Saturday, April 24, 2021

SECONDHAND CHANCES by Shaen Layle, (Mysteries of Lancaster County) Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise


I love the cover of Secondhand Chances. It hints at the wedding theme.

This book ends a long running series for Guideposts: Mysteries of Lancaster County. It also marks the first solo-authored book by Shaen Layle. This book is set in a quaint town in Pennsylvania with a trio of sisters, Elizabeth, Mary, and Martha Classen. Here we see the approaching double wedding of Elizabeth and Mary. If it weren’t hectic enough with the wedding preparations, now the sisters are dealing with anonymous threat letters. They double down to get to the bottom of the mystery. With many who fit their suspect list, the sisters investigate in order to rule out all but the real culprit.

Well written with the flavor of Amish country, friends, faith and community, this book is a fitting end to a fun series. A nod to Jessica Fletcher and vet Dr. Pol was a nice touch as was the wonderful looking recipe at the end.
For a faith-filled cozy type series, check out all the books in The Mysteries of Lancaster County.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and A strong faith thread. 
BackCover Blurb:
Secondhand Chances is the 25th book in the Mystery of Lancaster County mystery fiction series.

As the much-anticipated date approaches for the double wedding of Elizabeth to John and Mary to Bill, the Classen sisters are trying their best to get everything just right. While Martha deals with the picky wedding-cake baker, who just can’t seem to make up her mind, the sisters receive a flurry of incoming mail. To their delight, most of it consists of congratulations and RSVPs for the wedding ceremony. 
However, one letter in a bright red envelope stands out…an anonymous poison-pen letter demanding that the sisters vacate their home and store immediately. At first, the sisters think they are the sole targets of the letter writer, but as the days pass they soon discover they aren’t the only ones in Bird-in-Hand who have been receiving hostile mail. In the flurry of trying to uncover the anonymous letter writer, old suspicions are raised and long-held grudges are unearthed. Can the Classen sisters solve their latest mystery before two of them say “I do”?

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