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.
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.