Title: Matchmaking Can Be Murder
Author: Amanda Flower
Publisher: Kensington Books
Publication Date: December 31, 2019
Page Count: 336
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
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 quilt maker 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 . . .
Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower is the first book in the new cozy An Amish Matchmaker Mystery series. While this is the first book in a new series it does seem to be a spin off of Amanda Flower’s cozy Amish Candy Shop Mystery however readers do not need to have read the other series to enjoy this one.
Millie Fisher has just moved back to her Amish community in Harvest, Ohio where by trade Millie is a quiltmaker but has always considered herself to be a matchmaker. When she returned to Harvest Millie found that her niece was engaged to the wrong man so she was doing her best to convince Edith to end the engagement.
Just as Edith tells Millie that she has decided to end her engagement however Millie enters Edith’s greenhouse to find Zeke’s body lying on the floor. Of course with news of the ended engagement Edith becomes an immediate suspect so Millie tries to do whatever she can to prove her innocence.
The Amish Candy Shop Mystery series is one that rates right up there in my favorite cozy series so I was excited to begin Matchmaking Can Be Murder and was happy to find it another solid cozy series. The characters are different from the Candy Shop series but still just as fun to follow now with an Amish lead character in the same community. As usual there’s plenty of laughs and a solid mystery to solve so I’ll definitely return for book two in this series.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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About the Author:
Amanda Flower, a USA Today bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel and her children’s mysteries, Andi Unexpected and Andi Under Pressure, were an Agatha Award Nominees for Best Children’s/YA Novel. Andi Unstoppable won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA Novel 2015. Amanda is a former librarian living in northeast Ohio. Visit her at http://www.amandaflower.com