Mar 042015
 

cozy wednesday 2013 640Welcome to Cozy Wednesday!

I am so happy that Laura Bradford is visiting today. Shunned and Dangerous made my Best Reads of 2014 list, Hearse and Buggy won the Best New Cozy Series Ribbon in 2012, and I gave Assaulted Pretzel 5 Starfish too! I love this series!!

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The Chill That Started It All
By Laura Bradford

Nineteen years ago, Sadie Lehman simply up and disappeared during her Rumspringa in the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania. Led to believe her daughter had gotten caught up in the English world by the girl’s peers, Waneta clung to hope that one day Sadie would come back.

Yet while Waneta prayed for a reunion, Sadie’s friends hoped for something very different—that Sadie’s body would never be discovered.

It’s funny how an entire story can grow from just one thought, but that’s exactly how the plot for Suspendered Sentence (the 4th book in my Amish Mysteries) was born—on that very premise I just shared with you.

And from that one thought, came consternation (how could Sadie’s friends say nothing for nineteen long years?), anger (Waneta was left to hope for something that would never be!), a quest for answers (how did Sadie die?), and a desire for justice (for Sadie, for Waneta, and for…well, I’ll let you read the book to find that out).

I love it when a plot line fires me up the way this one did. I love the way my research of the law for this particular crime left me stunned. And I love the way those two emotions came together into a story that ends up affecting the lives of so many people in Heavenly. In fact, it’s safe to say, that some lives in this quiet, picturesque community will never be the same.

Because of a secret…

A secret that didn’t need to be kept…

A secret that ultimately cost someone their life, and another person their wife

Honestly, I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about this story all over again. So if you’ve been waiting to try one of my Amish Mysteries, I hope you give Suspendered Sentence a try.  If you’re already a fan of the series, then fasten your cozy seatbelt and enjoy the ride!

~Laura

 About This Author

Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries. The fourth book in the series, Suspendered Sentence, just released. You can learn more about Laura and her books by visiting her website: www.laurabradford.com.  Laura is also on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/laurabradfordauthor, and occasionally tweets @bradfordauthor.

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Suspendered Sentence
(An Amish Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
4th in Series
Setting – Pensylvania
A Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
The Berkley Publishing Group (March 3, 2015)
Published by The Penguin Group
Cover Illustration by Mary Ann Lasher
Cover Design by Sarah Oberrender
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425273029
E-Book ASIN: B00LMGK6L4
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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…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Laura Bradford continues top herself again and again.

In this story Clare is awed by the Amish community as the all turn out to replace a barn in just a few days. I am in awe of the way Bradford makes these characters so real, so genuine, so inspiring and heartwarming. The Amish community is rocked when a the remains of a girl are found. You can’t help grieving for her parents. Claire and Jakob try so hard to figure out what happened and it takes them right into the heart of the community that has shunned Jakob.

The author continues to go delve into a culture most people don’t know much about and she does it in almost a loving way. Like her character Claire she is looking in from the outside and her fascination shines through each and every page.

Like all of her stories the mystery is thought out and well plotted. The reader almost hangs on every word. The twists this time are take a very troubling path and to me were heart wrenching. My emotions ran the gambit. That to me that is the true determination of a great story.  I was moved by this story and it will stick with me.

In addition to the main plot there is also a subplot where Jakob and Claire are exploring or starting more of a romantic relationship. I was delighted by this.

Suspendered Sentence can be read as a stand alone by why deprive yourself from the reading this fantastic series from the start. This one will be on my Best Reads of 2015 list like Shunned and Dangerous was a Best Read last year. Every book in this series is outstanding!

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Dollycas

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GIVEAWAYBecause Mary is the Fan of the Month she gets a copy of this book!

I have my review copy yet to giveaway!

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  51 Responses to “Cozy Wednesday with Laura Bradford – Author of Suspendered Sentence – Giveaway too!”

