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Assaulted Pretzel (An Amish Mystery #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  578 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she opened a gift shop in Heavenly, Pennsylvania—a small town in the heart of Amish country. But when murder disrupts her Heavenly home, it’s up to Claire and Detective Jakob Fisher to find the not-so-simple truth.

The quiet town of Heavenly is buzzing with excitement over the latest guests at the local inn, Sle
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Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Publishing) (first published January 1st 2013)
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❂ Jennifer
Mar 20, 2013 ❂ Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I love reading about the Amish and I like the idea of a mystery series in the Amish community. The scenes involving that community were by far the best parts of this book. I'm hooked on Benjamin, and I'm loving the story line surrounding the difficulties (read: impossibilities) of a relationship between an English and an Amish.

Unfortunately, I'm not overly fond of the constant reflection, introspection and earnestness of the main character, Clair. She reads a bit like a 12 year old as told by nu
Mark Baker
May 28, 2015 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 2015
Everyone, English and Amish alike, are talking about toy maker Rob Karble being in town to make a deal to distribute toys made by the local Amish. However, not too long after word leaks he intends to use his factory instead of the local Amish, he is found murdered. Once again, Claire Weatherly finds herself getting involved to clear her new Amish friends.

I still can’t get over how strong the characters in this series are. They pull you in and make you care about every page. The plot is good, and
Terri Crossley
Apr 17, 2016 Terri Crossley rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Amish mystery series! Claire is starting to settled down in Heavenly and things are going great. She is excited to be going to the big festival and tasting all the wonderful food has been told about! She can't wait to see the excitement on everyone's face when they hear about the toy company coming to town and the extra money and jobs it will bring! When the toy company decides to mass produce the toys and put a lot of the Amish out of business things get ugly and ...more
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she opened a gift shop in Heavenly, Pennsylvania—a small town in the heart of Amish country.

It is time for the Amish Food Festival and Sleep Heavenly has some very special guests. Rob and Ann Karble have come to town not just enjoy the delightful Amish food creations but to add their own excitement to the quiet little town. Rob is the president of Karble Toys and he has plans to add a line of toys designed and created by the Amish. Da
Mar 22, 2013 Lesa rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish
I'm going to start recommending cozy mysteries when readers want books with complex characters. Some of the authors are doing a wonderful job lately of creating characters with complicated motives and lives. Laura Bradford's Amish mysteries are so much more than light whodunnits. In her latest, Assaulted Pretzel, a murder turns a small community upside down, and life won't be right until a killer is found. Murder upsets the natural order of things.

After her divorce, Claire Weatherly arrived in H
Aug 08, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
Claire's simple life is just getting back in order after a nasty murder she helped solve is finally moving from her mind. Just when she thinks she can focus on her feelings for Jakob, the handsome detective, and Benjamin, the handsome but out of the question for a relationship Amish friend of hers, another murder occurs in the small Amish town of Heavenly. Claire again is helping Jakob try to figure things out and clear the people she has come to love and respect for their ways of life. Rob Karb ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 10, 2013 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it it was amazing
This novel is the second in a good, solid, and easily read romantic mystery series set in a community that is both Amish and English, Heavenly, PA.

Our sleuth is Claire Weatherly, Divorcee and owner of "Heavenly Treasures", a gift shop featuring items crafted and sewn by the Amish. Heavenly is a popular stop for tourists which keeps the Amish revenues up. As the Amish population grows, the land is becoming more scarce and more of the population is having to find alternative means for income.

So, i
Sherri Meinke
May 23, 2013 Sherri Meinke rated it really liked it
I read Hearse and Buggy by the same author and thoroughly enjoyed it. The same characters are in this book with a few more. Claire Weatherly is one of the main characters, she is a young divorcee and owner of "Heavenly Treasures", a gift shop with Amish crafted items. Heavenly is a popular stop for tourists which keeps the Amish revenues up.

This years' 'Amish Food Festival' is drawing the attention of the famous 'Sleep Heavenly' toy manufacturer, Rob Karble. Great hopes hang on his partnership
Apr 29, 2013 Dani rated it it was ok
I read the first book in this series as part of a cozy mystery discussion group. I wasn't truly impressed with the work, but it was a nice distraction. I decided to check out the second book to see if the plot and characters developed further. This time around the author focused much more on the characters' love triangle. While it is interesting, it was also heartbreaking, and a little unrealistic. the murder plot line was pretty well done, but I still didn't feel as though the main character wa ...more
Aug 10, 2014 Vilia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on Backchatting Books

The murder of a toy manufacturer unsettles the town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania and gift shop owner, Claire Weatherly, decides to get to the bottom of it. The man was staying at her aunt's inn after all and threatened Amish livelihoods.

