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Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.
Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War, and the continuation of the Temptation series. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible.
"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author
TEMPTATION,BELONGING, FOREVER: YA Temptation Series, Harlequin Teen & Audible
RACHEL'S DECEPTION: YA Temptation Series
LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 1, Amazon E-book, paperback
WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 2,Amazon E-book, paperback
SECRETS IN THE GRAVE: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 3, Amazon E-book, paperback
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: Adult mystery/thriller, Serenity's Plain Secrets Series No. 4, Amazon E-book, paperback, COMING 2016
EMBERS: YA paranormal/thriller, Wings
of War Series No. 1, Amazon
GAIA: YA paranormal/thriller, Wings of War Series No. 2,
Amazon E-book, paperback
TEMPTEST: YA paranormal/thriller, Wings of War Series No.3,
Amazon E-book, paperback, COMING February 2016
Top Customer Reviews
I loved this book. It's a great start to what I think will be a fantastic mystery/thriller/romance series. There are a few editing issues for those of you that are bothered by that, but it does not take away from how awesome the story is.
Serenity Adams, a tough, beautiful but abrasive police woman moves back to her home town and is the newly elected Sheriff. She is harassed almost daily by the nutty ex-Sheriff when she begins investigating the suspicious death of a young Amish woman whose body was found in a cornfield. The Amish leaders and most of the people in this community are not even remotely helpful and are borderline creepy. After Serenity and her partner get zero cooperation from the Amish, she enlists the help of sexy bad boy, Daniel Bachman, a building contractor, who left the Amish Community when he was 19. The story is told from three points of view; Serenity, Daniel and the victim, Naomi, tells of what happened to her in the weeks before her death.
Just when I thought I had it figured out who the killer is, I was dead wrong.
I was completely engaged in the mystery of what happened to Naomi and the budding romance between Serenity and Daniel. This one was really hard to put down.
You like small town settings and are curious about the Amish community. Hopkins does a great job of sharing small-town politics, Amish culture and dealing the issues that arise when dealing with criminal acts.
You like a nice, slow burning romance and aren’t looking for it to be all wrapped up in a neat bow at the end. I liked the chemistry between Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman. The romance is definitely a side dish to the murder mystery, but an enjoyable one.
Strong, complex characters who are also flawed or damaged. Serenity is tenacious when it comes to solving crimes and seeking justice for the victim. She is skittish when it comes to relationships despite her obvious attraction, and warm fuzzy feelings towards Daniel. It was delightful watching them interact.
You enjoy tagging along on an investigation and digging up clues. Hopkins did a great job of creating suspects and offered up a suspenseful mystery with twists. She provided subtle clues that allows the reader to piece together the crime. The tale had multiple perspectives, including those of the victim. This gave us terrific insight into the character and the events leading up to crime. I had an inclination of who the killer was and I was pleased with how this tightly woven case unfolded. Hopkins gave me a satisfying, realistic conclusion to the investigation.
You like reading series that feature the same lead characters and like that each book focuses on a new case.
Lamb to the Slaughter was an easy, enjoyable read that I completely enjoyed. I was over the moon excited to hear that there will be more books in this series. Serenity and Daniel will solve cases involving Amish communities throughout the Midwest! Copy received from tour in exchange for unbiased review that originally published at Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Looking forward to this one with mixed feelings, trepidation and a little anxiety, as I truly loved the Temptation Series, will I love this too?"
The cover shows a pretty bleak sky over a large cornfield, which is an important place within the book as that is where Naomi Beiler's body is found. I love the Amish buggy on the cover too as well as the plainer, perhaps Amish like font.
So now to the actual plot, Serenity is the new Sheriff of the small rural town she grew up in, though the old Sheriff Tony Manning still seem's to think he is ruling the roost!
There is a large Amish community which also comes under Sheriff Serenity's jurisdiction so when an Amish girl is found dead in a corn field, she has to investigate. She learn's that the Amish prefer to "take care of their own" and Tony Manning takes great delight in goading her that she will never find out how the Amish girl was shot. After taking with her Deputy and the coroner about how to approach the Amish she visits Daniel Bachman, a man who was brought up the Amish way but left to "go English". Daniel agrees to help Serenity but only if she does things "his way" which means them pretending to be in a relationship and using the pretense that Daniel may he considering going back to being Amish. So alongside of the girls death plot we also have a fledgling romance too. I really enjoyed how the two plot lines ran along side each other. Finding out what happened to Naomi becomes even more personal when she finds out someone close to her is kind of involved (but I refuse to say who as that would be a large spoiler!).
The story is told from three points of view, you have Serenity in the "now" after the body has been found.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an intense story, but with enough humor and romance
to really enjoy it. It's about right and wrong. Read more
Very interesting story, very well narrated, I could not stop reading until the end. very good!Published 6 days ago by Virginia C
I must admit, I had some issues with the editing. There were some serious misspellings, punctuation, etc. However, it still didn't keep me from liking the story. Read morePublished 17 days ago by cici
Combined two of my favorite things. Stories about the Amish and murder mystery. Definitely want to read the rest of the seriesPublished 20 days ago by Mary Ann Kierych
Good book. Really enjoyed reading purchased book 2 of this series. Hope you enjoy it also. I am going to try a few more of her book.Published 24 days ago by michele harper
i love most amish novels an being a form of speed reader i can go threw many but never have alot of money this was first books i got with my unlimited ive found amish mysterys have... Read morePublished 25 days ago by patty
The author had me hooked and unwilling to put the book down. The way the author blended the view from the different characters into a well written tale. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bill
Loved the first book in this series and can't wait to read the next one! Keep up the good work!!Published 1 month ago by Susan Fields
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