A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek Series #2)

A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek Series #2)

by Amanda Flower


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 The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men.

New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life.

In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else’s.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433676987
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/15/2013
Series: Appleseed Creek Series , #2
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About 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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A Plain Scandal: An Appleseed Creek Mystery 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
virgilenne More than 1 year ago
Violent aggression against any person different that the norm is WRONG. There have been these kinds of acts all through history, God keeps giving us a chance to get it right, but we keep making mistakes. Good thinking He loves us so much
wfnren More than 1 year ago
Amanda pulled my in again, a must read It hasn't been long and there is another mystery in Appleseed Creek, girls are getting attacked and their hair is being cut, men's beards are being cut and now there is even a murder. Chloe Humphrey along with Timothy Troyer and the authorities are investigating to see if they are all connected and why. There are several suspects, both English and Amish suspects. Some people are beginning to call Chloe the 'Amish Whisperer'. Another good read by Amanda and yet again I found myself putting my paperback book aside and reading my Kindle at home! As I was finishing the book I kept thinking in the back of my mind about how much I enjoyed reading Trixie Belden, Bobbsey Twins and Nancy Drew mysteries when I was younger. I am so looking forward to getting the third book "A Plain Disappearance", I guess I should have asked for that for Christmas, darn, maybe I can ask for it as a New Year's gift. If you like mysteries and Amish stories you will love this series, I can't say enough about Amanda's writing, it is great and really pulls you into the story. She has just enough suspects that you don't get confused but it's still hard to solve the crime until you get very close to the end. 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower is a wonderful story of Amish life in the town of Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Chloe Humphrey is not Amish but she has chosen to live in Appleseed Creek where she works at the local college as a computer specialist. A buggy accident that turned out to be murder has been solved but now the people in the community are living in fear for someone is going around cutting the hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men. Chloe has helped the local police solve other crimes and when she finds a local man stabbed in the back with his beard cut off, she decides that it is her responsibility to help solve the murder and bring peace back to the community. To add to Chloe’s problems, she and her roommate Becky are having problems with their new landlord who is becoming more of a jerk with every passing day. Becky and Timothy, sister and brother, have left the Amish way of life and are comfortable with their relationship with God and living as Englisch. The romance between Chloe and Timothy continues to develop in spite of all the chaos going on in the community. Also, the new Bishop and the Deacon are ruling the Amish community with an iron hand and are warning everyone to have no association with Chloe, Becky, and Timothy. The author did an excellent job in the writing of this story and with every element of the story. There was suspense woven throughout the story and it kept me guessing from page to page. Every character was expertly developed and I felt as if I were living right there in the community of Appleseed Creek and was friends with all the characters. Well there were a few that were not friend material but the author gave reasons to dislike them. All the scenes were so well described that I could see myself taking part in whatever was going on. The plot had several twists and turns but everything was brought together for a satisfactory ending. I very highly recommend this book to everyone that likes a great Amish story that also contains a good deal of suspense. I received a complimentary copy of this book from B & H Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Chloe Humphrey returns and there is another sleuthing opportunity afoot when a local Amish man is killed during the construction of an all weather market. His beard is cut off, and coming on the heels of similar Amish hair cutting attacks, makes it seem as though the Amish are targeted. Chloe's relationship with the Troyer family continues, and her uncertainty of the future of their friendships seem to ring true with the English/Amish differences. Becky's character is especially endearing, as she continues to learn English ways. Fowler does a nice job (research) of the Amish community. There is a side story that just seems to serve to propel certain plot points onward, but concludes at the end of the book too. I look forward to more from the group in Appleseed Creek. .
VicG More than 1 year ago
Amanda Flower in her new book, "A Plain Scandal" Book Two in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series published by B&H Publishing Group reunites us with Chloe Humphrey and Appleseed Creek, Ohio. From the Back Cover: The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men. New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life. In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else's. 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. Amish women never cut their hair and only Amish married men wear beards, that is part of the Amish religious beliefs. So by cutting off the men's beards and the women's hair the attacker has made it a hate crime. Then he also commits murder. Chloe is having a hard time gathering evidence against this person because the new Bishop wants to shun her. Chloe is in for a real hard time trying to stop the attacks and another murder. Ms. Flower has crafted a real puzzler of a mystery. "A Plain Scandal" 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 Appleseed Creek 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 looking forward to the next one. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free from The Suspense Zone 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."
