Hearse and Buggy

Hearse and Buggy

Paperback - 2012 | Berkley Prime Crime mass-market ed.
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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 the shop. So when the store's former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can't help but get involved. Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly-and his Amish upbringing-as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire's connections make her the perfect go-between. As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk . . . 'The best cozy mystery debut I've read this year.' Harlan Coben "
Publisher: New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2012.
Edition: Berkley Prime Crime mass-market ed.
ISBN: 9780425251317
0425251314
Branch Call Number: Fiction
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Characteristics: 275 p. ; 18 cm.

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LoveAGoodRead
Sep 07, 2013

This was a very enjoyable read. I found the characters very likeable and the descriptions of the cultural differences between the English and Amish to be enlightening. In this book, solving the murder seemed a bit secondary in relation to each characters' process of self-discovery after recovering from a life crisis. A great first book in the Amish series.

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sgtaylor
Jun 25, 2013

A good start for a new series.

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nancytheknitter
Sep 18, 2012

I agree with the ReadingWriter. I really enjoyed this book and the author did a great job of moving the book along without to much extra stuff that some writers add into their books. I too like the way the characters change and grow as their relationships with others change. I very much like the main character and could relate to her. She was someone that I would love to know in real life. A very enjoyable read.

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ReadingWriter
Jun 26, 2012

I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this mystery, but I found I enjoyed it very much. The relationships build in a believable way. The author does a very good job portraying the differences in culture between the Englischers and the Amish. The mystery is strong but the main theme, I thought, is the growing and changing relationships among the characters. The mystery aspect of the conclusion was down-played a bit in order to focus on community healing at the end, in keeping with the theme.

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