Once again it seems that Chloe Humphrey seems to attract more than just attention, she once again is the common factor in yet another murder in the heart of Appleseed Creek. This brings the total to three and even though she has an air tight alibi, this murder may in fact be the one that ultimately divides the English from the Amish in town. While exploring a deserted barn one early morning after a sleigh ride with her boyfriend, Timothy Troyer, they locate the body of Katie Lambright just under the snow. Signs may point to an accidental death by way of a frozen icicle that is missing just right above when they have found her body, but until they contact the local sheriff, Greta Rose, they won't know for sure. All they know is that she won't like that it will be Chloe once again who has discovered another dead body.
In the third novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series by Amanda Flower, A Plain Disappearance once again takes two very different genre's, Amish and Murder Mystery and combines them flawlessly to create something not only unique but unforgettable as well. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be able to read all of these novels and while there is a common thread running through them, they are each completely different. However with that being said in order to understand the relationships the English have with the Amish people living in Appleseed Creek is necessary to read them in order.
In this one it shows the difficulty that can had whenever a crime takes place within an Amish community. Rather than seek outside intervention, the Amish believe that whatever happens is best dealt within their own community of believers and is God's will. The sheriff utilizes the relationship that Chloe and Timothy have being former Amish residents as a common thread that will allow them to solve the crime and find out just who has murdered Katie Lambright, a young girl who was known for attracted more suitors than she needed. Is it possible that despite all the clues they find, the murderer is someone they don't suspect and resides within the town itself working alongside both English and Amish alike? To find out, you'll simply have to pick up this novel!
I received A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flowers compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Handlebar Central for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. This is such an exceptional series because of not only the combination of genres but it really addresses the subject of forgiveness and what happens when the seeds of bitterness are allowed to grow in people's hearts. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to more from Amanda Flower in the future. There are even some great discussion questions included for book groups.
A Plain Disappearance continues Chloe Humphrey's adventures her first year in Appleseed Creek. Chloe and her former Amish boyfriend Timothy Troyer have discovered the body of local Amish girl and even though Chloe want to leave the mystery solving to the police, when the chief of police asks Chloe to make some discreet inquiries within the Amish community Chloe can't say no.
In this book we see that Chloe and Timothy relationship is being taken to the next level, while Timothy's sister Becky, who is also Chloe's roommate, is making some drastic changes in her life.
I love revisiting the Troyer family and especially Grandfather Zook. He's picked up a few more English words that he manages to use at the proper time. He is a riot and I love reading about him. It was also wonderful to get to know Chloe's best friend Tanisha. After only getting glimpses of her when Chloe would talk about her past, it was a treat to really see her up close and personal.
But I think the biggest twist for me was Curt. After reading about him in the first two books as being a certain way, it was a interesting to look at him in a different light.
This book was very well written and I found that the author did a fantastic job of keep my attention and the mystery going until the very end. I have recommended this series to several people already and have had any bad feedback.
A Plain Disappearance, by Amanda Flower, is the third book in An Appleseed Creek Mystery series. It follows A Plain Death and A Plain Scandal, all of them set in the town of Appleseed Creek and centered around Chloe Humphrey.
Chloe and her boyfriend, Timothy, stumble upon the body of a young Amish teenager on their first date. Since Chloe has worked with the local police department in previous murder cases, the police chief asks her and Timothy to help in this one also, hoping the Amish will be more comfortable discussing things with them. When Timothy's friend, Billy, turns out to be an ex-con living a false identity and becomes a suspect in the case, the couple set out to find the real killer. The only problem: there are many suspects, all with valid motives. The quest leads them into some interesting and dangerous situations before the end.
I enjoyed this book tremendously. I found it to be a new twist on the typical Amish fiction story, an Amish murder mystery. The characters were well-developed and realistic. I especially enjoyed Grandfather Zook and Thomas. They stole every scene in which they were involved.
I would definitely recommend this book to all who enjoy Amish fiction or suspense novels.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
A Plain Disappearance, written by Amanda Flower, is An Appleseed Creek Mystery. I've been lucky enough to have read the first two books and this book follows Chloe Humphrey as she tries to discover who murdered a young Amish girl. Chloe is in a new relationship with Timothy Troyer and is out on a drive with him when they discover the body of Katie Lambright. All the signs point to Tim's friend Billy as being the killer who disappears soon after the murder. Chloe and Timothy work to find Billy and either prove his innocence or bring him to justice.
What I like about the character of Chloe is that she isn't a detective but just a regular girl. But somehow she finds herself in situations where there has been a murder and she feels like she needs to solve them, to the chagrin of the local police chief. At the same time, Chloe is also trying to start a relationship with Tim Troyer who has left the Amish faith, so that's another difficult situation that she is in. As I read the book, I found myself rooting for Chloe, both to solve the murder mystery and to find happiness in her relationship.
I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others.
A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower is one of the best Amish stories that I have read. Chloe Humphrey grew up in the Amish community but when her mother died, her father remarried and his new wife did not want Chloe to live with them so Chloe's best friend's family took her in and treated her as one of their own and she became an Englischer. Chloe has now moved back to Appleseed Creek to work at the college as head of the computer department. Timothy Troyer also grew up Amish but several years earlier he left the order and now lives as an Englischer. His sister Becky is planning to leave the Amish life also and is Chloe's roommate. Chloe is just beginning a relationship with Timothy and on their first date they find the body of Katie Lambright, an Amish teenager. Near where the body is found, they also find evidence that Timothy's friend Billy may be involved in the murder. As it turns out Billy is not who he said he was and has been living in the community under a false identity.
Amanda did a great job in the development of the plot of this story. There were several different subplots but they all meshed together very well and made for a most enjoyable story. All the characters and scenes were very well developed and I actually felt as if I were having all the adventures right along with them. My favorite character was Timothy's seven year old brother Thomas who was absolutely adorable and stole whatever scene he was in. All the characters came to life on the pages of the book. It did seem a little odd that a police officer would ask Chloe for help but since the Amish were very hesitant to talk with the police, Chloe could ask questions and hopefully get answers. I like a good suspense story and this is one of the best I have read. It was near the end of the book that I decided that the murderer had to be one of two people. And then came the big surprise, Katie was killed by someone else and there was also the surprise as to why she was killed. This is the first book I have read by this author but I am definitely going to read the two previous books in this series. I hope that the author will write a fourth book for I would like to know if Chloe and her father will be reunited and have a good father/daughter relationship.
I very highly recommend this book. If you like Amish and suspense, this is a great book to read.
B & H Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.