Law & Old Order

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Liz Eckardt is busy juggling the demands of her colorful guests at the Olde Mansion Inn in the delightful town of Pleasant Creek, Indiana, when she's summoned to jury duty. Expecting it to be a quiet respite from the hectic pace at the inn, Liz prepares to escape into a good mystery novel. But the waiting room is far from quiet. Fellow juror Nora Wexler is loud, rude, and spends her free time insulting people and complaining about her ex-husband. When Liz asks Nora to keep it down so she can read, Nora explodes in anger. 

After the case is settled and the jurors are dismissed, Liz waits at the elevator. The door opens, and Nora collapses in front of her, struggling to breathe. She points at Liz and whispers, "She tried to kill me." 

When Nora dies, Liz finds herself smack-dab in the middle of a real-life mystery -- and a prime suspect in a murder case. 

Attempting to clear her name by locating the real killer, Liz embarks on her own investigation with help from her friends in the Material Girls quilting group and the town's mayor, Jackson Cross. During the search, Liz is not surprised to learn that Nora had made plenty of enemies in her life. But Liz is surprised when her own life is threatened. 

Will she identify the murderer before she becomes the next victim? 

The Characters

Liz always loved and admired her mother, Abigail. She was an amazing, hard-working woman and role model. It is no surprise Liz inherited Abigail's determination and strong work ethic, earning Liz a successful career as one of Boston's most prominent attorneys. But even so, at 40 and with Abigail's recent death, Liz is running on empty.

When she inherits an old diary from Abigail's childhood after her mother's passing, Liz is stunned to read about the life Abigail had growing up in an Amish community. She'd never mentioned any of it to Liz. Ever. Why would her mother keep such a big secret?

Determined to find out what caused Abigail to abandon her Amish life at the age of seventeen, Liz leaves Boston and moves to her mother's hometown of Pleasant Creek, Ind. While she settles into the quaint and friendly community as the new owner of the Olde Mansion Inn, Liz is careful to keep her connection to the Amish a secret ... at least for now.

Will Liz's journey bring her the answers she longs for about her mysterious heritage ... or send her straight into harm's way?

Liz didn't realize when she bought the inn that she was also "inheriting" the resident lazy-yet-lovable English bulldog, Beans. She doesn't have the heart to give him away, so she adopts him into her new life. Although he spends most of his time sleeping by the front door, Beans still manages to get mixed up in the mysteries of Pleasant Creek.

Known for her delicious home-baked apple pies and impressive quilting skills, Mary Ann is one of Pleasant Creek's most loved citizens. She is also the proud co-owner of Sew Welcome, the fabric shop located on the first floor of the Olde Mansion Inn. Having lived in Pleasant Creek all her life, can Mary Ann help Liz learn more about their Amish neighbors and track down the true identity of her mysterious family?

An accomplished and sometimes wildly creative quilter, Sadie co-owns Sew Welcome with Mary Ann. Shrewd, and salty-tongued, 70-year-old Sadie says exactly what she thinks, which sometimes lands her in hot water. Sadie takes a liking to Liz right away, often treating Liz like one of her own children. With a bit of a reputation for being a busybody, Sadie always seems to know everything going on in Pleasant Creek. It's nearly impossible to keep a secret around her, but Liz must be careful not to reveal her real reason for coming to Pleasant Creek until the time is right.

Jackson is the handsome mayor of Pleasant Creek who also owns Cross Furniture Co., a local business that employs many of the Amish men in the area to help handcraft high-end wood furniture. Jackson is well-liked in the community and stays very involved in everything that goes on in town. From the moment they meet, he is attracted to Liz, but senses there is more to her than meets the eye.