Thursday, March 29, 2018

Plain as Day: An Amish Mystery novella

Good Day! It is Maundy Thursday. Lord of the Pies by Nell Hampton will be published on April 10.  It is the second installment in A Kensington Palace Chef Mystery series. The Weavers Daughter by Sarah Ladd and An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, and Kelly Irvin will also be out on April 10.

Plain as Day by Laura Bradford is An Amish Mystery Short Story (Book 5.5).  Claire Weatherly lives with her Aunt Diane in Heavenly, Pennsylvania at the Sleep Heavenly Inn. One of the guests mentions a rattle in the dresser in their room.  Jakob Fisher, Claire’s boyfriend, offers to help Claire investigate the noise.  They uncover a secret compartment with a silver pendant and chain inside.  The pendant seems very familiar to Claire.  The pendant is the exact image of the logo on her favorite mystery series The Subject Murders and the author, Jane Barrett is missing.  Claire wonders if there is a connection between the necklace and the missing author.  She wishes to return the necklace to its owner and begins her research.  Where will the clues lead Claire?

Plain as Day is a cute short cozy mystery.  I liked the author’s relaxed writing style and the story had a nice easy flow to it.  There are good characters (Diane, Esther, Annie, Jakob, Claire) and a lovely touristy small-town setting.  Plain as Day takes place between A Churn for the Worse and Just Plain Murder (which will be published in December).  Plain as Day is not a stand-alone book.  You need to read the other books in the series before embarking on this novella.  The mystery is one that plays out as Claire uncovers the clues.  Readers will be able to guess the outcome, but I still enjoyed joining Claire on her investigation.  My rating for Plain as Day is 4 out of 5 stars. Plain as Day is a quick and engaging cozy mystery.  I am eager to read Just Plain Murder when it comes out later this year.

Thank you for visiting.  I am going to review Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien tomorrow.  May you have an amazing day (make sure to think pleasant thoughts).  Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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