A PLAIN MALICE
The Amish community in Appleseed Creek's new bishop believes the best way to help his district in the struggling economy is to increase tourism. He invites Blue Suede Tours from Mississippi to visit the community and his district to host the southern visitors. The Troyer family agrees to participate in the tour with an old-fashioned milking demonstration on the family's farm. But when two Mississipians die during the milk taste test, the local police chief believes someone poisoned them, and Timothy Troyer's father is her number one suspect. Computer whiz Chloe Humphrey, jumps onto the tour bus as an undercover tour guide in order to prove her boyfriend's father is innocent despite the Troyer's family's reservations about her and Timothy's relationship. If they solve the crime, will Chloe and Timothy finally prove that they belong together or will the investigation be the final act to tear them apart?
The final book in the Appleseed Creek Mystery series. You don't need to read the other three though in order to enjoy this one. Of course, if you have you'll be thrilled to be back in this lively Amish community among some truly memorable characters. (I squealed when Grandfather Zook showed up on the scene.) Love the combination of cozy mystery in an Amish setting.
We're back inside Chloe's head since this story is told entirely from her first person perspective. And that is definitely an entertaining place to be. As her friend observes, Chloe is "a magnet for dead people." Not the best way to win friends and influence people, especially among boyfriend, Timothy's Amish family. They are having a hard enough time coping with their son's departure from their faith, but now that he has an Englisher girlfriend (with a Nancy Drew flare), all hopes of his return are lost. She's trying to build bridges and clearing Timothy's father as a murder suspect seems a good way to do it. Cue the diabolical laughter and heavy-handed organ music. Da, da, da, da , duuummm....
Murder, mayhem and a crackerjack collection of suspects make this a rollicking read and stupendous conclusion to a stellar cozy mystery series.
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