I pre-ordered missing on a whim, not being a great aficionado of Amish fiction. The premise sounded interesting, and the price was right - then I forgot all about it!
It arrived yesterday - and by the time I went to sleep last night, I'd finished the book, and was somewhat miffed to realise I'd have to wait for the next two instalments to be published!
This is Amish murder mystery cum romance cum fish out of water... there's a lot going on, but I never felt overwhelmed. The main story element is the discovery of a murder, and the effect it has on the local community. Characters range from born and bred Amish through to ex- Amish, local "Englischer", and a Cincinnati detective doing a favour for a friend whilst recuperating from a gunshot wound.
One of the ways this book scores highly is that all the characters one spends time with are enjoyable - there are some very different viewpoints, but it's no hardship to spend time in company with any of these people. They feel very wwell rounded and well realised, and as someone who enjoys character-driven fiction, that was very welcome indeed.
As you might expect with the Amish setting, it's pretty gentle as murder mysteries go! But there were still a few curveballs I didn't see coming, and I'm chomping at the bit to read the second and third instalments. As this novel is set in Amish country, there are a few mentions of faith etc, but they're quite mild; I'd think they'd only bother folks who are vehemently anti-religion. It has certainly whet my appetite to read more books set in the Amish culture, especially in settings where that culture intersects with a more modern wordlview.
Word of warning, this is unashamedly the first of a trilogy - don't expect too many mysteries to be solved or too many storylines tied up by the end of the book.
Overall, a book I really enjoyed, and would highly recommend. Now I just have to wait for the sequels... rats!