Monday, October 14, 2013

A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Plain Disappearance
B&H Books (September 1, 2013)
Amanda Flower


Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.


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.

If you would like to read the first chapter of >A Plain Disappearance, go HERE.

My review:
    I don't typically read Amish fiction, but had to read the first one in this series because I was a judge of some suspense books. I liked it well enough to read the second and now the third.

   As with the other two books, this one takes place not too far from where I live, which made me more interested in the books. It picks up where the second book left off, and brings back all of the characters, good and bad, from the previous books.

  This may be the best of the series, and I assume the last. The suspense was great and kept me guessing as to who the guilty party was, and themes of forgiveness were explored as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and couldn't put it down.

  Of the Amish books I have read and am familiar with, I feel this series portrays them a little better than the average Amish fiction book. Also, the main characters in this series are not Amish, but formerly Amish, and not Amish at all.