Matchmaking Can Be Murder Amish (Matchmaking Murder Book 1)
December 31st, 2019
Matchmaking Can Be Murder by Amanda Flower, is the first in a new series for the New Year. This spin-off from the wildly popular “Amish candy-Shop Mysteries” has some of the beloved characters including Deputy Sheriff Aiden Brody, and introduces some interesting others, some eccentric and some very appealing.
“I wanted to write a book from an Amish character’s perspective. This is something I have not done in the past. I also wanted the main character to be older, a 67-year-old woman who has more experience and insight. BTW: The other series is doing well, and I have no intention of ending it. This is not replacing the “Amish candy-Shop Mysteries. Someone who reads both series will recognize the timeline and some of the characters. They will not help each other solve the crimes but will be mentioned in a fun way. The only one who will play a large role in both books is Aiden Brody, the police officer of the town. He might get a bit tired, because he is solving so many murders. (LOL)”
The plot has matchmaker Millie Fisher just returning to Harvest, Ohio after spending 10 years taking care of her ailing sister. Millie is a widow who lives on her own with an assortment of animals, including two goats with big personalities. She is one of those who believes that a marriage should be for love, not financial gain or security. Having an uncanny ability to tell when two people are right for each other, she is deeply concerned that her beloved niece Edith Hochstetler, a widow, is about to marry Zeke Miller, who’s emphatically not right for her. Yet, the pleasure she received from hearing that Edith called off her wedding to Zeke Miller was short lived after Edith found Zeke’s dead body in the greenhouse she manages. Millie is afraid her niece will be blamed for the murder. Enlisting the help of her childhood, non-Amish friend, Lois Henry, to find the real killer, they become amateur sleuths to solve Zeke’s murder and clear Edith’s name.
Millie’s friendship with Lois makes this book even better than it would be without their teamwork. Lois is loyal and soft-hearted, underneath a brash, bold exterior. Millie knows Lois well since they grew up on neighboring farms. Lois will remind fans of Cass from the other series. Both Lois and Cass are fun-loving Englishers who appear outrageous in their actions and dress, and are an odd couple compared to the Amish.
The other interesting character types are Millie’s two goats, Phillip and Peter. They should remind readers of Jethro the pig from the other series. It seems unconventional pets fit into the stories perfectly. These two are mischievous Boer goats, who do a bang-up job of keeping the property weed-free and chasing unwanted Amish around like the Bishop’s wife, Ruth.
My first series has a pet pig and this series has pet goats. Because the setting takes place in rural Ohio, I was able to write in these types of animals. My fiancé owns a farm so we will have goats. I think I am living vicariously through Millie until I get my own goats. I have done a lot of research on goats for my personal life. They can help clear the land by eating the weeds and grass. This book quote describes the Amish feeling about pets, “I had to defend my boys. For that was how I thought of Peter and Phillip. I knew it went against my upbringing to regard animals as pets, but my boys were gut company for me, despite their tendency to get into trouble. I’m quite fond of those goats.” In general, the Amish do not consider the animals as pets. By and large the animals are for work. A dog is for hunting or herding, cats are to capture mice, and goats are to help clear the land. I think because she is widowed and lives alone the goats are Millie’s companions, who she cuddles.”
As the plot thickens, the mystery gets more suspenseful with many twists and turns. The reader is also entertained by Lois and the two goat’s antics.
Now, people can look forward to not one series, but two that involve the Amish community.