A Plain Disappearance (Appleseed Creek Series #3)

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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...

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Overview


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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433676994
  • Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2013
  • Series: Appleseed Creek Series, #3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 219,317
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (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. Her 2010 debut, Maid of Murder, received an Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel.
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  • Posted January 16, 2014

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    Absolutely LOVED this series! Timothy Troyer is taking Chloe Hu

    Absolutely LOVED this series!

    Timothy Troyer is taking Chloe Humphrey on a sleigh ride and pulls onto the old Gundy place 'to stretch thier legs'. The purpose of this sleigh ride is for Timmy to give Chloe her Christmas present from him, a necklace with a hammer and a computer mouse. As they are stretching their legs, yep you guessed it, the gift is given but now it's ruined as they discover the body of a dead Amish girl. Not just any Amish girl but the sister of Ruth's (Timmy's little sister) best friend. This will only cause more problems between the Troyer's and the Lambright's.




    Amanda weaves a good story as Chloe and Timmy try to help solve this murder. There are lots of possibilities from family, to boyfriends, and to a couple of others in the community. Chloe does find herself in some pretty desperate situations as she is working this murder mystery.




    I would highly recommend this whole series, oh yes you MUST read the 3 books in order, to readers that like Amish books or mysteries. I really did love all three of these and this one has a good ending, I just wish I knew how things end with Chloe. Of course I guess we can make our own ending as to how we want things to be in her life. I know what I want, lol. Hopefully Amanda will write more books like these. Oh, and I really like what happens with Curt, I think you will too!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 12, 2014

    must reads

    this set of books were wonderful.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Just happened upon this author and thankfully I picked up the fi

    Just happened upon this author and thankfully I picked up the first book in this Appleseed Creek series. I absolutely loved the book so I immediately went out and purchased the next two also. Just be sure to read the series in order. I hope there will be more to follow because I want to see what the future holds for Timothy and Chloe. I love the characters in the books, especially Grandfather Zook! I have been reading Amish books for years and I will definitely be following Amanda Flowers from now on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2013

    The best amish mystery hands down!

    I have read close to 100 amish romance/amish mystery.....these are by far the absolute best! So well written and a little but of mystery, romance and humor. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CONTINUE THIS SERERIES!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    booksbysteph says "Found a New Author to Love" Timoth

    booksbysteph says "Found a New Author to Love"

    Timothy Troyer takes Chloe Humphrey on a buggy ride for their first date. They stop at an old abandoned, rundown barn to stretch their legs. Timothy surprises Chloe with an early Christmas gift. But the joy of the evening evaporates when Timothy's dog takes off running to the side of the barn. Timothy and Chloe follow and discover a horrible site.

    Buried in the snow lay a young Amish girl, blue from death. At first, the cops believe an icicle fell from the barn and killed the girl, but no one can think of a reason the girl would be at the barn in the first place. However, this conclusion is not final when they find out the girl was actually strangled to death.

    The Amish will not talk to the Chief of Police, Greta Rose, so she enlists Chloe to help. Chief Rose wants Chloe to talk to the Amish and see if she can come up with any Amish suspects. 

    I GIVE THIS BOOK: 4 Stars

    Read this series in chronological order!

    Because this is the first book I read in the series (in hopes it would stand alone), there were a lot of references to things that happened in the previous books. That caused some confusion, especially when it came to character development. And I do not understand why a cop would enlist a civilian to talk to the Amish and she is not even Amish.

    I never thought I would ever say I read an Amish murder mystery; this would be my first and what a great story to start with! As clues are gathered, you start to believe you know who the killer is, naturally. Then you find out things that throw a wrench in your theory. You are truly reading things and trying to come to a conclusion just like a real cop. And the ending will surprise you in so many ways!

    Until next time, live life one page at a time!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2013

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    An Amish Mystery that will Keep You Guessing! A Plain Disappeara

    An Amish Mystery that will Keep You Guessing!
    A Plain Disappearance
    An Appleseed Creek Mystery
    By Amanda Flower

    In the Plain world of Appleseed Creek it is Christmas time and murder has marked the season
    when Chloe Humphrey and Timothy Troyer discover the body of a teenage Amish girl buried in
    the snow near an abandoned barn.  Talk about a memorable first date.

