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by Laura Bradford
Berkley Prime Crime, March 2013, $7.99

Laura Bradford released her initial Amish Mystery just last year, and she is clearly on to something. Assaulted Pretzel, the second installment in this enjoyable romantic cozy series, again features Claire Weatherly, a gift-shop owner who has relocated from the city to bucolic Heavenly, Pennsylvania, nestled deep in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Originally lured to Heavenly by her Aunt Diane, proprietor of the town’s proud inn, Claire has fallen in love with it—and, problematically, with two of its inhabitants. The objects of her affection are Detective Jakob Fisher and gentle Benjamin Miller, a man who hews to Amish traditions. When an internationally famous toy manufacturer visits Heavenly, promising to create a new line of toys based on the Amish simplicity of design, the townsfolk rejoice at the prospect of new jobs for the area. Joy turns to betrayal, however, when the company reneges on its offer, instead attempting to appropriate the toy designs and mass produce the products elsewhere. Matters become even more dire when the manufacturer is murdered. Is it possible that someone from the Amish community could be culpable? Bradford weaves the plot around traditional Amish culture and folkways, presenting many unexpected complexities in this thoughtful book. Perhaps most complicated of all, though, is Claire’s romantic vacillation.

Lynne Maxwell

Laura Bradford released her initial Amish Mystery just last year, and she is clearly on to something. Assaulted Pretzel, the second installment in this enjoyable romantic cozy series, again features Claire Weatherly, a gift-shop owner who has relocated from the city to bucolic Heavenly, Pennsylvania, nestled deep in Pennsylvania Dutch country. Originally lured to Heavenly by her Aunt Diane, proprietor of the town’s proud inn, Claire has fallen in love with it—and, problematically, with two of its inhabitants. The objects of her affection are Detective Jakob Fisher and gentle Benjamin Miller, a man who hews to Amish traditions. When an internationally famous toy manufacturer visits Heavenly, promising to create a new line of toys based on the Amish simplicity of design, the townsfolk rejoice at the prospect of new jobs for the area. Joy turns to betrayal, however, when the company reneges on its offer, instead attempting to appropriate the toy designs and mass produce the products elsewhere. Matters become even more dire when the manufacturer is murdered. Is it possible that someone from the Amish community could be culpable? Bradford weaves the plot around traditional Amish culture and folkways, presenting many unexpected complexities in this thoughtful book. Perhaps most complicated of all, though, is Claire’s romantic vacillation.

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by Laura Bradford
Berkley Prime Crime, March 2013, $7.99

Bradford
March 2013
assaulted-pretzel
7.99
Berkley Prime Crime