"A well-crafted tale of murder begotten by the collision of two incompatible worlds." -Kirkus Reviews
Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.
The death of a teenage Amish girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder, she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago.
At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl's parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl's shooting.
Serenity's persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel Bachman, but may even take her life in the end.
About the Author
Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen's main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.
Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse's name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen's steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible.
YA Temptation Series
TEMPTATION (book 1)
BELONGING (book 2)
FOREVER (book 3)
DECPETION (book 4)
Adult Mystery, Serenity's Plain Secrets
LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER (book 1)
WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD (book 2)
SECRETS IN THE GRAVE (book 3)
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT (book 4)
PAPER ROSES (book 5)
YA Paranormal/Dystopian, Wings of War
EMBERS (book 1)
GAIA (book 2)
TEMPEST (book 3)
ETERNITY (book 4)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A mystery to the end! Let me start out by saying that I really did like this story, Karen did a good job of hiding who was the guilty person, a VERY good job! My problem was the language, and that was partly my fault because I did not notice the asterisked comment above. I did quickly jump over 'those words' and there were not a lot, although there were three words I did not appreciate at all and one of them was used several times. I will also say that even though I did not appreciate the use of those words I do plan on reading the second book in the series, "Whispers from the Dead". I would encourage mystery, cozy mystery, or Amish book readers to give it a try.