  1. I love this series and can’t wait to read this new one. I love the heart and respect for the Amish that just shines each book. I live in Indiana and we have an Amish culture that is a very important part of our area.

    • Lisa, thank you. That means a lot. It’s really important to me to write about the Amish as accurately as possible. Glad you’re enjoying the series!

  2. Sounds like a thriller. It’s going on my t-b-r list.

  3. Wow! I look forward to this one! Congratulations on the release.

  4. looks so good, hope to get a chance to read it 🙂

  5. We have an Amish community in Iowa 10 miles from us, so I’ve always been interested in reading books about them. Your series is very good & I can’t wait to read the latest installment.

  6. I just read book 2 & 3 in this series and can’t wait to read 4 and see how things go with Jakob!

  7. Thanks for your review of Laura Bradford’s new book. I’ve added it to my to be read list.

  8. Thanks for the review. I would like to read this. It seems like an interesting, while very poignant, story. Thanks also for the giveaway.

  9. Lori, thank you so much for hosting me here (and my tour)! I am truly honored by your review. You made me smile–thank you!!!

  10. Congratulations and best wishes. Thanks for this great giveaway and intriguing feature which interests me greatly.

  11. Sounds great, I can’t wait to read it.

  12. Sounds like a very intriguing Amish mystery.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. You do such a good job of presenting the Amish community.

  14. Suspendered Sentence sounds like a great book! My knowledge about the Amish community is limited so I look forward to learning more about it. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

  15. I need to catch up on this series. I hear and read such good things about it.

  16. I’ve read nothing but rave reviews for “Suspendered Sentence”…congratulations, Laura!

  17. We have a great author in our midst.

  18. I’m always looking for a new cozy mystery author and this series sounds fascinating. I’ve yet to read a cozy set in the Amish community. The title made me snicker and the cover is scary good. My favorite thing with cozies is the quirky titles and colorful, fun covers.

  19. Okay, now I have to find out what happened to poor Sadie. I’m hooked.

  20. I’m looking forward to this one!

  21. I bought this book as I loved Assaulted Pretzel. I have to read the other two books, also.

  22. I think I have read at least one in this series. I look forward to reading more of them.

  23. Secrets can be so damaging. This should be a good book.

  24. This is a fun series, I like Amish mysteries.

  25. This is a “world” I’m unfamiliar with. Definitely one to go on my TBR list.
    Ann

  26. Looking forward to reading more of your series. I only read Hearse and Buggy and have the second Assaulted Pretzel in my very large TBR pile. Would love a chance to win the fourth book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  27. I love Amish fiction, so I’m not sure how I haven’t read this yet – especially since Laura Bradford has received such rave reviews!!! Would love to win this one!!!!

  28. This sounds like such a fun series! I love Amish mysteries.

  29. Congratulations on your new release! Suspendered Sentence sounds intriguing and I enjoy reading books about the Amish. Will definitely add this book to my wishlist.

  30. Love everything that Laura writes! Looking forward to this new release in the series.

  31. Creative play on words title. Look forward to reading this one.

  32. Wow! This books sounds really good!

  33. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR NEW BOOK AND THANKS FOR THE GIVEAWAY!

  34. Your whole series sounds awesome, I need to check it out!

  35. Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by today. I hope you give SUSPENDERED SENTENCE a try!

  36. I am always looking for a new series to read and this sounds like something I would love!!! Good luck with the book!!!!!

  37. Living close to Lancaster, and having Amish ancestors, I think these stories are so fun!

  38. I love this series and Laura’s attention to detail between the Amish and English. Can’t wait to read it! Thanks!

  39. Looks like a really good mystery! Very intriguing premise!

  40. I’m looking forward to reading this one. Of course, I need to catch up with books 2 and 3 first.

  41. congrats to Laura!!!
    thank you for this giveaway……
    I cannot wait to read this book!!!

  42. Another cozy for me!!!!!

  43. I’ve read this series before and enjoyed it. I look forward to picking this up.

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