Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins

April 21st, 2014 kimbacaffeinate Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review 70 Comments

21st Apr
Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins
Lamb to the Slaughter
by Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Serenity's Plain Secrets #1
Genres: Crime, Mystery, Romantic Suspense
Source: Tour
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Lamb to the Slaughter is a story about the intertwining lives of three unlikely people in an Indiana Amish Community and the devastating results when a rebellious teenage girl is found shot to death in a corn field during the harvest. Serenity Adams is the newly elected young sheriff in the country town of Blood Rock and besides dealing with the threatening behavior of her predecessor, she now has a dead Amish girl on her plate. 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 enlists the help of the handsome bad-boy building contractor, Daniel Bachman, who left the Amish when he was nineteen and has his own dark reasons to help the spunky sheriff solve the crime that the family and friends who shunned him are trying desperately to cover up. Serenity’s persistence leads her to a stunning discovery that not only threatens to destroy her blossoming romance with Daniel, but may even take her life in the end.

Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins offers readers a view into the small town of Blood Rock, Indiana that boarders and interacts with a local Amish Community.  Hopkins delivers a murder mystery that has the new local sheriff navigating the two communities to catch a killer. Mini Review: fascinating whodunit with a side dish of romance

5 reasons to grab a cup of coffee & curl up with Lamb to the Slaughter:

  • You like small town settings and are curious about the Amish community. Hopkins does a great job of sharing small-town politics, Amish culture and dealing the issues that arise when dealing with criminal acts.
  • You like a nice, slow burning romance and aren’t looking for it to be all wrapped up in a neat bow at the end. I liked the chemistry between Serenity Adams and Daniel Bachman.  The romance is definitely a side dish to the murder mystery, but an enjoyable one.
  • Strong, complex characters who are also flawed or damaged. Serenity is tenacious when it comes to solving crimes and seeking justice for the victim. She is skittish when it comes to relationships despite her obvious attraction, and warm fuzzy feelings towards Daniel. It was delightful watching them interact.
  • You enjoy tagging along on an investigation and digging up clues.  Hopkins did a great job of creating suspects and offered up a suspenseful mystery with twists. She provided subtle clues that allows the reader to piece together the crime. The tale had multiple perspectives, including those of the victim.  This gave us terrific insight into the character and the events leading up to crime. I had an inclination of who the killer was and I was pleased with how this tightly woven case unfolded. Hopkins gave me a satisfying, realistic conclusion to the investigation.
  • You like reading series that feature the same lead characters and like that each book focuses on a new case.

Lamb to the Slaughter was an easy, enjoyable read that I completely enjoyed. I was over the moon excited to hear that there will be more books in this series. Serenity and Daniel will solve cases involving Amish communities throughout the Midwest!

Contest Info:
We have a really exciting prize package for this tour, so make sure to follow along for more chances to win every day! What’s up for grabs:

• A $100 Amazon Gift Card
• An autographed set of Karen’s YA Temptation series
• A traditional Amish style hand stitched wall hanging/lap quilt with the lone star pattern in country colors

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway is open Internationally.

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About the Author
Karen HopkinsKaren Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen’s main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah. Their story continues in Belonging, where their families and cultures threaten to tear them apart and concludes with Forever, where we find out once and for all if love is enough for them.

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Lamb to the Slaughter

This week’s tour schedule:
Monday April 21 – Caffeinated Book Reviewer – Review

Tuesday April 22 – Lose Time in Reading – Review

Wednesday April 23 – Love Life Read – Review

Thursday April 24 – A Book Addicts Bookshelf – Author Interview

Friday April 25 – Curling Up with a Good Book – Guest Post

See all the stops on the Lamb to Slaughter Tour: Full schedule

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70 Responses to “Lamb to the Slaughter by Karen Ann Hopkins”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Sweet, this was fun and I look forward to working with this team again 🙂

  1. Siiri

    Ha! I have a so-so relationship with small towns since I’m form one and sometimes I prefer the big cities, though it does have it’s good sides of reading about small communities. SLOW BUUURN!!! And I do love me some more.. realistic endings. Yay for awesome characters and a great mystery. I’m so happy to see that you enjoyed this, Kim 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I grew up in a small town, and so I always find them interesting. Yes, this romance is sweet and I anxious for more!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Melanie, this was a great start and I am excited it will be a series 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am excited you added it, I loved so many elements and hope you do too 🙂

  2. Franny

    I’ve been obsessing (well, not entirely, lol!) about the Amish community since I watched both seasons of Breaking Amish, so this kinda intrigues me. I loved how you pointed the reasons why we should all read this book, and I’m definitely gonna put it on my Goodreads list!
    Oh, and thanks for having an International giveaway! 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      We grew up not far from a large community and I love books, and history regarding the Amish.

