claire returns the unsold items still in shop to the proper owners and is slowly rebuilding the place as a consignment shop of quality handmade goods. Claire her ...more
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 ...more
Cathy Cole
First Line: Claire Weatherly looked around the empty stockroom, kneading the small of her back with stiff, tired fingers.

Claire Weatherly has finally called her marriage quits; her high-powered Wall Street husband is going to have to find someone else to berate and ignore. She decided to stay for a while with her Aunt Diane, the owner of the Sleep Heavenly Inn in Heavenly, Pennsylvania, but after six months, Claire knows she's found the lifestyle she's been craving and the place where she wants
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Melissapalmer404
Book #55 Read in 2013
Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford

This is the first book in a cozy mystery series. Claire has a shop in an Amish village where her aunt runs a bed and breakfast. This allows Claire a new start in life after her divorce. The simple little town turns out to be a little more complicated when Walter, a man who stole from the Amish, is murdered. Claire begins her own investigation into the murder and wants to help Jakob, a detective who recently returned to his Amish hometown, fi
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Ann
This will be a very good series. Claire Weatherly has left New York for Amish Country in Pennsylvania after her divorce. She opens a shop that specializes in Amish goods and is very happy in her new life. The former owner of her shop is found murdered and the suspicions are on Eli Miller, a young Amish man who has a very hot temper. Claire wants to find out who murdered Walter Snow and to clear Eli's name because he is in love with Claire's young assistant, Esther. The problem is that the new po ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Rebecca
I picked this one up because I've always been fascinated with the Amish culture and love the idea of a cozy centered around them.And this first in aeries did not disappoint! One of the things I enjoyed most was that our main character Claire ( who runs a little gift shop selling homemade Amish gifts) doesnt go running around putting herself in ridiculous situations trying to solve the crime..and while I did have the killer pegged early it was not at all how I i had it figured out ..Cannot wait f ...more
Connie
I really liked the way that the author portrayed the Amish and the English in this book. She draws you instantly into each characters life and what the small town of Heavenly Penn. is facing. Once the previous shopkeeper, that Clair Weatherly has now taken over and is featuring Amish made treasures, is murdered, just outside her door and her neighbors sweet bake shoppe is being vandalized. Clair must quickly make friends with new detective Jakob Fisher, whom once was an Amish member of Heavenly ...more
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.
Kimberly
What a great debut to a wonderful new series!! Claire has left New York with the hopes of escaping her failed marriage and living a simpler life in Heavenly, Pennsylvania. Her aunt runs a successful bed and breakfast in this quaint town and Claire has just become the owner of Heavenly Treaures. It's a shop that sales handmade items and souviners from members of the nearby Amish families. When the previous owner is accused of stealing money from the Amish and turns up murdered in the alley behind ...more
Kelley
I really enjoyed reading this debut series by Laura Bradford. I love the fact she took a little known culture, such as the Amish, and wrote a mystery series around their lives. The characters are very well-developed and I immediately felt empathy for the main characters. I am looking forward to reading many more in this series by Bradford and getting to know the characters even more as they series progresses.
Sandie Petit
I love to read about the Amish and have read many books featuring members of this community. This was my first Laura Bradford book.

I enjoyed Hearse and Buggy but had one problem with it. I had no problem with the storyline,the characters or the ending. My problem was the transition between scenes. IOW there was none. An event would occur and then the next thing I knew I was in another location and the "finish" to the scene was simply mentioned within the next part of the book. It jolted me out
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Lynn Cahoon
Claire is a strong character that allows us to see the Amish community through English (what they call us) eyes. I love her fighting back from a bad marriage to find her new life. The mystery is strong, and I knew exactly who did it, up until the end, when I found out I was wrong. Great new series from one of my favorite writers.
Cindy Brown
I love books set in Amish country and mysteries set there are hard to find. This one didn't disappoint. I really liked the main characters and can't wait to see what happens between Claire and her two love interests. I saw a few editing flaws but other than that I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series.
Talia
This is a nice book if you're interested in the Amish. I've learned everything I want to know about the Amish, so I won't be reading more in this series. The mystery was fine, the characters were okay (except for annoying Arnie) but it just didn't have that special something to get me hooked on the series.
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