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Product Details

  • Series: An Appleseed Creek Mystery
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (February 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433676982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433676987
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The second installment of the amazing Appleseed Creek Mystery series, readers are reunited with familiar people and treated to some new friends. Characters are well thought out, entertaining and hard to forget. The storyline is believable and runs smoothly through the book. Flower gives us a glimpse into a world where living simply is not what it seems." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars

"A Plain Scandal lives up to last year's A Plain Death... with no fear of suffering the dreaded "sophomore slump." In fact, I found this installment of Chloe's quirky and dangerous life even more enjoyable than the first! And the romance? Oh, yeah. It's cranked up a couple of notches, too. I can hardly wait to see what trouble Chloe, Timothy, and crew will find in the next Appleseed Creek Mystery!"-Serena Chase, USA TODAY

"Flower's story is engaging and fun. I didn't want to put it down... I'm confident you'll enjoy this mystery about Appleseed Creek." -CBA Retailers

"Flower engages the reader with a cozy mystery and her interesting (and likeable) characters, making it the perfect book to read for sheer enjoyment. A Plain Scandal is both plot- and character-driven. There are several twists and turns, as one would expect from a good mystery. The author introduces bits and pieces of Amish culture without letting it overpower the story."-Church Library Journal

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 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

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Book was interesting and kept me guessing.
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I love the characters Ms. Flower has created and the story flows very well.
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This one rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Yoder on February 24, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Plain Scandal is the second book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series by Amanda Flower.

This is a delightful series centering around Chloe Humphrey, Becky and Timothy Troyer, Becky's brother and possible romantic interest of Chloe. Appleseed Creek is in the heart of Ohio's Amish country and Becky and Timothy have decided to leave the faith for the Englisch way of life.

Someone has cut the hair of four Amish girls and Chloe knows that they probably won't talk to the police about it, so Chloe attempts to talk with them to see who might behind this. She hopes that it isn't Brock and Curt, a couple a thugs she has dealt with in the recent past. The first meeting with the girls didn't go well and then Chloe finds the body of Ezekiel Young at the flea market the family owns. He has been stabbed with a shearing tool and had his beard cut off. When Becky and Timothy's grandfather is assaulted and has his beard cut off it's time for Chloe to get serious about looking into whether these incidents are related or are "copy cat" assaults and who id doing them.

Brock and Curt have been released from jail and it's not like they are stalking her, but with the other things going on she is definitely looking over her shoulder to see if they are anywhere near. Also, the house chloe is renting has been sold and the new owner a professor at the college where she works, shows up unannounced, from time to time, and has plans to renovate the house while Chloe and Becky are still living there.

I live some 20 miles from a rather large Amish community and have a limited knowledge of the Amish faith and their rules. I feel the Flower's does an excellent job of portraying the Amish the lifestyle and their rules.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Julia R. Dupes-Schnellenberger on February 19, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I found this book thoroughly enjoyable! It made me laugh even thought it was a mystery, and it kept me intrigued throughout the story. I couldn't put it down! I was even sharing bits and pieces with my husband. I have visited the Amish area that the book was based on and found reading A Plain Scandal to be like a visit there. I can't wait to go back and visit again after reading this book! Thanks Amanda Flower for providing such great literature! I am counting down the days until the release of the third Appleseed Creek book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Linda M. Lynch on February 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved the first book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series and had been waiting for a new one in the series. This did not disappoint. The characters are interesting and well fleshed out. The mystery is fascinating and keeps you guessing. AND, through reading the well written story, I learned so much about Amish life that I would otherwise never have known. I so enjoy learning new things....especially when the learning comes through such an entertaining medium. I highly recommend this book and will be awaiting the next in this great series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on February 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The cast from A Plain Death is back and trouble is on the horizon. When I say trouble, I mean trouble paired with a heaping helping of mystery to devour. A good book in my opinion should reel you in like the catch of the day. A Plain Scandal does just that....hook, line and sinker. Amanda Flower has written a smart, clever, and very entertaining book. To say I enjoyed reading this book would be an understatement! I will just say that I personally think it may be even better than A Plain Death and I thought that book was awesome. Her characters are becoming fast favorites of mine. The kind of characters written to entertain you and will keep you wondering what they are up to after the story ends. I love reading a book when the main characters seem like people you know. Chloe reminds me of my husband......she knows her way around a gadget or two.

I like all aspects of A Plain Scandal. The fast moving plot, the intriguing townspeople of Appleseed Creek and most importantly the mystery.....ah yes "the mystery". Who done it.....who would commit such crimes against the Amish? You will be guessing right up to the end. In closing, if I had to choose one word to sum up A Plain Scandal, it would be captivating which means: Attract and hold the interest and attention of; charm. Yes, captivating is the perfect word and you surely will be.

This book was provided to me from B&H Publishing via NetGalley for review purposes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L.B. on April 7, 2014
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I have read all three of the Appleseed Creek Mysteries and have to say I was pleasantly surprised at how good they were. I was afraid they might be too religious for me but they were not at all. They are a good mystery, with a little bit of romance, a look at Amish culture but mostly a great mystery story that is not easy to figure out. I look forward to another in the series and hope there will be one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pirate2240 on March 6, 2013
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"I don't know how you've been able to worm your way into the affections of the Troyer family, but rest assured that's the only family you will lead from the Amish way!"

Once again those harsh words rung in the ears of Chloe Humphrey, an Englischer who has gained the affections of Timothy and Becky Troyer who have left the Amish faith in favor of an English lifestyle. But no matter how often Chloe and Timothy try to convince the new Bishop Hooley and Deacon Sutter, they remain convince that unless Chloe stays away from the Troyer family, the rest of the Amish community will be forced to shun them.

Despite all her protests, someone else is after the Amish community. Someone is cutting off the beards of Amish men and the hair from the Amish women against their will. This is considered a hate crime by the local sheriff because the Amish women never cut their hair. It's against their religious beliefs and the Amish married men are the only ones wearing beards and now they seem to also be the target of someone's hatred for the Amish. However when an Amish man is found murdered along with his beard being cut off, the risks for the entire community Amish and English have just risen.

However Chloe believes there is a single connection to all the crimes if she can only interview the victims. But with the new Bishop and Deacon controlling the Amish community and advising all to avoid dealing with Chloe, she isn't about to gain much cooperation. Will she be able to solve this latest string of crimes that have found there way into the heart of Appleseed Creek or will she be cast aside by the friends and family she has come to hold dear to her heart?
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