Claire wasn't much of a cozy detective heroine as she spent much of her time musing on life and acting in a fairly sanctimonious fashion. The moments when she lectured an Amish person on his own religion sealed
Jun 12, 2014 Connie rated it it was amazing
In the 2nd book of Amish Mysteries, shop owner, Clair Weatherly, finds herself right in the middle of another murder, in the peaceful quiet community of Heavenly, PA. The annual Amish festival is about to begin and with it this year more excitement, now that the Amish Toy makers and their toys have been discovered by the big Karbles Toys Company. But when news that the toys will be manufactured at the toy plants Grand Rapids location, hope and joy seems to be lost. Especially when the head of th ...more
Aug 19, 2013 Susan rated it it was ok
"English" shopkeeper Claire is torn between the handsome widowed Amish farmer and the excommunicated (former Amish) policeman, but when a guest at her aunt's inn is murdered at the local food festival, she feels she must help investigate. Nothing against them, but I've never bought into the romantic view of the Amish that you get in these quasi-romance, quasi-mystery books. By the way, the title doesn't have anything much to do with the plot.
May 15, 2014 Peej rated it really liked it
I really enjoy the Amish Mystery series so far. Assaulted Pretzel is book 2 in the series. I believe this is one cozy series that doesn't have to be read in order, but since there are only a few in the series so far, why not start with the first?

The main storyline centers around Claire Weatherly, a woman who moved from the big city to Heavenly, an Amish community, to escape her old life. She moved in with her Aunt, who runs Sleep Heavenly, a B&B.

As is the case with most cozy series (unfortu
Jan 14, 2014 Judie rated it liked it
The title of the book, ASSAULTED PRETZEL, led me to expect a witty Amish mystery similar to those written by Tamar Myers. I was mislead. The story is a generally well-told mystery in an Amish community but there is no wit or humor present. In some instances it seems to miss the mark on the Amish angle as well.
Claire Weatherly, who is not Amish, had recently moved to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, from Dallas. Her main job is running a gift shop but she also helps out at her Aunt Diane’s inn. Rob and
Jan 21, 2015 Carolyn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Fans of Lifetime or Hallmark network movies set in Amish country
Shelves: mystery
This is probably closer to 1-1/2 stars, but I was feeling generous because it was at least better written than some of the one-star books that I've read. Book was a hand-me-down read from my mom, and the punny title mislead me into believing there might be a glimmer of humor in it, but it was just maudlin. The heroine spends most of her time going around in circles, rehashing the suspects' motives, and the solution is slap dash, making me regret slogging to the end. I don't claim to be any exper ...more
Julia Wilson
Apr 06, 2013 Julia Wilson rated it liked it
It was an ok book. I think the reveal of the murderer was rushed - he was revealed and apprehended in a very short chapter. I like the pull of the two romances. It will be interesting to see how they will develop.
Dharia Scarab
May 26, 2016 Dharia Scarab rated it really liked it

Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...

1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.

2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.

3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.

4 sta
Jan 29, 2014 Lynda rated it liked it
In book 2 of this series, murder strikes again in the town of Heavenly. Roy Karble, a toy manufacturer, plans to produce a line of basic toys by the Amish workers which would be a boon to the Amish families and the town. But word spreads that Karble's company will not use the Amish workers after all and no one is surprised when Roy Karble is found murdered. Suspicion falls on Police Chief Jakob Fischer's foster brother Isaac. Claire finds time to investigate the crime while trying to decide how ...more
Spook Harrison
Jul 17, 2016 Spook Harrison rated it liked it
Shelves: fluffy-mysteries
The only problem with having Amish people on your suspects list's never going to be an Amish person. That said, the fact that the murderer kind of came out of the blue happened in an organic way, and it was an engaging read. The word 'simple' is used less than in Bradford's first book, and the word 'peaceful' is given a break, too. I wouldn't mind more introspection about her past, then again, a painful past is something people tend to avoid thinking about. Also, I like reading a book th ...more

Can't believe the author continues the same story in the second book!

