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.

The Interview

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/

My Review

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.

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