(Ettie Smith Amish Mysteries Book 1)
STORY-LINE SECRETS COME HOME BY SAMANTHA PRICE:
Ettie Smith inherited a house when her friend Agatha died. During repairs, a body’s discovered under the house. A body which has been there many years. When identified, the man is Agatha’s ex-fiance. The police name Agatha as the murderer. Ettie’s determined to clear her friend’s name. Her old friend, Detective Crowley, has retired and the new detective doesn’t care for Ettie nosing into his investigation. What Ettie finds surprises the Amish Community; to everyone’s dismay secrets and crimes come to light. My mystery book reviews of Secrets Come Home follows.
CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:
In Secrets Come Home, Samantha Price created an Amish mystery filled with secrets, lies, and crime. Secrets never stay hidden, and the lies needed to sustain the secrets have a way of coming undone; as Ettie stated: secrets come home.
“Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive”
The plot filled with twists and turns kept me on the edge of my seat as Price took me on a journey of discovery, pain, murder, and grief. The twists and turns just kept coming in this book. I would think Ettie had found the murderer and Price would introduce another plot twist. Samantha Price brought the multi-plots threads together skillfully. As a result, creating an intriguing mystery.
With a cast of suspects and reasons to kill Horace, Price held the who, what, why, and when, close to her chest. As a result, Price crafted a tantalizing mystery. I found the pacing perfect and Price‘s prose descriptive. I love reading Amish stories as they give me insight into the Amish way of life. Also, I have found Amish stories are clean without swear words or sex. That said, Price faced head-on a part of life which affects a lot of teens. As well as, the consequences which result. In Secrets Come Home, I discovered Amish communities have crime the same as the rest of us. I also thought the Amish community in this book did not seem as strict as some Amish; this enabled me to better relate to the characters.