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Fall landscapeReviewed by Charity Lyman

I have to tell you, A Plain Scandal is one of the best Amish mysteries I have ever read. A Plain Scandal is the second installment in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series and even though I have yet to read the first one, it is now on my wish list.

This story once again centers around Chloe. She is an Englischer who is a computer specialist turned small-scale detective. If you have read the first book you will recognize many of the same characters but you will also be introduced to some new faces. The small town of Appleseed Creek is under attack. From people who are not only cutting off the men’s beards and the ladies’ long hair, but are also in the habit of murdering Amish men. There are a lot of things dealt with in this book including the customs of the Amish. Granted, they are different, but at the same time you have to respect their traditions and opinions.

I personally fell in love with Chloe. Not only is she trying to work things out with her Amish neighbors, but she happens to be in love with an ex-Amish man, Timothy. Of course, he is very sweet as well. I had to laugh at the cat, Gigabyte! Only a computer techie would name their cat that. Another favorite was Chief Rose. The woman chief has her hands full trying to figure out who killed these men while also deciphering who is telling the truth or speaking a lie.

Overall, A Plain Scandal is a very good cozy mystery that leaves you breathless to figure out who-dun-it. You get little clues along the way and you think you have everything figured out but then all of a sudden you find out that you were wrong. A little bit of romance is included but is not a big part of the story. Great plot and likable characters will leave you waiting for the next installment, A Plain Disappearance. This was an excellent introduction to Amanda Flower’s works and I will definitely be on the lookout for her other books.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Amanda Flower. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.