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Author: Laura Bradford

While spending a rainy afternoon at a friend's house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford (a.k.a. Elizabeth Lynn Casey) fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do anything else.

Today, Laura is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). A new cozy mystery series will be added to the mix in 2016 with the release of The Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, traveling, baking, and visiting the sea lions at the Central Park Zoo. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.

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Dial M for Mousse - An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery, #3

Dial M for Mousse
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: B06Y573L55
  • Release: 2018-01-02
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Murder takes the cake in an irresistible Emergency Dessert Squad mystery from the national bestselling author of The Silence of the Flans.

 

The Emergency Dessert Squad business is booming, with owner and baker Winnie Johnson working overtime to satisfy the emergency cravings of Silver Lake, Ohio. Her latest order, a plate of motivational desserts for an artists’ retreat, is just what she needs to keep her mind off her own relationship woes.

 

But Winnie’s problems seem like trifles when she discovers the body of retreat owner Sally Dearfield mere inches away from five oh-so-eccentric and viable suspects. Now, this baking detective must uncover the inspiration behind Sally’s murder before another creative genius is iced.

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30 Second Death - A Tobi Tobias Mystery

30 Second Death
  • Number: B01MDN324Z
  • Release: 2017-07-11
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Lyrical Underground
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To help an old friend, Tobi Tobias gets a third-rate thespian a part in a commercial, and learns that in the advertising business, bad acting can lead to murder . . .

When Tobi Tobias opened her own advertising agency, Carter McDade was there for her every step of the way. A brilliant hairdresser, Carter has just landed his dream project: doing hair and makeup for a theatrical production of Rapunzel. But the dream turns into a nightmare when he runs into Fiona Renoir, a cruel, talentless starlet who won’t let Carter touch a hair on her head.

To get Fiona out of Carter’s hair, Tobi hires the difficult actress for a bit part in her latest commercial. But true to character, Fiona is a terror on set, and Tobi is starting to think she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. But things get even worse when Fiona drops dead in the hairdresser’s chair, and the only suspect is the man left holding the tainted hair dye, Carter McDade. And unless Tobi can prove his innocence, he’ll never do hair in this town again.


The Silence of the Flans - An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery, #2

The Silence of the Flans
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425280904
  • Release: 2017-03-07
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The second delectable Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery from the national bestselling author of Éclair and Present Danger.

Baker Winnie Johnson does her best work when the heat is on. As owner of the Emergency Dessert Squad, she has a deft touch in the kitchen and a soft spot for lost causes. So when her business professor beau, Jay Morgan, expresses misgivings over having to fail one of his fourth-year students, Winnie cooks up a sweet solution.

She’ll offer an extra credit opportunity in exchange for a little help with her growing business. But when her protégé’s first dessert delivery poisons a student journalist, the publicity threatens to burn Winnie’s business to a crisp. Now the entrepreneur-turned-detective must uncover the ingredients behind a recipe for murder before she crumbles under pressure...

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Death in Advertising - A Tobi Tobias Mystery

Death in Advertising
  • Number: B01FBZXSFW
  • Release: 2017-02-07
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Lyrical Underground
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When Tobi Tobias decided to open her own ad agency, having to moonlight in a pet shop wasn’t part of her vision . . . of course, neither was murder.

Sometimes when opportunity knocks, the door you open leads to a closet. That’s certainly the case for Tobi, whose weekends spent cleaning cages in her best friend’s pet shop may soon be over. She’s just landed her first big break—Zander Closet Company needs a catchy campaign slogan ASAP, and Tobi thinks she’s got the right hook to knock ’em dead: “When we’re done, even your skeletons will have a place.”

But when a real dead body topples out of a showcase closet, she’s about to discover there is such a thing as bad publicity. To save her fledgling business and not get killed by the competition, Tobi takes on a new pet project: solving the murder. But with a stressed-out parrot as the only witness to the crime, Tobi will really have to wing it to put the cagey killer behind bars.


Éclair and Present Danger - An Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery, #1

Éclair and Present Danger
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425280898
  • Release: 2016-06-07
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The first book in the delicious new Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery series from national bestselling author Laura Bradford.

With her rent rising faster than her pie crust, bakery owner Winnie Johnson had hoped to be rescued by an inheritance from her wealthy friend and neighbor Gertrude Redenbacher. Instead all she inherits is the widow’s hostile hissing tabby, Lovey, and a vintage ambulance, restored by Gertrude’s late husband. As her dream crumbles, Winnie makes her final delivery—a peach pie to an elderly widower. But she finds Bart Wagner lying on his kitchen floor, smothered by a pillow.

