"A well-crafted tale of murder begotten by the collision of two incompatible worlds." -Kirkus Reviews
SOME AMISH COMMUNITIES AREN'T SO COZY
Lamb to the Slaughter, the first book in Serenity's Plain Secrets, is the story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest.
Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the rural town of Blood Rock, and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate. 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 enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman. He left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up. Serenity's persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.
WHAT READERS SAY ABOUT LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER AND KAREN ANN HOPKINS
"I would HIGHLY, HIGHLY recommend this one...I cannot wait for book two!" -Lose Time Reading
"This book HAD IT ALL!! Murder, mystery, forbidden romance and left you needing to read the next book in the series ASAP!! Loved this book! I give it 4.5 stars!" -Curling Up With a Good Book
"From the prologue to the last chapters, Lamb to the Slaughter had me INSTANTLY HOOKED." -Love-Life-Read
"The characters are COMPLEX and DIMENSIONAL, whether they have a large or smaller part to play in this story, and it really added such a richness that I enjoyed." -Heather, Bewitched Bookworms Reviews
"Karen Ann Hopkins has delivered with Lamb to the Slaughter, and I am hoping for a lot more Serenity Adams mysteries in the future." -Unabridged Bookshelf
"The mystery remains a mystery until the very end...and I highly enjoyed getting to know Serenity, Daniel and the secretive Amish community." -The Book Swarm
"Lamb to the Slaughter is a MUST READ for fans of mystery novels. Karen Ann Hopkins made me a fan with her YA Temptation series, and she's made me an even bigger fan with this murder mystery."-Actin Up With Books
"An INTRIGUING TALE full of mystery and suspense...LAMB TO THE SLAUGHTER had me thinking and rethinking the entire time." -I Read Indie!
"Simply put, Karen Ann Hopkins takes her readers to a new level of Amish fiction and suspense...My 5 tree reviews are never given without a lot of thought. No questions asked, 5 it is." -Deitre Helvey Owens, Once Upon a Twilight
"Lamb to the Slaughter is a STUNNINGLY SUSPENSEFUL read that will have you flipping pages long after bedtime!" -Bittersweet Enchantment
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)