A Plain Disappearance, by Amanda Flower, is the third book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series. It is set in an Amish community, although its two main characters, Timothy Troyer and Chloe Humphrey have chosen not to live the Amish lifestyle. The story begins with Timothy taking Chloe out on their first real date, where they happen upon the body of a young Amish girl in the snow. They call the police, and an investigation begins, with much assistance from Chloe (despite the fact that she is not in any way employed in any type of law enforcement.)
The story was well-written and well paced, and the characters were likeable. I enjoyed reading about the Amish way of life, and it was obvious that the author was well-versed in this area. She really made the community come to life. There was an interesting dynamic between the Amish, and those in their families who'd decided to leave the way of life and become "Englischers", which added a certain richness to the story.
My only real complaint about the book - which isn't technically a complaint at all - is that being the 3rd book in the series, I did feel like I was missing a bit of back story. The story itself did stand on its own, but there were certain characters and events referenced from previous books that would have felt more relevant had I read those books. This is not a problem with the book, or the writing, of course... more a matter of preference.
I'd definitely recommend this book if you enjoy 1) any sort of book set in the Amish community, and 2) sort of sweet, light-hearted mysteries. You probably just want to start with book one.
* I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. *
This review gives more insight than just "it was/wasn't a good book" or "this is/isn't a must read". While I try not to give too much away, sometimes it's difficult to write about the story and have it not be revealing.
Chloe Humphrey is once again somehow involved in a crime committed against the Amish in her town. She helped solve the crimes committed in A Plain Death and A Plain Scandal, books one and two in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series. This time she is asked by Chief Rose to get involved because she is "the Amish whisperer", although she would have been on the manhunt without the Chief's request. I thought that it was wise of Amanda Flower to actually have the Chief ask Chloe to get information from the Amish and be involved in helping solve the crime because I questioned the fact that Chief Rose would let Chloe be privy to the sensitive police information that she told her in A Plain Scandal. A Plain Disappearance is the third book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series.
Chloe moved to Appleseed Creek, Ohio when she accepted the job as Director of Computer Services for Harshberger College. Chloe befriended Ex-Amish brother and sister, Becky and Timothy Troyer, shortly after moving to town. She is roommates with Becky. This story starts with Chloe and Timothy on their first date. This is when they discover the body of Katie Lambright, a sixteen year old Amish girl. Chief Rose suspects Billy Thorpe committed the crime. He is a friend of Timothy and has quickly left town. Chloe and Timothy are on a search to find the disappeared Billy and soon discover more than they would have imagined.
While Chloe is searching for Billy, she is also searching her heart. She needs to forgive if she wants to move on with her life. Chloe needs to offer forgiveness to more than one person. She also learned that not all Amish are honest and hard-working pacifists.
Chloe has been dodging two criminals that have been out to get her since the beginning of the series. In A Plain Disappearance it seems that it's only one , Kurt Fanning, now that can't let her be. He her even followed her to church. She knows that he wants something she has but she doesn't know what. It is very surprising what he does want from Chloe at the end. It is definitely something she never expected.
Amanda has done a good job of sending my mind around in circles in figuring out who killed Katie. One chapter it seemed like one person. The next chapter I thought it surely had to be another person. I was surprised when I finally discovered the killer; I never had any suspicion of that person. There are several story lines interconnected creating a great flowing story.
I was glad to see Chloe and Timothy finally together in the beginning of this book. After reading book two I knew they would soon be a couple. They have a very sweet romance. Grandfather Zook's humor and view on life gives a fun twist to this mystery. I would recommend reading the previous books in Appleseed Creek Mystery series so you aren't overwhelmed with all the characters. If you like mystery, humor, and romance, you'll get them all in this great read by Amanda Flower.
I received a free copy of this book from B&H Publishing and The Christian Manifesto in exchange for my honest review
The third book in An Appleseed Creek Mystery, A Plain Disappearance is just as good as the first two. Readers will be reunited with some well-loved characters that feel like family. No worries for those of you who haven't read the other books in the series though because this story reads well as a standalone but series fans will still get an extra kick out of it. :-)
The mystery is solid and I totally didn't solve it until the very end. Love it when a mystery keeps me on my toes like that. Flower really knows how to pace the suspense while interspersing sweet romance and a few interesting character twists along the way. And the solid message of forgiveness adds substance and wonder to an already stellar read. This is a quirky, cozy mystery that you don't want to miss out on!
I love a good mystery and when it revolves around the Amish that's even better and with "A Plain Disappearance" Ms. Flower provides a tight mystery that not only kept me turning the pages, but also kept me guessing as well!
Who would imagine finding a dead body on their first date? Well that's just what happens with Timothy Troyer and Chloe Humphrey. Timothy decides to stop at an old barn so that he can give Chloe her Christmas gift, but when the step inside the old barn they find the body of a young Amish girl. The questions that pop into my mind are who is she and how did she wind up there and who killed her!
Finding a dead body in the first chapter of a book is a sure way to grab my attention! The author provides a very well written suspense filled mystery where there are a few clues but overall kept me guessing,as to who the guilty culprit was. The characters are very well done and easy to like, for the most part. I thought the character of Chloe was very well done, I loved how the author allowed the reader to see things thru her eyes. I also thought the author's portrayal of the Amish was totally realistic, instead of them being perfect, they were human, flaws and all. A page turning mystery, with suspense, along with plenty of twists, makes this a fast paced read, the romance between the main characters was just an added bonus for me. While this is the third book in An Appleseed Creek Mystery it can really be read as a stand alone work, but if this book is any indicator then I believe that the entire series is well worth reading!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Timothy Troyer takes Chloe Humphrey on a buggy ride for their first date. They stop at an old abandoned, rundown barn to stretch their legs. Timothy surprises Chloe with an early Christmas gift. But the joy of the evening evaporates when Timothy's dog takes off running to the side of the barn. Timothy and Chloe follow and discover a horrible site.
Buried in the snow lay a young Amish girl, blue from death. At first, the cops believe an icicle fell from the barn and killed the girl, but no one can think of a reason the girl would be at the barn in the first place. However, this conclusion is not final when they find out the girl was actually strangled to death.
The Amish will not talk to the Chief of Police, Greta Rose, so she enlists Chloe to help. Chief Rose wants Chloe to talk to the Amish and see if she can come up with any Amish suspects.
I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 Stars
Read this series in chronological order!
Because this is the first book I read in the series (in hopes it would stand alone), there were a lot of references to things that happened in the previous books. That caused some confusion, especially when it came to character development. And I do not understand why a cop would enlist a civilian to talk to the Amish and she is not even Amish.
I never thought I would ever say I read an Amish murder mystery; this would be my first and what a great story to start with! As clues are gathered, you start to believe you know who the killer is, naturally. Then you find out things that throw a wrench in your theory. You are truly reading things and trying to come to a conclusion just like a real cop. And the ending will surprise you in so many ways!