Review of Plain Confession

Plain Confession

An Amish Mystery, Book #5

Emma Miller

5 Stars


When Rachel Mast returned to Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, she unwittingly became a bridge between the closed Amish community and the Englisher police. Now, as she prepares for her wedding, she’s drawn into an investigation that could end in a different ceremony–her funeral . . .

Rachel didn’t know Daniel Fisher well, but it still comes as a shock when her fiance, a state trooper, tells her that the young Amish man’s death may not have been a hunting accident. The police believe he was murdered and they need Rachel’s help telling the family. But when she does, they don’t seem upset or even surprised. Even more unsettling, Daniel’s brother-in-law confesses–while his mother begs Rachel to prove his innocence. But why would he give a false confession? Who is he trying to protect?

As Rachel’s search for answers overshadows her wedding plans, rumors swirl that she might not show up at the altar–and that Daniel wasn’t as upstanding as he seemed. While the list of people who wanted him dead grows, Rachel is caught in the killer’s crosshairs, and if she’s not careful, it may be more than her feet that turn cold . . .
Praise for the Amish Mystery series

“An excellent addition to the Amish mystery subgenre.”–Library Journal

“An exciting tale of mystery, love, and danger.”–Booklist

“A well-informed look into the tranquil world of the Amish with a fairly edgy puzzler.”

Kirkus Reviews (Goodreads)



The characters are well rounded, well developed and three dimensional.  Rachel is caring, smart and willing to do whatever it takes to help her friends.  When she feels that an Amish man is wrongly accused of murder, she is determined to find the real killer.  Rachel is a buffer between the Amish world and the English world and she knows that without her help, the wrong man will get sent to prison.  I really like the fact Rachel continues to respect the traditions and beliefs of the Amish, although she is no longer a part of their world.

The writing style flows smoothly and allowed me to see the setting  and activity through the eyes of the characters. The setting was inviting and I could picture it in my mind while reading the book.  That helped pull me into the story right from the beginning.

The mystery was carried out well throughout the whole book and it was well paced. There were enough suspects to consider and clues to sift through. There were enough twists and turns and red herrings thrown in that it was not an easy mystery to solve.  

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery.  If you like Amish based mysteries as much as I do, this book is a must read.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.


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