I love to write mystery novels set at Christmas, especially when the stories are set in Amish Country. Writing about Christmas, gives me the chance to describe the traditions, decorations, and complicated family dynamics; all of which I love. All of the Christmas stories I’ve written have been set in Amish communities. There is just something magical about Amish Country at Christmas time. The Amish remind us of the real point and purpose of Christmas when we as Englischers are so easily caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.
As we draw closer to Christmas, I thought it would be nice to share with you my Christmas books. The novel that I’m writing right now, Premeditated Peppermint, is a Christmas Amish mystery and part of my Amish Candy Shop Mysteries. It will release around Christmas 2018. In the meantime, I have many more Christmas books you can read this holiday season.
First up is A Plain Disappearance. This novel is the third book in the bestselling Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, my first of several series set in Amish Country. There are a total of four books in the Appleseed Creek Series.
In A Plain Disappearance, it’s Christmas time in Amish Country, and Chloe Humphrey has begun settling into her life in Appleseed Creek excited to see where her new relationship with Timothy Troyer will lead. Unfortunately it leads to murder when the couple discovers the body of Amish teenager Katie Lambright while on their first date. Near the scene there is evidence that Timothy’s friend and auto mechanic Billy Thorpe is involved with the crime. The police reveal Billy is not really who he said he was and has been living the last decade in Knox County under a stolen alias. Now, Chloe and Timothy must find Billy, bring him to justice, or prove his innocence.
I also wrote an Amish Christmas under the pen name Isabella Alan called Murder, Served Simply. This was the third novel in the USA Today bestselling Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries. There is an e-novella and five novellas in the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries.
In Murder, Served Simply, Angie’s parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas—but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town’s traditional progressive dinner, featuring a sleigh ride stopping at each shop for a different course of the meal. The meal ends with an Amish-themed Christmas play at the Swiss Valley Hotel and Barn. But the performance is cut short when an actress falls from the scaffolding to her death. After the sheriff suspects foul play, tensions between the Amish and Englisch heat up, as do rivalries among the acting troupe. Now Angie and her quilting circle must stitch together clues before they’re the ones running for cover…
The final Christmas story that I wrote was a novella “Mourning Star” as part of Amish Christmas at North Star. It was so much fun to be part of this collection along with bestselling authors Katie Ganshert, Cindy Woodsmall, Mindy Starns Clark, and Emily Clark. Here’s a bit about each of the stories.
One night four lives entered the world by the hands of an Amish midwife, just outside North Star, Pennsylvania. Rebekah’s Babies, as they are called, are now grown adults and in four heartwarming novellas each young person experiences a journey of discovery, a possibility of love, and the wonder of Christmas.
Guiding Star by Katie Ganshert
Curiosity gets the best of Englischer Chase Wellington when he investigates the twenty-five-year-old disappearance of an Amish baby. When he finds adventurous Elle McAllister in Iowa will his discoveries upend her world?
Mourning Star by Amanda Flower
Eden Hochstetler slips from her parents’ fudge shop to investigate the death of her friend Isaac. Who is guilty? Isaac’s handsome great nephew Jesse, an angry Englischer, or someone else?
In the Stars by Cindy Woodsmall
Heartbroken Kore Detweiler avoids North Star after Savilla Beiler rejects his love. But when he is unexpectedly called to return home, he and Savilla must join forces to keep a family together.
Star of Grace by Mindy Starns Clark and Emily Clark
Andy Danner left North Star to join a new Amish settlement in Mississippi. His little brother devises a scheme to bring Andy home for Christmas and unwittingly unleashes the power of forgiveness in a reclusive widower’s life.
I hope you enjoy these Amish Christmas mysteries and the ones I have yet to come. Merry Christmas!
Amanda Flower, a national bestselling and Agatha Award-winning mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. She also writes mysteries as USA Today bestselling author Isabella Alan. In addition to being an author, Amanda is librarian in Northeast Ohio. Her latest novel release is Assaulted Caramel, the first novel in the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries.