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Amanda Flower is an award-winning mystery author under both her pen name and her real name, Isabella Alan, and writes both for children and adults. She is well-known for her India Hayes series and Applewood Creek, along with the Andi Boggs series for younger readers.
Born January 23, 1980 in Akron Ohio, Flower moved to Mount Vernon to work as a librarian straight after grad school where she lived in close proximity to the Amish for three years. She has often highlighted this experience as being highly influential on her work, particularly the Applewood Creek Mystery series. In the series’ first entry, A Plain Death, Flower’s young protagonist Chloe Humphrey moves to the Amish countryside of Ohio for work, just as the author did in her early twenties. Flower made the decision to delve into Amish mystery novels after a brainstorming session with her agent, Nicole Resciniti, who suggested she use the experience of living near the Amish community in her early twenties as a starting point for new material. Such was the interest in the Amish mystery concept that Resciniti managed to sell ‘A Plain Death’ based off a 50-page proposal.
Fiction, Mystery & Detective, Amateur Sleuth, Cozy, General, Women Sleuths
Sometimes you need a sweet tooth to take a bite out of crime . . .
Bailey King is living the sweet life as assistant chocolatier at world-famous JP Chocolates in New York City. But just when Bailey’s up for a life-changing promotion, her grandmother calls with news that her grandfather’s heart condition has worsened. Bailey rushes to Harvest, Ohio, where her grandparents still run Swissmen Sweets, the Amish candy shop where she was first introduced to delicious fudge, truffles, and other assorted delights.
She finds her grandfather is doing better than she feared. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for a local Englisch developer, whom Bailey finds dead in the candy shop kitchen—with Jebediah King’s chocolate knife buried in his chest. Now the police are sweet on her grandfather as the prime suspect. Despite the sincere efforts of a yummy deputy with chocolate-brown eyes, Bailey takes it on herself to clear Jebediah. But as a cunning killer tries to fudge the truth, Bailey may be headed straight into a whole batch of trouble . . .
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