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Publication Order of Amish Candy Shop Mysteries Books

Assaulted Caramel (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lethal Licorice (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Premeditated Peppermint (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toxic Toffee (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminally Cocoa (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marshmallow Malice (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Botched Butterscotch (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Candy Cane Crime (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lemon Drop Dead (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amish Candy Shop Holidays (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peanut Butter Panic (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blueberry Blunder (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Chronological Order of Amish Candy Shop Mysteries Books

Assaulted Caramel(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lethal Licorice(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Premeditated Peppermint(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Criminally Cocoa(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toxic Toffee(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marshmallow Malice(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Botched Butterscotch(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Candy Cane Crime(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lemon Drop Dead(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amish Candy Shop Holidays(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peanut Butter Panic(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blueberry Blunder(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Amish Matchmaker Mysteries Books

Matchmaking Can Be Murder (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Courting Can Be Killer (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Marriage Can Be Mischief (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Honeymoons Can Be Hazardous (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dating Can Be Deadly (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries Books

as Isabella Alan
Plainly Murder (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, Plain and Simple (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, Simply Stitched (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, Served Simply (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, Plainly Read (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder, Handcrafted (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Andi Boggs Books

Andi Unexpected (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andi Under Pressure (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Andi Unstoppable (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Appleseed Creek Books

A Plain Death (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plain Scandal (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plain Disappearance (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Plain Malice (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Emily Dickinson Mystery Books

Because I Could Not Stop for Death (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Heard a Fly Buzz When I Died (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Farm To Table Mysteries Books

Farm to Trouble (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Put Out to Pasture (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Farm's Way (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crime and Cherry Pits (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of India Hayes Books

Maid of Murder (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in a Basket (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Katharine Wright Mysteries Books

To Slip the Bonds of Earth (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Living History Museum Books

The Final Reveille (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Tap (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Final Vow (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magical Bookshop Mysteries Books

Crime and Poetry (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prose and Cons (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murders and Metaphors (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Verse and Vengeance (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimes and Covers (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Magic Garden Mystery Books

Flowers and Foul Play (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death and Daisies (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mums and Mayhem (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Piper and Porter Mysteries Books

Dead-End Detective (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Frozen Detective (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Amish Christmas at North Star: Four Stories of Love and Family(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hotel California(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Amanda Flower is an award-winning mystery author under both her pen name and her real name, Isabella Alan, and writes both for children and adults. She is well-known for her India Hayes series and Applewood Creek, along with the Andi Boggs series for younger readers.

Born January 23, 1980 in Akron Ohio, Flower moved to Mount Vernon to work as a librarian straight after grad school where she lived in close proximity to the Amish for three years. She has often highlighted this experience as being highly influential on her work, particularly the Applewood Creek Mystery series. In the series’ first entry, A Plain Death, Flower’s young protagonist Chloe Humphrey moves to the Amish countryside of Ohio for work, just as the author did in her early twenties. Flower made the decision to delve into Amish mystery novels after a brainstorming session with her agent, Nicole Resciniti, who suggested she use the experience of living near the Amish community in her early twenties as a starting point for new material. Such was the interest in the Amish mystery concept that Resciniti managed to sell ‘A Plain Death’ based off a 50-page proposal.

The main protagonist in the Applewood Creek series, Chloe Humphrey, closely mirrors Flower’s experience of moving to Mount Vernon. Chloe is a 24-year-old, technology-addicted computer expert with two Masters Degrees, who moves to the Amish countryside because it’s the only place she can get a job in IT. Apart from the occupations, Chloe’s experience of moving greatly resembles that of the author. It’s a fish-out-of-water scenario with the city girl moving to the middle of nowhere. ‘When I was Chloe’s age, I moved to Ohio’s Amish Country to take a job at a small college. Even though it was only a few hours from where I grew up in the city, it felt like landing on another planet’. Chloe was the perfect fit for this kind of story because the difference between her and her surroundings are so apparent. She’s comes from a society where technology is of the utmost importance and she can’t bear to be separated from her computer. Flower herself is a tech addict and often feels inseparable from her smartphone. Upon first moving to rural Ohio, she found the cellphone signal to be so awful that she had to lean across the fence at the edge of her apartment complex to even get one bar of coverage. The protagonist, Chloe, is faced with solving the murder of an Amish bishop and although A Plain Death differs from other Amish mystery stories because it’s main character is an outsider, it still deals with many familiar themes such as the Amish work ethic, belief in God and the importance of community.

Unlike many, Flower realised at a young age she wanted to be an author when in sixth grade, she presented a story to her classmates about being stuck on a ferris wheel and had them in stitches laughing. Her first novel, Maid of Murder, was published in the year 2010 and received a nomination from the Agatha Awards for Best First novel. The book was the first entry in the thrilling India Hayes mystery series. The titular character is a young librarian in Ohio, another example of Flower using her own personal experience to flesh out her characters. The story centres on India as she reluctantly becomes a bridesmaid and attempts to solve the murder of a close friend. To complicate things even further, the main suspect is India’s very own brother.

