Shunned and Dangerous by Laura Bradford is the third book in the “Amish” mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, March 2014
Living in the small town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, Claire Weatherly has come to admire the Amish for their wholesome, honest way of life. But she also knows that nothing is as simple as it seems—especially when murder disturbs the peace.
Claire has always been game for a good puzzle, so when she hears that Mose Fisher has made one of his famous corn mazes, she can’t wait to walk the paths and test her skill. But she’ll have a much more serious puzzle to solve when, deep inside the maze, she discovers the body of Amish dairy farmer Harley Zook.
It won’t be easy for Detective Jakob Fisher to investigate a murder on his own father’s farm—not after being shunned by the man for leaving the Amish community and becoming a cop. With Mose himself as a suspect, and old family secrets cropping up, it’s up to Claire to help catch the killer before she finds herself at a dead end.
Laura has done it again, by creating a wonderfully crafted whodunit that is comfortably written where the setting, the dialogue and action jump off the pages in this terrific read. Friendship and relationships are explored in this mystery where the past comes back and Jakob have to rely on Claire to help expose a killer. Changes are happening in Heavenly, PA and I like the possibilities. I can’t wait to read the next book in this charismatically charming series.