SPOILERS AHEAD>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

My complaint with the first book is continued again in this book....
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 w
Jul 30, 2014 Mary rated it really liked it
When Claire Weatherly moved to Heavenly, PA., she did not expect to fall in love with two men. One Amish and one who used to be Amish. But that is what happened. She was happy being friends with both Benjamin and police office Jackob. Until a murder takes place in their small town. Then she had to re-think her feelings and try to help solve the murder.

I was kept in the dark right up to the last chapter. The book was well written and held my interest, especially with the Amish background informa
Mar 06, 2013 Fred rated it really liked it
Assaulted Pretzel is the second book in the An Amish Mystery series by Laura Bradford. And a delightful addition it is.

Things are looking up for the quiet community of Heavenly, PA. The annual Amish Food Festival is about to kick and Rob Karble, president of Karble Toys. Karble is town to talk with Daniel Lapp, an accomplished Amish toymaker, with the understanding that the local Amish men will be producing the toys.

Clair is excited for the food festival to begin, as this is the first one she ha
Shirley Worley
Jun 03, 2016 Shirley Worley rated it liked it
Shelves: amish
After her divorce, Claire Weatherly moved to Heavenly, where her aunt runs a bed-and-breakfast, and fell in love the town, the people, and the simpler lifestyle. She currently lives with her aunt and owns owns a shop that sells Amish goods, which brings her into contact with the English and Amish alike. When a large toy company contracts to sell toys actually made by the local Amish, rather than production line knockoffs, the excitement is far reaching in the community. When the owner of the toy ...more
Nov 23, 2013 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Assaulted Pretzel is the sequel to Bradford’s Hearse and Buggy, her first “Amish” mystery. For what it’s worth, I don’t live in Amish country, but my wife and I enjoy visiting there. It is peaceful and one cannot help but be drawn in by the sense of community and shared values even when one is “English” and doesn’t belong to the community (or really want to commit to their set of assumptions about technology). So, I was very much attracted to the idea of a murder committed in the interstices bet ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Laura Bradford's writing style and storyline. In the 2nd in her Amish series set in Heavenly, PA, Laura continues the story of Claire and her aunt Diane. Claire owns a gift shop in Heavenly that sells Amish made gifts. Claire loves her life in Heavenly and living with her aunt in her Bed and Breakfast.

The murder takes place at the fair that's held in town each year. The murder itself wasn't overly complicated but it was intricate and intriguing enough to keep the reader guessing
Mar 20, 2013 Marge rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Amish Mystery Series. The series started out strong, engaging the reader with well drawn characters and a lovely setting. Assaulted Pretzel continues with more character development and insight into Claire's past and her hoped for future.

Much more than a cozy murder mystery, multiple story lines give the reader investigation, family dynamics and just the right amount of romance. Claire and her friends appear as real people with real problems, heartaches and joy. Br
Ramona Walker
Feb 24, 2016 Ramona Walker rated it it was amazing
This book was very enjoyable. The cast of characters are well rounded and seem easy to get to know. The mystery wound itself in many directions and kept me guessing. The details of Amish life were very accurate as far as I can tell and I've lived near the Amish all my life. It was easy to start caring about each and every person and get deeply involved in their stories. I'll be looking for more by this author.
Jun 10, 2013 Kaye rated it it was amazing
Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she moved to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country. Claire moves in with her aunt at Sleep Heavenly, the local inn and opens a gift shop. She also finds that she's attracted to two men, one of whom is Amish, and the other was Amish, left and is currently the Detective in Heavenly. When toy manufacturer Rob Karble comes to town with the idea of producing a line of Amish toys, everyone is excited, until it gets around th ...more
If it hadn't been for whiny character overload, this would have been a 4 star read. I love Laura Bradford and enjoyed the writing style and storytelling within a solid mystery. Unfortunately, Jakob's self loathing continues, which I get in reality,but still... boring, and Diane gets in the self pity game for far to long over something that realistically no one would.
Mar 07, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Laura Bradford's book two in this series. Claire longs to taste some of the famous Amish foods at the festival that is taking place. Wouldn't you know that someone is murdered during this fest. Big time toy maker is the victim. Once again, you would suspect an Amish member to be the culprit. Once again, Claire is really good at solving the case.
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While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend's house nearly forty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil.

Those early attempts at the craft had her writing and illustrating stories for young children. Wise beyond her years, Laura saved her first writing attempt in a hand de
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