The Body in the Woods by April Henry
Three teens, Alexis, Nick and Ruby are volunteers for the Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue service. These three teens each have their own issues that they are dealing with at home but are forced to work together. Alexis is dealing with her mother’s mental illness and trying to keep others from discovering her family’s secret. Nick deals with his fear that he is not brave enough. While, Ruby is dealing with her eccentric personality and an interest in crime. While working together to find an autistic boy, they find a body and are drawn into the mystery and crime world and learn that they have a place to belong.
This mystery, the first in a new series ,by April Henry will not disappoint her fans. Although somewhat predictable, this story has characters with some depth to them and not all plot. This is a fast and enjoyable read which many teens will identify with one of the characters while trying to figure out who is the body in the woods. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader turning pages until the conclusion. Unfortunately, the reader learns a couple of chapters from the end who the killer is but the depth of characters leaves the reader wanting to finish the book to find out what happens to Alexis, Nick and Ruby. Give this book to a teen who likes a good mystery but also likes good character development.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
A Plain Disappearance by Amanda Flower
Chloe Humphrey living in Appleseed Creek, has stumbled upon another mystery. Appleseed Creek is mainly an Amish community with few outsiders or Englisher, as the Amish call them. Chloe and her boyfriend Timothy, a former Amish boy, discover the body of a young Amish girl inside an abandon barn. Chloe along with Timothy try to navigate the small community to discover who is responsible for this horrific crime.
A Plain Disappearance is the third installment in the Appleseed Creek murder series. This title can be read as a stand alone but is enhanced if the reader has previous knowledge of the characters and their relationships. This is a gentle and enjoyable read.
The third in the series takes place within a little over a month from the first title, A Plain Death. I have never read a series where the titles are all written within a few months time. This gives the reader a real-time feel in respect to the relationships between Chloe, her boyfriend and her roommate. It however is a little unrealistic that you would have three murders in a small town in less than three months. This series is a refreshing addition to the Amish genre. Not only is it not a romance, although it does have some romance, the series revolves around the mysteries in this small Amish town. The other thing which is different in this genre is the tale is told from the Englisher’s perspective and seems to concentrate on the relationships between the Amish folks who have left the order and their family and friends still a part of the Amish religion. A Plain Disappearance will not disappoint Amanda Flowers fans. I highly recommend this title for those looking for a cozy mystery or readers that enjoy the Amish fiction genre.
Note: I received a review copy from the publisher, B&H Publishing Group for an honest review.
Something Borrowed, Someone Dead by M. C. Beaton
In Cotswold, England Gloria French, a new comer, is murdered. Gloria was known around the village as a woman who seduced men and borrowed things from the villagers without returning them. Agatha Raisin is on the case, hired by Jerry Tarrant. Jerry wants a speedy resolution for the murder and to bring peace to the village. Agatha while trying to solve this case comes up with road block after road block.
The book moves steadily along with bodies and attempted murders piling up. The book is a cozy murder with an English flair. I had not read any of the other twenty-four titles in this series. Having said that, I did follow the characters and their relationship but had to stop and review a few times to understand some of the action. I am sure that this book will be another winner for Agatha Raisin fans.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through NetGalley from St. Martin’s Press for an honest review.
Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard
Kate Adams has lost her friend in mentor to death. The police and the coroner have declared the death of Daisy Leacock as an accidental death by poisoning of herbs. Kate is convinced that Daisy would never make such a mistake or take her life because of her faith and knowledge of herbs. Kate goes to the police and meets detective Tom Parker who has just returned to town and convinces him to consider investigating Daisy’s death unofficially. When Kate and Tom meet sparks begin to fly and so do the mishaps.
This is a gentle mystery that began slowly for me. As the story progressed, I began to wonder who killed Daisy and the story began to move. Towards the end of the novel, I couldn’t put it down dying to know who did it. The budding romance between Kate and Tom kept the story moving forward and became clear that this is the beginning of a series.
I would recommend this to any reader looking for a gently mystery. If you love mysteries that are fast-moving from the beginning this is not the book for you. If you love just a light mystery with a subplot of romance this is the book for you.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through NetGalley from Revell for an honest review.