Rachel Mast (Plain Missing, 2017, etc.) probes a murder in her parents’ Amish community.
Alma Studer never had much luck in life. Her first husband was a poor provider, and her second was sick for years. Even her Plain neighbors in Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, too unworldly to recognize the form of autism commonly called Asperger syndrome, can see that her older son, Moses, is somehow different. If her daughter, Mary Rose, hadn’t married Daniel Fisher, the Studer family would likely have lost their farm. But now Daniel is dead, killed in a hunting accident. The English police—state police who don’t always respect the ways of the Amish—insist that Daniel’s death is no accident. And when brusque Detective Sharpe questions the Studers, Moses suddenly confesses. Alma, convinced that her son hasn’t told the truth, enlists the help of Rachel Mast, who left the community years ago to seek more education than the Amish allow and returned to run a bed-and-breakfast not far from the place where she grew up. Rachel often runs interference between the Stone Mill community and the world outside. So even though she should be planning her wedding—only a few weeks away—to State Trooper Evan Parks, Rachel agrees to talk with Moses, assess whether his confession is genuine, and help him navigate the English justice system. She soon discovers that Daniel may not have been the upstanding family man his neighbors describe and that many both in and out of the Amish community have a motive for murder.
Miller’s fifth entry continues her streak of successfully combining local color and detection.