What will happen when two amateur sleuths, one Amish and one English, combine forces to solve the string of crimes happening in the Amish Artisan Village? Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright can see profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death to be a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t so easily convinced. Old Testament clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery and bring peace to the Amish community.
I really enjoyed the premise of this book. I loved the pairing of Hannah and Amber as amateur sleuths. The characters worked well together and I think the author weaved a great story combining the side by side living of the Amish and English with a great murder mystery. I would love to see this turn into a cozy mystery series! I was easily drawn into this book, as the setting for the story (specifically the restaurant/hotel/shoppes combo) reminded me of the town I live in, (though ours is much more predominantly Mennonite than Amish. However tourists think we are “Amish country”)
The relationships developed between the characters were built nicely. I enjoyed the unlikely friendship of Hannah and Amber, and I really enjoyed the romantic relationships that were built as well. There were a couple intense moments that kept me holding onto my chair, and it was a good, solid story. My only complaint is that I feel like the “Who-dun-it” portion was too easy to solve. I wasn’t at all surprised by the outcome in this aspect. I like a good mystery and this could have used a bit more in that department. All in all, a great story.
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