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Shunned and Dangerous
Amish Mystery #3
Laura Bradford

Berkley Prime Crime
March 2014/ ISBN 9780425252437
Mystery /Cozy /Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds

Author Laura Bradford states, “While writing is a solitary profession in many ways, I draw strength and smiles from the people around me…” As a reader of all of her books, those written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey included, I feel so included in the lives and towns she creates, as if the characters could indeed be real-life friends, and that is an honor. I frequently find myself smiling at the little nuances woven into her storytelling. Laura, you are not alone, and you make me as a reader feel welcome into your richly imaginative and smart small town stories.

Shunned and Dangerous is just the third book in the Amish Mystery Series, but the character and development of backstories rivals those of other series that are six or seven books into a series. Claire Weatherly faces facts about her financial situation and realizes that she may not be able to keep her beloved shop, Heavenly Treasures, in business. Her employee and dear friend, Esther, is engaged to Eli, and once she is an Amish wife, Esther will no longer be able to work at the shop anyway, which serves to add to Claire’s growing disappointment. Then there is her love life – or lack thereof. There are two men in town she is interested in, one who is Amish and the other who has been shunned.

Before she can dwell too much on these problems, Claire comes across a murder victim in Mose Fisher’s corn maze, and figuring out who killed Harley Zook, a local Amish dairy farmer, takes priority…before the wrong man goes to jail or the killer strikes again. One of the men Claire is interested in is Detective Jakob Fisher, shunned Amish man, who may be forced to arrest his own father: the father who renounced him when he became a cop.

Order your copy of Shunned and Dangerous today. You won’t be sorry! In addition to a well-written murder mystery, you’ll learn a lot about the Amish culture, too!

Reviews of other titles in this series

Hearse and Buggy #1
Assaulted Pretzel #2
Shunned and Dangerous #3
Suspendered Sentence #4
A Churn for the Worse #5
Just Plain Murder #6

Reviewed 2014