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Suspendered Sentence
Amish Mystery #4
Laura Bradford

Berkley Prime Crime
March 3, 2015/ ISBN 978-0-425-27302-9
Mystery/Cozy/Amateur Sleuth

Reviewed by Laura Hinds


Claire Weatherly has settled down nicely in Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She lives with her beloved Aunt Diane at her bed and breakfast, Sleep Heavenly. Claire owns an Amish specialty shop, named Heavenly Treasures. Things are usually tranquil in Heavenly, but in recent years there have been crimes, specifically murders, and Claire usually finds herself involved in solving them.

This time, there is a fire on an Amish farm, and a barn burns to the ground. While preparing the land for a barn raising, human bones are discovered. They are likely the bones of a young Amish woman who disappeared years ago while on Rumspringa. Could it be that some other young Amish people covered up or death, or even killed Sadie Lehman? Did her death and the cover up result in the murder of yet another Amish woman, specifically the wife of Claire's dear friend Benjamin?

Claire's gentleman friend is a police officer, born Amish, but shunned when he joined the force. It is Jakob's job to solve the murder (or murders?), and Claire is determined to once again help.

I've loved this series from the very first book, and am delighted that it keeps getting better and better. I so want to visit Heavenly and shop at Heavenly Treasures. I'd stay at Sleep Heavenly, and enjoy shopping and eating on Lighted Way. Thankfully, Suspendered Sentence is another thoroughly enjoyable page-turner that transported me right into town to read about Claire's latest adventures.

Charmingly cozy, mystery lovers won't be able to put this book down!

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 2015