Archive for the ‘Mystery’ Category
About this Book
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.
It’s my pleasure to have Amanda Flower visiting here at FCB.
FCB: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Amanda: The Apostle Peter. He was always my favorite disciple. I’m a pretty quiet person and am fascinated by people with loud boisterous personalities like Peter had.
FCB: What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
Amanda: It would be “Can you tell me a story?” I would love to hear his first person account of Christ’s life on Earth.
FCB: When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
Amanda: As a child, I loved to draw and paint, so I wanted to be an artist. I still love to do those things but just for fun.
FCB: What prompted you to write Amish stories?
Amanda: When I was twenty-four, which is the same age as Chloe in the series, I moved to Ohio’s Amish Country to take a job at a small rural college. I live and worked in that town for three years and saw Amish on a daily basis. Years later, I realized that it would be great basis for a mystery series.
FCB: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Amanda: Reviews and reviewers are essential to success of any author or book. Without them, readers wouldn’t know what’s available to read, so I have I great appreciation for reviewers, such as yourself, who spend so much time and energy reading and reviewing books. My only advice would be to be fair and honest. Fair and honest reviews are always the best.
Thank you so much Amanda. I’m so glad you spent time in the Amish Country.
To learn more about Amanda you can visit her on website at: http://www.amandaflower.com/
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I enjoyed it so much I went back and read book 1, A Plain Death.
I loved the characters in this story, especially the contrast between Chloe and Becky. Chloe, the tech savvy director of computer services at the local college, and Becky, the former Amish girl, currently on probation for driving without a license. I loved watching them as they grew as friends and understanding each other’s worlds.
This story includes a mystery that the reader is allowed to solve alongside Chloe that was interesting and different. There is romance as well as in the developing relationship between Chloe and Timothy. You also see the return of characters from the first book and some interesting developments with them.
The author’s style is easy to follow and it was a fast easy to follow storyline. Although this is a book two I didn’t feel lost from not reading the first one. In this case, book two made me want to go back and read book one. I’ve not read a lot of Amish fiction and the ones I have generally show the Amish as a forgiving and open community. This series shows a more closed, judgmental Amish community with controlling leadership.
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a nice mystery with romance in the setting of Amish community.
I did receive this book through the netgalley.com program, but was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
About this Book
Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery!
There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end up in the attic?
The mystery intrigues Rose’s three granddaughters—Tess, Clare, and Zoe—and they decide to investigate, though their mother, Anna, warns against meddling. But as the seasons turn and the mystery unravels, the three young women and their mother encounter some intriguing mystery men of their own. Has a sixty-year-old puzzle sparked something new for this close-knit family of women?
Welcome back to Smitten! I loved the first story but I think this one was even better. Not only to we have romance in this story but we have a mystery. How did the dog tags of Grandma Rose’s first love end up in the attic?
This story was just a joy to read. As a reader you know how the love is going to turn out and you might even guess how things will play out with the mystery. But the journey through the story is so worth it. I loved how four different authors weaved this story together. In each of the female characters you see characteristics that are common to women. The authors bring to life the fears and insecurities that women can relate to and with each character we’re reminded that God’s grace is bigger.
Although a book two in the “Smitten” series, it stands firmly on it’s on. But I do tend to be a purest and enjoy reading the books in order. If you’ve not read any of these authors this is a great introduction to their work.
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to read and review this book. I was under no obligation other than to give my honest opinion.
I’m so excited to have Lisa Lickel with me today! I met her through her book, The Last Bequest.I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery and being able to solve it along side Judy. So I was very excited when she was willing to interview with me.
FBC: When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Lisa: Goodness, that’s like asking which passage is my favorite. Today, I’m going with Jeremiah, for an in-depth interview on what it was like, knowing what was going to happen and so desperate to scream the message and being betrayed.
FBC: What would be the first question you would like to ask him?
Lisa: What did you think about, down there in the well?
FBC: When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up?
Lisa: Not really…still waiting, as a matter of fact, although I think I can safely call myself a writer.
FBC: What is your biggest challenge as a writer?
Lisa: The Biggest challenge I face is being a businesswoman. It’s very hard to ask people to spend money on my creations, hoping they feel they haven’t wasted time reading the story or hard-earned dollars.
FBC: We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
Lisa: OOh – I do teach about effective reviews. To me, a good review has a great grasp of story, the meaning and depth and underlying issues in a recap without giving away the story. That shows me that not only have you read the book, you’ve felt it intimately and can tell others about your experience in a way that makes readers decide whether or not to pick it up too.
FBC: OOOO I want to learn more! Where do I sign up?
If you want to learn more about Lisa you can visit her website at: http://www.lisalickel.com/
School teacher Judy Winters sets out to solve the mystery surrounding her only living relative’s murder. Back on the farm where Aunt Louise grew up, Judy encounters Hart Wingate, a young man renting the adjoining farm who helps with farm chores. When Judy learns that her boyfriend, Graham, had been secretly visiting Louise, Judy takes the opportunity to move away from him for the summer and think over the situation.
Judy loves her teaching job, but is intrigued by her heritage in the farmstead and particularly the old house, but whether to sell or stay, she has yet to decide.
Midnight visitors, a job offer, new friends, along with one special old one—Carranza, the opinionated cat—all figure into Judy’s dilemma.
Meanwhile, Judy learns that a former friend of Louise’s father, Bryce, lost a treasure of gold somewhere on the farm. As Judy and Hart look for clues to the cause of Louise’s death and Bryce’s missing treasure they develop a close friendship. Judy breaks off her relationship with Graham, who doesn’t take the news very well.
As Judy explores the farmhouse, she finds and follows clues in Louise’s mother’s diary to unearth the buried treasure. But was it the treasure that might have been behind Louise’s murder?
My Review: After reading Lisa’s advice I feel the pressure is on!!! I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I liked Judy because she was a pretty down to earth person who dealt with a lot of loss in her life but wasn’t bitter about it. Early in the book the author emphasized her ability to read people’s body language. I found that very interesting, though it did seem she had some blind spots. Hart was wonderful and adorable. I especially enjoyed his bravado. The interaction between Judy and Hart were at times charming and often comical.
I grew up being a big fan of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew mysteries. This one has a similar feel to it which made it a fun read. A big thank you to the author for allowing the readers to solve mystery along side the protagonist. Although the story opens after the death of Judy’s aunt, this book would be appropriate for teens as well as adults.
This book released in September and book two has already been released. I enjoyed book one enough to purchase book two already. (As of 11/5/2012) it is still on sale at Amazon for $2.99.
Disclaimer: I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to review this book. I look forward to reading more by this author.