Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Spotlight/Book Giveaway/Guest Post: Shunned and Dangerous by Laura Bradford

About the book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #3 in An Amish Mystery Series
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Release Date: March 2014

Synopsis from Goodreads...

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.

Author Guest Post

A Modern Mystery In An Old Fashioned World
By Laura Bradford

“Pick up your cell phone!”

“Take a picture!”

“Turn on your GPS!”

I don’t know about you, but I know I’ve certainly shouted a few of those things to a fictional character or two over the last few years. Honestly, in today’s world, a character in a mystery novel or on a television drama would be flagged as unrealistic if they didn’t use today’s technology to solve a crime.

That is, unless, that particular character happens to live among a group of people who don’t believe in things like cell phones, cameras, GPS devices, or really any sort of technology that links them to the outside world.

In my Amish Mysteries, I’ve been able to create a present day world that operates, in many ways, like the America of the late 1800’s, when people got around by horse and buggy, and the availability of a phone wasn’t a given. Sure, the “English” (as the Amish call us) in my fictional town of Heavenly, Pennsylvania still have access to technology, but technology only works when all parties play. And on the Amish side of town, they don’t.

Think about it for a minute…

How does a parent help the police find their missing child if they don’t have any pictures to share (not because they won’t, but because they’ve never taken any)?

How does a person call for help when there are no phones in their home (not because they can’t afford one, but because they don’t want one)?
And how can a criminal be apprehended if the target of his or her misdeeds refuses to file a report or lodge a complaint (not because they can’t speak, but because they choose not to)?

And it’s that last point that comes into play in SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS, the third book, in my Amish Mysteries. In this story, Amish Dairy Farmer Harley Zook is found dead in the middle of a corn maze. Unbeknownst to police, Harley had been the victim of a number of seemingly innocuous pranks in the weeks leading up to his demise. Whether or not these so-called pranks were all done by the same person—and whether that person is guilty of murder—is what Detective Jakob Fisher must now find out.

But when the trail of clues leads Jakob to the doorstep of his former Amish home and the father who has refused to speak with him for the past seventeen years, he must lean on Claire Weatherly, a local gift shop owner and potential love interest, to help him uncover the truth…even if it’s not the truth either of them wants.

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Laura Bradford is the national best-selling author of the Amish Mysteries (Berkley Prime Crime). The third title in the series—SHUNNED AND DANGEROUS—is available March 4th. To learn more about Laura and the Amish Mysteries, visit her website:, “like” her page on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter @Bradfordauthor.


How would you like to win a paperback copy of Shunned and Dangerous by Laura Bradford? Thanks to Berkley, I have one paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

Just a few simple rules...

1) You must fill out the rafflecopter form below.

2) Contest is open to anyone over 18 years old

3) US Residents Only

4) For an one extra entry: Tweet about this giveaway.

5) For an one extra entry: Leave a comment for the author.

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.

The giveaway begins on March 5th (midnight est) and ends on March 12th (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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  1. I'm a big fan of Amish cozies. The people, the area, the food... all make it a very real experience.

  2. Your book sounds fascinating and captivating. Much happiness and great health. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. I am always looking for authors I haven't read. Your books sound interesting.

  4. I'm from a part of Ohio that is near an Amish community. I've always been interested in the way they live, and the recipes they use. And I love Amish Cozies!

  5. Sounds like an interesting mix of new and old ways. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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  6. I love this series. The first two books were awesome. Would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity.
    Barbara Thompson

  7. I like the idea of an Amish mystery. Thank you

  8. Sounds great, an Amish mystery, love them. Thank you for a chance to win a copy of this book.


  9. Thank you for hosting this giveaway, Yvonne! I'd love to read this Amish cozy! How clever this author sounds! I'll bet this is a very good whodunit!

    1. I don't tweet, but I've added this great giveaway to my blog's sidebar! :)

  10. Congrats to Laura on the new release! I really like this series and the attention to details that she employs! Thanks!

  11. I absolutely love this series and love learning about the Amish and their ways. Can't wait to read this one.


  12. An Amish author I haven't read yet!! YES!!! My 19 year old Granddaughter got hooked on reading Amish books at 15....and she would enjoy finding another author too!!
    Now I have to go Google these books!! Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  13. I've never read an Amish mystery. I would love to read this one! Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. It sounds like a great read. I love the setting for the book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  15. congrats & continued success to Laura!!!!
    I LOVE this series!!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

  16. Great guest post~thank you for sharing. This sounds like a wonderful series! I'd love to read it. The Amish way of life has always fascinated me.

  17. I hope to be able to read this novel, looks great :)

  18. I'm really enjoying these Amish cozies---you can count on them to be a "clean" read.

  19. Thank you for the chance to win this book....I love learning about new series!!!

  20. I live near an Amsih community and I always enjoy learning more about them.
    This sounds like a fun read to me.

  21. I grew up in Indiana and spent a lot of time in Michigan and Illinois. I love the Amish community. I am really excited about reading this!

  22. I have the first two books in this series, and can't wait to have the third. I loves mysteries, and I like Amish stories -- to find both together is practically heaven on earth [maybe I'm in Heavenly, PA ?? :) ].
    Keep writing, please, Laura

  23. Looking forward to starting this series.


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