Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Review: Plain Dead

Plain Dead Plain Dead by Emma Miller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

PLAIN DEAD by Emma Miller

A comfortable cozy that warms the reader, like hot cocoa and a crackling fireplace in the depths of winter, Emma Miller's PLAIN DEAD neatly delineates community and personal lives of Amish (the Plain People) and "English" (non-Amish). Protagonist Rachel Mast has a foot in both camps, as it were. Born and raised Amish, at seventeen she left the community for university and corporation. When that palled, she returned and opened a B&B and gift shop. Her organization of the Winter Festival (and her engagement) are quite successful; but Amish peace and tranquility are threatened by a nosy, interfering, newspaperman with lots of gossipy research. Then he is discovered, dead of exposure--but clearly his death was no accident.

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Plain Dead
by Emma Miller

I thoroughly enjoyed Miller’s Plain Dead. I felt the warmness of the family and church communities and the difficulties that sometimes arise when the Amish and ‘English’ communities interact.
~Back Porchervations

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Plain Dead
(An Amish Mystery)

3rd in Series
Cozy Mysteries
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
Paperback: 272 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0758291769


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 A closer examination of the victim’s unpublished report leads Rachel to believe the Amish community is far from sinless.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…

About The Author

Emma Miller is the author of Redeeming Grace and Anna’s Gift.  She lives with her family in Kent County, Delaware

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