Author: Emma Miller
Series: An Amish Mystery #3
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Description: When a newspaperman is murdered in the Amish community of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, Rachel Mast digs up the dirt to find out who wanted to bury the lead…
Although she left her Old Order Amish ways in her youth, Rachel discovered corporate life in the English world to be complicated and unfulfilling. Having returned to Stone Mill, she’s happy to be running her own B&B. But she’s also learning—in more ways than one—that the past is not always so easily left behind.
After local newspaperman Bill Billingsly is found gagged and tied to his front porch, left to freeze overnight in a snowstorm, Detective Evan Parks—Rachel’s beau—uncovers a file of scandalous information Billingsly intended to publish, including a record of Rachel pleading no contest to charges of corporate misconduct. Though Evan is certain of her innocence, it’s up to Rachel to find the real killer. A closer examination of the victim’s unpublished report leads Rachel to believe the Amish community is far from sinless. But if she’s not careful her obituary might be the next to appear in print.
This is the first book that I have read by this author and I found it to be very enjoyable. I am a fan of Amish themed cozy mysteries so when I had the chance to read and review an author in this genre that was new to me I was happy to do so. While Ms. Miller is new to me, this is actually the third book in the Amish Mystery Series. However, if you have not read the previous two, don't worry, this book reads as a stand alone and your enjoyment will not be diminished by not having read the first two books.
The book is well written and has a solid mystery, some suspense and a little romance thrown in as well. The author has a descriptive writing style which invites the reader in and keeps them engage throughout the entire story. The story takes place in a small town which adds to the charm of the book. It has a good pace that keeps you turning until the end to find out the identity of the killer. There are plenty of suspects and the mystery itself is well plotted. The author weaves plenty of clues into the story and provides enough twists and turns so that I kept second guessing myself when it came to the identity of the killer.
As I have always said in my reviews, I love stories with great characters and this one is no exception. Rachel, the main character is warm, smart and not afraid to get involved even if other's think it is none of her concern. I like the perspective of Rachel as well. I liked that she was old order Amish who left and is now considered an Englisher. I thought the author did a wonderful job writing this character as someone who still honors the traditions of her family even though she has left the way of life. I found all of the characters in this story to be well developed and flushed out.
In sum, this is a well written book that has wonderful characters, a solid mystery, some suspense and a little romance all thrown together in what was a very easy and enjoyable read. I will definitely be going back to read more from this author.
I received a copy of this book from Kensington through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed are my own.