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower is the second book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series. Chloe Humphrey is enjoying her job at Harshberger College. Chloe is the Director of Computer Services. Becky Troyer (ex-Amish) is still living with Chloe and is now working part-time at Young’s Family Restaurant. Becky has completed a majority of her community service and is looking forward to finishing her hours. While at home on day, Dylan Tanner shows up at the girls front door! He has come to tour the property. Evidently, Dylan has purchased the home from the former owner and they were not notified. Chloe knows Dylan from Harshberger College. Dylan is the chair of the biology department. Dylan wants to restore the home to its former glory. Chloe and Becky do not want to live in a house undergoing restoration. This is going to be a challenge. Timothy Troyer and Chloe are getting to know each other. They have yet to go on an “official” date, but they see a lot of each other. Timothy has also been making repairs to the house as they are needed. That is the first thing that Dylan nixes. He wants the restorations to be “authentic” to the time period of the home. Timothy has become a contractor (instead of just a carpenter) and is first job is at the Young’s Flea Market. The owner’s (Ellie Young) son, Ezekiel Young is overseeing the project. Ezekiel is the opposite of his twin brother, Uriah. Uriah is friendly and nice, while Ezekiel can be testy (and come across rude). Chloe goes looking for Timothy one day at the flea market and stumbles across the body of Ezekiel. Appleseed Creek Chief of Police, Greta Rose is summoned to the scene. At the same time someone is terrorizing the Amish. Someone has cut off the hair of four girls and the beards of two men. Who would commit such a horrible crime? Timothy’s grandfather is one of the victims. Chloe and Timothy are determined to find out who is behind these crimes as well as solve Ezekiel’s murder. I found A Plain Scandal to be just delightful. Amanda Flower has created a great town with unique characters. I give A Plain Scandal 5 out of 5! I enjoyed revisiting Appleseed Creek to see how Becky is handling being an Englisher, Timothy and Chloe’s romance, and checking up on the Troyer family (as well as Greta Rose). I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley (and the publisher) in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book and I am enjoying the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Second book in the series. Had the mystery figured out, but still was a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading this series. Mystery & intrigue in an Amish Community.
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
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.
klobucher More than 1 year ago
A PLAIN SCANDAL  is a fantastic book I  really think it is a book everyone will enjoy, it is a Amish Mystery you will just love all of the characters, once you start this book you will be hooked on the very first page I love all of the Amish novels  this one is a little different and I think you will love it
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
A PLAIN SCANDAL by Amanda Flower is another great inspirational suspense/mystery set in Appleseed Creek,Ohio. #2 in the "Appleseed Creek Mystery" series,but can be read as a stand alone. Although, not necessary, I would recommend reading "A Plain Death" for a great read and feel for some the characters. An Amish mystery you don't want to miss,filled with mystery,suspense,the Amish community,hope,faith and love. We take a trip to Appleseed Creek in time for another mystery, follow Chloe Humphrey,who is new to the community and her friends as they try to solve the mystery of who is cutting off Amish men beard's and the women's hair,why and a murder. Humorous at times. Ms. Flower has mixed inspirational and suspense together in a thought provoking storyline with a plot to die for,oh wait,shush don't tell anyone that part. Ms. Flower's stories are well thought out,with engaging characters and a community who lives simply and which others are fascinated with their lifestyle. A must read for anyone who enjoys a great suspense,mystery,and the Amish community. I enjoyed "A Plain Scandal" and would highly recommend to any readers who enjoy not only inspirational,mystery,and suspense,but who also enjoys a great,fast paced read. While, this is an inspirational read it is not "preachy". I am looking forward to the next installment of the "Appleseed Creek Mystery". Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4.5 HEAT RATING: SWEET REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews/My Book Addiction and More
kherbrand More than 1 year ago
 This is book 2 in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series but it reads well as a stand alone.  They give you some information from the first book, so if you don't like spoilers, I would recommend that you read them in order.  Chloe is very likable as a young woman trying to find her place in the community.  Being new, she has made a few friends, many of them Amish, or Amish who have left the Church.  Actually, her roommate Becky is one of the "formerly" Amish as is Becky's brother Timothy.  Chloe is sweet on Timothy and suspects he feels the same way, but the differences in their backgrounds has left Chloe wondering how, or even if, to pursue him.  The three of them had been in the center of the buggy accident from the summer before and they once again find themselves in the center of the mystery surrounding who is cutting the Amishs' hair and beards.  Curt and Brock, the two who had been sent to prison for the accident have been released and they are back to harrassing Chloe.  So far they haven't crossed any lines, but Chloe wonders if they are involved in the recent crimes.   When she doesn't think her life can get any more messed up, she finds that the house she and Becky are renting has a new landlord.  He is intent on restoring it to it's original style and doesn't seem to care that it might disrupt Chloe and Becky's lives.  I liked the chemistry between Timothy and Chloe and look forward to seeing how that develops in future books. 
