To bolster waning sales, Amish quilt shop owner Angela Braddock decides to hold an auction. But during the event, a township trustee is poisoned to death by a fry pie from Rachel Miller's bakery. Can Angie and her quilting circle piece together the clues, clear their friend's name, and stop the real killer?
When Angela Braddock enters her quilts in an Amish auction, she never expects one of her neighbors to end up going, going, gone....
Angie is finding her niche as the new owner of her late aunt’s Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch. But as the summer is winding down, so is business. To bolster support for the shop, Angie decides to sell her quilts in the Rolling Brook Amish Auction, including some of her aunt’s most prized works.
The quilts promise to be a hit—but the gavel comes down on the lively event when Angie stumbles upon the body of township trustee Wanda Hunt behind a canning shed. The cause of death: a poisoned blueberry fry pie from Rachel Miller’s bakery table. Now Angie’s closest friend is a murder suspect. With Angie taking the lead, she and the other women of her aunt’s quilting circle set out to patch together the clues and stop a killer set on shredding the simple peace of Rolling Brook.
Includes Quilting Tips!
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.
PRAISE FOR MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE
“A mystery…stitched together with heart.”—Avery Aames, Agatha Award–Winning Author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries
“A dead certain hit with devotees of cozy mysteries.”—P. L. Gaus, Author of the Amish-Country Mysteries
“This series starter set in Amish country will delight readers with its details of the community’s culture and lifestyle. The contrast between the simple life and a grisly murder play out nicely in this well-done cozy.”—Romantic Times (4 stars)