A PLAIN DEATH
Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.
While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.
While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.
Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.
While not a debut novel, A Plain Truth is Flower's debut to the Amish genre and all I can say is welcome, welcome, welcome! The author has contracts for 6 Amish mysteries that will pour out of both Christian and secular publishing houses over the next few years and yes, she's that good.
Told in first person, I really liked Chloe's snappy 'voice'. She has a plan and she's going to stick to it until she gets to Appleseed Creek and is forced to turn into Nancy Drew . Chloe's just a little bit awkward, a touch nerdy and so easy to like.
And what an outstanding cast of characters Flower throws in with her! Including Amish-turned-Mennonite handyman extraordinaire, Timothy Troyer. Their light romance is a perfect match for this cozy mystery. A lovely escape read for mystery lovers (whether they enjoy the Amish genre or not.)
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