    But when it is determined that Katie Lambright was murdered Chloe is tasked with the task of
    figuring out whether or not any of her new Amish acquaintances had anything to do with the murder.  
    But the Amish don't totally trust Chloe and her Englischer ways nor her knack for helping the police
    - unofficially of course.

    In A Plain Disappearance Chloe is spending her first Christmas with Becky and Timothy and Becky
    is excited to spend her first non-Amish Christmas embracing a true Englischer Christmas with all
    the trimmings.  And there is a special surprise for Chloe that will make her Christmas complete.

    With a full cast of possible suspects Chloe has her work cut out for her.  But can she sort through the
    suspects or will she be the next victim?  A Plain Disappearance is full of twists and turns that will keep
    you guessing as to who the guilty party is and believe me there are several who look pretty likely.  

    A Plain Disappearance is the third book in this series but it can stand alone if you haven't read the first
    two but don't deny yourself the enjoyment of the entire series as Chloe solves mysteries and makes a
    place for herself in Appleseed Creek.  

    I was provided a copy of this book through Handlebar Marketing in exchange for my fair and honest review.

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  • Posted October 9, 2013

    A Plain Disappearance is another Amish fiction winner! I have t

    A Plain Disappearance is another Amish fiction winner!

    I have to admit up front that this is the first book in this series that I have read. But, while I know some of how things will turn out, I still want to read the two previous books. This book only made me want to read them all the more.

    Some of the storyline was familiar with the heroine being an Englischer making friends with the Amish and being courted by a guy that left the Amish several years ago during his rumspringa. The young couple find a body and they must track down the killer. The struggle with other characters either having left the Amish or thinking about it was also expected. But what I didn't quite expect was the portrayal of the Amish themselves. Often in Amish fiction they are overly romanticized as if they have attained moral perfection. Not in this book, some of them are very accepting and some are absolutely not, some are very loving with their families and some are harsh, they have similar fears and concerns that most parents and families do. The characters are as varied as people are in reality.

    The issues in this story are much darker than the typical Amish story but the ultimate theme is forgiveness. From forgiving one's self, to past hurts, to forgiving people in the present. Each character struggles with this in his or her own way.

    The mystery element in this story is excellent! Amanda Flower has done a great job, neither overdoing nor underplaying, and the pacing is very good. The storyline was believable and not forced, you could easily see why the characters acted and reacted as they did because they were what any normal person would say, do, or think. I honestly had no clue 'whodunit' until the murderer was revealed, I had guesses on who I thought DIDN'T do it but no idea who could have done it.

    A Plain Disappearance is told in the first-person from the perspective of Chloe. Very enjoyable and the author did an excellent job of getting inside of Chloe's head and heart.
    I did, of course, have favorite characters; Chloe with her desire to help and for family. Grossdaddi (Grandfather) Zook with his kind understanding and penchant for learning new Englischer words. And Greta Rose the sharp-tongued but fair, in Grossdaddi Zook's words “lady copper.” And, of course, I can't forget the other two most memorable characters, Mabel and Sparky, gotta love both of them!

    Not everything is completely resolved, there is no sweet ending all packaged up with a pretty bow. The reader is left wondering and more importantly hoping that more stories with these characters will be soon forthcoming.

    An enjoyable and wonderful addition to the Amish genre, don't miss A Plain Disappearance or the entire series!

    (I received this book from B&H Publishing through Handlebar in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

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    Another great book from Amanda Flower!  I am partial to these bo

    Another great book from Amanda Flower!  I am partial to these books because I love mystery and I love Amish, and combining them both is like the ultimate in books!! Chloe Humphrey (aka Red) is back, she is settling into Appleseed Creek, likes her job, enjoys life in the small town.  She does however seem to be a trouble magnet.  She and her boyfriend find a young Amish girl dead in the snow right before Christmas, which kicks off a domino effect of exciting and mysterious happenings.  Filled with funny moments from Grandfather Zook, to tense moments of suspense you will not want to miss this third book in the Appleseed Creek Series from Ms. Flower.  Definitely a 5 star book!  
    This book was provided by Handlebar for review purposes only, no payment was received in exchange for this review.  All the views in this review are the honest opinions of this reviewer.  

