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 quiltmaker 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 . . .
Praise for Amanda Flower and her Amish cozies
“As it turns out, Amanda Flower may have just written the first Amish rom com.”— USA Today
“Flower has hit it out of the ballpark . . . and continues to amaze with her knowledge of the Amish way of life.”— RT Book Reviews
“At turns playful and engaging . . . a satisfyingly complex cozy.”— Library Journal (Summay via Goodreads)
I became a fan of Amanda Flower with her Magic Garden Mystery and Amish Candy Shop Mystery series and know that after reading Matchmaking Can Be Murder, the first book in her Amish Matchmaker Mystery series, I am going to be a devoted fan of this series as well.
There are a number of things in this new series to love.... First you have the main character, Millie Fisher, who is an Amish woman living on her own with her two goats and is known to be a matchmaker in her Amish community. Miller is close to her niece Edith who is also an Amish woman, widowed with three young kids running her family business, Edy's Greenhouse. Edith's twin brother Enoch left the Amish way, moved away but has returned and there is still some tension in the family. Edith is engaged to be married to another Amish, Zeke Miller but the day after she calls off the engagement, Zeke is found murdered in the cactus room of the greenhouse. Millie runs into an old friend Lois in the village who happens to not be Amish and the two of them decide to work together to solve Zeke's murder because Zeke was also carrying on with Lois's granddaughter Darcy. Millie and Lois drive all over the Amish community and the village which has both Amish and English-run businesses trying to learn more about Zeke and his dark side.
You cannot help but enjoy reading a book that intertwines the Amish way of living along side the English way of living especially when there is a murder involved. The Amish life is simple and easy going and stress free to a point and when you add a murder....YIKES !!! Then you add an English person living a more complex life working with an Amish person, you know you have a great combination !!! Reading how the two work together is a very captivating tale and you will thoroughly enjoy it !!!
The reader will instantly fall in love with Matchmaking Can Be Murder especially if you have read any of the books in her Amish Candy Shop Mystery series. Even though the series are separate, Flower writes them within the same village and has some of the same characters in both series. It is like reading the same series written by a different author.
Review by Missi M.