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Murder, Plain and Simple (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #1)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Murder, Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan is my first book by th

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 ...
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.

posted by Homesteading on September 13, 2013

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3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

This felt like reading a book written because ¿quilters will rea

This felt like reading a book written because ‘quilters will read anything set in a quilt shop, knitters will read anything set in a yarn shop’, etc., etc.
In addition, it could have been very good but the publisher must have decided that skipping the proof-reading step...
This felt like reading a book written because ‘quilters will read anything set in a quilt shop, knitters will read anything set in a yarn shop’, etc., etc.
In addition, it could have been very good but the publisher must have decided that skipping the proof-reading step was a good idea. There are so many small errors that they eventually add up to a major distraction. For example, on page 40 of my paperback copy (purchased 2 days ago at a brick & mortar Barnes & Noble), rotary cutters are found at a crime scene, but “the safety button was off” & “the blade was stained”….no plural. A few paragraphs later the sheriff asks, “what are these?” On page 223: “I returned the cheese to the refrigerator and removed the lemonade”. Six paragraphs later: “You put that cheese away before someone else sees it……After I tucked the cheese back into the refrigerator and picked up the pitcher…” How many times do you have to put cheese in the same refrigerator? There are so many of these that it destroys the rhythm of the writing and reading. The setting is interesting and the characters fairly likeable. I will read the second one before making a firm judgment, but if the second one is as amateurish as this, I won’t be wasting time or money on this series.

posted by Anonymous on September 2, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    This felt like reading a book written because ¿quilters will rea

    This felt like reading a book written because ‘quilters will read anything set in a quilt shop, knitters will read anything set in a yarn shop’, etc., etc.
    In addition, it could have been very good but the publisher must have decided that skipping the proof-reading step was a good idea. There are so many small errors that they eventually add up to a major distraction. For example, on page 40 of my paperback copy (purchased 2 days ago at a brick & mortar Barnes & Noble), rotary cutters are found at a crime scene, but “the safety button was off” & “the blade was stained”….no plural. A few paragraphs later the sheriff asks, “what are these?” On page 223: “I returned the cheese to the refrigerator and removed the lemonade”. Six paragraphs later: “You put that cheese away before someone else sees it……After I tucked the cheese back into the refrigerator and picked up the pitcher…” How many times do you have to put cheese in the same refrigerator? There are so many of these that it destroys the rhythm of the writing and reading. The setting is interesting and the characters fairly likeable. I will read the second one before making a firm judgment, but if the second one is as amateurish as this, I won’t be wasting time or money on this series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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