Review | Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower

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44710199No one would suspect a sweet, older lady like me was poking her nose in where it didn’t belong, which was exactly what I intended to do. 

Published: December 31, 2019

Publisher: Kensington Publishing

Pages: 318 (Mass Market Paperback)

Series: An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1

 

 

4 Stars

 

“You are playing a very dangerous game… there is a killer on the loose and you are making yourselves targets.”

 

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 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 . . .

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First and foremost, thank you to my friends at Kensington! They always keep me stocked with the most adorable and fun cozies, I love working with them!

This novel centers around Millie Fisher, a widowed matchmaker returning home after caring for her ailing sister. When she returns, she sets about helping her niece make her match, even if it means convincing her not to marry her fiance, Zeke Miller. When Zeke ends up dead Millie’s niece is the prime suspect, but who really killed Zeke? And can Millie solve the case before her niece is arrested?

I’m from central Pennsylvania, near Lancaster, and so I grew up around the Amish. I would frequently see them traveling down our back roads, I shopped at their markets on weekends, and generally enjoyed eating alllll their foods. My family is also heavily Pennsylvania Dutch and I love making PA Dutch foods. So when I picked this up I was really excited for a taste of home, even if it wasn’t within PA but instead Ohio. Well, this book had it all! PA Dutch references, charming and quirky characters, two adorable goats, and a really intriguing mystery.

I really enjoyed this one. I liked the way the setting and plot played off each other and I thought it made for a really interesting cozy. Honestly what is more cozy than an Amish farming community? There were plenty of quirky side characters to help with the humor and witty aspect of this novel, even if I think there might have been one too many characters introduced. The setting was great and I really liked all of the core characters, and some of the side characters, as well, but how was the plot?

I have almost a love hate relationship with this in terms of the whodunnit. I liked how it started and I was genuinely bewildered for 3/4ths of it, but I wasn’t necessarily happy with how it ended. Well, at least in terms of who the murderer was. I thought it had a lot of other possible plot lines that would have been less… predictable. Other than that, I thought everything else was spot on for what I’m looking for in a cozy. Had that plot point been more twisty, I would have given this a solid five star rating.

Overall a great start to what is sure to be a great cozy series! Amanda Flower is a staple when it comes to cozies and she has another knockout series on her hands, for sure. Can’t wait to see what else Millie Fisher and friends do!

 

Happy reading

 

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