This is the second book I've read by this author, the first is Book 2 of this series, A Plain Scandal, which releases in mid-February 2013. I enjoyed that story so much I got the first book. And I'm very glad I did!
I love the contrast of the main characters in this story. Chloe is a computer geek with no real family and Becky is a wayward Amish girl with an extremely loving family. At times I found myself smiling at the differences between these two girls, especially Becky's naive nature. I also loved the mystery aspect in this story. I thoroughly enjoy trying to figure out "who done it" along with the characters. I thought I had it figured out, but was pleasantly surprised at the twist the author gave us.
The only negative thing I could say about this story is the portrayal of the Amish. I've only read a handful of Amish based stories, but in most of them the Amish are shown as very forgiving and docile people. This author shows a darker and angrier side in the Amish of Appleseed Creek.
I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Amish based stories as well as those that are checking Amish stories. It is a good mystery as well and just a dash of romance in the story.
I did receive this copy from the publisher through netgalley.com however I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
A PLAIN DEATH by Amanda Flower is an intriguing and interesting inspirational cozy mystery set in Ohio's Amish Country. It is book #1 in "An Appleseed Creek Mystery" which is full of mystery,love,faith,Amish community,attempted murder,Mennonites and full of twists and turns you want see coming. Follow, amateur sleuth, Chloe Humphrey and Timothy,the local carpenter,who was Amish but turned Mennonite as they try to save Timothy's sister,Becky,solve a mystery and find a would be killer. Add a bit of romance,love,faith and you will be thrilled to read "A Plain Death". Written with vivid descriptions and engaging characters,"A Plain Death" does not disappoint. Fast paced and full of twists and turns. An absolute pleasure to read. Received for an honest review from the publisher and Wynn-Wynn Media. Details can be found at the author's website,B & H Books, and My Book Addiction and More.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction and More/ My Book Addiction Reviews
I absolutely LOVE it when you find a great author that can immediately get you involved as part of her book from the very first page. To me it's a great sign of a talented writer if they can engage you from the beginning and keep you hooked turning pages as fast as you can read them. Success achieved with the latest novel from Amanda Flower, A Plain Death. This is just one of the many that will soon follow in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series and I can't wait for the adventure to continue.
The book introduces us immediately as twenty-four-year old Chloe Humphrey is attempting to find her way to her new home and job in Appleseed Creek, Ohio. As she is getting her bearings thanks to a GPS device that is as lost as she is, she happens upon a young Amish girl, Becky Troyer being harrassed by two English men. Chloe rescues the poor girl and in return Becky kindly guides Chloe to her new location. She learns that Chloe is heading up the new technology department at the local college and soon introduces Chloe to her handy Amish brother, Timothy, who offers to help around Chloe's new home fixing things. But it seems Becky is hiding more than she is willing to let on to Chloe who has become her new hero. When Chloe offers Becky a place to stay with her, she immediately accepts.
Seeing Becky has some issues since leaving her Amish faith, Chloe wants to help her find a new start. She locates a job at a local greenhouse that would be perfect for her. But rather than wait for a ride, Becky "borrows" Chloe's car, even though she doesn't have a license. On her way to the interview, Becky gets into an accident killing the local bishop. It's here that the novel really takes off. It seems that someone has tampered with Chloe's car and that the brake lines had been cut. Who is responsible? Are they after Chloe or Becky? Well to find out, you'll just have to pick up the latest copy of A Plain Death from Amanda Flower!
I received A Plain Death, compliments from B & H Publishing Group and Net Galley for my honest review and I am so glad I picked this one up to review. I love it when a great writer will combine elements from different genre's and create a masterpiece that will grab new readers and make them want even more. Amanda Flowers does that and so much more. I can't wait to pick up the next book in this series, A Plain Scandal, and for those of you that love Christian Amish with a blend of mystery added, then you will LOVE this one. I personally rate it a 5 out of 5 stars!
" A PLAIN DEATH" is fantastic, once you start this book you will not want to put it down, there are a lot of different turns is this book you will just love, and you will feel just like you know all of the character, just like they are you real friends, you will also love Becky and Timothy and of course Chloe. Chloe is a big city girl and moves to a small town for a new jobs, and faces some real interesting events, You will be hooked on the very firs page and you will want to read until the very last page I stayed up till midnight to finish this book, and then I didn't want it to end I wish I had the next book NOW :~)) Thank You Amanda for sharing you talent with us