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  • Posted October 8, 2013

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    Amanda Flower in her new book, "A Plain Disappearance"

    Amanda Flower in her new book, "A Plain Disappearance" Book Three n the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series published by B&H Publishing Group reunites us with Chloe Humphrey and Appleseed Creek, Ohio.




    From the Back Cover: It's Christmastime in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek. She's really 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.




    At the end of a hard day I like to sit down with a good murder mystery. It takes my mind of the events of the day and I enter into a new environment, in this case Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Once again Chloe finds a dead body; this time while she is on her first date with Timothy. The Sheriff is not going to appreciate this at all. Now the Amish Community wants to keep the solving of the murder within the community so the Sheriff wants to use Chloe and Timothy to help solve this case from within. It is extremely possible that the murderer is someone who lives and works alongside everyone in Appleseed Creek. Ms. Flower has crafted a real puzzler of a mystery. "A Plain Disappearance" keeps you guessing and I defy you to figure out who really did it. Add to the pot a cast of characters that are just wonderful, some good, some bad and Ms. Flower has given us a great setting with Appleseed Creek. If you enjoy a good murder mystery like I do then this book is for you. I enjoyed this book a lot and am hoping there will be more in this series.




    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from Handlebar for this review. 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."

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  • Posted October 6, 2013

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    Once again it seems that Chloe Humphrey seems to attract more th

    Once again it seems that Chloe Humphrey seems to attract more than just attention, she once again is the common factor in yet another murder in the heart of Appleseed Creek. This brings the total to three and even though she has an air tight alibi, this murder may in fact be the one that ultimately divides the English from the Amish in town. While exploring a deserted barn one early morning after a sleigh ride with her boyfriend, Timothy Troyer, they locate the body of Katie Lambright just under the snow. Signs may point to an accidental death by way of a frozen icicle that is missing just right above when they have found her body, but until they contact the local sheriff, Greta Rose, they won't know for sure. All they know is that she won't like that it will be Chloe once again who has discovered another dead body.

    In the third novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series by Amanda Flower, A Plain Disappearance once again takes two very different genre's, Amish and Murder Mystery and combines them flawlessly to create something not only unique but unforgettable as well. I have had the wonderful opportunity to be able to read all of these novels and while there is a common thread running through them, they are each completely different. However with that being said in order to understand the relationships the English have with the Amish people living in Appleseed Creek is necessary to read them in order.

    In this one it shows the difficulty that can had whenever a crime takes place within an Amish community. Rather than seek outside intervention, the Amish believe that whatever happens is best dealt within their own community of believers and is God's will. The sheriff utilizes the relationship that Chloe and Timothy have being former Amish residents as a common thread that will allow them to solve the crime and find out just who has murdered Katie Lambright, a young girl who was known for attracted more suitors than she needed. Is it possible that despite all the clues they find, the murderer is someone they don't suspect and resides within the town itself working alongside both English and Amish alike? To find out, you'll simply have to pick up this novel!

    I received A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flowers compliments of B and H Publishing Group and Handlebar Central for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are mine alone. This is such an exceptional series because of not only the combination of genres but it really addresses the subject of forgiveness and what happens when the seeds of bitterness are allowed to grow in people's hearts. I easily give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars and look forward to more from Amanda Flower in the future. There are even some great discussion questions included for book groups.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    Turns out we are only months into Chloe's new life in Appleseed

    Turns out we are only months into Chloe's new life in Appleseed Creek. I have become a big fan of Flower's series, both Chloe's easy friendship with Becky and her burgeoning romance with Timothy have developed so naturally. Christmas is coming and of course the Amish don't lack for horse drawn sleighs. While out on a date, Timothy and Chloe come across what is becoming an all too common sight for them, a deceased Amish teenage, this time, in a barn. The sheriff almost gives Chloe free rein this time, as she admits Chloe has an interesting in with the Amish people because of her friendship with the Troyer family. I think Amanda Flower has done another spectacular job with her characters and story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2013

    This is the 3rd in a great series. Must read.

