Plain Death, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #1   -     By: Amanda Flower
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Plain Death, Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #1

B&H Books / 2012 / Paperback

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When computer whiz Chloe Humphrey takes a technology job at a college in Ohio's Amish country, she's distinctly out of her element. Loaning her car to a new acquaintance seems like a good idea---until the girl hits a buggy, killing an Amish elder. Was the collision an accident---or an intentional Plain Death?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 X 0.83 (inches)
ISBN: 1433676974
ISBN-13: 9781433676970
Availability: In Stock
Series: Appleseed Creek

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Publisher's Description

Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.

While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.

Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.

Author Bio

Amanda Flower is an academic librarian for a small college in Ohio and grew up visiting the state’s Amish Country with her family. An avid traveler, she has taken recent trips to Slovakia, Ireland, Israel, and Great Britain. Her 2010 debut, Maid of Murder, received an Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel.

Publisher's Weekly

Flower (Maid of Murder), a librarian, diversifies the popular Amish niche with this unsuccessful cozy. The premise promises: Chloe Humphrey is a 24-year-old geek hired to direct technology services at a tiny college in Ohio’s Amish country. A sad family history is packed in her baggage. Driving to her new home in Appleseed Creek, Chloe meets a young Amish woman, Becky, who needs rescue from two local thugs harassing her as she walks down the road. Thus begins the novel’s central relationship, soon complicated by Chloe’s work environment, a car accident that kills an Amish bishop, and Becky’s hunky brother Timothy, who has left the Amish but is still righteous enough to be a Mennonite. Unfortunately, the characters are cardboard. The bad guys are cartoony (“he grinned at me, tobacco juice trailing down his lower lip”); the theology of the Amish implausible (“there is not one right way to be obedient to the Lord”). Flower offers imaginative touches: pets with character (a crabby cat named Gigabyte). Amish cozies can work, but Flower needs to work on making characters credible and compelling. Agent: Nicole Resciniti. (July) 2012 Reed Business Information

Editorial Reviews

 "Amanda Flower's novel, A Plain Death, has everything any fan of Amish fiction enjoys-an endearing heroine, a wonderful cast of Amish and English characters, and an intriguing mystery to solve. Amanda's smooth writing style and clever touches of humor instantly caught my attention. I read the book in one sitting, and am already anxious to read the next Appleseed Creek Mystery."

Shelley Shepard Gray, USA Today and New York Times best-selling author

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  1. Tennessee
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Could not have predicted how much I enjoyed it.
    March 21, 2014
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    When I began reading this, I had no idea how much I would enjoy it_ and with the mystery, came the expected guesses of "who done it".

    But this book was a huge surprise! It isn't like others, where it's easy to guess who did it_ or why_ or even who the intended victim might have been!

    I don't want to spoil it for you, so I won't 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 wait_

    Actually I did pick it up and began reading - 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 it_ it doesn't matter if you prefer Amish or English characters, this book is full of both, with unexpected twists and turns. And if you read it, you'll want to read the sequels, too!

    I am an avid reader of many genres, and I was pleasantly surprised - something that doesn't happen often for me. I can't wait to read other books by Amanda.

    I certainly agree with the comment on the back of the book near the bottom_ "Pure Enjoyment".

    I received this book free in exchange for an honest review
  2. St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Loved this Amish mystery
    December 12, 2013
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley <> book review program. 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. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 15, 2013
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  4. Raleigh, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Amish Mystery? Who Knew???
    April 10, 2013
    Carol Gehringer
    Raleigh, NC
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 23, 2013
    Army Mom
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
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