Lamb to the Slaughter

Series: Serenity's Plain Secrets, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
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Some Amish communities aren't so cozy.

The death of a teenage Amish girl in a cornfield looks like an accident, but sheriff Serenity Adams suspects foul play. To solve the murder, she must investigate the nearby Amish community with the help of a man who was shunned years ago.

At first glance, the case seems obvious. The poor girl was probably accidently shot during hunting season, but when the elders of the Amish community and even the girl's parents react with uncaring subdued behavior, Serenity becomes suspicious. As she delves deeper into the secretive community that she grew up beside, she discovers a gruesome crime from the past that may very well be related to the Amish girl's shooting.

Serenity's persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel Bachman, but may even take her life in the end.

©2016 Karen Ann Hopkins (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"A well-crafted tale of murder begotten by the collision of two incompatible worlds." (Kirkus Reviews)
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Harlequin romance

This book read more like a harlequin romance novel than a detective novel. somewhat disappointing

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Awful

Childish and immature. Decent enough basic story line but the execution all the way around was just terrible.

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Unacceptable language

I could not get through the first several pages of this book before I returned it for a refund. The language was completely unacceptable for a book listed under Christian Fiction. It might be a good story, but it needs to be listed somewhere else for a book search.

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bad sexual language

Bad sexual language. Not good for children. do not buy unless sex language is ok with you.

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Too many references to animal cruelty

I didn't like the references to animal cruelty. If not for that, I'd give it 5 stars.

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  • 10-05-18

Great story - could have left out bad language and been better

Good blend of Amish and English interaction. Good mystery. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Small Town Indiana and the Amish

The book had the makings of a great story . . . but a couple of things ruined it for me . . . first off, the negative portrayal of the Amish as a people, with no respect given for their faith or way of life, and secondly, the language and unprofessional attitude of the smart-mouthed sheriff, Serenity Adams . . . who is one minute focused on finding a killer, and the next minute acting like a teenager infatuated with ex-Amish heart throb, Daniel Bachman. So much of the tale just did not jive . . . young Amish girls "fooling around" shamelessly with first one boy then another . . . and Amish parents heartlessly burying their dead children . . . there's a difference between being quiet, private people and being callous and cold . . . none of the beautiful hard working, steadfast qualities of the Amish are depicted here . . . instead something sinister and evil is implied . . . the writing is amateurish and lacks depth . . . I finished the book, but will not be going on to the others in the series . . .

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Superb Start to Mystery Series

Karen Ann Hopkins has created memorable characters and an amazingly diverse setting in which her female sheriff must develop a more open mind to deal more effectively with the unique population of her county.

Especially love the Audible version.

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Amish Mystery Series

Excellent Story. Point of view shifts carried story along well. Revelation of killer anticlimactic. Charater development was very good. Descriptions of Amish country side and culture provided a great foundation for getting into the story.

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Excellent Read!

Really liked both the story and it's presentation. I'm looking forward to the next book!

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  • 03-05-18

a great mistake

bought this by accident...thought I would still give it a go. glad I did - great

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  • Jenny Barthe
  • 07-21-17

A bit too obvious

An interesting topic, likeable characters but just not enough depth or intrigue for me. Though I did manage to listen to all of it.

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  • anne devlin
  • 04-14-20

Great story and performance

This was a really great story from the offset but what I really enjoyed was the way 3 stories played out alongside each other, or the same story from 3 perspectives. All narrators gave an excellent performance. Can’t wait to go to the next in the series.

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  • Mel A
  • 02-29-20

Well done story - unnecessary foul language

The storylne was great; unique method from the victim throughout; told from various characters; well woven plot and story. HOWEVER the author flies off in tirades of foul language that is totally uncalled for, not necessary, it adds NOTHING to the story and I found both abrupt and offensive! For that reason I gave it only 1 star overall!!! DISAPPOINTED!

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  • Helen
  • 09-27-18

great read

Great story line, I really enjoyed the different narrators for each main character. would recommend.