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Laura Bradford

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author: Mary Higgins Clark

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Aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey.

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 decorated shoe box (complete with sparkly stickers) and moved on to her next idea. Her second book—O’Casey’s Wish—was so utterly brilliant, she sent it off to a well-known New York publishing house at the tender age of ten, confident she was on the verge of becoming the next Don Freeman (Corduroy) or Shel Silverstein (Giving Tree).

Months later, she
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Laura Bradford Keep an eye out next fall (2021) for the first book in a brand new cozy series I have coming out with Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin). And I'm so glad y…moreKeep an eye out next fall (2021) for the first book in a brand new cozy series I have coming out with Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin). And I'm so glad you've enjoyed the Southern Sewing Circle and Amish mystery series. I also have the Tobi Tobias Mysteries and the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries (both of which are available now).(less)
Laura Bradford The Southern Sewing Circle series is over with Patterned After Death, and I'm hoping you enjoyed the way those stories all came together at the end. I…moreThe Southern Sewing Circle series is over with Patterned After Death, and I'm hoping you enjoyed the way those stories all came together at the end. I have given some thought to writing a spin-off, so stay tuned on that.
As for the Amish, it appears, at this time, as if A Killer Carol was the final one. That could always change, but it's looking that way from the publisher at this time.
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Refilling My Well

With next year's women's fiction book turned in and release month for A Daughter's Truth not in my rearview mirror, I'm getting to sit back and enjoy a little bit of summer before it's time to start writing again.

For me, these rare non-writing breaks are a great time to refill my personal well. I still work out most mornings, but on the mornings I don't, I give myself permission to sleep in an add Read more of this blog post »
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I always look forward to a new release by Laura Bradford and this one did not disappoint. She brings together a quirky cast of characters and blends them together beautifully. This is sure to be another hit. "
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"What a great, fun cozy this is! It has realistic characters that totally walk off the page, a clever mystery and an original concept. I can't wait for the next Friend for Hire Mystery. "
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“Laughing isn't wrong if it's done out of happiness. Dreaming is essential because it gives us wings, and forgetting...well, there's a difference between living and forgetting.”
Laura Bradford

“The farmhouse was ample in size and very well kept, the presence of two separate clotheslines and dozens of garments in various sizes the only outward indication that a family of seven lived inside. A smaller home situated slightly to the right was where Esther’s grandparents lived. Claire knew from their many conversations that elderly members of the community did not go into nursing homes. Rather, they turned the family farm over to their children and assisted in ways their increased age allowed.”
Laura Bradford

“if she’d learned nothing else over the past few years, she knew that things were not always as they appeared. Success and money had nothing to do with happiness. Hustle and bustle didn’t mean better. And simple wasn’t synonymous with boring.”
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“The farmhouse was ample in size and very well kept, the presence of two separate clotheslines and dozens of garments in various sizes the only outward indication that a family of seven lived inside. A smaller home situated slightly to the right was where Esther’s grandparents lived. Claire knew from their many conversations that elderly members of the community did not go into nursing homes. Rather, they turned the family farm over to their children and assisted in ways their increased age allowed.”
Laura Bradford

“if she’d learned nothing else over the past few years, she knew that things were not always as they appeared. Success and money had nothing to do with happiness. Hustle and bustle didn’t mean better. And simple wasn’t synonymous with boring.”
Laura Bradford, Hearse and Buggy

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