A Plain Scandal by Amanda Flower is a great mystery set in Amish country. It involves a murder and hair-cutting attacks on members of the Amish Community.
Chloe is not Amish but her two best friends, Becky and Timothy, were raised Amish but left during Rumspringa. Chloe knows some of the Amish ways, and she definitely knows that when Amish are being attacked and having their hair cut, this is a very bad thing. And when an Amish business man is found murdered, with his beard cut, it becomes an even bigger problem. With the help of her friends, Chloe decides to figure out the two mysteries facing Appleseed Creek.
There are other problems that Chloe must deal with. The house that she is renting with Becky has a new landlord and he wants to restore the house to historical accuracy. He keeps popping in unannounced and keeps threatening to make major construction changes while Chloe and Becky are still living there. Now they may have to find another place to live.
Another problem is Chloe and Becky’s and Timothy’s involvement with The Troyer’s, Becky and Timothy’s family. The Bishop is threatening to shun the Troyer’s if the involvement continues. Chloe does not want this to happen but the Troyer’s are the family she never had and she cannot see herself never visiting them again. She has feelings for Timothy and is pretty sure that he returns her feelings, but this could cause problems for his family.
The plot is well written and multifaceted and there are many different aspects intertwined perfectly. The two mysteries are carried on throughout the book and the tension just keeps building. There are many different suspects to consider and there are many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. Everything is tied up neatly at the end in a very plausible conclusion.
The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The characters are well developed and well rounded. The writing is descriptive and informative. I learned things about the Amish that I was not aware of. I love reading Amish mysteries and I find the Amish religion fascinating. A Plain Scandal is as good an Amish mystery as any others I have read.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written mystery with great characters. There are many twists and turns to add to the suspense. I have not read the other books in the series but I will be doing that soon.
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. I would like to thank NetGalley and B&H Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this book.