"Buy this book! It's a five-star read in my opinion. Whether you have ever read Amish detective stories before or not, I know you'll like this one and be totally engaged from start to finish. The characters are well-developed, unique, quirky and three-dimensional. I enjoyed the author giving her readers an inside view of the Amish community, especially during dangerous and unpredictable times. I eagerly await the sequel to this novel!"
-Wendy Pearson, moderator of The Write Practice
"Ashley Emma has crafted an intriguing crime mystery with a surprising twist. I didn't see that ending coming at all. And I'm a little jealous. Once I got into this book, I couldn't put it down."
-Michael Wilkinson, bestselling author of A Father's Guide to Raising Daughters
"I really enjoyed this book, right through the last page!! Undercover Amish is a compelling read that will keep you going until the very end! The only disappointing thing for me about Undercover Amish was when the story ended--I already miss the main characters!"
-Sue M Wilson, author of Home Matters
"What can I say, I LOVE mysteries! I love getting to know the characters, their motivations and then trying to figure out the outcomes. I am therefore delighted to have discovered Undercover Amish. Not only does the main character, Olivia, has a unique background of being Amish, but the trajectory of her life from that background to becoming a policewoman is fascinating and totally unexpected. Not only did I find myself engrossed in the unraveling of a crime, but also in the learning about a culture, within my own country, about which I was, admittedly, basically ignorant. Kudos to Ashley Emma for creating this wonderful series. I can't wait to read more of them!"
-Leslie Malin, LCSW, psychotherapist, author of Cracked Open
"Undercover Amish is a suspenseful, realistic work of fiction. Ashley weaves two opposite worlds together in a fast-paced story following Detective Olivia Mast. Olivia's journey forces her to face issues of identity, rise up to work challenges, and eventually she finds love. It's an easy read that will keep you guessing until the end."
-J.P. Sterling, author of Ruby in the Water
"Don't let the word "Amish" fool you, with more than one twist at the end, this book is very riveting. I didn't want to put it down. I've been looking for a new author to read for a while, so glad I found Ashley Emma. Can't wait for her next one."
-Karen Herzog, court transcript proofreader
Amazon Customer Reviews:
5 stars - Fantastic Mystery and Romance Novel
By Natalie McNee
I have only read a handful of romance novels in my life and this is the first Amish one I've picked up. I was hooked from the very first chapter. What would you do if you had to protect those that had hurt you? How would you feel coming face to face with your first love whom rejected you? Intrigue, mystery and romance are all spinned into a captivating and fast-paced read that I couldn't put down. I can't wait to read more of Ashley's work!
5 stars - Couldn't put it down!
Ashley Emma please tell me this is part of a series! Likeable, engaging characters combine with mystery, action and plot twists that keep the surprises coming. This was a fun read and I was sorry to see the book end. I would love to see more stories about these characters.
5 stars - A fun read!
By James F. Boley
I'm usually not a fan of books that have a romantic slant, but this one had enough mystery and action to hold my interest the whole way through. Undercover Amish is well written and has such an unusual, complex, and interesting backdrop. A fun read from start to finish.
5 stars - No words that will correctly describe how much I loved this book
By Pamela D. Miner
I honestly have no words that will correctly describe how much I loved this book! From the first page it grabs your attention and you constantly want more! The author did an amazing job with this book, while reading I felt like I knew the characters myself! Highly recommend this to anyone who needs a new read!!
Check out this podcastinterview with Ashley Emma and AOIS21 Publishing! It is all about Ashley'sAmish Adventures and Ashley's immersive research.
Here is another Author Interview with Ashley Emma
Posted by STACI TROILO on SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Wrapping up my pay-it-forward theme, I'd like to introduce you to Ashley Emma. Ashley writes about a culture few of us know about, or perhaps it's more accurate to say we think we know about it, but popular media has gotten the details wrong. I'm talking about the Amish, and I know Ashley has it right, because she lived with them to do her research. That fact alone fascinates me (she wrote all about it in Ashley's Amish Adventure), but wait until you read the mystery novel she's written about the community.
Please help me welcome Ashley Emma, author of Undercover Amish.
Hi, Ashley. I'm going to ask you questions about writing and your work. If you're ready, I'm just going to jump right in.
1.How did you come up with the idea for your book?
This entire series was inspired by my stay with Amish families (more about that in a moment) in Unity, Maine. While I was there, I realized they do not lock their doors, and they are pacifists. I thought this would be such an easy area for criminals to target, especially since the Amish do not report crimes that happen to them. From there my imagination ran with it, and several of the characters in my books are based on Amish friends I met in Unity.
