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A Plain Death

(Appleseed Creek #1)

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Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by B Books (first published June 4th 2012)
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Rhonda
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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 mak
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Robin
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Plain Death
Amanda Flower
Book Summary: Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems. While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home. While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an
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Ausjenny
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish, mystery
My Review:
Thanks Netgalley for my review copy.

I loved the look of this book and I wasn't disappointed. I am still recovering so reading has taken longer than I would like but this book had me wanting to read faster than I could. This is different from most Amish books. We have a heroine, Chloe who is not Amish and has moved to Appleseed Creek to work. On her way to her new home she encounters Becky an Amish Teen who is looking for a new way of life. We also meet Becky's brother who has also left
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Duffy Brown
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Appleseed Creek is a great place to visit and the Amish setting always intriguing.
The characters from different worlds makes for a good read and love Chloe and Becky.
Victor Gentile
Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amanda Flower in her new book, “A Plain Death” Book One in the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series published by B&H Publishing Group introduces us to Chloe Humphrey and Appleseed Creek, Ohio.

From the Back Cover: Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology servi
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Anya
Nov 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Once again, I am shocked by the vast array of opinions of readers; clearly there is no accounting for taste, nor is there any accounting for publishing because if this book can be published, the bar is low, low, low. For me the writing was poor and the editing was as well. The premise had potential but was never developed.

I am surprised that I actually finished it. I was hoping for it to get better, but the ending was beyond ridiculous, unbelievable and anticlimatic, both! The characters were li
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Glenajo
Chloe Humphrey, a big city girl, moved to Appleseed Creek to take over the IT department at the local college. On her drive to the town she notices a young Amish girl being hassled by two scary looking men, so she gives her a ride. This act of generosity opens the door to other Amish friends, dangers, and problems. When her new roommate, the young Amish girl, borrows her car and kills an Amish Bishop, she decides to get involved to try to save her young friends.

I totally enjoyed this book, and w
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Jerry
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
A Quickie Review

In recent years, the Christian fiction genre has been flooded with stories of the Amish; there have probably been more tales of the Plain people than end-times thrillers. A Plain Death isn't just about the Amish, though; it's about city folk, too, and a mystery that is afoot. This first book in a "cozy mystery" series is well-written and exciting, though it could have been a bit more light-hearted.
Rhonda Gayle
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A Plain Death is an exciting, suspenseful mystery based on some folks who were Amish but left the faith and an English young woman who is working as head of computer technology at the local college. I was on the edge on my seat as I read, trying to figure out who really caused the "accidental buggy/vehicle" death of the Amish bishop. You will love this book!
Janie  R.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish
This is my first book that I read of Amanda Flower's mystery series-and it was awesome! I really enjoy reading Amish mysteries, and Amanda has now become one of my favorite Amish mystery authors. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
Alyssa White
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This was such a great read, everything I love about a cozy! My friend wanted a cozy to read and I told her to read this and tell me how it was, she highly recommended it to me, I'm very pleased. I'm already starting book two.
Cathy Daniel
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great start to the series! I wish Chloe had more backbone at times and I also wished Becky didn't cry at the drop of a hat (but always wanted to be treated as an "adult") but those are minor complaints
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.
While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.
While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what l
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Kathleen (Kat) Smith
I absolutely LOVE it when you find a great author that can immediately get you involved as part of her book from the very first page. To me it's a great sign of a talented writer if they can engage you from the beginning and keep you hooked turning pages as fast as you can read them. Success achieved with the latest novel from Amanda Flower, A Plain Death. This is just one of the many that will soon follow in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series and I can't wait for the adventure to continue.

