A Plain Death: An Appleseed Creek Mystery

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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,...

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Overview

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.

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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)
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 "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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433676970
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/1/2012
  • Series: Appleseed Creek Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 261,739
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet 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.
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  • Posted August 19, 2012

    A Plain Death Amanda Flower Book Summary: Welcome to Appleseed C

    A Plain Death Amanda Flower Book Summary: 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. Review: I enjoyed this book very much. It
    was a great debut series by this author. It was a good introduction to
    the characters and gave enough information to keep me going throughout
    the book about the main character. I found the story to be well
    developed and it had a little surprise at the end the story which was
    welcomed. I think the extra characters were diverse. They were made more
    real by their flaws and that is not always visible in characters. I am
    looking forward to reading the next book in the series. I would like to
    thank Net Galley and B & H Publishing Group for allowing me to read
    and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to
    write a favorable review by anyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 6, 2012

    Awesome book- a must read Amish mystery

    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!

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  • Posted April 5, 2014

    This is an Amish murder mystery. It was different and enjoyable.

    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

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    Chloe has just moved to Appleseed Creek , a small Amish communit

    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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  • Posted March 17, 2013

    4 STARS A Plain Death: An Appleseed Creek Mystery by Amanda Flo

    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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  • Posted September 3, 2012

    I just loved "A PLAIN DEATH" it was awesome once I

    I just loved "A PLAIN DEATH" it was awesome once I started this book I had a hard time putting it down it is different from otherAmish books and once you start from page one you will be hooked, if I could give this book 10 stars that would not even be enough. When you are reading this book you will feel just like you are there with them, there were really some surprising turns in this book you will go wow, I did not see that coming. I have told so many people about this book , and I wish I could read the next one now. All I can say is "AWESOME"

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