A Plain Death, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #1 -eBook
Could not have predicted how much I enjoyed it.
When I began reading this, I had no idea how much I would enjoy itÃ¢ÂÂ¦ and with the mystery, came the expected guesses of Ã¢ÂÂwho done itÃ¢ÂÂ.
But this book was a huge surprise! It isnÃ¢ÂÂt like others, where itÃ¢ÂÂs easy to guess who did itÃ¢ÂÂ¦ or whyÃ¢ÂÂ¦ or even who the intended victim might have been!
I donÃ¢ÂÂt want to spoil it for you, so I wonÃ¢ÂÂt say any more about the plot, except to say how much I LOVE THIS BOOK !!!
Last night I could not put it down until I finished it. And although I was tempted to pick up the second book in the series, I forced myself to waitÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Actually I did pick it up and began reading Ã¢ÂÂ it was that compelling. But common sense won out and I put it back, so I could write my review of the first book.
Read itÃ¢ÂÂ¦ it doesnÃ¢ÂÂt matter if you prefer Amish or English characters, this book is full of both, with unexpected twists and turns. And if you read it, youÃ¢ÂÂll want to read the sequels, too!
I am an avid reader of many genres, and I was pleasantly surprised Ã¢ÂÂ something that doesnÃ¢ÂÂt happen often for me. I canÃ¢ÂÂt wait to read other books by Amanda.
I certainly agree with the comment on the back of the book near the bottomÃ¢ÂÂ¦ Ã¢ÂÂPure EnjoymentÃ¢ÂÂ.
I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
March 21, 2014
Loved this Amish mystery
Becky Troyer is walking alone on a country road as she's leaving her Amish home for the English world when some burly men see her and try to get her into their green truck. Along comes Chloe Humphrey in her loaded down car looking for her newly rented house in Appleseed Creek, Ohio and seeing a girl alone, walking along a green truck with a disgusting looking man giving her a bad time, she takes a chance and stops to see if the girl needs help. Becky gets in with Chloe and now Chloe gains a houseguest and soon becomes the target of the two men in the green truck with a murder mystery to follow.
I've been wanting to read this series for a long time but as my 'to be read' list kept getting longer and longer it seemed like I was forgetting about it. For some reason I would think about reading the series, then would pick something else out. Finally I decided this is the time and it was a GREAT book. Now I wish I'd read it sooner, this book keeps you guessing and I wasn't quite sure who the target was or who was after the target. Amanda did a wonderful job!
I read this on my Kindle and I normally only read my Kindle when I'm in a vehicle, waiting in a doctors office, etc., but the closer I got to the end of this book I had to finish it TONIGHT! So, yes, I even read at home, my paperback had to wait! I will be starting the next book, "A Plain Scandal" tomorrow as I wait for my granddaughter to get out of school.
If you like Amish books and you like mysteries, you'll love this book. It's a great combination of Amish, English and a good mystery.
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December 12, 2013
A Plain Death is the first novel in a series that tells the story of a city woman who accepts a computer director position at an Amish college. Chloe is well educated, living in Ohio while her extended family lives on the West coast. Eventually, as readers quickly progress through the story, the author reveals something in ChloeÃ¢ÂÂs past that affects her present situation in Ohio.
Becky is a young woman that Chloe picks up from the side of the road to save her from two men who are bullying her about being Amish. Her older brother, Timothy, has already left the church and is working in carpentry, making a living, having found the truth about what forgiveness really means. Now, one choice begins to change the lives of these three main characters and reveals something lurking in the shadows. What or who is lurking in the shadows that might just bring down a local community? Why is there a death?
There are a couple of antagonists in the novel who just seem to have the attention of the local policewoman, but are never behind bars. Is there someone that is directing their actions, or is there someone who works with Chloe or Becky that has a grip with them? All that can be seen above ground on the fields of farmers is ruined crops, tire tracks and something that shimmers when the sun is bright.
I found Amanda FlowerÃ¢ÂÂs novel easy to read as well as captivating. Being able to sit down and enjoy the sense of mystery, romance and faith was refreshing. Before I knew it hours had passed, people had come and gone in the house to go to work, and there I was with my nose in the book. Here is another example of a writer able to put together a tale that includes Amish characters and their lives without losing the interest of the audience.
Now, I am off to read the second novel in the series, A Plain Scandal, which I suspect takes the characters from the first novel through more adventures, but that is just my guess. So take a few hours, sit down with A Plain Death, enjoy it and then perhaps share the story with a couple of friends or family members. You never know just who might enjoy a good novel!
October 15, 2013
An Amish Mystery? Who Knew???
Amanda Flowers presents a twist on Amish fiction Ã¢ÂÂ a mystery that takes place in OhioÃ¢ÂÂs Amish country, proving that life among the Amish community is not as peaceful as one assumes.
A Plain Death finds Chloe Humphrey moving into Appleseed Creek. She has just accepted a position as the computer services director at a local college. Her plan is to be there for a few years before taking a promotion elsewhere. On her first day, she saves Becky, a young Amish woman who was being accosted by some Ã¢ÂÂEnglishÃ¢ÂÂ men. She left her Amish family and wants to pursue a career in art. Becky moves into ChloeÃ¢ÂÂs house and looks for a job. Her brother Timothy, another former Amish, wants to keep an eye on his sister. He befriends Chloe and helps her make repairs on her house.
When Becky borrows ChloeÃ¢ÂÂs car without permission, she causes an accident, killing an Amish bishop. It is labeled murder when the police discover the car was tampered with. Meanwhile, Chloe discovers that she was hired to fire some of her staff and bring about some other changes. She faces dissension in her work environment. Could one of them be behind the murder? Was Chloe the intended victim? Or was someone targeting the Amish? Chloe needs to find out before the murderer strikes again.
Flower writes a cozy mystery that engages the reader. Her book has interesting characters (Grandfather Zook is a charmer!) and several twists to the plot. A Plain Death ends differently that expected, which is how a mystery should end. Discussion questions are also included. The second book, A Plain Scandal, will be published in February 2013.
Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
April 10, 2013