A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower

A Plain Disappearance

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A Plain Disappearance – Book Review

I just finished reading A Plain Disappearance – my first book by Agatha Award Nominee author Amanda Flower – and I am honestly disappointed. I’m not disappointed in the book. I’m disappointed that I did not discover this talented writer sooner!

A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower is the third book in the ongoing Appleseed Creek Mystery Series. If you enjoy cozy mysteries – and if you enjoy stories about the complex relationship between the Amish and the English – this book is for you!

A Plain Disappearance is a good, old-fashioned mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end of the book!

The story opens idyllically as Chloe Humphrey and Timothy Troyer set out on a romantic sleigh ride date at Christmastime in the Amish countryside. Their bliss is cut short, however, when Mabel, Timothy’s dog, leads them to a gruesome discovery: the body of a young, Amish girl, blue from the cold, buried in the snow.

The plot thickens when Chief Rose identifies the girl as the best friend of Timothy’s younger sister – and the prime murder suspect as one of Timothy’s friends. Soon, Chloe and Timothy find themselves knee-deep in the investigation as they work against the clock to find out the truth behind what really happened to Katie Lambright.

I enjoyed several things about A Plain Disappearance. I loved Amanda’s ability to convey the complex relationships that exist between characters both within and outside of the Amish community and to do so within the context of a compelling mystery. I also appreciated Amanda’s ability to captivate her audience with multiple threads within the story that kept us guessing the murderer’s identity until the end of the book.

If you are new to this series, I recommend that you read the first two books in the series – A Plain Death and A Plain Scandal – first. As much as I enjoyed A Plain Disappearance – and as much as the author fills you in on the pertinent details of the characters’ pasts as the story unfolds – I couldn’t help but have a nagging feeling throughout that my enjoyment of the book would have been enriched had I read the first two novels beforehand!

Discussion questions are provided in the back of the book if you’d like to read this with your book club.

I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

About Amanda Flower

Amanda Flower

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.

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  1. Holly says:

    It’s so good to get recommendations for books to read for leisure! Now that I’m not working a gazillion hours a week, I actually have time to read more than data analyses of standardized test scores – it’s great! 😉

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  2. Mary-andering Creatively
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    Sounds like a great story. Sad though about the beautiful Amish girl. I have to put this one on my goodreads shelf. 😉

  3. Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books
    Twitter: RecentBooks

    I love cozy mysteries! This book sounds really interesting! =)
    Thanks for sharing your review!

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