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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Matchmaking Can Be Murder (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower

Matchmaking Can Be Murder

Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Expected publication: December 31st 2019 by Kensington

Goodreads synopsis:
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 . . .


4.5 Stars

This is the first book in the Amish Matchmaker mystery series by Amanda Flower.

I have read a couple of books by this author recently and each is in a different series. I believe they are all set in this same Amish community world because I see a few familiar people cropping up here and there. It is like Amanda Flower has her own spin-off series universe all centered around the Amish. Flower is so knowledgeable about the Amish culture that I am in awe as I read along.

Millie is the town matchmaker. She makes sure that the Amish couples are right for each other for the long haul. Millie herself is a widower. Her husband Kip had died many years earlier. There is even a possible guy for her waiting in the wings, but I feel this is just fodder for a future Amish Matchmaker book. Besides being a matchmaker, Millie is a decent sleuth. So, when the dead body of her niece’s fiancee is discovered in the greenhouse, she beings to search for clues. The police officer Aiden is an Englisher but familiar with the Amish culture. He is very honest, open and patient with a group that I feel can sometimes be hard to deal with.

You get a few chuckles here and there in this book as Millie’s best friend, an Englisher, wears her colorful clothing and tries to get Millie to understand some of her cultural references. Millie has no clue what the internet is or who Wonder Woman might be. These little touches really make this book show us how separate the Amish are from a normal life in the twenty-first century.

This is only book one in the series, so I look forward to other books and to see if my own idea of Millie’s perfect match might ring true with the author.

If you love cozy mysteries, definitely check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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