Claire Weatherly is excited about the Christmas season and
her role in helping Heavenly, Pennsylvania, celebrate with
her new project, One Heavenly Night. Heavenly is a town with
many Amish families, and Christmas is not so much celebrated
by the Amish as it is observed.
Claire’s event is geared toward a holiday night for
the whole community. The shops on Lighted Way will be open,
and the hope is that the night will be memorable for all,
and that there will be many visitors and tourists in town
to enjoy and to shop for gifts.
Annie, who works for Claire at her gift shop, Heavenly Treasures,
and her friends are out caroling when they discover that Mary
and Daniel Esch are dead. Detective Jakob Fisher realizes
that it is murder. Claire’s close Amish friend, Ruth,
and her husband, Samuel, were the last people who visited
with them. Ruth and Samuel are persons of interest because
they have a motive.
Jakob has to pursue the case and use the evidence he finds.
He has been working to try to mend fences with his Amish family
who shunned him when he left the community. Claire, who loves
Jakob dearly, wants nothing more than to help solve the crime
before the divide between Jakob and his family is widened
A visit to Heavenly is always joyful for me. I’ve read
every book in the series and have come to know and understand
the characters and how deeply they feel for each other. The
pace with this book, as with the previous six, is slow but
steady. There is no rush to judgment or people tripping over
red-herrings and such.
The key to thoroughly enjoying the book is to find a quiet
time and a place to relax and make your way to Heavenly to
visit the people and read about the events. For me, it provided
a day of reading that was calm and quiet and conveyed a sense
of peace. How talented Laura Bradford is to be able to give
that comfort to her readers while simultaneously entertaining
with a cozy mystery.
When you shop for your copy of A Killer Carol, be sure to
get extras as holiday gifts for your friends who love to read
or for everyone in your book group. You can’t go wrong
with a new Laura Bradford book as a gift!
Circling back, I realize that I’ve been reading this
series since its inception back in 2012. Seven years. Wow!
You might want to consider buying copies of all seven books
for yourself and for gifts! Each book is better than the last.
Reviews of other titles in
For the Worse
Reviewer Notes: Christmas
Season. The author also writes the Emergency Dessert Squad
Mysteries and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (writing
as Elizabeth Lynn Casey)