A Plain Scandal, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #2
A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower is a wonderful story of Amish life in the town of Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Chloe Humphrey is not Amish but she has chosen to live in Appleseed Creek where she works at the local college as a computer specialist. A buggy accident that turned out to be murder has been solved but now the people in the community are living in fear for someone is going around cutting the hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men. Chloe has helped the local police solve other crimes and when she finds a local man stabbed in the back with his beard cut off, she decides that it is her responsibility to help solve the murder and bring peace back to the community. To add to ChloeÃ¢ÂÂs problems, she and her roommate Becky are having problems with their new landlord who is becoming more of a jerk with every passing day. Becky and Timothy, sister and brother, have left the Amish way of life and are comfortable with their relationship with God and living as Englisch. The romance between Chloe and Timothy continues to develop in spite of all the chaos going on in the community. Also, the new Bishop and the Deacon are ruling the Amish community with an iron hand and are warning everyone to have no association with Chloe, Becky, and Timothy.
The author did an excellent job in the writing of this story and with every element of the story. There was suspense woven throughout the story and it kept me guessing from page to page. Every character was expertly developed and I felt as if I were living right there in the community of Appleseed Creek and was friends with all the characters. Well there were a few that were not friend material but the author gave reasons to dislike them. All the scenes were so well described that I could see myself taking part in whatever was going on. The plot had several twists and turns but everything was brought together for a satisfactory ending.
I very highly recommend this book to everyone that likes a great Amish story that also contains a good deal of suspense.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from B & H Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
November 12, 2013
I really continued to enjoy the developing characters in this novel that started in A Plain Death. The romance continues to slowly bloom between Chloe, who is a city girl, and Timothy, a former Amish participant. Chloe came to the small town in Ohio to be the director of the computer systems department at a local college. Since moving there, Chloe has had more adventure in a short period of time than ever before! On top of that, the new Bishop and Deacon of the community continue to lay the townsÃ¢ÂÂ or personal emergencies at her feet.
It seems the biology professor at the same college where Chloe works is the new owner of the rental home Chloe is living in with TimothyÃ¢ÂÂs sister. Two delinquents who had been in prison are back out and have returned to the area. Shortly before the local holidays begin a murder happens and somehow Chloe is once again bent on figuring out who the culprit is. While she seems to be in the middle of a budding romance, Chloe also happens to be finding out more about how the local Amish families live. The trouble really begins to brew as her English ways heighten the tension between Amish characters, leaders and the community though not quite everyone is afraid to do what is right even if the Deacon has been dispensing a heavy hand of discipline.
As I was reading, I knew a mystery was afoot, but what I didnÃ¢ÂÂt see were the threads that tied it all together at the conclusion. There were surprises, twists and turns in the story line that kept my glued to the book till late at night. I am glad I read the whole thingÃ¢ÂÂ¦what an adventure! Slowly, the author begins to reveal other parts of the backgrounds and personalities of the community where Chloe lives. What was fun for me was trying to figure out how and if the newest additions of a few characters were going to throw a kink the story.
One character that still seems to be somewhat of an enigma in both novels is the dean of the college. He is kind of a pop in and out type of character. I wonder if the author is going to bring him out more in the next novel in the series, A Plain Disappearance. Dean Klink is somewhat of a comical character with the way he interacts with others at the college, especially Chloe. Let me know what you think of the novels and this character once you read them for yourself. Amanda Flower is truly a wonderful storyteller, which I am glad to add to my personal library. I hope you discover the same.
October 15, 2013
I liked the book right from the start.It was really hard to put down.The author is really good writer.
October 10, 2013
A lot of times I find that the middle book in a series is often the weakest one in the series, but no so with A Plain Scandal.
It was written as well as the first book, A Plain Death.
The second book picks up not long after the first book is finished so we don't have a big time frame that needs to be filled in, which is nice.
The plot was inspired by a true life incident that happened in 2011 when several Amish were attacked and the women had their hair cut off while the Amish men had their beards cut off.
In A Plain Scandal the Amish community is shaken when several teenage girls are attacked and have their hair cut off as well a one elderly man that has his beard cut off. So when Chloe finds a dead Amish man with his beard cut off on a construction site that her boyfriend Timothy is working on, she can't help but wonder if there is a connection and she begins to investigate. Meanwhile her rental home is sold to her boss Dylan who begins to show up at all hours wanting to do renovations to the property. When Chloe confronts him about his behavior, a different side of Dylan begins to emerge.
Throughout this book we get a deeper look at Timothy and Chloe's growing relationship. I like the fact that they are taking things so slowly and are unsure of the next step. To me this is romance that could grow into true love.
Even Becky, Chloe's roommate didn't bother me. I was glad to see that given what she had to deal with in the first book, she grew up and was more responsible.
There are several plot twists that make you wonder if this person or that incident is part of the plot or just a decoy. I was almost to the end before I began to put all the pieces together, and even then there were loose ends that the writer had to tie up for me.
This was a fun, fast paced, well written book that will get you hooked until the very end and one I think that anyone who enjoys the Amish and mystery genres will love.
July 15, 2013