Review of Matchmaking Can Be Murder

Matchmaking Can Be Murder
An Amish Matchmaker, Book #1
Amanda Flower
5 Stars

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Matchmaking can be murder . . .

When widowed Millie Fisher moves back to her childhood home of Harvest, Ohio, she notices one thing right away—the young Amish are bungling their courtships and marrying the wrong people! A quiltmaker by trade, Millie has nevertheless stitched together a few lives in her time, with truly romantic results. Her first mission? Her own niece, widowed gardener Edith Hochstetler, recently engaged to rude, greedy Zeke Miller. Anyone can see he’s not right for such a gentle young woman—except Edith herself.

Pleased when she convinces the bride-to-be to leave her betrothed before the wedding, Millie is later panicked to find Zeke in Edith’s greenhouse—as dead as a tulip in the middle of winter. To keep her niece out of prison—and to protect her own reputation—Millie will have to piece together a patchwork of clues to find a killer, before she becomes the next name on his list . . .

Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies

“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”
— USA Today

“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”
— RT Book Reviews

“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”
— Library Journal (Amazon)

Review:

This book is a great beginning in a new series by this author. It is a spinoff from her Amish Candy Shop mystery series, and I enjoyed seeing some of my friends from that series in this book. I like the fact that this series has an Amish protagonist, it gives it a unique perspective.

The characters are well developed and well rounded. I enjoyed getting to know Millie, an Amish matchmaker, of sorts. I like the fact that she is older and has more life experience than most of the other cozy protagonists that I read about. As luck would have it, her best friend from childhood, Lois, has moved back and the two reconnect. She is an Englischer and she is a hoot. The difference between the two is like night and day, but they also compliment each other well. And Millie’s goats added so much humor to the book, and also provided a clue to the mystery.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is a quick easy read. The author is very talented in her descriptive writing and that pulled me into the story right from the beginning. The mystery was well plotted and moved along at a steady pace. There were enough clues to sift through, suspects to consider and red herrings to examine, and it was not easily solved.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well crafted cozy mystery. I am excited about this new series, and now I have even more books to look forward to reading.
I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book provided by the publisher, Kensington Books, and NetGalley, which I greatly appreciate.