Review: A PLAIN DISAPPEARANCE / by Amanda Flower

A Plain Disappearance / Amanda Flower  (Appleseed Creek Mystery, 3)
B&H Books (September 1, 2013), ISBN 978-1433676994
Adult     Rating: 5

Amanda Flower returns with her third novel in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series, featuring Chloe Humphrey, a young single computer professional living in Amish country where life is not as simple as it seems.

In A Plain Disappearance, life is settling down as Chloe’s new relationship with Timothy develops. When an Amish teenager’s body is discovered on their first date, they are faced with evidence that Timothy’s friend Billy is involved. As they work to find Billy who is now missing, they also discover that he is not who he said he was. Billy has been living under a false identity for years.

Chloe’s best friend Tanisha visits from Italy as a Christmas surprise and joins her in the search for the killer. Is it Billy or someone else? Will the truth cost Chloe her budding romance with Timothy – and what will happen to Becky’s relationship with Aaron? Who is trying to stop Chloe from discovering the truth?  As Chloe discovers the truth about the murder, she also discovers the truth about the estrangement with her father.

Flower’s cozy mystery is filled with a well-crafted plot and interesting (and likeable) characters (Grandfather Zook is a favorite). Amish culture is interwoven with the text. As always, the plot twists and turns as favorite characters appear, and the mystery deepens. The faith element is light, making it a good choice for mystery and clean romance lovers everywhere. There is a subtle theme of forgiveness in A Plain Disappearance, and it will be interesting to see how it affects the characters in future novels in this series.

Recommended for public and church libraries.  See also A PLAIN DEATH, and A PLAIN SCANDAL.

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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