Plain as Day
The national bestselling author of A Churn for the Worse returns to the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly must unravel the perplexing ties between a lost piece of jewelry and the disappearance of a cherished author.
When a mysterious rattling sound confounds the guests at Heavenly’s local inn, Detective Jakob Fisher steps in and cleverly deduces the noise’s source. But the necklace he discovers sparks an even larger mystery when Claire realizes it’s connected to the writing of a popular author who’s vanished and left her fans clamoring for a new book.
Determined to track down the necklace’s owner, Claire vows to follow the clues wherever they lead—even if it means finding someone who might not want to be found . . .
Praise for the National Bestselling Amish Mysteries
“The best cozy mystery debut I’ve read this year.” —#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Delightful . . . Well-portrayed characters and authentic Amish lore make this a memorable read.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fascinating cozy that showcases the culture of the people.” —Gumshoe Review
“Bradford’s characters are some of the best developed, most interesting ones I’ve come across in a cozy mystery.” —Lesa’s Book Critiques
About the Author:
Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of the Amish Mysteries, the Jenkins & Burns Mysteries, the Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries, the Tobi Tobias Mysteries, and the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey). Portrait of a Sister, her new women’s fiction novel, will be available in June. Laura is a former Agatha nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award in romance. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, and being an advocate for those living with multiple sclerosis. For more information and all the latest book news, visit her website at www.laurabradford.com.
An Amish Mystery novella
Plain as Day by Laura Bradford is An Amish Mystery Short Story (Book 5.5). Claire Weatherly lives with her Aunt Diane in Heavenly, Pennsylvania at the Sleep Heavenly Inn. One of the guests mentions a rattle in the dresser in their room. Jakob Fisher, Claire’s boyfriend, offers to help Claire investigate the noise. They uncover a secret compartment with a silver pendant and chain inside. The pendant seems very familiar to Claire. The pendant is the exact image of the logo on her favorite mystery series The Subject Murders and the author, Jane Barrett is missing. Claire wonders if there is a connection between the necklace and the missing author. She wishes to return the necklace to its owner and begins her research. Where will the clues lead Claire?
Plain as Day is a cute short cozy mystery. I liked the author’s relaxed writing style and the story had a nice easy flow to it. There are good characters (Diane, Esther, Annie, Jakob, Claire) and a lovely touristy small-town setting. Plain as Day takes place between A Churn for the Worse and Just Plain Murder (which will be published in December). Plain as Day is not a stand-alone book. You need to read the other books in the series before embarking on this novella. The mystery is one that plays out as Claire uncovers the clues. Readers will be able to guess the outcome, but I still enjoyed joining Claire on her investigation. My rating for Plain as Day is 4 out of 5 stars. Plain as Day is a quick and engaging cozy mystery. I am eager to read Just Plain Murder when it comes out later this year.