Flower began writing the Amish Quilt Shop mystery series under the pen name Isabella Anne in 2013, beginning with ‘Murder, Plain and Simple’. Her work in this series has brought her much success, leading to her becoming a USA Today Bestselling Author.

In 2015, Flower won the Agatha Award for Best Children’s/YA novel for Andi Unstoppable, the third entry in the Andi Boggs series. This series focuses on science-obsessed 12-year-old Andora ‘Andi’ Boggs, who lies with her older sister, Bethany, and her young aunt. Flower felt there was a lot of room for mystery novels geared toward the young adult market as she herself grew up as an avid fan of the genre. As a child she was largely influenced by the work of authors such as Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell and Marcia Muller. In her acceptance speech for the award, she acknowledged the loving support her parents gave her from a young age in pursuing her writing career, ‘When I was a little girl and told them I wanted to be a mystery author when I grew up, they never said that was impractical, they said what can we do, how can we help and I am so very grateful.’ Flower also thanked other members of her family including her brother, Andy, and her sister-in-law, Nicole.

Although Flower is primarily known as a prolific mystery writer, she is also known for the humor she injects into the characters that populate her stories. She often uses real-life encounters with people as inspiration for many of the supporting characters in her books, just as she often draws on her own personal experience while crafting narrative. She loves meeting and talking with fans, and even some of the stranger things people come out with are welcome because it can be potential material for a new quirky character in one of Flower’s novels. Her favourite supporting character in A Plain Death is Grandfather Zook, because he is accepting of Christianity in all its forms. The topic of Faith is often prevalent in Flower’s books and she has stated that her belief has helped her through some of the more difficult periods in her life.

The author has a high productivity rate and averages between three and four books per year, although she finds it incredibly difficult to begin work on a new story, and like many of us, often finds herself procrastinating in any way possible. Aside from writing, Flower is very passionate about travelling and has visited many destinations across the world including Norway, Guatemala and Jordan.

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10 Responses to “Amanda Flower”

  1. JoAllen Winter: 3 months ago

    I would like to know if Aiden and Bailey got married, also Charlotte and deputy Little.I am 74 and have read alot of her books and own many.Please keep writing.I love Amanda, she brings so much joy to my life.

  2. Bee powers: 8 months ago

    I love the Magic Garden books. Do you ever plan to write more in that series?

  3. Joyce: 10 months ago

    Do you plan to write any more Magical Bookshop Mysteries. They were wonderful.


  4. Betty Johansen: 11 months ago

    Can you tell me why the publication order and chronological order of the Amish Candy Shop mysteries are different? I’ve looked and looked for an explanation, but can’t find one. What I really want to know is: what is the best order for reading them? I’m one of those people who likes to start at A and go to Z IN ORDER.

    Thank you!

    • Graeme: 11 months ago

      For that series, it’s simply that Criminally Cocoa, while released after Toxic Toffee, takes place between Assaulted Caramel and Lethal Licorice. So you could read it 2nd or 5th.

  5. Ronda marsteller: 1 year ago

    I love all Amanda’s books and wish there was another magical bookshop coming out. Just read honeymoons can be hazardess and loved it. I also love the Amish candy shop series.

  6. Sandy: 2 years ago

    Do you have any follow up stories from the Appleseed Creek series? I feel like the ending was cut off too soon and that there are still pending situations with some of the other characters in the story. What about Becky and Aaron? Maybe some how they could reunite. What about Deacon Sutter what does he have against the Troyers? What will happen to Billy, Curt and some of the others.

  7. Letha Lou Ryel Elmore: 3 years ago

    8/13/21)Andi Unexpected was first book of yours I just read. I am fast reader and this story was simple, quick and exciting read for me. Loved the depth of character you created. Could not put it down. Then I read MY book, Lethal Licorice. (Notice why I claimed that as MY book,) In my earlier teen years (Am now 77) I actually received mail from U.S. Government addressed to LETHAL RIFLE. HA HA. Since then I have used that as a way for others to remember my name. It always gets a laugh and there are still some who address me as Lethal. Also, I was raised on Licorice, my Dad’s (and my) favorite candy. Your book was great, exciting and hard to put down. Not such a simple book. The culprit was a surprise and all the candy was a ‘sweet’ surprise. Havn’t had any licorice in a long time, but WAS COMPELLED to order some licorice today. Can’t wait to read ALL your other books. At one time, I lived in Ft Wayne, Indiana and had a couple of Amish friends whose husbands worked at hospitals to fulfill their military obligation. (Draft was still in effect.) They lived in my apartment complex and we would go across into Ohio Amish country to shop. So, I enjoy that aspect of this series. Brought up good memories. Thanks for being such an readable and prolific writer. Hope you continue for a long time. (Sorry for length of ‘comment.)
    ‘Lethal Rifle”‘ (HA HA)

  8. Grace Ciasullo: 3 years ago

    Can’t write worth a dang but love reading — and
    your books are in those I truly enjoy. Sooooo —
    keep on writing.


  9. Di Youthed: 3 years ago

    I love your books especially the Amish candy shop books please can you tell me that you are going to write another I know I am not the only one who wants Aiden & Bailey to end happily ever after.
    Di Youthed


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