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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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 Chloe's 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 Flower's 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!
Amanda Flowers presents a twist on Amish fiction - a mystery that takes place in Ohio's 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 "English" men. She left her Amish family and wants to pursue a career in art. Becky moves into Chloe's 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 Chloe's 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.
I'm beginning to become a huge fan of Amish murder mysteries and it is always exciting to find a new author who's book can brings the reader into the world they have created. The author blends a very believable story that the Amish, like all human beings, struggle with forgiveness and loss. Several books that I have read recently, portray this group as very a docile group of people. I think that this author made these people very real and likable.
Chloe who is computer whiz comes to Appleseed Creek to work in the local college. She save's a local Amish girl, Becky, from two thugs that are harassing her and the two become roommates at Chloe's new home. When Becky decides to "borrow" Chloe's car she is involved in a tragic auto accident.
I like Chloe. When we first meet her she seem almost fragile. She has lost her foster family and is basically alone in a new town, but when she needs to be a take charge she find her courage. She deals with the "bully" in her department, and starts her own investigation into the auto accident after evidence of sabotage is discovered. It was really fun to watch her character grow.
Becky is a young Amish girl who braves the loss of her family to pursue a career as a artist.
Chloe and Becky seem to hit it off and become fast friends. I thought that the friendship worked well. By the end of the story they seemed to be almost foster sisters.
I enjoyed watching the relationship begin to develop between Chloe and Becky's brother Tim. Tim has left the Amish community because he has found a "new way to worship" God and he and his dog Mabel aid Chloe in her attempt to clear Becky. I found Tim and Chloe's relationship very realistic, even though I have to admit that Tim by himself came off a bit two dimensional, but that didn't really bother me because the story itself was so well done. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.