Just Plain Murder by Laura Bradford

Just Plain Murder

Laura Bradford

In this addition to the Amish Mysteries, Jakob's friend comes back in town and is murdered. He and Claire soon find that things are not as they seem–and that his friend may have stumbled into something sinister before he was killed.

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Claire Weatherly and her beau, police detective Jakob Fisher, learn that when it comes to murder, evil can hide in plain sight in this all-new addition to the national bestselling Amish Mysteries.

Jakob and Claire have been enjoying more time together in lovely Heavenly, PA. With Claire's help, the detective is making slow progress reconnecting with the members of his Amish family who shunned him when he left to pursue a career in law enforcement. Jakob's mentor, Russ Granger, the long-retired police chief who inspired him to become a cop, is back in town. Claire has always wanted to meet the man who changed the course of Jakob's life. But not long after he arrives in Heavenly, Russ is murdered.

Jakob can only imagine that his old friend must have been killed by someone outside of the Amish community. He and Claire soon find that things are not as they seem--and that Russ may have stumbled into something sinister before he was killed. The answers they uncover are closer to home and more shocking than they ever expected.

Advance Galley Reviews

Not really my kind of book. Had wanted to try a book about the Amish but found it lacked “depth”.....characters, plot.

This is the first book in this series and I really enjoyed it. It is a book that does just fine as a stand alone although I think I would really enjoy the rest of the series. This book introduces a number of intruiging characters in the community. It's a great cozy mystery that keeps you guessing. I will definitely look for more books by this author.

First, I loved the cover for this mystery. Laura Bradford revisits the tranquil town of Heavenly, an Amish community, but the serenity is destroyed with the death of retired cop Russ. The death hits Jakob hard as Russ was his mentor. With the aid of girlfriend Claire, the two investigate all Possibilities and withe the help of an errant Amish teen, they crack the case. Bradford always paints a delightful Amish community picture with her stories.

Nothing wrong with this book, it just wasn’t for me. I prefer the Kate Burkholder series by Linda Castillo. That series also has a main character from an Amish background but is more of a police procedural rather than a cozy.

When I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review, I did not realize it was part of a series. However, it reads well as a stand alone book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will be looking for others in the series. Possibilities are open with the love interest for Diane arrives. Would like to see what develops. While the resolution of the murder was a little dark, in the end the puzzle was completed and all ended well. I liked the information about the Amish and their ways. Highly recommend as time well spent.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book without knowing it was part of a series. I did have questions as I was reading as to why Jakob's Amish background and him leaving that community was not explained. I would definitely look into reading the beginning of the series to get a better understanding of Jakob's background and how he and Claire got together. So many questions would be answered. Not knowing the beginning should not stop you from reading this book. I highly recommend it.

This story felt darker in tone than the earlier books in the series but it I still enjoyed it. We really get to know Jakob much better in this book and I like that Bill has been brought back as a love interest for Diane. I hope there will be many more books in the series.

Just love this series. In this book, Jakob is getting ready to introduce Claire to his mentor Russ Granger and former police chief of Heavenly. It is Russ who helped Jakob become a police officer and help him over the years. When Claire and Jakob are out on a picnic, he receives a call that Russ has died. It is learned that Russ was murdered, however, there appears to be no motive or any suspects. Claire tries to help Jakob as best she can by supporting him thru his grief and passing along comment and offers of help from others. In the Amish community, a new bishop has been elected and they are dealing with a rather wild teen on his Rumspringa. He is the neighbor of Eli and Esther and has been causing lots of issues in the neighborhood. The mystery to solve Russ’s murder is filled with lots of red herrings and initially going thru old case files to see if anyone had a grudge. This was a fast read and am glad to see the growth in Jakob and Claire’s relationship along with the return of Bill perhaps a new long term character and love interest of Aunt Diane will stay in town. Benjamin even has a new love interest and we should be seeing more weddings in the future. Looking forward to the next installment. Highly recommend.


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