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Series: An Amish Mystery #4
Title: Plain Missing by Emma Miller
Author: Emma Miller
Publisher: Kensington Books
Published: March 28th, 2017
This is a well written murder mystery with the added twist of being set largely within an Amish community. Whilst this is the fourth book in the series, I can honestly say that I throughly enjoyed it without having read any of the earlier books . . . . though I do intend to rectify that in the future!
Although she is no longer a member of the Stone Mill Amish community, Rachel Mast still has strong family ties and returns to her childhood home to help look after her mother who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer. When her young cousin, Elsie Hostetler, and her sweetheart, Dathan Bender, go missing, Rachel is determined to track them down, not believing they have run away together. There are secrets being kept within the Amish community as Rachel strives to discover just what happened to the missing couple – and why. She will discover more about the community she used to belong to, how things have changed since she left and put herself in danger as the mystery unfolds.
This is a brilliant combination of mystery and life in the Amish community. It is an absorbing read with plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. There are revelations regarding life and attitudes within the Amish community and how sometimes these are secretly circumvented, especially by younger members. I have no idea if this is true or not but I still found it fascinating reading and have no hesitation in highly recommending this to anyone who enjoys a magnificent mystery crafted by an accomplished author. Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review. I’ll certainly be looking out for more in this series and by this author in future!
Inn owner Rachel Mast is no longer a devout member of the Amish community of Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, but she still cares deeply for them. So she’s staying at her family’s farm to help her mother through an illness—and at the same time, trying to track down two missing people . . .
When the young gather to sing, it’s usually an evening of wholesome fun—but this time, the event has stirred whispers of scandal. Elsie Hostetler and her sweetheart, Dathan Bender, never came home afterward. There’s not even a trace of their horse and wagon, leading some to suspect that they’ve run off to marry and join the Englisch world.
But Rachel fears there’s more to the story than a rebellious elopement. Her fiancé, a state trooper, is out of town, so she starts investigating herself, using her Amish background to pry information from the tight-lipped community. It turns out things were not so peaceful between Elsie and Dathan—and there was also a confrontation at the singing with a short-tempered ex-Marine. Among the simple houses and quiet country roads of Stone Mill, Rachel must find out just what kind of sins have been committed—and who is need of forgiveness . . .