Murder, Plain and Simple, Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #1   -     By: Isabella Alan
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Murder, Plain and Simple, Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #1

Obsidian / 2013 / Paperback

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Angela Braddock finally has reason to leave behind her job as an advertising executive in Dallas, but she never imagined that she's wind up back in the middle of Ohio's Amish country as the owner of her late aunt's beautiful quilt shop, Running Stitch. With the help of her aunt's Amish friends, Angela is ready to re-open the store by throwing a party in honor of her aunt. Dozens of people gather, Englisch and Amish alike, but not all are happy about her opening. Joseph Walker, the talented woodworker who owns the furniture store next door, feels that she has no business specializing in a distinctively Amish trade and makes his feelings known. Then he winds up dead the next day right in Angela's shop, with her as the prime suspect.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Obsidian
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.19 (inches)
ISBN: 0451413636
ISBN-13: 9780451413635
Availability: In Stock
Series: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery

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Publisher's Description

First in a new series!

When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt’s beautiful Amish quilt shop, she leaves behind her career and broken engagement for a fresh start in Holmes County, Ohio.
 
With her snazzy cowboy boots and her ornithophobic French bulldog, Angie doesn’t exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community in Rolling Brook, but her aunt’s quilting circle tries to make her feel welcome as she prepares for the reopening of Running Stitch. 
 
On the big day, Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and Englisch tourists browse the store’s wares while the quilters stitch away. But when Angie finds the body of ornery Amish woodworker Joseph in her storeroom the next morning, everything starts falling apart.
 
With evidence mounting against her, Angie is determined to find the culprit before the local sheriff can arrest her. Rolling Brook always appeared to be a simple place, but the closer Angie gets to the killer, the more she realizes that nothing in the small Amish community is as plain as it seems....  

Author Bio

Isabella Alan, an academic librarian for a small college in Ohio, grew up visiting the state’s Amish country with her family. Her 2010 debut, Maid of Murder, written under the name Amanda Flower, received an Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel. 

Editorial Reviews

"Isabella Alan captures Holmes County and the Amish life in a mystery that is nothing close to plain and simple, all stitched together with heart." –Avery Aames, Agatha Award-Winning author of the Cheese Shop mysteries

“Who can best run a quilt shop in Holmes County’s Amish country – an English outsider, or only the Amish themselves? With its vast cast of English and Amish characters in fictional Rolling Brook, Ohio, Isabella Alan’s Murder, Plain and Simple will be a dead certain hit with devotees of cozy mysteries.” –P.L. Gaus, author of the Amish Country mysteries 

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  1. ashley
    Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Read
    September 23, 2013
    ashley
    Canada
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    I really enjoyed this book. Good twists and turns.

    Difficult to put down at times.
  2. homesteading
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    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An Outstanding Whodunit!
    September 13, 2013
    homesteading
    rural NC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan is my first book by this author and I can say for sure it won't be my last. Not often do I find a book that mixes the Amish and English ways of life as well as this author has done. Angie Braddock inherits her late aunt's quilt shop, located on Main St, in the quaint Amish town of Rolling Brook, in beautiful Holmes County, Ohio. After a failed engagement in Texas, Angie thinks inheriting the shop is a sign from God. Little does she know there are some serious undercurrents running through the town and its citizens.

    Martha is an Amish friend of Angie's aunt and has been running the shop for several years. When Englischer Angie shows up eager to become the proprietress, there are some tension-filled moments between the two.

    Joseph is an Amish shop owner across the street and alleges to be the rightful owner of the quilt shop. He claims Angie's aunt never had a deed to the building. Is his assertion legitimate? Angie needs to find that deed if she wants to assume legal ownership but where did Aunt Eleanor put it? The hunt is on.

    Sheriff Mitchell enters the scene when Angie finds a dead body in the storage room of the quilt shop. There are a lot of suspicious characters and I was kept guessing to the end. Each time I thought I had the murderer figured out, I was wrong.

    I can't remember the last time I read a book that contained enough compelling mystery and intrigue that an intense romance was not needed to carry along the story. Don't get me wrong. It's clear that Sheriff Mitchell and Angie are attracted to one another but I think we are going to see this relationship develop slowly through several books. Theirs is a light romance entwined within the story.

    Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower) has written an intricate and multi-dimensional mystery that captivated me from beginning to end. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it to any mystery aficionado. I received an ARC from the author and publisher for review purposes. Only my honest opinion of the book was required. No compensation was received.
  3. shanfromcan
    Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Amish Murder Mystery
    August 2, 2013
    shanfromcan
    Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is the first book I have read by Isabella Alan, and it will definitely not be the last. A wonderful mix of the Amish community and Englishers, as well as their challenges. Many twists and turns in this mystery and it kept me reading until the very end, as once I thought I had figured out who dunnit, I was thrown another twist. Will you be able to figure it out? Pick it up, and see how well you do.

    I was given a copy by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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