Hearse and Buggy

An Amish Mystery, #1

I really loved reading this Amish mystery. In this story, we’re introduced to Claire Weatherly, a newly divorced woman who decides to go visit her aunt in Heavenly, Pennsylvania to get her life back on track. Once in this quaint town, Claire begins to feel a sense of home there and she decides to make the visit a permanent stay. She even decides to open her own shop called Heavenly Treasures and employs an Amish woman named Esther to help in the day to day business. But all doesn’t remain calm and quaint when the former owner of Claire’s store is found murdered. Although many didn’t like Walter Snow because of his unfair business practices, all fingers point to Claire because she owns the business now and Esther because she works there. Soon the peace and quiet of the small town is traded in for a full-fledged criminal investigation of anyone who has ever had contact with Walter and might wish him dead.

I thought this was a fun Amish based mystery in which readers will learn about the Amish and their very different lifestyles from the English people. I’m a big lover of Amish novels and this book was no exception. I felt bad for Claire and Esther because of course them both being present employees in the exact location that Walter owned didn’t leave much to clear their names at first. The characters were charming to get to know and I loved the quaintness of the town. The author surely did her homework with entwining the Amish culture within her mystery storyline. The one gripe I did have was that I felt the ending was a bit too rushed for my taste. I wish it would have been a bit longer to tie up things a bit better, but having said that, I still enjoyed this Amish mystery very much.

When Claire Weatherly decides to go visit her aunt in Heavenly, Pennsylvania, she plans on just staying long enough to get her thoughts and life together after her recent divorce. She finds herself loving the community so much so that she decides she’s going to make her new home there. After opening her own little shop called Heavenly Treasures, things are looking up for her. That is until the former owner, Walter Snow, is found dead in the back of her store. All fingers point to her and her Amish employee, Esther. Do the police get to the bottom of this murder mystery? Is Claire and Esther’s name cleared of any wrongdoing? Who murder Walter Snow and why?

Book Blurb for Hearse and Buggy

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 . . .

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2013 4.00