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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
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  1. Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gotta love that suspense!
    October 9, 2013
    Faith and Family Reviews
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Faith and Family Reviews received the following product from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

    A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower is the third book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series. It is a stand alone book. I am rather glad I came in on the third book because the main couple was already together making A Plain Disappearance seem more like a mystery than a fictional romance. Though it did make me want to go back and read the first two installments.

    In this book, I saw a glimpse of the struggles Amish families must go through when their children decide to leave their Amish communities for what is considered "English". This story showed some of the not so good aspects of being Amish or being an "Englisher" dating an almost shunned Amish man. It also revealed a dishonest side to the Amish. Something that usually isn't seen in the Amish books I have read in the past.

    The best thing I liked is the fact that I was kept guessing right through to the end. Gotta love that suspense! I was actually surprised how the mystery concluded.

    A Plain Disappearance was a really good read.
  2. 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.
  3. 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."
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
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