Monday, July 23, 2012

Review of A Plain Death by Amanda Flower

Review of A Plain Death by Amanda Flower


An unlikely friendship between a high-tech woman and a runaway Amish girl leads to murder. Her first day in Appleseed Creek, Ohio, Chloe Humphrey, befriends Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home. While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish bishop in the process. The case moves from accident to murder when police reveal a cut brake line. Now, Chloe and Becky’s handsome brother, Timothy, must discover who the real intended victim is before the murderer makes a second attempt.
This is the book for those readers who love suspense and mystery!   I love trying to figure out "who done it" as I read mysteries and this was a tough one!  I will say that I never fully figured the whole mystery out before the truth was finally revealed.  I am so excited to see that a sequel is due out in Feb. 2013, A Plain Scandal.
Amanda Flower makes her characters rich.  You will love the good guys and HATE the bad guys.  You will be rooting for the "good" side to win!   I felt like I was actually in the scenes with her descriptions of places and people.    I do not think readers will be disappointed in this book and series.  I did not want to quit reading and go to sleep.  I finished this book in two nights because I just had to know what happened.    It all seems like a simple accident for Becky and the Amish bishop, but things soon begin to unravel and stories start coming out that show something far more sinister has taken place.    
It was interesting to me that the Amish were shunning Becky because of the accidental death of the bishop.    I could understand if she had been drunk or driving recklessly.  She was guilty of driving without a driver's license and she DID take Chloe's car without asking permission first, but wow!  shunning is hard for me to comprehend.    It seems such a harsh punishment.   5-star book and you do need to read it!!!     

About the Author:
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. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan.


I received a free copy of A Plain Death from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

17 comments:

  1. Kathleen Greffin PoppJuly 24, 2012 at 2:23 AM

    Rhonda I loved this book your review is awesome. Your right it was hard to guess who did it. I can't wait for the next one Amanda Flower is a gifted writer.

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  2. Kathleen, I can't wait to read A Plain Scandal either!! thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a lovely comment!

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  3. Looks like a great novel and I do like the cover! :)
    Possession of Books

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    1. it is a great novel, Alex, and yes, the cover is pretty interesting, isn't it?

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  4. Wonderful review and I too, loved the book, and couldn't put it down! Can't wait for the next one!!!!!!!

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    1. well, my dear friend Lady Di, I just got an advanced reading copy of A Plain Scandal to read and review! yay! so excited!

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  5. By the way - LadyDi is your FB friend Dianna Bupp!!!!<3<3

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  6. I loved your review. I havent read it yet but my friend, Michelle Dawn has , and I look forward to reading it as soon as I get the chance

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    1. yes, I read Michelle Dawn's reviews and love them!! I am reading A Plain Scandal now and woooo, it is awesome too!

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  7. I loved your review I can't wait to read this book

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    1. thanks so much! I will be posting an interview next Monday with Amanda Flower and she will be giving away a copy of A Plain Death too! look for it!

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  8. Hi Rhonda ;) Great review.

    "This is the book for those readers who love suspense and mystery!" .. That's me! Me! :D LOL I will definitely check this one out :D

    I'm Ara. I'm a new follower via GFC and Networked Blogs. You can find my blog at My Book and My Coffee.

    Also, I'd like you to know that I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! You can find the post here: http://www.mybookandmycoffee.com/2012/07/versatile-blogger-award.html

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    1. Hi, great!! I'll stop by your blog to check it out! I am addicted to reading books and my Keurig coffee/tea machine (shhhh,don't tell!)! I love flavored coffees! how about you?

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  9. Thanks so much for hopping by my blog, this looks like a must read for me. I am now following your blog via GFC. It seems we like the same types of books so I am certainly looking forward to reading your reviews. Have a wonderful evening.

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    1. Yes, I noticed that you and I share many common interests! I look forward to hearing more from you as well, Brenda!

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  10. Thanks for coming to 'The Shaky Shelf'! I am not following you as Goldenpen4

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