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Matchmaking Can Be Murder–Amish and Englisch worlds collide

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Matchmaking Can Be Murder

by Amanda Flower

Matchmaking Can Be MurderAlready familiar with the little town of Harvest through Amanda Flower’s Amish Candy Shop Mystery Series, I was a a little confused when I found myself in a familiar town, but with a new main character, Millie. Then I remembered that Matchmaking Can Be Murder is the first in a new series. Many of the characters in the first series, which focuses on Bailey, an Englisch candy maker are back in this series. The new series features a sixty-seven year old Amish woman with a knack for knowing if two people are compatible. She returns home after years of caring for Amish kin in various communities.

Harvest is a mixed community with its Amish and Englisch citizens getting along fairly well. It is interesting to learn more about the Amish while watching their interactions with their non-Amish friends and neighbors. Especially fun is the reunion of Millie with her childhood friend Lois, a gregarious lady who has had a lot of husbands and is quite outspoken. Her clothing and jewelry are as eye-catching as Millie’s style of dress is plain. Lois makes many references to contemporary technologies and cultural icons that go right past Millie. More humor is found in the trained goat duo of Phillip and Peter who are Millie’s pets, guard goats, and lawn keepers.

Although Millie is the main character, the mystery centers around her niece Edy, a young widow with three children, whose fiancée is discovered dead in her greenhouse shortly after she breaks off the engagement. Millie and Lois attempt to discover who murdered Zeke, but they uncover more crime and convoluted personal relationships than they could ever have predicted.

It is interesting watching Millie in action as she tries to find out the truth while staying within the limits of what is right. She and Lois have to work at keeping each other in check and out of trouble. A nice touch is the author’s inclusion of Amish proverbs as they come to Millie throughout her day. I enjoy the Amish Candy Shop Mysteries, but this spinoff series is even better!

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: The first book in the Amish Matchmaking Mystery Series, it is a spinoff but it is not necessary to read the series it came from.

Publication:   December 31, 2019—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

Sometimes it worked to a person’s advantage to be friends with the biggest gossip in the district. I just had to feed Raellen the right information, and she would take care of the rest.

…”they can only fully commit to the Amish life when they know what the Englisch one is like. If they see the way the rest of the world lives and then commit to our ways, they are more likely to stay here.”

There was no way to rebuild what was shattered, but what we could make was something brand-new, something that was different but stronger than before. That’s what I hoped for the very most.


  1. Sounds like another good cozy mystery series, I love the art on the book cover!

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  2. dfolstad58 says:

    I can’t wait to read it. Thanks-David

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  3. marandarussell says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading books before that were a mix of Amish and modern society. This sounds pretty good.

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  4. I love when authors set books that aren’t part of the same series in the same world. When it’s done right, it’s nice to see something familiar from a different perspective. I’ve never read anything by Amanda Flower, but this series sounds fun. And I really enjoy the quotes you highlighted!

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  5. carhicks says:

    I enjoyed this one as well. Amanda Flower is one of my favourite cozy mystery authors. I loved the interactions with Millie and Lois, they are a hoot. I wonder if the cross-over with the characters will continue as the series progresses. Another wonderful review Linda.

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    • lghiggins says:

      Yes, they are a hoot! I’m assuming the cross-over will continue. I like it because it adds a little extra fun for those of us who have read the other series without leaving out those who haven’t.

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  6. Another great Amish story. I love that you review them thank you!

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    • lghiggins says:

      I was surprised that an Amish story could effectively have humor and mystery. This author has managed to do that while respecting both of the cultures and religions.


  7. I love fiction about the Amish!

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