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Content to be unmarried and plain-spoken, Kathryn “Kappy” King is an odd-woman-out in the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania. But she’s skilled at making the special kapps local women need to cover their hair. And she might be the only one who can unearth the danger hiding in this peaceful valley…
When Kappy’s neighbor, Ruth Peachey, turns up dead in her yard, everyone in Blue Sky believes it’s a tragic accident. Until the Englisch police find the gentle dog breeder was deliberately struck down—and arrest her mentally-challenged son, Jimmy, for the crime…
Jimmy’s sister, Edie, returns to Blue Sky clear his name, yet no one will speak to a shunned former Amish woman, much less give her information. Determined to help, Kappy starts digging for the truth among her seemingly-innocent neighbors. But suddenly a series of suspicious “accidents” threatens Edie and the Peachey farm—property Edie is determined to protect for her brother’s future.
Now, as danger looms large in the small community, Kappy must bait a trap for a killer snapping hard at her heels. And Edie must decide whether to make a home once more in the town she thought she’d left behind…
What makes an Amish mystery
Whenever someone asks me what I write and I answer, I usually get three full seconds of blank stare before the questions start. Are you Amish? Why do you write about the Amish? What makes Amish books different than other ones?
I sort of fell into writing about the Amish. I had already completed six books (romances) by the time the opportunity to write about the Amish came around. At the time I had no idea where it would lead.
To answer these most-asked questions… No, I’m not Amish and have never been. I grew up Baptist in the Deep South. I started writing about the Amish at the suggestion of my agent. At first I thought she was joking with me, and when I realized she wasn’t, I started plotting my first Amish romance. As for what makes them different…
The Amish are more like us (non-Amish, or English) than most people realize. Everyone has problems, stresses, and concerns. The big difference is in how we handle it versus the Amish. Most Amish have great faith and turn to God and their community when they need help. Add in the manner in which they are raised and the differences start to come to light.
We live by the Amish, right next door. We work with them and maybe even pass them on the street. They are in our world even if they are not of it. This proximity leaves them open to the same problems and trials that plague us all.
It comes down to characterization. An orphan is going to react differently than a person with a large family. An only child will react differently than a middle child. An older person differently than a younger one. All this can be said about the Amish and more. So when Kappy King discovers the body of her closest neighbor she does what anyone would do—Amish or not. She takes food, attends the funeral, and prays for the truth. But after the victim’s special needs son is arrested for the murder, Kappy pairs with ex-Amish and shunned, Edie Peachey, daughter of the deceased and sister to the accused. Together they will do whatever it takes to find the real killer.
So what does this have to so with puppies? Ruth Peachey, the murder victim, was a dog breeder. Beagles to be exact. She and her son Jimmy, raised some of the finest hounds in the area. Now Ruth is gone, Jimmy is in jail, and Kappy and Edie are taking care of the pups as well as trying to solve a mystery.
Murder, conservative Amish rules, and beagle puppies. What more could you want?
Have you read an Amish mystery before? Was it cozy or a thriller? What did you think?
About the Author
Amy Lillard is the award-winning author of more than twenty novels, including the Wells Landing series, The Quilting Circle novels, the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries and the Kappy King Mysteries. Born and raised in Mississippi, she now lives with her husband and son in Oklahoma. Please visit her online at www.AmyWritesRomance.com.
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