Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Murder in Plain Sight

Author: Marta Perry
Publisher: HQN Books
December 2010
ISBN: 978-0-373-77472-2
Genre: Inspirational/Amish suspense

Jessica Langdon is a lawyer who is about to lose her job. She’s had too many failures. And her boss has only kept her on as long as he has as a favor to her dad. But now, she has one last chance to make it right. Go to Amish country, and represent a young Amish boy who has been convicted of a brutal murder. Get the boy to plea bargain then get home…

Trey Morgan is a controller, and he wants his mother out of this case. He is upset that she hired a big-city lawyer, and upset she wants the Amish boy to be found innocent. A plea bargain is the best bet for all involved. But Jessica Langdon doesn’t quite see it that way. The more she talks to the boy, the more convinced she is that Thomas is innocent…

And someone else is determined to keep Thomas in jail—and Jessica off the case. Threats are made, damage is done, and she is injured…but is it enough to send Jessica home? Or will she find the real killer before he strikes again?

MURDER IN PLAIN SIGHT is a mystery set in Amish country. I love Amish books, and I love mystery, but I haven’t read only a handful of books that combine the two.

This book grabbed me from page one, even through both the hero and heroine are “English” and I had to keep reading to find out what really happened to put Thomas in jail as a suspect in a murder case. I figured out the truth fairly early on, maybe because I am a writer and I know how my mind works, but I had to keep reading to see if I was right. I highly recommend this book – or any of Ms. Perry’s other Amish books. $7.99. 384 pages.

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