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek Mystery Series #2) Well I goofed again and read book 2 before book 1. Oh well now I know what I want to read next. I like the town of Appleseed Creek. It is a collage town and a Amish & English both. The characters are interesting. Chole is a Computer expert at the collage. She rents a old home and her roommate used to be Amish. Chole likes Timothy. Timothy is a cabinate maker and has his contractor license. He has his first job. He is the oldest child in his family and decided to leave the Amish Church before he was baptized. Becky has left the Amish too. She is 19 and Chole's house mate. She is a waitress and loves watching tv especially cooking shows. She got into trouble with the law and is on probation and community service. Someone is going around and cutting off Amish girl's hair. One of the girls who was attacked was Sadie the Bishop's daughter. Then things take on worse trouble and someone is murdered. The new Bishop has made it hard on Chole blaming her for Becky & Timothy leaving the Amish Faith. Even though they made that decision before she moved to town. He is threatening to banish Becky's family if they visit them again. He has very strict rules. The story kept my attention. Has a good mixture of drama, action,community and mystery. Chole is going to find out who is cutting the Amish hair. Is it a hate crime? or something else. The sheriff does not mind her questioning people about their problems. In fact the Sheriff wants to use her. Some of the Amish are very welcoming of Chloe into their homes and hearts. Her father remarried and doesn't have much to do with her but her good friends don't leave her alone for the holidays. Chole's house was sold to another collage professor and he does not like having Timothy repair things in the home. He also goes in without notice. Two guys who gave Becky and Chloe problems in the first book have got out of prison because they testified against someone else the police wanted worse to get off the street. They are starting to come around again. I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley. Publisher: B&H Books (February 15, 2013) 336 pages ISBN-10: 1433676982
DAinNY1 More than 1 year ago
Whenever I read a story by Amanda Flower, I know that when I turn that last page, it will leave me with a heartwarming feeling. This is a great read that quickly became a page turner as I had to know what happens next. The mystery kept me guessing and every time I thought I knew who was behind the incidents, the author changed directions with some twists that were pleasantly surprising. With Chloe leading the way and surrounded by a great supporting cast in this wonderfully crafted drama, this is the best book thus far in this delightfully charming series.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
"I don't know how you've been able to worm your way into the affections of the Troyer family, but rest assured that's the only family you will lead from the Amish way!" Once again those harsh words rung in the ears of Chloe Humphrey, an Englischer who has gained the affections of Timothy and Becky Troyer who have left the Amish faith in favor of an English lifestyle. But no matter how often Chloe and Timothy try to convince the new Bishop Hooley and Deacon Sutter, they remain convince that unless Chloe stays away from the Troyer family, the rest of the Amish community will be forced to shun them. Despite all her protests, someone else is after the Amish community. Someone is cutting off the beards of Amish men and the hair from the Amish women against their will. This is considered a hate crime by the local sheriff because the Amish women never cut their hair. It's against their religious beliefs and the Amish married men are the only ones wearing beards and now they seem to also be the target of someone's hatred for the Amish. However when an Amish man is found murdered along with his beard being cut off, the risks for the entire community Amish and English have just risen. However Chloe believes there is a single connection to all the crimes if she can only interview the victims. But with the new Bishop and Deacon controlling the Amish community and advising all to avoid dealing with Chloe, she isn't about to gain much cooperation. Will she be able to solve this latest string of crimes that have found there way into the heart of Appleseed Creek or will she be cast aside by the friends and family she has come to hold dear to her heart? In the latest novel, A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower, we are once more gifted with a blend of Amish fiction coupled with a murder mystery in the second book in the Appleseed Creek mystery series. I received this book compliments of B & H Publishing Group and Shelton Interactive for my honest review and once again feel in love with the two different types of people living together in the heart of Ohio's Amish Country and admire the friendship that Chloe shares for the Amish people's beliefs. She tries to respect their personal beliefs even if she doesn't understand the harsh reality of being shunned personally. She wants to do whatever she can to help but faces barriers when the Amish refuse to help much in talking with her. I think Amanda Flower did an exceptional job at keeping the pace of the novel engaging but moving forward always keeping you guessing until the final pages of the book for the reveal. For those of you that love Amish fiction and a great murder mystery, trust me and pick up this series! You don't need to read the first book in the series to gain an appreciation for the residents of Apple Creek, but I know you'll be as hooked as I was and will want to pick up A Plain Death too, the first book in the series. This one rates a 4.5 out of 5 stars in my book!
