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Lamb to the Slaughter (Serenity's Plain Secrets Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Karen Ann Hopkins
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Book Description

The death of a teenage girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder, she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago.

Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest. Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country town of Blood Rock and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate. At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl’s parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl’s shooting. Serenity enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman, who left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up. Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.



Product Details

  • File Size: 3099 KB
  • Print Length: 293 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Karen Ann Hopkins; 1 edition (March 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00J0LY146
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Page Turner April 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
4.5 stars.

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.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, I hope its the begining of a series April 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
INITIAL THOUGHTS
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?"

MY REVIEW
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Big Disappointment August 31, 2014
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I really thought I was going to like this book. I've read many mysteries involving the Amish. Unfortunately this one greatly disappointed me. The main character is crude and not very likeable. I doubt any law enforcement person who works with the Amish would use the language and mannerisms she used. At times I thought the author belittled the Amish for the life choices. I did finish it but not happily.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and Shocking. March 21, 2014
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Wow... When I think.of this author I think romance. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I am a fan of Karen's work but this new venture surpassed my expectations. The book is so wonderfully written it should be priced higher than it is. I would recommend this book.
Mo'Nicole (monique)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fascinating whodunit with a side dish of romance May 1, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
5 reasons to grab a cup of coffee & curl up with Lamb to the Slaughter:

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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Grammatical Nightmare!
This "novel" might well have an interesting story arc and be worth more than the 99 cents I paid for the digital download from BookBub. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by North Country Artisans (Linda)
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Started reading and could not put it down. Love Amish books and this is by far my favorite.
Published 10 days ago by Barbara Landreneau
3.0 out of 5 stars ... the language (I work with sailors and hear much worse on a daily...
I appreciated the grittiness and didn't mind the language (I work with sailors and hear much worse on a daily basis). The mystery kept me interested until the last 10%. Read more
Published 22 days ago by AnneS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was so intrigued by the synopsis of this book that even though I didn't know the author or Hopkins work I had to pick it up and check it out. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jordyn Oliver
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
This was the worst representation of the Amish people I have ever read. It is full of inconsistencies and misrepresentations. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Peachey
5.0 out of 5 stars quick, suspenseful read
Murder mysteries are my thing and with an Amish storyline twist. It flows nicely and creates an interesting collision of worlds with mystery and romance.
Published 1 month ago by Beth Schroeder
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book!
I loved this book! I could not put it down and wished there was more when I was done. It was excellently written and kept my interest all the way to the end. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by Janine
4.0 out of 5 stars Amish first
First Amish book of any kind I had read. Enjoyed the story line and characters. Looking forward to reading more about Serenity.
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining, but not spellbinding.
Published 2 months ago by Robbie
4.0 out of 5 stars Cozy Reading
This book was not "strong"; a bit predictable , but a good, easy, cozy read. However, it did peak my interest in reading cozy, Amish mysteries. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tina
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More About the Author

You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website: www.karenannhopkins.com.

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 novel, Embers, which is book one in the Wings of War series. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios! Karen Ann Hopkins's TEMPTATION series of Young Adult romances, a trilogy about the dramatic and forbidden love between two teens, one who's Amish and one who's not, and the sacrifices they must make in order to be together, to Pilgrim Studios, producing in conjunction with Danielle Von Zerneck, by Christina Hogrebe at Jane Rotrosen Agency.

Karen's Books:
TEMPTATION,BELONGING, FOREVER: YA Temptation Series, Harlequin Teen
LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER: Adult Mystery, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 1, Amazon E-book
WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD: Adult Mystery, Serenity's Plain
Secrets Series No. 2,Amazon E-book,
Releases on December 16, 2014
EMBERS: YA Paranormal/Thriller, Wings
of War Series No. 1, Amazon
E-book, Releases October 21, 2014



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