ABOUT AUTHOR: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. She writes the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series for B&H and the India Hayes Mystery Series for Five Star. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan for NAL. In addition to being an author, Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.


ABOUT BOOK: Welcome to Appleseed Creek, the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country, where life is not as serene as it seems.

While her Cleveland friends relocated to Southern California and Italy, 24-year-old computer whiz Chloe Humphrey moves with some uncertainty to Appleseed Creek to direct technology services at a nearby college. Her first acquaintance is Becky, an ex-Amish teenager looking for a new home.

While driving Chloe’s car, Becky collides with a buggy, killing an Amish elder. But what looks like an accident is soon labeled murder when police discover the car’s cut brake line.

Now, Chloe must take on the role of amateur sleuth to discover who the real intended victim was before the murderer makes a second attempt. Becky’s handsome Amish-turned-Mennonite brother, Timothy, a local carpenter, comes in handy along the way. With God’s help, they’ll solve the mystery that’s rocking this small community.


Question #1:
The protagonist, twenty-four-year-old Chloe Humphrey, moves to Appleseed Creek in the middle of Ohio's Amish Country to take a job as the Director of Computer Services at a small college. When I was twenty-four years old, I moved to the middle of Ohio's Amish Country where the novel is set to take a job as a college librarian. Before moving there, I had never considered living in the country. The novel is inspired by that experience. Have you ever lived or been somewhere completely unexpected?

Question #2:
Other than the mystery itself, A Plain Death centers around an unlikely friendship between an high-tech woman, Chloe Humphrey, and a runaway Amish girl, Becky Troyer. These two women could not be more opposite in their upbringing. Some of my closest friends have been my opposites. My best friend when I was a child was the center of attention and I was shy. One of my best friends as an adult is logical and analytical while I'm a daydreamer. Why do you think these friendships work? Why are we drawn to people we could never possibly be? What's God's part in bringing friends together?


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Yes, I have I never thought I would have to move into town and live there. I have always loved living out it the country. Now since I have been married we have had to take a place in town, below a set of train tracks that runs every half hour of the day.



Thank you for your comment, Elzabeth! It's amazing where we end up!

it truly is, i live in housing complex and have many kids that stop by  to see me.

I believe God brings totally opposites together to compliment and help each other in their differences.  Where one is weak the other is strong and visa versa. 

That is so true, Abi! Thank you for stopping by!

As the wife of a Georgia pastor whose gifts and graces lead him to small country churches, this suburban girl from the North found herself immersed in a "strange" environment--and I have loved it and the people within.  After 42 years married to him and living in Georgia, we have retired and are living in the community of our last church.  We are enjoying being lay members.  I thank God for the wonderful, warm-hearted people we have found in all our churches. We have been blessed.

That's a wonderful statement about loving where God sends you, Chris. Thanks for your comment!

I feel that there is a purpose and plan for everything.  You meet and make friends along the way.  Some of them may be complete opposites, but may be what you need at the time.  I also think that sometimes opposites compliment each other.  I had a friend who was soo smart, but lacked common sense , but was friends with someone who was full of common sense.  Their strengths and weaknesses actually balanced them out. 

I was often shy growing up, but was drawn to people who were more outgoing than myself.  I think it has to do with a comfort zone .  My friends would lift me up out of my withdrawn , shy self.  It was what I needed and what God wanted. 

Kristin, I agree. My best friend growing up for very outgoing, and I was shy. We made a good team.

Yes, I have moved somewhere totally unexpected...Eastern TN.  In 2009, my husband got a job here and we moved here along with our adult daughter.  In 2005, my husband and I had vacationed in Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg for the very first time and loved it!  Of course, we discussed how wonderful it would be to live here.  And 4 years later, he was offered a job here...we had to make the move...a lovely dream come true.  The Tennessee mountains are beautiful!

Carmee, I've been the Gatlinburg before. It is lovely. Thanks for your comment!

1. When I was growing up I lived in what was considered the country at that time even though it was not far from the city Atlanta. We had to move to Atlanta when I was in the 9th grade. To a girl of my age that was unexpected and I was not happy at the time. Even now I porefer the country or suburbs to the city. Not as exciting as if it had been another country.

2. What is the old saying, opposites attract; however I do think God brings opposites together to learn from each other and make a difference in each others lives.

Your book sounds like a good read.



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