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  1. A Plain Disappearance, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #3
    A Plain Disappearance, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #3
    Amanda Flower
    B&H Books / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $9.99 Retail: $14.99 Save 33% ($5.00)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 31 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good with minor exceptions
    October 8, 2013
    Anita Batey
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I have enjoyed this series of Amish mysteries by Amanda Fowler. However, I have found two discrepancies with this book. The first is the name of the Amish man murdered in the second book got changed. This would probably not been noticeable if I had not just finished reading book two. The other discrepancy is more noticeable to me, a former teacher of adult education. One of the main characters who is former Amish wants to go to college, so she needs to get a GED. In this book it is referred to several times as the GRE. Probably many who are not even retired teachers will catch that error. The GRE is a totally different test. But over all, it is a good book. Editors take note.
  2. Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Murderer Within The Appleseed Creek Community
    October 8, 2013
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amanda Flower in her new book, "A Plain Disappearance" Book Three n the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series published by B&H Publishing Group reunites us with Chloe Humphrey and Appleseed Creek, Ohio.

    From the Back Cover: It's Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek. She's really excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

    Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy's friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

    At the end of a hard day I like to sit down with a good murder mystery. It takes my mind of the events of the day and I enter into a new environment, in this case Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Once again Chloe finds a dead body; this time while she is on her first date with Timothy. The Sheriff is not going to appreciate this at all. Now the Amish Community wants to keep the solving of the murder within the community so the Sheriff wants to use Chloe and Timothy to help solve this case from within. It is extremely possible that the murderer is someone who lives and works alongside everyone in Appleseed Creek. Ms. Flower has crafted a real puzzler of a mystery. "A Plain Disappearance" keeps you guessing and I defy you to figure out who really did it. Add to the pot a cast of characters that are just wonderful, some good, some bad and Ms. Flower has given us a great setting with Appleseed Creek. If you enjoy a good murder mystery like I do then this book is for you. I enjoyed this book a lot and am hoping there will be more in this series.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Handlebar for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  3. North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Cozy mystery you can give a teen or adult to read
    October 7, 2013
    Vera
    North Carolina
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    For those of you who grew up reading Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys mysteries, you are in for a new take (sort-of) of their adventures as author Amanda Flower modernizes, intensifies, and deepens the old tried and true youth mysteries. Those old stories involved young folks who were not detectives or police but got themselves involved in the solution of various crimes and mysteries.

    Here in A Plain Disappearance we have a young lady who is an "Englischer" computer geek at the local college and her not-quite-boyfriend, Timothy, involved with the local police in the solving of a murder. Actually, Chloe and Timothy are the ones who discovered the body of the young Amish girl in the snow. (Prepare yourself for a nice cozy mystery.)

    This story while not a deep dark read does actually present a varied community of folks. We see Amish who are very strict living with family members who have left the church for the more "modern" Mennonite faith. We also see relationships developing between Mennonite, Timothy, and Englischer, Chole. Interesting indeed.

    This book also brings out a darker side to some of those who live within the Amish community and who are living as "respected" church members. There is intense anger, cruelty, abuse, and isolation. But to our true enjoyment, the story also brings the delightful character, Grandfather Zook, to the forefront and you will absolutely fall in love with him. And I would be derelict if I did not mention "Sparky" - the faithful old horse that they all love.

    As usual, family is a big part of the story as it is in all Amish tales. But as I mentioned, these families are beginning to mix it up a bit with leaving the faith and embracing another faith and yet being allowed to remain in the family and fringes of the community.

    A Plain Disappearance is book 3 in the series Appleseed Creek Mysteries by Amanda Flower who is a prolific writer of Amish stories, middle reader adventures, and contemporary cozy mysteries. She is an Agatha-nominated author (A Plain Scandal, A Plain Death), and published by B&H Books. I also reviewed Andi Unexpected which is one of her middle reader adventures. .

    I received a complimentary copy of A Plain Disappearance for the purpose of rendering my honest review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. I received no compensation for this review.
  4. Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 6, 2013
    debwilson
    Summerfield, FL
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    USA Today recently hailed award-nominated author Amanda Flower for A Plain Death, calling it "the first Amish rom-com . . . bring on the next one!" As the enthusiastic reviews continue to mount, she's back with her third Appleseed Creek mystery, A Plain Disappearance.

    It's Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

    Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy's friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

    My Review:

    This Amish mystery is quite the page turner! Dead bodies seem to abound in Flower's novels, and despite the unpleasantness of that, it makes for quite the whodunit! This novel builds on the previous two books in the series, so I do recommend that you read them to get the background story. The story is invariable made difficult by the fact that the Amish prefer to have as little intervention of the outside world, but the main characters, Chloe and Timothy, are former Amish and willing to lend a hand in the investigation regarding a teenager's death.

    What I found so unique and fresh about Flower's novels is that she took two popular genres and seamlessly created an entire new one! This novel was unforgettable, and I fond myself desperately wishing she decides to write a fourth book. A must read for a fascinating new genre, A Plain Disappearance is not to be missed!

    This book was provided for free by the publisher through Handlebar Media in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Keeps me coming back for more each time!
    October 6, 2013
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Once again it seems that Chloe Humphrey seems to attract more than just attention, she once again is the common factor in yet another murder in the heart of Appleseed Creek. This brings the total to three and even though she has an air tight alibi, this murder may in fact be the one that ultimately divides the English from the Amish in town. While exploring a deserted barn one early morning after a sleigh ride with her boyfriend, Timothy Troyer, they locate the body of Katie Lambright just under the snow. Signs may point to an accidental death by way of a frozen icicle that is missing just right above when they have found her body, but until they contact the local sheriff, Greta Rose, they won't know for sure. All they know is that she won't like that it will be Chloe once again who has discovered another dead body.

    In the third novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series by Amanda Flower, A Plain Disappearance once again takes two very different genre's, Amish and Murder Mystery and combines them flawlessly to create something not only unique but unforgettable as well. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be able to read all of these novels and while there is a common thread running through them, they are each completely different. However with that being said in order to understand the relationships the English have with the Amish people living in Appleseed Creek is necessary to read them in order.

    In this one it shows the difficulty that can had whenever a crime takes place within an Amish community. Rather than seek outside intervention, the Amish believe that whatever happens is best dealt within their own community of believers and is God's will. The sheriff utilizes the relationship that Chloe and Timothy have being former Amish residents as a common thread that will allow them to solve the crime and find out just who has murdered Katie Lambright, a young girl who was known for attracted more suitors than she needed. Is it possible that despite all the clues they find, the murderer is someone they don't suspect and resides within the town itself working alongside both English and Amish alike? To find out, you'll simply have to pick up this novel!

    I received A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flowers compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Handlebar Central for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. This is such an exceptional series because of not only the combination of genres but it really addresses the subject of forgiveness and what happens when the seeds of bitterness are allowed to grow in people's hearts. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to more from Amanda Flower in the future. There are even some great discussion questions included for book groups.
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