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Book Review | Simple Lies by Jan Fields

Date Published | February 05, 2020

Book Club Date | September 2021

Goodreads Rating | 2

Overall | I think this book has been unpublished so not even sure if you’ll be able to find it. This is the first Amish cozy mystery that I didn’t love. Maybe because even though it said it was Amish – there were no real Amish characters, situations, businesses or customs that came into play for this plot. Liz was like a human doormat for everyone she met. First, she takes in super rude customers and treats them like gold. Then she lets her ex whom she hates stay at her inn and run her life and her business. Then she acts like it’s not a big deal that someone is leaving her bodyparts in boxes outside her front door. 

Pros | None

Cons | The killer is a deranged psycho like Norman Bates crazy so any logic you’d try applying to solve the mystery were pointless.

Warnings | None

POV | Third Person POV Past Tense

Will I Be Continuing With The Series | No

Description | The quaint Indiana town of Pleasant Creek is bustling with activity as Christmas draws near. Boston native and innkeeper, Liz Eckardt, is learning to embrace her new home’s holiday traditions and welcomes the slower-paced life at the heart of Amish country. The little town is brimming with yuletide cheer, and the brisk air is filled with the smell of freshly baked Christmas cookies and the merry sounds of carolers. Liz is certain her godson Steve, coming home for the holidays from his military post overseas, will appreciate the comfort and joy that only a nice, simple country Christmas can bring.

Unfortunately for Liz, ’tis the season for unexpected mysteries and unwelcome surprises. Instead of her beloved godson arriving on the Olde Mansion Inn’s doorstep, who should appear but Liz’s troublesome ex-fiancé Matt, demanding a room and much of her time and patience. Meanwhile, frightening packages from a sinister “Santa” have been appearing on the doorsteps of several local businesses, each filled with a variety of unsavory items and a card bearing a single chilling word: “Heartless.”

Are these cards accusations or confessions? Who could be leaving the ghastly “gifts” all around town? And is it merely a heinous holiday prank, or is Santa planning to bring something more ominous to the people of Pleasant Creek? With each new delivery, the contents of the packages become more and more disturbing, and Liz is determined to find out why the culprit is dead set on ruining Christmas for everyone. Wrapped up in the mystery, she calls on her dear friends in both the English and the Amish communities for help. Join Liz, the lovable ladies of the Material Girls quilting group, and the town’s handsome mayor, Jackson Cross, as they try to find a way to bring the grisly gift giver to light, all while keeping the Christmas spirit alive.


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