Flower, Amanda

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Because I Could Not Stop for Death

Agatha Award winner Flower’s (“Amish Candy Shop” and “Magical Bookshop” series) first historical mystery introduces a courageous Emily Dickinson as a protagonist who’s stronger than expected. The thoughtful story involving class, social, and political issues may appeal to the poet’s fans, as well as readers of Edith Maxwell’s “Quaker Midwife Mysteries” series.

Courting Can Be Killer

There is nothing cozier than the second “Amish Matchmaker Mystery” (after Matchmaking Can Be Murder); it’s filled with silly animals, including two Boer goats and a pig. However, the mystery itself is well plotted and will appeal to fans of Flower’s Amish “Candy Shop” mysteries, set in the same community with crossover characters.

Dead-End Detective

The lead characters, with their realistic flaws, kick off a well-developed mystery that isn’t quite as cozy as Flower’s “Amish Candy Shop” mysteries. The cast and two interesting cats will appeal to readers of Miranda James.

Death and Daisies

Introduce this series, with its charming characters and enchanting setting, to readers of other Scotland-set cozies, such as those by Paige Shelton and Molly MacRae. The magic realism aspect may appeal to fans of Ellery Adams and Sarah Addison Allen.

Crime and Poetry: A Magical Bookshop Mystery

Flower, who also writes the "Amish Quilt Shop" stories as Isabella Allen, launches a delightful new cozy series populated with fun and quirky characters. This first adventure promises pleasures to come and is sure to please devotees of Victoria Laurie, Shirley Damsgaard, or E.J. Copperman.

The Final Reveille: A Living History Museum Mystery

This first volume in a new series is somewhat predictable, but Flower (A Plain Disappearance) peppers it with enough historical detail and snarky one-liners to make readers intrigued to see what she'll do next.

A Plain Death

A gentle and thoughtful Christian mystery, this series debut will appeal to readers wanting to learn more about the diversity within Amish communities. While her characterizations veer close to cardboard stereotypes, Flower succeeds at demonstrating her lead character's strong faith. This would appeal to those who have enjoyed P.L. Gaus's Amish mysteries. Flower, an academic librarian, also writes the "India Hayes Mystery" series (Murder in a Basket).

Murder in a Basket

Perhaps the formula is familiar, but this humorous cozy moves at a steady clip, throwing in a monkey wrench or two to put readers off-track. Agatha Award nominee Flower has the chops to make this series last. Try this one with Jess Lourey, Avery Aames, and Donna Andrews fans. [See Prepub Alert, 8/2/11.]

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