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Title: A Plain Scandal
Series: Appleseed Creek
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: B Books
Publication Date: 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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.
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As I’ve said before, Goth-y witch or not, I do love a good Amish story. Yes, I know Amish fiction stories are nearly all Christian and I’m a witch. That doesn’t mean I can’t read them and love them all the same.
That being said, Amanda Flower has done something I’ve never seen done in an Amish story before – she told the story from the point of an Englischer! I am aware that there is at least one book before A Plain Scandal, so I’m sure that this isn’t the first time she has written the novel from the Englischer’s point of view. I admit, I find it refreshing to have the story coming from the point of view of an “outsider” who just happens to know a good deal about Amish culture.
This book was amazing from start to finish. I read the entire book in a few short hours – I just couldn’t put it down. I had to know what was going to happen next. From a crime of insult to the Amish to flat out murder, this book kept me at the edge of my seat. This is a great Amish fiction and mystery book in one. I highly recommend it and give it a full five stars!
I received a copy of this book free from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.