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Assaulted Pretzel

(An Amish Mystery #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  1,033 ratings  ·  148 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
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Berkley Prime Crime (Penguin Publishing) (first published January 1st 2013)
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❂ Murder by Death
Aug 23, 2012 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
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Another good entry in the series! I really like Claire and Heavenly. The town seems so peaceful (except for all the murders that keep happening there). I'm interested to see what will happen next in Claire's personal life too. ...more
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Number 2 is Even Better

This is going to be a great series to read. Another murder to solve and plenty of romance and Amish Country sweetness!
Alyssa White
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
My eyes just burned from the tears and emotions through the last half of this book...and of course I don't have the next book in the series yet! Ugh! The story was just wonderful to read, I enjoyed every moment of it. ...more
Shirley Chapel
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shirley by: Laura Bradford
Opportunity seemed to be coming to the Amish of Heavenly Pennsylvania when Robert Karble, President of Karble Toys became interested in manufacturing a line of Amish wooden toys. He had come to town to see toy maker Daniel Lapp and his assistant Isaac Fisher. Plans were to open a manufacturing facility there in Heavenly Pennsylvania, employing the Amish, to make the wooden toys. Then word got out that Robert Karble had misled Daniel and Isaac and was planning on actually making a wooden toy line ...more
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Things in Heavenly Pennsylvania was going pretty good until the toy man, Rob Karble came to town. At first it was good news as he was going to make Amish toys by the Amish so it would provide work for a lot of Amish men. Then he seemed to take that all back with a memo that got sent out and not long after that he ends up dead.

Jakob the detective who use to be Amish is having a hard time with being back in Heavenly near his family that isn't supposed to talk to him. Also one of them could be a ki
Though not quite as good as the first, Assaulted Pretzel was a wonderfully engaging book that I enjoyed.

Claire is the same wonderful MC she was portrayed to be in the first book. Benjamin and Jakob are also wonderful, but for them it's a bad thing, in my opinion. If, and that's a big if, I like a love triangle in my mysteries it's only if one of the characters will be a clear winner. That didn't happen here, though, and it's honest to goodness annoying because both men are portrayed as equally g
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The annual Amish food festival has arrived, but on the happy day bad news arrives. Rob Karble, a toy manufacturer who came to Heavenly to discuss an Amish toy line which would bring jobs and money to the community, is instead going to make the toys out of state. Shortly after word spreads about this blow to the town, Karble dies suddenly. Claire must intercede for Jakob to find out who the killer is.

I found Claire to be very annoying in this book. She pushed Jakob way too hard and way too often
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Claire's quiet town is excited because a guest at the inn is planning on selling Amish wooden toys through his company using local talent. It isn't long before they find out he has changed his mind and will just be using their ideas and the town is crushed. when the guest is found murdered and his room torn apart at the inn Claire tries to figure it out. She is also trying to decided between the ex-Amish sheriff and an Amish man who likes her. Enjoyable read. ...more
Mar 22, 2013 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
Jun 01, 2013 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
Mar 03, 2013 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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Apr 09, 2013 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
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The community of Heavenly is excited when a toy manufacturer comes to town, interested in the old fashioned toys hand made by the Amish. Excitement turns to dismay when it is discovered that the company will manufacture the toys in house, rather than having the Amish make them. If a large company produces their stolen designs cheaply, the toy making income so important to Daniel and Jakob's brother isaac, would disappear. Because of their religion's pacifist beliefs, they would not even fight th ...more
Sherri Meinke
May 23, 2013 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
Mark Baker
May 28, 2015 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
Emily Cullen
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clare Weatherly is enjoying the simple life after a messy divorce as a shopkeeper in Amish country, PA. A large toy company owner has promised to share the profits of his new Amish toy line but he winds up murdered after he doubled crosses them. One of the suspects is Detective Jakob Fisher's brother and Claire can't help but try to clear his name. I really like this cozy mystery series. There is also an interesting romantic triangle between Claire, Jakob and an Amish man, Benjamin. I will be mo ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2019 bk 158. Another fine mystery from Laura Bradford. A toy manufacturer dies during an Amish food festival. There is much behind this murder - and the clues slowly are revealed. Suspects are many, including Jakob's foster brother, Isaac, and his partner in a making toys. This is the book that really created a desire to read more in the series. The first was good, but this was better. ...more
Maryann Seaman phillippe
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Greatly enjoyed the second instalment of Laura Bradford's Amish Mysterys. I am falling in love with Heavenly and am just a little sad that there is not real town just like this! Can't wait to read the rest of this series! ...more
Dianne Landry
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-mystery
Another fun little book. A toy maker promising to start a line of Amish toys mad by the Amish reneges on the deal and is found murdered at the annual food festival. Naturally, Claire steps in to help Jakob out.

I really enjoy this series.
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book romanticizes an oppressively heteronormative society but I also couldn’t stop reading. So much shunning!
Storm Reads
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Things in Heavenly Pennsylvania was going pretty good until the toy man, Rob Karble came to town. At first it was good news as he was going to make Amish toys by the Amish so it would provide work for a lot of Amish men. Then he seemed to take that all back with a memo that got sent out and not long after that he ends up dead.

Jakob the detective who use to be Amish is having a hard time with being back in Heavenly near his family that isn't supposed to talk to him. Also one of them could be a ki
Apr 25, 2013 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 19, 2013 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. ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect puzzle!

I really loved this book! Claire, Jakob and the rest of the characters from the first book are back, with another murder to solve. Who killed the toymaker, and did he really come to steal plans for Amish toys? I didn't see the answer coming until the reveal! I did enjoy the complex development of characters and relationships, in addition to tne sprinkling of information about tne Amish through the book. I can't wait to read the next one!
Nov 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book; read the majority of it in an afternoon. Great plot twists and red herrings. Would never have guessed the killer!! Also like the romantic triangle between Claire, Benjamin and Jakob--but it doesn't overpower the mystery.. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series.. ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the kindle

This is the 2nd book in this series

I was flittling between 2 people who I thought was the murderer one I didn't think until further in to the book it was so clear as in the 1st book

I enjoy the friendship that Claire has between Benjamin who is Amish & Jakob the ex Amish police detective who's family still live in Heavenly where he grew up
Julia Wilson
Apr 06, 2013 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.
Aug 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed Assaulted Pretzel, but not quite as much as the first (which was one of the best cozy debuts I've ever read). Claire is still happy in Heavenly, running her store and helping out at Aunt Diane's B&B, but unfortunateness befalls our peaceful Amish town when one of the guests staying at the B&B is found murdered at the town's annual food festival. His name is Rob Karble, and he was the owner of a large toy company that had planned to produce Amish toys using local toymaker Daniel Lapp an ...more
beachbum bookworm
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Let me start with saying I rate my cozy mysteries different than all other genres of books I read. I still use a five star rating system (or with cozies I like to think instead of stars how many cups of coffee/tea.….which is my idea of cozy). The following is how I rate my cozies:
1 cup of coffee- did not finish or will not continue on in series.
2 cups of coffee- this book has potential, but on the fence whether I will read the next book.
3 cups of coffee- good- will definitely continue series, b
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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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