Monday, May 25, 2015

Plain Killing

GIVEAWAY
 MILLER, EMMA
PLAIN KILLING

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. . .

My Review:

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.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of Plain Killing please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 31 2015. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

22 comments:

  1. Please do count me in! I haven't seen nor heard of this series. :/ Time to crawl out of my cave, I suppose. Lol Thank you for your great review!

    dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I was excited to stumble upon it. I'm familiar with Emma Miller's Love Inspired Amish stories but had no idea about this mystery series. You'll love it. Good luck.

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  2. I am seeing more and more Amish mystery stories and I enjoy reading them. Thank you for the chance to win "Plain Killing".

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. I like the combination of mystery and Amish too...and this one is fantastic. Good luck.

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  3. I do enjoy a good page-turning mystery! I'd enjoy reading this one..dkstevensne AToutlookd OtCoM

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    1. Yeppers, you sure will. Good luck, Deanna.

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  4. Our church library readers love Amish books with a twist of mystery in them.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I enjoy mysteries with an Amish twist, please add me! Thanks, Kav.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. You're entered, Merry. Good luck!

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  6. Oooh, Kav! This is a new author for me and it looks SO good. Thank you so much for the giveaway!
    And welcome back!!
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. It really is good, Amy. Love sharing new to you authors. I love the Amish and mystery mix. Good luck.

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  7. I am not familiar wuith this Amish mystery series but I sure want to be, lol. Please count me in this sounds great.
    Deanne
    Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Great reader attitude, Deanne. LOL Good luck!

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  8. This is a new series to me but one that I for sure want to read!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. You'll love it, rubynreba. Good luck.

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  9. Another great review Kav. Sounds like a great story. Would love to win it. Thanks for a chance. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  10. What a great review! Thank you, Kav for what you do and the opportunity to be a winner!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Melanie. I'm really tickled over this series. Good luck.

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  11. I enjoy Amish books that have an edge to them, this one sounds very suspenseful. Thanks for the review and the opportunity to win a copy!!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's a great mystery. Loved trying to pick up the clues along the way and make sense of them. Good luck, Bonnie.

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