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. . .
This is second in the Amish Mystery series, but it's the first one I read. Can definitely be considered a standalone except there's a bit of a spoiler from the first book, Plain Murder so you might want to read them in order. Also, there's a continuation of the romance, which obviously began in the first book. The author plays 'catch-up' beautifully though and I never felt like I was missing out on anything. Mind you I just picked up Plain Murder at the library today because I couldn't wait to read it too.
Miller has crafted a compelling page-turning mystery. And I absolutely love the intrepid Rachael Mast. With her familial ties to the Amish, she's a great help to Evan, even though he wants her to stay well away from the murder investigation. But, seriously, that's like asking Nancy Drew to stop solving mysteries! Rachael feels compelled to help both because of her desire for justice and because she desperately wants to help the Amish community she still feels ties with. The light romance has a few rocky points which I suspect will be tied up in book three. All in all a stupendous armchair sleuth kind of read. Can't wait for Plain Dead's release in December.
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