chefdt More than 1 year ago
The Plain Scandal is the second book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series by Amanda Flower. This is a delightful series centering around Chloe Humphrey, Becky and Timothy Troyer, Becky's brother and possible romantic interest of Chloe. Appleseed Creek is in the heart of Ohio's Amish country and Becky and Timothy have decided to leave the faith for the Englisch way of life. Someone has cut the hair of four Amish girls and Chloe knows that they probably won't talk to the police about it, so Chloe attempts to talk with them to see who might behind this. She hopes that it isn't Brock and Curt, a couple a thugs she has dealt with in the recent past. The first meeting with the girls didn't go well and then Chloe finds the body of Ezekiel Young at the flea market the family owns. He has been stabbed with a shearing tool and had his beard cut off. When Becky and Timothy's grandfather is assaulted and has his beard cut off it's time for Chloe to get serious about looking into whether these incidents are related or are "copy cat" assaults and who id doing them. Brock and Curt have been released from jail and it's not like they are stalking her, but with the other things going on she is definitely looking over her shoulder to see if they are anywhere near. Also, the house chloe is renting has been sold and the new owner a professor at the college where she works, shows up unannounced, from time to time, and has plans to renovate the house while Chloe and Becky are still living there. I live some 20 miles from a rather large Amish community and have a limited knowledge of the Amish faith and their rules. I feel the Flower's does an excellent job of portraying the Amish the lifestyle and their rules. Grandfather Zook is more liberal in his ways and is little more lenient in excepting Becky and Timothy leaving the faith and is more friendly than the rest of the family towards Chloe. The parents are little more aloof towards Chloe, but then that is because the Bishop and the Elder for their district has threatened the family with shunning by the rest of the members of their church. A very interesting and well told mystery. Not really heavy weighted towards the Amish, but will still give the reader an insight into the faith of the Gentle People". I will be looking for the next book in the series.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
This mystery is the second by this author taking place in Appleseed Creek, Ohio. The story features Chloe Humphrey, who works as a computer consultant at a local college. In this quiet, mostly Amish, village things start to happen that are most unusual. There seems to be an overabundance of crimes against the Amish involving cutting the hair of the girls and the beards of the men. Chloe is renting a house in the village and her roommate is Becky Troyer, who was born to an Amish family but has left the fold along with her brother, Timothy. Timothy, who has also joined the English community is attracted romantically to Chloe. Chloe discovers a dead body, one of the Amish, and as she is familiar with both cultures and also has helped the police on a previous case, is used sometimes as a go-between helping each community understand the ways of the others. During the acts against the Amish women, no one was hurt but as for the men one was stabbed in the back and the Troyer’s grandfather was attacked and his beard cut off. Being a friend of the Troyer children, Chloe sets out to help the police solve these crimes which is very difficult as the Amish don’t talk to Englishers about their problems. The Bishop and Dean, who are the head of the Amish people, are against Chloe having anything to do with the Troyers and try to destroy her relationships with the Amish family. Along with all this, Chloe's house has been sold to a colleague from the college and she and Becky have to move out. This puts a little crimp in all the detecting. This is an excellent, well written story. The main plot of hate crimes against the Amish and the murder of one of them along with plotlines of the politics at the college and the romance between members of the Amish and the Englishers make this a very readable book. Having visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, I can see just what some of the folks are up against on both sides of the coin. Also, I have read Amanda Flower’s other books and did not put them down until I finished them. Quill Says: After many years working as a librarian in a small town, I was happy to read these books by another librarian. Keep up the good work, Ms. Flower! This reader is eagerly looking for the next installment of the Apple Creek Mystery series.