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Whispers from the Dead

(Serenity's Plain Secrets #2)

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Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

Whispers From The Dead is the powerful and thrilling sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter in the Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets.

Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two d
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Paperback, 277 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Karen Hopkins
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I've never rated one of my own books before, but I felt compelled to do so this time. It's REALLY annoying when someone gives your book a one star when the book is months away from being released. The rating system is for readers to help other readers find the right books, NOT as a get-even tool. My rant is done. I feel much better now. I can't wait for reviewers who have actually read the book to rate it. It will be out in December :) ...more
Paula M
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Don't you just love it when the author can write in different genres and for different age audience and STILL be good? This is why Karen Ann Hopkins is one of my favorite author ever! She can kickass in any genre she wants to write. I enjoyed her Embers which is a YA paranormal and this book is not an exception. Even though its an Adult mystery/thriller.

Whispers from the Dead is a great follow up to an incredible ongoing series. Its amazing how Hopkins made me so excited to read the third book a
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☕️Kimberly
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Five Caffeinated reasons to read Whispers of the Dead

Sheriff Serenity Adams worked a case in Lamb to the Slaughter surrounding a murder that took place in the Amish settlement within her jurisdiction. She enlisted the help of Daniel Bachman a former Amish member and together they solved the case. When an Amish settlement in northern Indiana is riddled with a rash of arsons that have escalated to possible murder they call Serenity and ask for help. Serenity takes her vacation and along with D
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Tammie
Jul 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is a lot more going on than just barns being set on fire in the touristy community of Poplar Springs. And this group of Amish has their own secrets to hide. Serenity begins to unravel an extensive criminal underworld that threatens to destroy everything th ...more
Beckie
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* Please bare with me while I take a few moments to gush about how much I adore author Karen Ann Hopkins. *

Karen, you could write a novel about the uses of tin foil and I would read it and love it! 0_o
In all seriousness, I have had the pleasure of reading all of the authors book and ended up just adoring them all! From YA contemporary to Adult Mystery, Karen can do no wrong when it comes to writing a book that everyone will love and enjoy reading for a long time to come. Of course, Whispers of
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Jon Abbott
1. Not all Amish are good-guys (or gals). 2. Not all English (euphemism for non-Amish) are bad guys (or gals). 3. Not all police, or in this case sheriffs, know right from wrong. 4. Sometimes a sheriff doesn't save all the good guys and gals. Or, does she have a say in it? (Remember, in any Amish theme book, God has a role by the end.

Serenity (what a name for a female sheriff who has a brain and a gun and knows how to use both!) is invited to a barn burning. Or, more accurately, she is invited t
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Beth  (YA Books Central)
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tiffanys-reviews
Tiffany's Review:

LOVED this book! This book gives you everything..."kids buying illegal narcotics, revenge burnings, overdoses, secrets. lies, kidnapping and several shootings - and all in one northern touristy Amish community."

I fell in love with the Amish stories while reading the first book in Karen Ann Hopkins series, Lamb to the Slaughter. This sequel definitely delivered a thrilling mystery set in the little town of Poplar Spring. Serenity had returned to her home town as the sheriff in
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P.S. Winn
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read book one in this series of many books but feel this is a stand-alone series as well. I don't know much about the Amish community but feel the author did an accurate job telling about the characters and the aspects that surround the religion. The book takes readers into a mystery and criminal activity as well as delves into romance. Poplar Springs holds secrets that Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are going to have to dig into. ...more
Carol
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amish Mystery

Serenity is a sheriff in a town with a large Amish population another town requests her help in solving a case of recent fires in the Amish area of that town. She takes along Daniel a young man who has left the Amish. They learn that these crimes may be related to crimes in the past. The author does a good job in showing English-Amish relations and the differences in the cultures.
Jeannie
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series I've read and I'm really enjoying them. They are well written and keeps your interest. I'm onto the third book now. :) ...more
Judy Churchill
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well, now I'm hooked on finding out what happens in Serenity's next adventure. This one was packed with action. Serenity was called to another Amish community to help them solve a problem with barn burnings. Of course it wasn't that simple. She did solve the mystery but she is also getting a little more comfortable with herself. She made some real friends in this community and is beginning to appreciate some of the Amish values. She also finally opens up to Daniel who has been pursuing her for s ...more
Sandra "Jeanz"
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing

INITIAL THOUGHTS
I'm really looking forward to reading this one as I loved the first book in this series which was called Lamb To The Slaughter. I think its fair to say I have high expectations for this book. Karen Ann Hopkins has also piqued my interest in the culture and ways of the Amish. She manages to show you the good and the not so good about being Amish in a totally non judgmental way.

MY REVIEW
Karen Ann Hopkins is one of the few authors I immediately sign up for reading and reviewing, wit
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Quillracer
Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
This story is a much more complex story than Lamb To The Slaughter, the first in the series – so much so that I had trouble following who did what to whom in prior crimes that tie to the one Serenity is asked to investigate. But Hopkins’s story telling was good enough to hold my interest.

Again, Hopkins paints the Amish in darker colors than most books do. And Serenity is still mercurial enough to be all over the place in her emotions and behavior. And for someone who is a veteran police officer,
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Dawn Hamilton
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good cop story with the added interest of being set in an rural midwest Amish community. The author does a good job of exploring differences in faith, lifestyles, teen problems, norms, mores and family dynamics between the Amish community and the "English" (as they call the regular people). The Amish protect their own, and are very closed and secretive about any problems within their community. They also are not well understood by the local English sheriff, and so don't trust him to i ...more
Uma
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A warm, exhilarating and heartwarming crime thriller!

Having read the first book, I knew I was in for a memorable reading experience but this book surpassed all expectations. Adventures of Sheriff Serenity Adam which were undertaken upon a request from an Amish gentleman from a different county hold the reader in a strong spell that is impossible to break out of until the book is finished.

