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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