    I love reading about the Amish and also like mysteries. This book is a sure fire combination the 3rd in the series. Each book stands on its own. A great read and it will keep you up late so you can read the last page. Very enjoyable.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower is one of the best Amish

    A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower is one of the best Amish stories that I have read. Chloe Humphrey grew up in the Amish community but when her mother died, her father remarried and his new wife did not want Chloe to live with them so Chloe’s best friend’s family took her in and treated her as one of their own and she became an Englischer. Chloe has now moved back to Appleseed Creek to work at the college as head of the computer department. Timothy Troyer also grew up Amish but several years earlier he left the order and now lives as an Englischer. His sister Becky is planning to leave the Amish life also and is Chloe’s roommate. Chloe is just beginning a relationship with Timothy and on their first date they find the body of Katie Lambright, an Amish teenager. Near where the body is found, they also find evidence that Timothy’s friend Billy may be involved in the murder. As it turns out Billy is not who he said he was and has been living in the community under a false identity.




    Amanda did a great job in the development of the plot of this story. There were several different subplots but they all meshed together very well and made for a most enjoyable story. All the characters and scenes were very well developed and I actually felt as if I were having all the adventures right along with them. My favorite character was Timothy’s seven year old brother Thomas who was absolutely adorable and stole whatever scene he was in. All the characters came to life on the pages of the book. It did seem a little odd that a police officer would ask Chloe for help but since the Amish were very hesitant to talk with the police, Chloe could ask questions and hopefully get answers. I like a good suspense story and this is one of the best I have read. It was near the end of the book that I decided that the murderer had to be one of two people. And then came the big surprise, Katie was killed by someone else and there was also the surprise as to why she was killed. This is the first book I have read by this author but I am definitely going to read the two previous books in this series. I hope that the author will write a fourth book for I would like to know if Chloe and her father will be reunited and have a good father/daughter relationship.




    I very highly recommend this book. If you like Amish and suspense, this is a great book to read.




    B & H Publishing Group provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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  • Posted September 18, 2013

    A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE by Amanda Flower - An Amish Mystery. Well

    A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE by Amanda Flower - An Amish Mystery.

    Well – to begin with – when I started to read the book and realized it was the 3rd in the series, I had to go and get the first two and read them. So glad I did, although Amanda brings you up to speed on what has previously happened in this 3rd book so you are not lost by any means. All of the books are great but I will concentrate on A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE. A word of caution – do not start this book thinking you will just read a few chapters and go on your way – you can't do it. You will not want to put the book down and will feel lost when it is finished – wanting to go on and find out what happens next.

    The main characters in the book – Timothy and Chloe – share their faith and belief in God in ways that amazed me – and they were examples to others who saw the way they lived and wanted to be like them. We all need to do that in our own lives. Timothy has left the Amish faith and trusted in God and is learning to enjoy his English way of life. Chloe does not understand a lot of the things that Timothy has gone through and it is interesting to see her realize his former life. Becky – Timothy's sister – is adorable and a gives Becky joy and a lot of anxiety as she finds her own way of life. Becky's love life is a mystery in itself to everyone.

    Appleseed Creek has a lot of interesting people and things going on – and it seems Chloe is in the middle of all of them – especially when it involves the police. You will enjoy her escapades and how she winds up solving things for the police.

    The book ended too soon for me – I wanted her to marry Timothy – but that will be enough for an entire book I am sure. And what about her father – will she make amends with him? Can she forgive him after all these years? Can't wait for the next in the series – hope it comes out soon.

    Being an Amish fiction follower, I must say this one is exceptional in explaining the Amish culture and customs. You are caught up in their lifestyle and feel like you are there in person, whether in the homes, in Appleseed Creek or sharing their holidays. And the food – oh my – the descriptions are wonderful and make you hungry. I am not usually a mystery reader but this one kept me on my toes, trying to guess who did what and looking for clues – they are there – and I was right in some instances – but the ending was still a surprise to me.

    I was asked to review this book for Handlebar, giving my own opinion of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Strong book with well-developed characters and a storyline that

    Strong book with well-developed characters and a storyline that kept my interest. There weren't so many characters that I had a hard time keeping track of them. I enjoyed this book.