We were introduced to the Amish culture in the first book and this book takes us deeper into it. It is fascin
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Joanna
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whispers From The Dead is the sequel to Lamb to the Slaughter, which is a series based in the Amish community. Sheriff Serenity Adams has been approached from a different Amish community further north for her help in investigating some arson attacks. Once again she's helped by Daniel Bachman, who himself used to be Amish. The investigation brings to light a possible link to an unsolved arson attack that left two teenagers dead. Is it a coincidence or is there something more sinister going on? Se ...more
Wendy
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB

(copied from Amazon.com)

SOME AMISH COMMUNITIES AREN'T SO COZY



Sheriff Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman are once again partnered up in a criminal investigation, when they travel to a northern Amish settlement that has been riddled by arsons for the past two decades. Serenity quickly discovers that there is a lot more going on than barn burnings in the touristy community of Poplar Springs. This group of Amish has their own secrets to hide.



Serenity begins to unravel an extensi
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Patrick
Jun 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carlin
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 4th book I've read in this mystery series and it was as good as the others (and filled in the story line with Serenity and Daniel and their relationship). The mystery was satisfying, playing on the cultural differences between the Amish and "English" in rural Indiana, and the characters well-realized. Serenity reminded me of Kinsey Milhone, conflicted, smart, stubborn and persistent in her search for the truth.

I have only one qualm and that is regarding the editing. There are too man
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Alycia
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intrigue & masterful writing

I couldn’t put this book down. I really enjoy the leading character being a women and a strong one at that. I love that’s the whole Amish detective thing has taken her out of her home town and into a completely different style of Amish. Learning about the subtle but clear defining differences is interesting. The characters all have their own well written and coherent back stories and they come together to tell the story perfectly.

The only problem I have is the love
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Sheryl
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, kindle
Another good one. I really like this series. Serenity is a great character-- strong yet vulnerable, tough yet sensitive. The Amish setting is interesting and different. The books are just long enough to tell the story that needs to be told without dragging it out unnecessarily. They may be shorter than your typical book but they don't need to be any longer. They are perfect just the length they are. This one is told all from Serenity's viewpoint (no back and forth chapters with Daniel, which I w ...more
Bragi Thor
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Although I really like the characters and the plot, it is sadly incredibly annoying to read a book that is so badly proofread and has so many silly spelling and grammar mistakes. This otherwise excellent author has to learn the difference between I and Me (“he arrived with Daniel and I” is NOT correct), not to mention things such as your/you’re and to/too. These are basics that any writer has to get right and autocorrect (which I assume is responsible for someone brushing a lock out of their for ...more
varena manion
Basically a good read

I was going to give this a four star then I read Hopkins bio. Anyone who teaches, even if it’s homeschooling, should be dedicated enough to take the time to learn grammar and use it correctly . Ending sentences with prepositions, juxtaposing adverbs for adjectives, misusing “to, too, and two” are inexcusable errors. Doesn’t matter how masterful one is at storytelling if one doesn’t take the time to use language correctly then it tarnished the craft. Don’t authors use editors
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carolebeckett
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Whispers from the Dead

I really love the Serenity’s series Miss Hopkins writes. Each one has been a stand alone but her warm characters flow through each story. Of course each case of Sheriff Serenity is different and can be read out of sequence. Serenity is a sherif that works in and with the Amish community. Stories are fast moving with the right taste of “who dunnit” mystery and yes the right taste of a little romance also! Curl up in front of your fireplace, the patio in sunshine or out on th
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Barbara G. Graybill
Wunderbar

A fast paced thriller set in the Amish community with a strong willed “Englisher” woman sheriff called into the community to assist in a string of arsons. She finds not only is she dealing with arson but drug dealers as well. A delightful look at the complexities of the Amish culture, it’s belief systems, and the triumph of truth. Don’t miss the opportunity for a great read.
Julie A. Powell
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series

This is the second book of the series and I am eager to begin the third. The author has created like able characters that have multi facets to their persons. Growing up in an area where the Amish community have always been a part of our everyday life, I enjoy these stories. The Amish are men and woman like all of us, they struggle with the same issues, same fears, same responsibilities and like many of we English, they persevere!
Donna Engler
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good novel

Excellent characters, good plot and lots of excitement. Serenity is an excellent sheriff and her friend Daniel is smoking hot, but she holds him at arms length until she finishes the case she's been called in to solve. Lots of ups and downs; ins and outs. Very hard to put down.
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Sandy Adams
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series!

These are the best kind of mysteries....a plot that keeps you guessing, a bit of humor, a feisty heroine and a touch of romance. These are characters you care about. There is a feel of realism and a look into the Amish way of life often in contrast to what we English might think.
Carlton Phelps
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy Ms. Hopkins Serenity adventures. The ends and out of the Amish community is very informative. And seeing what she goes through trying to solve crimes in their community. And add to it her feelings for her love interest and you have problems for her all through the story. Looking forward to reading the adventure for Serenity.
Dee Cash
Jun 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amish Are Complicated

Whispers from the Dead is another good book by Karen Ann Hopkins. I read the first book in this series some time ago and I was glad I had. It came back to me as I read this one. As per these books the Amish sure do get into some problems. I think anyone would enjoy both the books in this series.
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Other books in the series

Serenity's Plain Secrets (9 books)
  • Lamb to the Slaughter (Serenity's Plain Secrets, #1)
  • Secrets in the Grave (Serenity's Plain Secrets #3)
  • Hidden in Plain Sight (Serenity's Plain Secrets, #4)
  • Paper Roses (Serenity's Plain Secrets, #5)
  • Evil in My Town (Serenity's Plain Secrets #6)
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