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

Karen Ann Hopkins
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

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  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,810 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!! May 13, 2014
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Love this book! Lamb to the Slaugjter is brilliant! Could NOT put it down! Definitely kept me interested and wanting more!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It was a great story I love the way karen explains the Amish ways. With respect for their lifestyle.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Page Turner April 15, 2014
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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed June 4, 2014
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I was very disappointed in the language in this book. I do not feel a need to have it as the story was good except for the words which were very offensive to me. I would not buy another one of Karen Hopkins books since I know the language she uses. I appreciated her apology to me but I don't think people dealing with the Amish would use words such as she did in this book.
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1 of 1 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This book is not what you think June 25, 2014
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This book is listed in the Christian fiction but it is not Christian. There is foul language and sexual scenes. I was disappointed in this. I did read the book only to find out who killed the girl but was very uncomfortable reading it. Please beware.
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1 of 1 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
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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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 12 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 20 days 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 26 days 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 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining, but not spellbinding.
Published 1 month 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 1 month ago by Tina
2.0 out of 5 stars Fair
I did NOT like the swearing. I like Amish stories because they are usually good about telling a good story without foul language that is so very unnecessary. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donald R. Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
Excellent book. Fast read and interesting story about the Amish. I really enjoyed it
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You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website:

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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