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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: Obsidian
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 6.75 X 4.19 (inches)
ISBN: 045147502X
ISBN-13: 9780451475022
Series: Amish Quilt Shop Mystery

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Publisher's Description

In the latest from the author of Murder, Served Simply, an Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock’s got this mystery covered…

With so much to do between running her shop and spending time with her new boyfriend, it’s amazing Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library's annual book sale. Luckily she’s working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn’t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons—even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina.

And she certainly might be ruined after Belier is found dead in her bookmobile. Now Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle—as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver—if she hopes to prove Austina’s innocence before the real killer books it…

INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS

Author Bio

Isabella Alan is the national bestselling author of the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, including Murder, Simply Served and Murder, Simply Stitched. An academic librarian for a small college in Ohio, she 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

Praise for the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series:

“A satisfyingly complex cozy.”—Library Journal

“Alan captures Holmes County and the Amish life in a mystery that is nothing close to plain and simple.”—Avery Aames, Agatha-award winning author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries

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  1. Kav
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Mystery and Mayhem
    March 14, 2016
    Kav
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Best lines in the book:

    "But surely Austina wouldn't kill anyone over books."

    He frowned. "She's a librarian -- who knows what she is capable of?"

    Bwahahaha! Gotta love the library humour. :-)

    It's been nearly a year since the last murder in Rolling Brook and Angie has settled into a predictable routine. She's plenty busy with her quilt shop and her gig as a town trustee all while trying to carve out some quality time with her Sheriff boyfriend. Life is pretty close to perfect until she discovers another body. This time Angie swears she is going to let the police handle the investigation -- until friends, both English and Amish egg her on. And, true to form, Angie's hot on the trail with her quirky side kick Oliver, the French Bulldog not to mention the astute advice of her Amish sewing circle friends. Mystery and mayhem ensue to this armchair sleuth's unbridled delight.
  2. Sillygoose
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Murder, Plainly Read
    December 30, 2015
    Sillygoose
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Easy read, great plot, kept me on my toes so to speak. Great author.
  3. The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A delight to read!
    October 6, 2015
    The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Murder, Plainly Read by Isabella Alan is the fourth book in An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series. Angela Braddock is the owner of Running Stitch a quilt shop in the town of Rolling Brook, Ohio. She inherited the shop from her Amish aunt about a year ago. Angie is also a town trustee. She is taking a quilt that her quilting circle made (customer order) to Austina Shaker, the librarian on the bookmobile. Angela gets roped into running the library sale that weekend (someone hurt themselves and cannot run it). When Angela shows up the next day, she finds Austina standing over the body of Bishop Bartholomew Beiler. Bishop Beiler was against the bookmobile and books in general. He felt that they would corrupt the people in his district. When Sheriff James Mitchell (and Angelas boyfriend) shows up, he is not happy to see Angela at the scene of another murder (she does have a knack for finding dead bodies). Austina is the immediate suspect (she was standing over the body and no sign of forced entry).

    Austina asks Angela to investigate the murder and clear her name (actually insists). Anna Graber (a feisty Amish friend of Angelas in her 60s) loves investigating and tells Austina that they will take the case. Angela sets out to clear Austinas name and find out who killed Bishop Beiler. Along the way Angela will have to deal with her interfering and overbearing Mother who decides to help with the book sale (and push Angela towards the alter).

    I found Murder, Plainly Read to be so much fun to read. There are times when you will be laughing out loud (especially from the antics of Angelas mother). It was nice to revisit Rolling Brook, Angela, Anna, Mattie, Sheriff James Mitchell, and the rest of the characters. I found the mystery to be medium level (I solved it before I was halfway through the book) but the author did a good job leaving clues and trying to lead the reader down different paths. Murder, Plainly Read is well-written and is a pleasant way to while away a few hours. I give Murder, Plainly Read 4.75 out of 5 stars (since I was able to figure out the killer early in the book). I cannot wait for the next book in An Amish Quilt Shop series.

    I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley (and the author) in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Kristi
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Laugh Out Loud Murder Mystery
    October 6, 2015
    Kristi
    Indiana
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    Who knew a murder mystery could be so fun? Isabella Alan writes a story that at the same time is hilarious and keeps you wondering who the murderer is. I don't think I have ever laughed so much while reading a book.

    Although I haven't read the three previous books in the series, I didn't have any trouble getting to know the characters. They are well developed and have their own quirky personalities. My favorite characters have to be Oliver, the French bulldog, and Petunia, the goat. These two had me in stitches with their antics. I also enjoyed the sometimes awkward relationship between Angie and her mother.

    The story moves at nice, steady pace giving the reader time to get to know the characters and the situations they find themselves in. There is never a chance to be bored though as there is alway something going on. I really enjoyed the fact this was a light, fun book even though it was a murder mystery. Never have I been so entertained!

    This book has made me an Isabella Alan fan and I will be reading the first three books in this series. I will be anxiously awaiting more books from her as I love her humor, wit, and writing style. If you are looking for a fun read, look no further than Murder, Plainly Read!

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.
  5. Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Humor makes this mystery fun!
    October 5, 2015
    Rhonda Nash-hall
    Madison Heights VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book reminded me of something: how much I love Isabella Alan's Amish mysteries!!! I was not disappointed with the fourth book in her Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series. Angie and Oliver provide a great deal of comic relief in an otherwise tense bid to find the killer of the Amish bishop. Add Angie's cat, Dodger, to the mix and you have a real circus! I just love how her little bulldog, Oliver, goes everywhere with her, even into Amish pieshops! I have a small Pomeranian and I would love to have the nerve to just waltz in anyplace with her. Oliver is so cute and lovable that he almost steals the show everywhere he goes too. But not quite.....as the show is actually a very series mishap, the death of the strict Old Order Amish bishop. Did Austina kill him? It does not look very good for her. But Angie is asked to help and since murder and mayhem seem to follow her everywhere to the chagrin of her boyfriend, the Sheriff, she is quick to agree. So Angie enlists the help of her quilting circle and the hunt is on!

    This book was such fun to read. I love to try to solve mysteries and this one had me stumped, I must admit. I was sure that I had located the killer before Angie but it was not to be the truth of the matter. Readers will thrill at watching Angie and her friends working to solve the mystery. Who knows, the ending may surprise you as well! And there is a bonus at the end with instructions on how to make the pumpkin that the quilting circle makes in the story.

    I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it along with the entire series.

    I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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