Review of Plain Killing

Synopsis:

When the Amish community of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, refuses to discuss a murder with the police, it’s up to Rachel Mast to bridge the cultural gap and stop a killer from striking again. . .

While swimming in a local quarry, Rachel and her cousin Mary Aaron discover the body of an Amish girl, fully clothed in her white bonnet, floating face down in the water. The drowned young woman, Beth Glick, had left Stone Mill and her Old Order Amish life a year ago, causing her to be shunned by her family and her people.

But if Beth had joined the English world, why was she found dressed in Amish clothing and strangled? Rachel’s boyfriend, police detective Evan Park, is getting nowhere with questioning Beth’s family. He’s also troubled over the fate of three other Amish girls who left Stone Mill in the last two years. As someone who gave up the Plain lifestyle herself then returned to operate a B&B, Rachel is able to use her ties to the community to learn more about the missing girls. But when her search eventually leads to the dark underbelly of the secular world, Rachel finds her own life in dire jeopardy. . .

“Miller has written an exciting tale of mystery, love, and danger that will have readers turning the pages like crazy, wondering what the next big secret to be revealed will be and how Rachel will handle it.”  (Goodreads)

21535297  Review:

When Rachel and her cousin go swimming, they never expected to find a dead body.  But that is exactly what happens. They find an ex-Amish girl, Beth,  floating in the water.  Rachel is confused when she sees that the girl is dressed in her Amish clothes.  It has been over a year since Beth left and joined the English world, so why is she garbed in traditional Amish clothing.  Rachel is the liaison between both worlds and is determined to help find out what happened.  Her boyfriend, Evan, is a police detective so this gives her an inside track on gathering information.

The characters are well rounded and well developed.   I really like the fact that Rachel is able to relate to both the Amish and the English.  I enjoyed reading about her relationships with both sides.  She is someone who I would like to hang out with.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  The author is very talented with her ability to describes people, places and situations with the written word.  The mystery is carried on throughout the entire book and there were many twists and turns to throw the reader of track.  I really enjoy when that happens.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-crafted mystery.  If you enjoy Amish mysteries, like I do, then this book is a must read.  I love reading Amish mysteries and this book is so good.  This author has a new fan.

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.  I would like to thank NetGalley and Kensington Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.  

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6 thoughts on “Review of Plain Killing

  1. Betty, that series is so good. I’ve read the first two and I thought the first one was one of the best books I’ve ever read. It’s not a cozy but a great mystery suspense. I’m waiting to get the third one from the library. I am jealous that you won it but happy for you that you did.

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