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?
Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohios 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 Chloes car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the cars 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. Beckys handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With Gods help, theyll solve the mystery thats rocking this small community.
Amanda Flower is an academic librarian for a small college in Ohio and grew up visiting the states 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.
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 Ohios 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 novels central relationship, soon complicated by Chloes work environment, a car accident that kills an Amish bishop, and Beckys 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
"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