        • kimbacaffeinate

          you are right, I alerted tour. I would not want to give up internet or reading.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Lauren this had the right blend of Amish details, mystery and romance. Enjoy!

  3. Jenea

    This sounds like a fantastic murder mystery and an Amish setting makes it even more interesting sounding. Great review.

  4. Nick

    OK, this sounds absolutely amazing. I’m fascinated by Amish communities and murder mysteries, so I can tell this is going to be a book that I’ll enjoy. Also, love that cover! I hadn’t heard of this one before, but I’ll be adding it to my to-buy list.
    Great review, Kim!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      The cover spoke to me Nick, and I think you will love all the elements in this one!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved the Hallowed and you will love this too Ali 🙂

  5. Melliane

    oh I haven’t read a lot of Amish books… well in fact one by Laura Bickle and I loved it. I think it’s always so interesting to follow a culture we don’t know a lot about. It’s the reason why I’m really intrigued by this one as well now.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I loved Bickle’s books and yes I agree it is interesting. I hope you grab this Melliane 🙂

  6. Jenny

    “You like a nice, slow burning romance and aren’t looking for it to be all wrapped up in a neat bow at the end.”

    Love the sound of that Kim! Normally I like everything all wrapped up in a bow at the end, but since I know this is a series now, I’ll be fine with things a bit more up in the air. So glad you loved this and thank you for being a part of the tour!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      hehehe..this was why I needed to know if it was standalone..I would have been unhappy with the open ending. Thanks Jenny 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Candace, I am anxious for the next book already 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, well the mystery is front and center in this, and the romance is a slow-burning side dish 🙂

  7. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I do like a good twisty mystery! Oh and I do like the unusual setting as well. I wasn’t happy about the not so tied up ending until you said there were more books. Okay, now I can deal. LOL This does sound like something I would enjoy!
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was the same way until I learned it will be a series, then I was fully on-board.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Thanks Karen, and I did contact my international followers 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      There aren’t many in this genre, they tend to be romance, so I am excited!

  8. Christy

    Yeah, I’ve been eyeing this one. Sounds good!

    Also, I did a couple of these reasons to read/reason I loved posts and really liked it. It was nice doing it a little different than usual.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Awesome that you are trying new formats, I had fun with this one 🙂

  9. Andrea

    Those are five great reasons, Kim. I’m glad you enjoyed Lamb to the Slaughter. Great review!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Andrea, I love mysteries and the culture and romance simply added to the tale!

  10. Ginny

    This sounds terrific. I really enjoy slow building romances that occur in the backdrop of the main story. I am adding it to my read soon list. Thanks for the giveaway. Off to share it with my peeps now. 🙂
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Enjoy Kay, I am excited by this series and look forward to spending more time with these characters.

  11. Glass

    I have to admit that this is not kind of read I’d pick up. I like whole mystery part of the story, but I’m not so sure about Amish. It’s not that I’m judgmental or anything like that (actually I know very little about it) – I simply don’t find that appealing too much religious talk in my books.
    Great review.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Actually there is very little if any religious talk, it is more about their way of life.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I really enjoyed this Carol and cannot wait to go on the next case with this duo.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh I am glad Jan. I love the setting and mystery. The side dish of romance was nice too 🙂 I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it.

  12. Christina R.

    I’ve always been interested in Amish communities because of their social laws, how they work together. I totally love mysteries too!! This sounds wonderful. The author, I know, writes beautifully!

    I love that the romance works, that it’s a well written love affair, and that the mystery gets readers trying to figure it out too 🙂

    Lovely post!

    Thank you 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I love studying the culture too Christina. Good luck and enjoy!

  13. CJ Schindler

    Sounds to me like some good reasons to pick up this book! I’m so happy this is going to be a series because I can tell it’s unique and well-written. Thanks for sharing!