Book Review: A Plain Disappearance

Book Review: A Plain Disappearance

by Amanda Flower


Enjoyable, though easy.

I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked A Plain Disappearance, the third in Amanda Flower’s Appleseed Creek Mystery Series.  “Amish Rom-Com” isn’t a phrase you hear often, but it’s tellingly accurate for this series.  I jumped in at Book Three, and am ready to go back and read the first two.  That being said, if you haven’t read the first two, you aren’t in bad shape starting here.  It’s in some ways your basic: “civilian and signficant other are better at playing detective than the cops” story.  In other ways, it brings a breath of fresh air to the mystery genre.  The main character, Chloe Humphrey, is not Amish, but is surrounded by the culture.  I appreciated the interplay between the main characters.  I loved how Amanda maintains the integrity of the Amish lifestyle, without resorting to stereotypes.  Her Amish characters seem like real people that I could meet on the street.

Chloe and Timothy are on an outing together, close to Christmas – when they come upon the frozen dead body of a local Amish girl.  Apparently, Chloe has been on the “discovering” end of dead bodies too often for the local sheriff’s liking (an excellent female authority character).  The mystery that ensues plays to Chloe and Timothy’s strengths, while it highlighting the difficulties in interacting with the Amish culture (especially when you use to be Amish, as Timothy and Becky, his younger sister, were).

The book is not a difficult read, and the villains are villains, while the good guys are good guys.  Even the plot twists are predictable, however, I say that as a good thing.  It’s the kind of book that would be perfect for a Mother/Daughter book club or a teen group, but still have the intelligent people who like mystery giving it two thumbs up.  I applaud Amanda on her storytelling and character development and look forward to more of Ms. Flower’s work.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.


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