A plain death / Amanda Flower. 2.26.2013

A plain death / Amanda Flower. Nashville: B&H Books, 2012.

LCCN 2011279973           ISBN 9781433676970,  paperback, 14.99.

vii, 324 p. ; 22 cm.            Adult (HS)

Fic           Rating: 5

Amish–Ohio–Fiction.                      Murder–Investigation—Fiction

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. Becky has left her Amish family and wants to pursue a career in art. She 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 than 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.

Carol R. Gehringer

Originally published by Worthy2Read, 2013. Used with permission.


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