A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek Series #1)

A Plain Death (Appleseed Creek Series #1)

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by Amanda Flower

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Flower (Maid of Murder), a librarian, diversifies the popular Amish niche with this unsuccessful cozy. The premise promises: Chloe Humphrey is a 24-year-old geek hired to direct technology services at a tiny college in Ohio’s Amish country. A sad family history is packed in her baggage. Driving to her new home in Appleseed Creek, Chloe meets a young Amish woman, Becky, who needs rescue from two local thugs harassing her as she walks down the road. Thus begins the novel’s central relationship, soon complicated by Chloe’s work environment, a car accident that kills an Amish bishop, and Becky’s hunky brother Timothy, who has left the Amish but is still righteous enough to be a Mennonite. Unfortunately, the characters are cardboard. The bad guys are cartoony (“he grinned at me, tobacco juice trailing down his lower lip”); the theology of the Amish implausible (“there is not one right way to be obedient to the Lord”). Flower offers imaginative touches: pets with character (a crabby cat named Gigabyte). Amish cozies can work, but Flower needs to work on making characters credible and compelling. Agent: Nicole Resciniti. (July)
From the Publisher
 "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

Library Journal
Chloe Humphrey, a bright young computer geek, leaves Cleveland behind to take a job at a small college in Ohio's Amish region. Chloe takes Becky, a young ex-Amish woman, under her wing (and under her roof) after witnessing two redneck bullies harassing her. Then Chloe walks into a hostile work environment where her second in command appears intent on making her working life miserable. When Becky foolishly borrows Chloe's car, she ends up in an accident, fatally injuring a prominent leader in the local Amish community. Much to law enforcement's surprise, the car's brake lines had been cut. Who was the intended victim: Chloe? Mix in a badly timed tornado, and you can guarantee a thrilling climax. VERDICT A gentle and thoughtful Christian mystery, this series debut will appeal to readers wanting to learn more about the diversity within Amish communities. While her characterizations veer close to cardboard stereotypes, Flower succeeds at demonstrating her lead character's strong faith. This would appeal to those who have enjoyed P.L. Gaus's Amish mysteries. Flower, an academic librarian, also writes the "India Hayes Mystery" series (Murder in a Basket).

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B&H Publishing Group
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Appleseed Creek Series, #1
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5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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A Plain Death: An Appleseed Creek Mystery 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Starryblue More than 1 year ago
I liked how A Plain Death was equipped with a large dosage of mystery. The suspense constantly kept me on my toes. I had to keep reading till the end because I wanted to discover the mysterious conclusion to the story.Also, I enjoyed the presence of Grandfather Zook. I would love to have him as my grandpa.Rebecca was such a determined individual, that I began to admire her for her desire to pursue art.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found this story not believable at all and rather corny. If I had to recommend it to a certain demographic, I feel preteen girls might enjoy it the most.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, hope the author will write more. This book gives a different slant to life in the Amish community. I did not realize that some people are jealous of them.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
I love reading Amish mysteries, and this first book of this series -An Appleseed Creek Mystery was awesome! Amanda Flower has become one of my favorite Amish Mystery authors! Iam interested in reading more of her books, and can't wait to read the next book in this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice story, looking forward to future books by this authoor.
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TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
A Plain Death by Amanda Flower is a sweet Amish mystery. It is the first book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series. Chloe Humphrey has a new job at Harshberger College in Appleseed Creek as the Director of Computer Services. She is hoping to work there for two years to get the experience she needs for a job at a bigger college. On her way to her new home she encounters Becky Troyer. Becky is being hounded by new men and is desperate to escape them. Chloe rescues Becky and gains a new friend and roommate! Becky Troyer is nineteen and has decided to leave her Amish home. Becky wants to be an artists (portraying faces) and it is not allowed by her Bishop. Chloe agrees to let Becky temporarily stay with her. Timothy Troyer is ex-Amish and is now a carpenter in Appleseed Creek. Timothy is Becky’s brother. Timothy tries to convince Becky to go home, but he is unsuccessful. Becky wants to pursue her art and is not ready to settle down and get married. Chloe’s first week in Appleseed Creek is not what she expected. Her new rental home is very dilapidated. She meets her new employees and only two of them are welcoming. Then she gets a call from Becky. Becky has been looking for a job and decided to “borrow” Chloe’s car for an interview. Of course, Becky not having a driver’s license, insurance, or any driving experience did not stop her. Unfortunately, Becky had an accident and Bishop Glick is dead. Appleseed Creek Chief of Police, Greta Rose is looking into the incident. Becky could be charged with manslaughter. At the same time someone is terrorizing the Amish in the community. They are destroying property. Who is trying to hurt these peace loving people and why are they doing it? Chloe and Timothy set out to clear Becky and find out who are hurting the Amish. A Plain Death has romance, mystery, friendship, great characters, and a lovely setting! I give it 5 out of 5 stars. The mystery is pretty easy to solve, but I enjoyed the story and characters.
chucka51 More than 1 year ago
this was really well written. loved it
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sopranoIN More than 1 year ago
Not my thing. Almost what I think is called a Christian Mystery type book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This did have a different story line than most Amish related novels. Although it is not a favorite I did enjoy it.
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smg5775 More than 1 year ago
This is an Amish murder mystery. It was different and enjoyable. I liked how it twisted and turned. There were so many suspects that I was constantly changing my mind as to who was the killer. I liked the characters. I also liked the lessons on the Amish that were part of the story. I learned but I also was lost in a murder mystery. I didn't figure it out but I knew the reason, which was very plausible and realistic. Chloe is going to be fun to watch as she wriggles her way into Amish lives. She's an Englisher but the Amish seem to trust her. I do want to know what is going on with her and her father. I'll be reading this series. Well done
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Loved this Amish mystery Becky Troyer is walking alone on a country road as she's leaving her Amish home for the English world when some burly men see her and try to get her into their green truck. Along comes Chloe Humphrey in her loaded down car looking for her newly rented house in Appleseed Creek, Ohio and seeing a girl alone, walking along a green truck with a disgusting looking man giving her a bad time, she takes a chance and stops to see if the girl needs help. Becky gets in with Chloe and now Chloe gains a houseguest and soon becomes the target of the two men in the green truck with a murder mystery to follow. I've been wanting to read this series for a long time but as my 'to be read' list kept getting longer and longer it seemed like I was forgetting about it. For some reason I would think about reading the series, then would pick something else out. Finally I decided this is the time and it was a GREAT book. Now I wish I'd read it sooner, this book keeps you guessing and I wasn't quite sure who the target was or who was after the target. Amanda did a wonderful job! I read this on my Kindle and I normally only read my Kindle when I'm in a vehicle, waiting in a doctors office, etc., but the closer I got to the end of this book I had to finish it TONIGHT! So, yes, I even read at home, my paperback had to wait! I will be starting the next book, "A Plain Scandal" tomorrow as I wait for my granddaughter to get out of school. If you like Amish books and you like mysteries, you'll love this book. It's a great combination of Amish, English and a good mystery. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley   book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Chloe has just moved to Appleseed Creek , a small Amish community in Ohio.  She is Christian, but not Amish.  Chloe has come to head the Computer Technology Department at the small local "Englisher's" college, but before she can even settle in, she becomes entangled in troubles within the community's life.  Becky is a teenage girl who has decided not to return to Amish life after her experiences in art classes.  She was supposed to marry the Bishop's son, but that will not happen now.   When Chloe sees Becky being harasses while walking down the roadway, Chloe offers Becky a ride into town.  Becky takes this as an invitation to stay with Chloe in her new home.  Then Becky, without a driver's license or permission, "borrows" Chloe's car, and she has an accident resulting in the death of the Amish Bishop.  But, was this an accident or a murder made to look like an accident.  Chloe sets out to help Becky prove her innocence.  Becky's handsome brother, Timothy, has become a Mennonite for reasons of his own.  Chloe and Timothy start working together to help Becky, and find themselves becoming closer as they begin to understand each other's troubled past lives. This was a fun, interesting mystery. The different community lives between Amish and Englishers was informative. God, and a Godly life as seen in different ways, made this mystery much more involved and exciting. All the characters were wonderfully fleshed out, and I'm really looking forward to the next installments in the lives of Appleseed Creek's citizens. 
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CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
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 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, A Plain Scandal, will be published in February 2013. Recommended to public and church libraries. Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
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rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS A Plain Death: An Appleseed Creek Mystery by Amanda Flower It is the first book in An Appleseed Creek Mystery. It is a good clean entertaining read. It is hard for me to say how well the suspense and mystery part was because I read book 2 A Plain Scandal first. So I already knew some facts about the storyline. I like this series and see that their is going to be a third book. I want to read that someday. Appleseed Creek is a small town in Ohio. It has a collage and a Amish community. It is mostly a friendly town. It has some interesting characters some you love,some you hate and some are dumb. Chloe Humphrey does not even make it into town before she becomes involved with three characters. She is 24 and working at a new job at the collage in the computer department. She sees a girl in a dress walking down a road and a truck with two guys trying to get the girl in the truck. Chloe asks the girl if she needs help. The girl gets into her car with her. Becky is leaving her family and the Amish faith. She directs Becky to the house she is renting. When the door knob comes off as they enter Becky calls her big brother to come help. Becky needs a place to stay and she just plans to stay with Chloe. It is a big 3 room house. Becky wants to paint people. Her family wants her to marry the Bishop's son. Timothy had left the church earlier and works with wood. He is good looking and kind. He wants his sister to go back home. Before he leaves for work the next day drops off groceries for the two of them. Chloe is not close to her father he blames her for her mothers death and sees her once a year if that. He moved across country without her when she was only 15. Her best friends family let her move in with them. Now she was alone again. Chloe wakes up to Becky cooking her breakfast. Chloe agrees to let her stay for a few days. She knows how it is to not have a home. Someone wants to hurt Chloe or Becky. Becky makes a mistake that costs dearly. It turns a lot of people against the two girls. Chloe wants to find out who and why was her brake line cut. The police force in town is three. So the sheriff is not against Chloe asking questions about what is going on. Just being new in town she has friends in the Amish community that the sheriff does not have. The dean of the collage wants Chloe to let go some of the personal of her staff. They need to trim the budget. So she is not making friends their. I felt like the ending was a little rushed would have liked a little bit more. Pub Date: Jul 1 2012 B&H Publishing Group 496 pages ASIN: B008922T7I
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