2.What sort of research did you do to write this book?
I lived with three Amish families in Unity, Maine for a total of ten days. I was also invited back there for a wedding and an occasional visit. My documentary about this experience, Ashley's Amish Adventure, is coming very soon. It was such an amazing experience and I'm so glad I was able to do it before I got married and had children.
3.How did you come up with the title of your book?
The main character of the book, Detective Olivia Mast, must go undercover to investigate a murder in her former Amish community. Since her cover is as an Amish woman, the title Undercover Amish seemed to fit from the beginning of the writing stages, and I never changed it.
4.What are you working on now? Any chance of a sequel?
The sequel is being read by beta readers now, and I am halfway through writing the third book. I'll probably release that after Ashley's Amish Adventure. I have the fourth and fifth books of this series, The Covert Police Detectives Unit Series, outlined and ready to be written. I also have a fantasy book, a YA suspense, and a standalone full-length Amish romantic suspense novel that will be published soon as well.
5.Do you put yourself in your books/characters at all?
I definitely did for my fantasy book Identity because I was 14 when I wrote it and knew nothing about characterization, so I just based her character on myself, except she is more sarcastic and funny.
In The Ring Thief (coming soon) I put myself in the novel as a hairdresser in a salon, because in real life I actually am a hairdresser!
6.If your novel were being made into a movie, whom would you pick to play the lead roles?
That is funny you mention that because a reviewer recently just said she thought the book should be made into a movie! I think Kristen Kreuk from the TV show Beauty and the Beast would be perfect for playing Olivia! I think John Krasinski and the character he plays in 13 Hours combined with the character he plays as Jim Halpert on The Office would actually make a great Isaac because they can both be quirky.
7.Is there anything interesting about this particular book we haven't covered yet? If so, what?
There's a lot, but I'll narrow it down to a few things. First of all, I wrote the rough draft for this book two summers ago and accidentally erased the entire file permanently (thanks to me being terrible with computers) and long story short, I had to rewrite the entire second half. Luckily I had the first half backed up on a flash drive. Now I use Carbonite to automatically backup all my files! The second thing is my brother in law is a police officer so I asked him a ton of questions to make sure the book was as realistic as possible. It was pretty fun to learn about police procedurals and evidence. He wants people to know that is not like what you see on TV!
8.What started you on the path to writing for a living?
I knew since I was a kid that I would be a novelist. I wrote a short 25,000-word novel around age 12, then wrote my first full-length novel at 14 and self-published it at 16. I'm actually going to be relaunching that one soon. I was homeschooled so I spent most of my free time reading and writing. I mean, I'd go over my friend's house, and we would just read novels for hours and go to the library and get stacks of books for fun. The two books that really stand out in my memory that made me want to become a novelist was Inkheart by Cornelia Funke and Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
9.What is your favorite part of the writing/publishing process? Least favorite?
Honestly, I thought I would hate marketing, but I've ended up loving it! I do love the actual writing the best and I actually can write a manuscript pretty quickly. I don't usually get writers' block or procrastinate too badly as long as I follow my outline. There's nothing like starting to write a new book or finishing the first draft! Also, seeing your book published on Amazon is a pretty great feeling, along with reading positive reviews. I couldn't believe it when the reviews started coming in. People were so nice for the most part, and some of them even said they thought I was a good writer. It was amazing to actually hear that from a total stranger!
10.What has been one of your most rewarding experiences as an author?
I LOVE reading all the nice reviews people have been leaving me, and I check them every day. Seeing that orange bestseller tag next to my name is so awesome! In October I will be going to an elementary school to talk to students about my experiences, so I hope I can inspire some of the kids!
11.Is there anything about the writing life that you think is misunderstood by the public?
It is not glamorous at all, sometimes it takes years to actually get anywhere with your writing, and writing is only a fraction of the job! You have to seriously love it or you'll just end up quitting.
12.Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can impart to aspiring writers?
Don't let not finding an agent or publisher hold you back, and don't let rejections discourage you. You won't be able to please everyone, and that goes for readers too. If an agent or publisher rejects you, it is not necessarily because you aren't good enough. Your book might just not be what they are specifically looking for. Undercover Amish was rejected by several publishers and now it is a bestseller! Doctor Seuss was rejected by 29 publishers!
So that was the fast-fifteen with author Ashley Emma. Thank you, Ashley, and readers, thank you for listening to us.