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  • Posted September 10, 2013

    Imaginnative Suspense! Christmas was fast approaching, and as t

    Imaginnative Suspense!

    Christmas was fast approaching, and as the snow was drifting down around them Chloe and Timothy took a leisurely sleigh ride through the Amish countryside. Timothy stopped the sleigh near an old barn in order to give Chloe her Christmas gift. Suddenly Timothy's dog became alert to something and launched herself toward the old barn with Timothy and Chloe following close behind. Their joy turned to shock at the discovery of a young Amish woman frozen in the snow. Chloe is not new to working with the local police chief, and at the police chief's request Chloe's focus becomes finding out what actually happened to the Amish teen. Autopsy results proved she was murdered, and as she seeks information relating to the murder Chloe encounters unsettling circumstances as the investigation progresses. 




    Amanda Flower has created a complex murder mystery centered in the middle of Amish country. Numerous themes are interwoven throughout this suspense-filled mystery. Family dynamics and dysfunctional family elements come into play, and the dismay over a family member leaving the Amish faith is encountered. The importance of faith and hope also play important roles. The author has created humorous moments which relieve the tension at the most unexpected times. A suspense-filled, action-packed mystery, A Plain Disappearance is also a delightful story of romance and healing. Numerous issues are blended so effortlessly, I look forward to more of Amanda's heartwarming romantic Amish suspense! Well done!




    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author and B&H Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

    Thumbs Up for Amish Who-Done-It I loved reading this latest no


    Thumbs Up for Amish Who-Done-It
    I loved reading this latest novel from Amanda Flower. Although it was my first time it will not be my last. "A Plain Disappearance" had the right amount of drama, suspense, romance and humuor to make me a new fan of this author.
    Part of the Appleseed Creek Mystery series, Chloe Humphrey is on her first date with Timoth Troyer, who has left his Old Order Amish to be an Englischer, when they discover the body of a local Amish teenage girl near an abandoned barn. Not only that but inside of the barn they discover evidence that Timothy's friend Billy may be involved. As Chloe begins to investigate she discovers there may be more than one possible suspect. You will not be disppointed in reading this Amish who-done-it. If anything you will become a fan of Amanda Flower.
    I received this book free to review for Handlebar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    I received a copy of A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE by Amanda Flower from

    I received a copy of A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE by Amanda Flower from B&H Books. It’s the third novel in An Appleseed Creek Mystery series. For those of you who follow my book posts, you know I read a lot of Amish books. My mother is, well, obsessed with the Amish lifestyle and can’t get enough of the literature. I read them too, so we can discuss the stories. I bet you can guess who will be getting this novel now that I’m done with it.
    A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE is definitely different from what the “normal” Amish books are like. For one thing, this is a mystery, rather than a romance – not just a mystery, but a murder mystery. The books usually are sweet and heartwarming. I’m not saying this one isn’t, but it has that dash of danger.
    The world of Appleseed Creek becomes so real, you feel as if you could drive to the next valley over and there you would be. I was on the edge of my seat through the whole thing, and I finished with a huge smile on my face. I recommend this to fans of Amish fiction (this is definitely something unique to the genre!) and mystery lovers.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

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    I absolutely love everything that Amanda writes! A Plain Disappe

    I absolutely love everything that Amanda writes! A Plain Disappearance (An Appleseed Creek Mystery) was a very quick read for me. Living in Amish country at Christmas time is very different for Chloe. Even spending the holiday with her former Amish friends Timothy and Becky take Christmas down a different path. Of course along the way Chloe and Timothy discover a young Amish girl, dead next to an old deserted barn and find themselves all wound up in the investigation.
    Amanda writes from her heart and readers can tell right away how passionate Amanda is about her writing. I am very grateful that I was asked to read and review this ARC for Amanda.

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    Another great mystery, these books keep getting better. The char

    Another great mystery, these books keep getting better. The characters are well fleshed out, the story moves along nicely, and kept me interested. I also liked that the romance between Chloe and Timothy is progressing, it's believable and they have good chemistry. Her description of the setting makes me want to visit Amish country and learn all that I can about that culture. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series.
    * I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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