Title: Murder in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
I received this book as an advanced electronic readers copy from the publisher via netgalley.com. It is due to be released November 30, 2010
Synopsis: There are secrets buried in Amish country...
Did a sweet-faced Amish teenager brutally murder a young woman? To save her career, big-city lawyer Jessica Langdon is determined to defend him—against the community’s bitter and even violent outrage. Yet without an understanding of Amish culture, Jessica must rely on arrogant businessman Trey Morgan, who has ties to the Amish community...and believes in the boy’s guilt.
Jessica has threats coming from all sides: a local fanatic, stirred up by the biased publicity of the case; the dead girl’s boyfriend; even from the person she’s learned to trust the most, Trey Morgan. But just when Jessica fears she’s placed her trust in the wrong man, Trey saves her life. And now they must both reach into a dangerous past to protect everyone’s future—including their own.
Review: I may not know that much about Phoenix (see my last review) but I know a lot about Philadelphia, the Main Line and Lancaster County. I am fascinated by the Amish culture and have been stuck behind a buggy or two in my time.
This book hooked me from the first moment and kept me interested the whole way through. Who actually killed the woman in the barn? Was it the Amish boy suspected of it or someone else? Jessica is sent from her big Philadelphia law firm to help broker a plea but once she starts investigating she finds that there is much more to the case than meets the eye. With the help of Trey the son of the local woman who hired her she uncovers links to secret societies, and a deception that runs so deep it will affect Treys family forever.