Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Plain Disappearance

(B&H Books - September 1, 2013)


Amanda Flower


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. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.


USA Today recently hailed award-nominated author Amanda Flower for A Plain Death, calling it “the first Amish rom-com . . . bring on the next one!” As the enthusiastic reviews continue to mount, she’s back with her third Appleseed Creek mystery, A Plain Disappearance.

It’s Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date.

Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.

My thoughts:

Even though this is the third book in the Appleseed Creek series, this is the first book of the series I've read. I missed a bit of the backstory but I plan on remedying that soon enough when I pull the first two off my shelf and read them. Even though I did miss that bit of backstory it didn't have any effect on how much I enjoyed this book.

Lots of great characters and a twist-and-turn plot kept me quickly turning pages in my own pursuit to find Katie's killer. All the pieces finally came together for me and I pegged the culprit mere pages from the climax, but there were moments when I thought I'd figured out whodunit only to have my hopes dashed at my incorrect suppositions.

So, reader friends, if you love Amish or mysteries, or even Amish mysteries, check out this book. I was not disappointed!

My thanks to CFBA and B&H Books for generously providing a copy for review.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Plain Disappearance, go HERE.

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