Matchmaking Can Be Murder (An Amish Matchmaker Mystery #1) by Amanda Flower, Vanessa Daniels (Narrator)
Published January 1st 2020 by Kensington Books & Tantor Audio
Millie Fischer has moved back to Harvest, Ohio after spending ten years in Michigan taking care of her ill sister. She has a widowed niece in Harvest and moves back to be close to family and to help her niece if she can. She is known in the Amish community as a matchmaker and is not happy about her niece’s upcoming nuptials. She doesn’t approve of her niece’s fiancé and is thrilled when Edith decides to call off the engagement. When he is found dead in Edith’s greenhouse the next day, she immediately becomes a suspect. Millie, and her childhood friend Lois work together to find the culprit.
Matching Can Be Murder is a good start to a new series. I love that many of the characters from the Amish Candy Shop series make cameo appearances in this book. I like the characters of Millie and Lois. They are a hoot together sneaking around to investigate. Lois is an Englischer, so some of the other characters are not very nice to her, but Millie always sticks up for her friend. Millie is a likable and well-developed character, who is smart and uses common sense to find clues. I also loved Millie’s two mischievous goats. Amanda Flower always has animals, and rather quirky ones at that, in all her books. These two often chased off people that Millie didn’t especially want around. The murder mystery was interesting and well-plotted. I didn’t know who the killer was until the reveal, but there were plenty of suspects. This is a good start to a new series and I look forward to seeing what Millie gets into next. Amanda Flower is one of my favorite cozy mystery authors and I highly recommend not only this book, but any of her cozy mysteries.
I did a read/listen to this book. The narrator, Vanessa Daniels, did a nice job with this story. This is my first encounter with this narrator. She read the story with expression and used tone and inflection to differentiate characters. I enjoyed the narration, but found it was more of a reading than a performance. I do find this happens when there is only one narrator for a story. I will listen to more books by this narrator. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About the Book: 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 . . .