To comfort her frightened and grieving neighbors, Winnie comes to the rescue with her baked goods—and an idea is born: dessert delivery via her ambulance and a new business called the Emergency Dessert Squad. When she’s not speeding to the scenes of dessert emergencies, Winnie is also racing to track down Bart’s killer—before she needs to call a real ambulance for the next victim...


A Churn for the Worse - An Amish Mystery, #5

A Churn for the Worse
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425273036
  • Release: 2016-03-01
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to  Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community...

When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.

Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer...


A Christmas Mourning - An Amish Mystery Short Story

A Christmas Mourning
  • Number: B017Y41LIY
  • Release: 2015-11-12
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Seasonal / Holiday, * Susp: Mystery, * Under 45k Words, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, Amish
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing1
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Claire Weatherly has come to respect how the Amish of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, value tradition. But not all traditions are necessarily quaint. When a decades-old mystery threatens the well-being of local police detective Jakob Fisher, she’ll pit herself against a community rooted in the past so that he can get on with his future.

When Claire decides to visit the one-room schoolhouse Jakob attended as a young Amish boy, she’s puzzled by his refusal to go along too. As Jakob tells his story, Claire is stunned and saddened by the heartbreaking tale of a childhood mistake that led to the mysterious disappearance of a precious family artifact—and signaled the first break between Jakob and his mother, made all the more painful now that he’s been shunned by the family and community he loves.

Knowing there’s only one way to help heal the irreparable wound that continues to haunt Jakob, Claire sets off to follow the trail of the missing heirloom, never suspecting that it will lead her to Jakob’s oldest friend, a long-ago Christmas secret, and an enduring truth about family, love, and the power of forgiveness.


Suspendered Sentence - An Amish Mystery, #4

Suspendered Sentence
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780425273029
  • Release: 2015-03-03
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, Amish
  • Publisher: Berkley
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The national bestselling author of Shunned and Dangerous returns to the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly has come to appreciate a simpler, more peaceful way of life. But dark secrets are about to complicate things—and lead to murder…

After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, Claire is awed by the response of the community. Hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways.

Now Detective Jakob Fisher—once a member of the Amish community himself—is determined to solve the young woman’s murder. With Claire’s help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-buried secrets—secrets that someone is willing to kill to protect…


Shunned and Dangerous - An Amish Mystery, #3

Shunned and Dangerous
  • Number: B00EOAS01I
  • Release: 2014-03-04
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, Amish
  • Publisher: Berkley
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Living in the small town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, Claire Weatherly has come to admire the Amish for their wholesome, honest way of life. But she also knows that nothing is as simple as it seems—especially when murder disturbs the peace.

Claire has always been game for a good puzzle, so when she hears that Mose Fisher has made one of his famous corn mazes, she can’t wait to walk the paths and test her skill. But she’ll have a much more serious puzzle to solve when, deep inside the maze, she discovers the body of Amish dairy farmer Harley Zook.

It won’t be easy for Detective Jakob Fisher to investigate a murder on his own father’s farm—not after being shunned by the man  for leaving the Amish community and becoming a cop. With Mose himself as a suspect, and old family secrets cropping up, it’s up to Claire to help catch the killer before she finds herself at a dead end.


Deadly Ambition - Jenkins & Burns Mysteries Book 4

Deadly Ambition
  • Number: B00FYWA9KU
  • Release: 2013-10-16
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing1
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A new, original Jenkins & Burns novella from the author of Deadly Readings, Deadly Getaway, and Deadly Expressions.

In the aftermath of the most destructive hurricane to hit the Jersey Shore in a century, Elise Burns and the other residents of Ocean Point are doing their best to recover and rebuild, which is why the recent string of robberies hits everyone especially hard. Fuming to catch the thief preying on those who have already suffered so much, Detective Mitch Burns will stop at nothing to solve the crimes.

When another robbery turns to murder and a college student who’s interning at Elise’s newspaper is caught with the murder weapon in his hand, Mitch is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case. Elise knows the brash and ambitious aspiring reporter would go to any lengths to get a story, but was he a killer? Following clues from the intern’s notebooks and her own reporter’s gut sense, she sets out to track down a thief and a killer and exonerate a suspect she doesn't even like—even if she has to put herself in harm’s way to do it.


Assaulted Pretzel - An Amish Mystery, #2

Assaulted Pretzel
  • 5 Stars
  • Number: 9780425252000
  • Release: 2013-03-05
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, Amish
  • Publisher: Berkley
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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, Sleep Heavenly. Toy manufacturer Rob Karble is in town to meet the members of the Amish community who will soon be crafting a new toy line for his company. But when word gets out that Karble intends to use the Amish designs without employing the Amish to make them, someone sends the interloper to his final reward. No one wants to believe anyone from the Amish community could commit such an act, but as Claire and Detective Fisher have learned, no one is above sin—or suspicion.


Hearse and Buggy - An Amish Mystery, #1

Hearse and Buggy
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9780425251317
  • Release: 2012-06-05
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, Amish
  • Publisher: Berkley
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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 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 . . .


Storybook Dad - Harlequin American, #1424

Storybook Dad
  • Number: 9780373754281
  • Release: 2012-10-02
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Harlequin American
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When Mark Reynolds first meets Emily Todd, he's smitten. So is Seth, his son—which is why Mark has to nip this attraction in the bud. Emily's been honest about her diagnosis, and Mark can't put Seth through the heartbreak of another illness. Even though Emily is fit, sexy and oh-so-alive.

Mark's as close as any man's come to being the prince Emily imagined when she was a girl, right down to the gorgeous, ocean-blue eyes. But that girl never imagined herself with MS. Emily doesn't want to be anyone's burden, and she doesn't want to hurt Mark's vulnerable son. So she'll harden her heart, stick to her work and forget about the magic of Mark's touch.

Can two grown-ups with their minds made up learn a lesson in love from a four-year-old boy?


Deadly Readings - Jenkins & Burns Mysteries Book 1

Deadly Readings
  • Number: B0097GFOS6
  • Release: 2012-09-06
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery, #FirstInaSeries
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing1
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The first book in Laura Bradford’s debut Jenkins & Burns mystery series!

The Jersey Shore has always been known for warm sand, lively boardwalks, and the promise of carefree summer days. This season the small scenic town of Ocean Point, New Jersey, is not nearly as carefree as tourists would hope. The discovery of the body of a young woman is the first in a string of seemingly random and senseless murders, murders connected only by a warning from the same boardwalk fortune-teller.

It’s a crisis that puts local detective Mitch Burns on edge, and his job in jeopardy. It’s up to him to solve the crimes and protect the livelihood of the town, a livelihood that relies almost entirely on tourists. With the help of newly hired local reporter Elise Jenkins, the two step out to discover who the killer is, before another body is found.

This book was originally published under the title Jury of One.


Deadly Getaway - Jenkins & Burns Mysteries Book 2

Deadly Getaway
  • Number: B0097B3JI8
  • Release: 2012-09-06
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: * Susp: Mystery, * Susp: Cozy Mystery
  • Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing1
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Originally published by Hilliard & Harris under the title “Forecast of Evil,” “Deadly Getaway” is the second in Laura Bradford’s debut Jenkins & Burns mystery series.

It was supposed to be a romantic winter getaway complete with snow, sleigh rides, and nights spent by a roaring fire. New Jersey police detective Mitch Burns and newspaper reporter Elise Jenkins are trading one tourist town for another by heading to a remote Michigan island to relax and enjoy.

Unfortunately a killer has other plans. When a body is found under two feet of snow, stabbed, Jenkins and Burns once again need to put their sleuthing skills to the test. As a blizzard descends, the island is completely cut off from the outside world and terror mounts while a serial killer plays a frightening game of cat-and-mouse with the island as his playground.


A Mom for Callie - HA #1315

A Mom for Callie
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780373753192
  • Release: 2010-07-13
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Romance
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  • Publisher: Harlequin American
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Betsy Anderson isn't the sort of woman to leave home and travel 1,200 miles because of a feeling. But something about the photo of a certain bridge in Cedar Creek has stirred up buried emotions. And meeting gorgeous cop Kyle Brennan--a man with the broadest shoulders she's ever seen in or out of uniform--awakens feelings of a deliciously different kind....

All Kyle wants is to serve and protect his Illinois small town and be a good father to his young daughter. Now Betsy's making the guarded single dad realize he wants more...a lot more. If only the plucky widow weren't so gun-shy about trusting her heart to another law-enforcement officer. Is Betsy ready to take a risk--maybe the biggest one of all?


Kayla's Daddy - Harlequin American Romance #1289

Kayla's Daddy
  • Stars
  • Number: 9780373752935
  • Release: January 12, 2010
  • Author: Laura Bradford
  • Genre: Romance
  • Tags: * Contemporary
  • Publisher: Harlequin
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It's Never Too Late For Love!

It came to her by mistake. Now Phoebe Jennings is driving clear across town to deliver it to its proper owner. Only, someone please tell her how on earth tall, blond and gorgeous bachelor Tate Williams could possibly be the recipient of a forty-year-old love letter?

It isn't every day a beautiful woman shows up on Tate's doorstep with a baby in tow. His Ohio hometown is already captivated by the generous-hearted artist and single mother. And Phoebe's also full of ideas about reuniting the successful architect with his estranged father, who never forgot his first love.

A letter that never reached its destination. A man who wants to heal the past. A woman ready to renew her faith in love. Plus an irresistible baby girl who just might help bring a decades-old love full circle...