Review: A PLAIN SCANDAL / by Amanda Flower

A Plain Scandal (Appleseed Creek Mystery, 2) / Amanda Flower
B&H Books (February 15, 2013), ISBN: 978-1433676987
Adult  Rating: 5

Amanda Flowers presents her second novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series, featuring Chloe Humphrey, a young single computer professional, living in Amish country.

In A Plain Scandal, Chloe finds herself once again involved in a mystery as the Amish are victims of an unknown assailant. Cutting off men’s beards and cutting the women’s long hair is a scandal to the Amish. A local businessman is killed and his beard is cut off, and four young women are attacked and their hair cut short. Chloe is concerned for her neighbors and friends. Even Grandfather Zook (Becky and Timothy’s grandfather) is a victim when his beard cut off during an attack. Becky and Timothy, former Amish with family still living in the area, help her to look for the murderer before he strikes again. Although the police are on the trail, they value Chloe‘s input due to her relationships within the Amish community.

Meanwhile, one of Chloe’s colleagues at the college where she works, becomes her new landlord, causing problems for Becky and Chloe as he tries renovating their house. Chloe discovers that another one of her colleagues is connected to the attacks. Chloe’s friendship with Timothy begins to develop into something more, but it moves at a slow rate as the book unfolds.

Flower engages the readers with cosy mystery and her interesting (and likeable) characters, making it the perfect book to read for sheer enjoyment. A Plain Scandal is both plot and character–driven. There are several twists and turns, as one would expect from a good mystery. The author introduces bits and pieces of Amish culture without letting it overpower the story.

See also A PLAIN DEATH / Amanda Flower.

Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.

Carol R. Gehringer

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