Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Suspendered Sentence

GIVEAWAY

BRADFORD, LAURA
SUSPENDERED SENTENCE

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…

My Review:

I love the clever titles in this series! The quirky nod to both Amish and Mystery themes...Hearse and Buggy, Assaulted Pretzel, Shunned and Dangerous...but this one takes the cake. Suspendered Sentence! Bwahahahaha! I haven't read all the books, but had no trouble picking up this one. In fact, I couldn't put it down!

The whole story is told from Claire's perspective.  She hasn't lived in the town long and is still getting used to the cultural differences between the Amish and English. She ponders the questions we all wonder about, like shunning, but the author always writes with the utmost respect. There's wonderful give and take between this heroine and her Amish friends for all that they are so different. For one thing, Claire isn't afraid of speaking her mind which can get her into a lot of trouble.

Cue handsome detective Jakob Fisher -- a shunned Amish lawman and up and coming love interest. Blissful sigh. Their tender, sweet romance is delectable....when they can fit courting in between mysteries! Subtle clues and a host of compelling secondary characters kept me on my toes as I tried to piece the puzzle together before Jakob and Claire. And yay me, I did! (another  gold star on my armchair sleuth banner.)

Though published for the general market, this cozy mystery still carries some gentle insights into putting faith in God. A wonderful mix of Amish, mystery and romance.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of  Suspendered Sentence please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday January 17 2016 . Offer open to international readers. Good luck!


28 comments:

  1. This is a new author to me and that's great. Sounds like a nail biter and intriguing book.

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    1. This is only the second book I've read by her but I've loved both. Perfect cozy mystery fare. Good luck, Karen.

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  2. I heard her books are good just haven't had a chance to read one yet. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom.

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  3. I love mysteries and this one sounds like one I would really enjoy. I must check out her other books. Thanks so much for the review. Love that you've introduced me to so many new authors.
    pwestfall7 at hotmail dot com

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    1. I'm glad you're glad. I love talkin' up good books. Good luck, Pam.

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  4. This sounds like a great read for this winter!
    susanlulu(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Susan in NC

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    1. Nothing cozier than snuggling up in a warm house and reading a cozy mystery! Good luck, susanlulu.

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  5. Thanks for the review. I haven't read any of Laura's books yet, but her books are on my to read/wish list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of one of her books.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. I have read two and just put a few more on my hold at my library. I'm really enjoying them. Good luck, Karen.

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  6. Love the title and cover! Thank you for a great review, Kav. I would love to read this one

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Isn't the title a kick?! Good luck, Melanie.

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  7. An Amish cozy mystery....sounds fun! I like all these genres, so the combination must be delectable :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Extra cozy. :-) Good luck, Trixi.

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  8. I love cozyies and enjoy Amish books so this sounds like a great mix. Thanks for the opportunity to read it.
    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  9. This sounds like a fun cozy and being an Amish one makes it even better! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  10. I enjoy Amish stories that are different and I enjoy cozies, so a perfect match!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, this one is perfect for you. Good luck, Merry.

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  11. I always enjoy a good suspense book. The Amish theme will make it double interesting for me.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I love that combination too. Good luck, rubynreba.

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  12. This is a series I haven't heard of but sounds great! Love to win.

    Becky I.
    adult4becky at aol dot com

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    1. A great cozy mystery series. Good luck, Becky.

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  13. So, I've never been a mystery/suspense reader. But a cozy mystery, now that I'm very willing to try and this one sounds like a good one to start with! :)
    lieniitte(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I think you'll like this. Cozy mysteries are totally different from regular suspense. Good luck, Lieniitte.

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  14. I'm not a fan of heavy mystery/suspense, but this book sounds like one I would enjoy. Thanks, Kav!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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