Thursday, September 3, 2015

Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins - Review of the first book in the Serenity's Plain Secrets series

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Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

The death of a teenage Amish girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago.

At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidentally shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl's parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl's shooting.

Serenity's persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel Bachman, but may even take her life in the end.

*Some language & romantic sexual content.

Let me start out by saying that I really did like this story, Karen did a good job of hiding who was the guilty person, a VERY good job! My problem was the language, and that was partly my fault because I did not notice the asterisked comment above. I did quickly jump over 'those words' and there were not a lot, although there were three words I did not appreciate at all and one of them was used several times. I will also say that even though I did not appreciate the use of those words I do plan on reading the second book in the series, "Whispers from the Dead".

I would encourage mystery, cozy mystery, or Amish book readers to give it a try.

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