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Hearse and Buggy

(An Amish Mystery #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,665 ratings  ·  251 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 i
Mass Market Paperback, 275 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by Berkley
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Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it

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
Alyssa White
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
From the first page to the last I loved this book. I "awwed" on the last line. The emotions were real in this book and I felt them with every page I turned. I have fallen in love with this series and everything about it. Such a wonderful book and I highly recommend it.
Allison Collins
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nana Prah
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Mark Baker
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, mystery
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
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.
Oct 17, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel in the Amish mystery series. Living in Buffalo, we've traveled around/near Amish country many times but this book bought the day-to-day living to life in a charming but fairly realistic manner. I generally don't do plot reviews because so many do that on Amazon. The mystery was well-written and kept me guessing until almost the very end. The characters were engaging, empathetic, and the story's romantic tension left me already excited for book number two.

2.45 stars - very mild pg13

Okay. I think I read a different book than everyone else! Parts of the book were 3.50 stars and parts were 1.50 stars. I’m torn between a final rating of 2 or 3 stars but maybe I’ll bump up since it was “clean” and the last chapter was good? (I think maybe the author's style just doesn’t fit with me.) If you just looved this book and snarky criticism will just hurt your heart, then I suggest you do not read this very long review. I’m a cranky middle-aged geezer, so it
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Dec 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Amish Mystery series and I am finding that I really like Laura Bradford’s writing as I read several of her series this year.

Claire has moved to Heavenly, Penn. and is staying with her Aunt till she gets financially secure enough to find her own space. She has opened a shop called Heavenly Treasures where she makes her own crafts to sell but also sells some Amish crafts on consignment. The Amish are a little leery of letting her do so because the man who had a store
Shirley Chapel
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Laura Bradford, master story teller of Amish cozy mysteries brings readers the first book of An Amish Mystery series. A murder takes place early in the book leaving readers guessing who done it almost to the end of the story. I kind of suspected who the real killer was but to be honest I also had another person I thought had motive enough to have killed the victim.
I love cozy murder mysteries and I will be reading more of this authors mysteries in the near future. If you love to read cozy murde
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Brown
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Fallen Snow

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
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 ri
Nov 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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
Nancy Rogan
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Shirley Schwartz
Mar 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
I was excited to read the first book in the Amish mystery series as I've always been fascinated with the Amish and their way of life. But this book was a disappointment to me. The characters weren't realistic and there was entirely too much schmaltz and "puppy dog eyes" for my liking. The protagonist, Claire Weatherly runs a shop in a small town connected to an Amish community. She sells Amish made arts and crafts in the book. I don't know how she manages to keep that shop afloat because there w ...more
Julia Wilson
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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.
Jun 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I really enjoyed this one. Amish culture has always fascinated me, and it appears the author did some research before she wrote this. I liked the characters and the story was well told. If you're looking for a nice cozy with a little different spin, you could do far worse than picking up this one! RECOMMEND!
Nancy Bradford
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
After her divorce in NY, Claire Weatherly visits her aunt Diane at her B&B in Heavenly, Pennsyania. She feels at home in the slow paced, simple lifestyle and decides to open a shop called Heavenly Treasures, which features items hand made by the local Amish. (Quilts sell for dollar amount equaling twice the number of hours taken to make them)

The man who rented the shop space before her cheated the Amish out of money for the things he sold for them, and left town when confronted by a hot temp
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The concept for this book series holds promise. I believe the author did some research into the Amish way of life. But the story would have benefitted from a sharp editing. One glaring example is that Claire's ex-husband's name is Peter. Until the last 2/3 of the book, when inexplicably he is referred to as Paul. The dialog is a bit stilted, but perhaps the Amish don't use contractions and can be depended on to meander in conversations. Also, Claire is of an age now that it seems cliché to need ...more
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Claire weatherly has fled a high stressed lifestyle for a slower pace-in the amish country: Heavenly Pennsylvania. She's only planned for a short visit but instead she found herself opening an amish specialty , heavenly treasures, and settling in her new home the store former owner is murdered and sweet Easter becomes a suspect Claire can't help to get involved. want to know more you'll have to get your copy of this book had good plots and leaves you wondering what happens next.
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Laura Bradford is my new favorite cozy mystery author! I enjoyed the Emergency Dessert Squad series and am now enjoying her Amish cozy series. If you are a cozy fan you owe it to yourself to check them out!
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Read this on the Kindle

while this book was a bit slow it was a nice read
I did guess wh did it from very near the beginning but didn't know for sure
It will be interesting to read more in the series to follow Claire & Jakob & other people in the book
so if you like easy going mysteries then this maybe for you
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
As a sucker for bad puns, I loved the title of this first book in a new mystery series, Hearse and Buggy, especially since the novel is about a protagonist who lives in Pennsylvania Amish country and lives in the limbo between the anachronistic lifestyle of the Amish and her flight from the cosmopolitan (and for her, unfulfilling) lifestyle of Manhattan. The title’s pun immediately conveys (okay, so that’s a punt, too) the idea of the modern impinging on the antique and sets up the delicate bal ...more
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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 de

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