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Product Details

  • Series: An Appleseed Creek Mystery
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (July 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433676974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433676970
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom-com. And all I can say is ... bring on the next one!" -Serena Chase, USA TODAY

"This new series has mystery, some romance and several amazing characters. These people are smart, clever and want only the best for others. Amanda Flower is a talented author who gives readers what they have come to expect, a good mystery with a few twists and turns along the way."- RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"A gentle and thoughtful Christian mystery, this series debut will appeal to readers wanting to learn more about the diversity within Amish communities." -Library Journal

"Just when you think you've got this mystery figured out, Flower throws in another plot twist. A Plain Death is a tasty first installment of what promises to be an exciting new series. Well done!"-Mary Ellis, best selling author of An Amish Family Reunion


 "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

About the Author

Amanda Flower is an academic librarian for a small college in Ohio and grew up visiting the state’s 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.

More About the Author

Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she'd found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and her children's mystery, Andi Unexpected, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best Children's/YA Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan. Visit her at www.amandaflower.com

Customer Reviews

Lots of twists and turns, and kept me wondering until the end!
llm
A perfect blend of mystery and the Amish style fiction books I love to read.
william deandrea
The story was told very well and the characters were easy to love.
Denise Carpenter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on June 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
I have a new author on my radar and I am not about to let her out of my sight! Amanda Flower has written a fantastic book! I must say I simply adored this book. It follows Chloe Humphrey, a twenty-four year old computer techy, who takes a job in the small quaint town of Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Right from the start Chloe realizes this small town may not be so small after all. As she is driving along a rural road she sees a young girl in distress. The girl is being accosted by two men who seem to want to do harm. Chloe intercedes and scares the men away. And so it begins.... Chloe finds out that the girl is Becky Troyer, who is Amish and is leaving home. Becky asks to stay with her and Chloe agrees for a few days. She seems harmless and Chloe likes her from the get go. Besides, she knows no one in town so this is a start. Becky promises to find a job and she is determined to do so. She gets an interview at a local greenhouse and decides to borrow Chloe's car without her knowledge to get there. Never mind that she has no license, she wants this job! On the way to the interview tragedy occurs. The brakes go out on the car, and Becky is unable to stop going down a hill and slams into a horse and buggy killing the beloved Bishop Glick. Shocked and horrified Becky manages to only receive a broken arm. Becky is in a heap of trouble. Chloe and Timothy Troyer, who is Becky's brother, rush to her defense. Chloe knows her car was in proper driving condition so what happened? After some investigation, it's discovered that the brake line was cut. Who would do such a thing? As the mystery deepens and I was drawn into the investigation, I quickly realized everything was not what it seemed.....Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Love on July 16, 2012
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After an encounter with some bullies, Chloe is on her way to her new life, new home and a new roommate. When her roommate is injured in a car accident with a fatality, the cops discovers that Chloe's brakes were tampered with and now Chloe is on the search for a killer.

What a great read. This story had plenty of action and suspense that kept me turning the pages. The tone was very comfortable and the author did a good job at diverting my attention that kept me guessing as the story moved along. Chloe is a great character, strong yet vulnerable as is Becky, one of the secondary cast in this charmingly appealing and wonderful series. This debut mystery is a great beginning to what I hope is a long-running series.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amish1949 on July 6, 2012
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I enjoy reading Amish mysteries, and I really enjoyed reading this first book of the series-An Appleseed Creek Mystery by Amanda Flower-it was awesome! I had a hard time putting this book down,wanting to find out "who did it", I had a few clues,but then there was a twist or a turn in the plot, and I just had to read on till' I finished the book...and that was late last night! I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series, can't wait!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kzoo on December 26, 2013
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I know that Amish communities vary but many author's use this as a creative license to create their own fictitious Amish rules. One thing that did not ring true for me was the unforgiving nature of her Amish characters. Forgiveness is at the very core of their faith. The same day a crazed murderer opened fire on that Amish school, they went right to his widow 's house and offered her comfort. They did not blame her or shun her as her American neighbors did. Even the Amish children who were murdered forgave their attacker. So the petty and uncharitable Amish characters in this book just don't ring true. Also some typos and editing mistakes. Still... it was a very good story. I enjoyed it and may read one more by this author before I decide whether to add her to my list of must read or not.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Leena de Boismaison on September 20, 2012
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This was my first brush with work associated with the "Christian writing" label. I was originally drawn to the series because I had lived in Northern Ohio and love a good mystery, but was a little unsure what this Christian aspect would bring. Overall, I think that Amanda Flower has a nice, easy way about her writing. Her characters are developed enough for the reader to fill in and form an opinion, and her female lead cuts a realistic image of a young woman embarking on her first professional adventure. The overall mystery/ plot (motive, seedy characters, guessing games, etc.) was very decent. I guess the Christian viewpoint is wrapped up in the prayers meditated by her character and some references to views on God? Sure, why not, keeps things nice or hopeful even when one is writing about murder.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on April 10, 2013
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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: An Appleseed Creek Mystery 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. She left her Amish family and wants to pursue a career in art. Becky 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 that expected, which is how a mystery should end. Discussion questions are also included. The second book,
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