Tuesday, June 26, 2012

A Plain Death by Amanda Flower

From the Back Cover:

Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.

While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.

Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.

My Thoughts:

I'm not a huge fan of Amish fiction, but when Amish is combined with my favorite suspense/mystery genre, sign me up!  Especially for a novel written by Amanda Flower!  She's created a cast of characters that I can't get enough of, and stories that are engaging from the first page to the last.

The events are mildly wacky, which just adds to the character of the tale.  I mean, seriously, who meets an Amish young lady walking on the side of the road, harrassed by two 'red-neck bullies'...and ends up with her as an instant roommate??  I'll tell you who...Chloe Humphrey, that's who!

And it makes for a hilarious story...throw in a mysterious death of a beloved village figure, and you've got a great work of fiction.  A smidge of romantic tension, a hint of forbidden love, and a whodunit that will keep you guessing to the last chapter...that's what you'll get with "A Plain Death".

I received an advanced galley through NetGalley from B&H Fiction in exchange for an honest review.  I'm looking forward to more Amish Mystery Fiction from Amanda Flower, and I know you'll be eager for more, too.  Highly recommended, and an excellent summer read!

Happy Reading!



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