The
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Kay Defreese
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I am so excited to discover Amanda Flowers. Mystery/suspense is my favorite genre to read. I am always trying out new authors. Some I like and some not so much. I am so glad I tried out Amanda Flowers. I enjoyed this story. I loved the Troyer family and really loved Grandpa Zook. Who wouldn't love to have a grandpa like him? I loved the way the mystery unfolded. Chloe Humphrey is new in town with a job as a computer technology expert at the local college. Chloe is alone in the world. Her father ...more
Maureen Timerman
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
This is a story that reads like an actual happening. Chloe Humphrey is on her way to Apple Creek OH to start her first job. On her way she has a chance encounter with a couple of men in a green truck tormenting and perhaps abducting a young Amish girl.
This is the start of her new adventure...Becky Troyer ends up moving in with her as she moves in. Actually in her past she moved in with another family, and rather feels she should help Becky. Because of this decision, her life becomes involved wit
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Mayda
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Chloe Humphrey is the new director of technology at a small college near an Amish community. Her first new friend is a young woman she rescues at the roadside, a woman who has just left her Amish roots to live in the English world. Now that Chloe has rescued Becky, she feels somewhat responsible for her, and so she allows her to room with her, temporarily. She soon makes friends with Becky’s brother, and settles into her job at the college. But one day Becky borrows Chloe’s car, and collides wit ...more
Sue Gilot
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book! The characters were intriguing and the story was fantastic and kept you guessing until the very end! I have been to Pennsylvania Dutch country and have been fascinated with the Amish people. Ms. Flower brought all of those good memories back and taught me a lot more than I already knew. I cannot wait for the next book!
Julia Wilson
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. I felt like I was there. As I visit the counties she uses in the book often, I was connected with the story. I enjoyed the realistic portrayal of the Amish. The mystery was all that mysterious. It would have been nice if the criminals/culprits had been more of a surprise.
Elizabeth
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wonderfully written!
Mary Reed
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very good storyline. Finished this book in 2 days and I am looking forward to the next Applseed Creek Mystery.
Angie
Dec 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
How does this book have 4 Stars? It reads like a high school student’s writing assignment, and seems not to have had an editor. The story is fine, but not interesting nor suspenseful. The mystery has an obvious solution. And facts about the Amish and awkwardly inserted as if the author wanted to prove that she had done her research. The first discussion question is a good reflection of the amount of thought that appears to have gone into the whole story: “What was your favorite part of the novel ...more
Becky
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book.

I didn’t think I would ever like the “Amish books” that have been so popular the past few years. But then I read one, and then another, and I was really hooked. Now comes a new version, an Amish story combined with a mystery. What a great combination!

Chloe Humphrey leaves city life to move to the little town of Appleseed Creek, Ohio, to work in the computer department of a small college. On her way into town, Chloe meets Becky when she literally rescues her from the side
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This novel was a strong debut introducing us to the town of Appleseed Creek, Ohio and to the new Director of Computer Services for the nearby Harshberger College,Chloe Humphrey. Driving her car and U-Haul to her new rented home, Chloe encounters a young girl in apparent trouble walking by the road. The girl is being accosted and Chloe, scared,but knowing she must help, stops and gives the girl a lift.

This was the one challenge to those of us who live in cities today, would you have aided the gir
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Debbie
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"A Plain Death" by Amanda Flower gets 5 stars from me and I cannot wait to read the other two stories in this series, "An Appleseed Creek Mystery"

Chloe Humphrey moves to Appleseed Creek for a new job at the college and befriends Becky, An ex-Amish teenager, and then all sorts of troubles happens for Chloe and Becky. Becky takes Chloe's car to go for an job interview and there is a accident and the Amish bishop is killed. Chloe turns into a amateur sleuth to discover why her breaks fail since her
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Emily
Aug 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I wanted this book to be good, I really did. I have a great interest in Amish faith and culture, and was curious how the book would deal with the topic.

Good: the author tried to get the Amish right. Amish people weren't all portrayed as perfect. Grandfather Zook is fantastic!! The college politics subplot was interesting, even though Joel was over-the-top.

Bad: The author seemed to grasp "different Amish are different", but lacked basic understanding about Amish church organization and what belie
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Janet C
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish-fiction
While her friends are leaving California to start their professional lives, Chloe Humphrey chooses a job as Department IT Manager at a small college in Appleseed Creek, Ohio. Appleseed Creek has a large Amish population and Chloe is looking forward to a quiet life. Her first day in town, Chloe meets a runaway Amish girl. She allows Becky to come stay with her until she can figure out what to do and where to go. Becky borrows Chloe's car and has an accident that kills her Amish Bishop. All of a s ...more
DJ
Jul 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
I had no clue this was a "christian mystery" or I never would have read it. I grew greatly annoyed by how many times prayer was mentioned. But not as annoyed as I was with the 4 and 5 star ratings when it was such a badly written book. I usually check the ratings here before reading any book but I see that I will have to discontinue this policy. I can't believe I actually finished it - I guess I figured I was already in too deep to quit and I was hoping it would be worth it in the end. It was no ...more
Naomi
Sep 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought this was a nice little cozy. For me though, there wasn't much "beef" to it that I look for in my higher rating books. I was very loosly reminded of Charlaine Harris' Roe Teagarden mystery, but CH's righting is much more polished and concise. If you are looking for a nice little "cutsy" mystery, I'd def. check it out. Furthermore, if I was looking for a lighter read to break up a period of heavier reading, I would continue to read this author.
Elizabeth A. Ackerman
A poor mystery, a poor Amish story

I love mysteries , I love Amish books. This book should have been a good combination of both. But it was not. The mystery was not interesting, let alone exciting. The Amish seemed to be vindictive and insensitive, nothing like what I have read and liked in other Amish books. I finished the book, but I wished I had not started it.
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Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning 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. In addition to being an author, ...more

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