My Name is Annie Hershberger and I Am Afraid as told to Laura Bradford

Churn For The WorseMy name is Annie Hershberger and I am sixteen years old. My mamm died a few years ago, and now it is just me and Dat. It was an adjustment for us at first, but we have figured it out. I have even gotten used to being in the house alone when Dat—who is the bishop of our church district—must attend to his duties.

But lately, when he is not there, I am scared—scared that what happened to Henry’s dat will happen to my dat. That I, too, will walk into the barn looking for my dat and find him. . .dead.

I try to tell myself things will be okay, that the English police are wrong about what happened to Henry’s dat, but I am not so sure. Bad things are starting to happen all around us, farm by farm.

And last night? When I got home from my hymn sing? My sweet Katie’s stable door was unlatched.

I try to tell myself her door was unlatched because I was careless, but I am not so sure. . .

Perhaps the person who is stealing money was at my house, too.

Or, perhaps, the person who killed Henry’s dat came looking for mine?


A Churn For the Worse is the fifth book in the Amish mystery series, published by Penguin-Random House, March 2016.

The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community. . .

When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.

Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer. . .

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About the author
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is the author of several mystery series and a handful of romance novels. She is a former Agatha Award nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. In addition to the Amish Mysteries, Laura also writes the Jenkins & Burns mysteries, the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey), and the upcoming Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries (Éclair and Present Danger, Book # 1, will debut in June).

For more information, visit Laura’s website: www.laurabradford.com or get to know her even better on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Giveaway: Leave comment below for your chance to win a print copy of A Churn For the Worse. US entries only, please. The giveaway will end March 10, 2016 at 12 AM EST. Good luck everyone!

All comments are welcomed.

67 responses to “My Name is Annie Hershberger and I Am Afraid as told to Laura Bradford

  1. This looks like a great book I would Love to win I really enjoy Amish based books also Thanks for the chance iamabho (at) gmail.com

  2. Doward Wilson

    I have just recently started reading this series. This sounds like another great entry. Thanks for the chance to win.

  3. I love this series and can’t wait to read A Churn for the Worse. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. This book sounds like a great read. Thank you for the giveaway.

  5. Maureen Yin

    Hello Dru I really enjoy the Amish series because of how close I live to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. So glad that Laura has written another volume of this series. Maureen

    • Maureen, I love the Lancaster area, as you know. I hope you enjoy this new book. I’ll be signing at Aaron’s Books in Lititz from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, March 11th.

  6. Laura Bradford’s Amish mystery series has had me hooked since the first book. Her respect for this sect is obvious in all her writing. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

    • Robeader, I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. I love writing about the Amish and learning new things about them while researching each new book. Glad that comes across in my writing.

  7. The Amish way of life fascinates me and I bet there are great details about it in this story. And a mystery to boot. What could be better! Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Love this series!

  9. This is a fun series. thank you for sharing

  10. This is a terrific series and I’m looking forward to reading A Churn For the Worse.

    • Thank you, Karen B!! I hope you enjoy this latest installment in the series when you read it! Not sure if you are aware, but I also put out an E-short story for this series in November. It’s called A CHRISTMAS MOURNING (99 cents).

  11. Donna Gantt

    I like Amish mysteries. Thanks for a chance to enter.

  12. I like learning about other cultures and mysteries so this fits the bill! Thanks for the chance to enter.

  13. Yes please Dru I’d love to win this one. Then I’d own four out of five of the books in this series. I do enjoy them very much.

  14. wendynewcomb

    Wonderful, an Amish mystery!!!!! Love the combination, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    • Wendy, if you love Amish and mysteries, I’m sure you’ll love this series. Hearse and Buggy is the first book…A CHURN FOR THE WORSE (which just released 2 days ago) is the latest. Happy reading!

  15. It’s great to get insight into the Amish world.

  16. Wonderful series which I would enjoy. Thanks for this giveaway.

  17. Sounds like a great read.

  18. Fascinating. I love Amish centered books.

  19. Anything by Laura Bradford is joyously accepted at my house.

  20. Celia Fowler

    I would really like to start reading this series ~ Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. A great series – can’t wait for this new addition!

  22. The Amish and mystery together, sounds like a great series, would love to win, ty

  23. I love everything that Laura writes! Can’t wait to read this one.

  24. Have not started reading this series as of yet but it is a series I would like to start. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of the book in the series.

  25. Kaye Killgore

    I do love this series. It’s awesome

  26. Mary Jane H.

    This book sounds intriguing. I am adding this series to my tbr list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  27. Just started reading this series. Would love a chance to win a copy of this newest book. Thank you for the giveaway.

  28. elainehroberson

    This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  29. I really love this series and I’m sure this book will be as amazing as the others in the series. Hope this series continues. Great giveaway, thanks.

  30. Hi Dru Ann! Thank you for having Laura/Elizabeth Lynn here today. I so love her Southern Sewing Circle series & hope to start reading this series soon. Thank you for a chance at the give-a-way.

  31. Susan Slovinsky

    Thoroughly enjoy the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries and am looking forward to adding the Amish Mysteries to my TBR list. Thank you.

    • Susan, I know I have a soft spot for these books, but I think you’ll enjoy the Amish Mysteries as much, if not more. So if you can, give them a try. 🙂

  32. Linda D. McFarland

    Definitely want to read and would love to win! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  33. Karen Terry

    Sounds like an interesting read.

  34. Michelle Fidler

    I like her Elizabeth Lynn Casey series. I’m not that much into Amish stories but do enjoy the ones by Isabella Alan.

  35. Include me in on this giveaway, please!!!!!

  36. Della Williamson

    Nice post. Definitely would like to read. Thanks for a chance at an early copy