Murder, Simply Stitched (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #2)

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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 ...

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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.
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Quilt-shop owner Angie Braddock is shocked when she learns that local business leader and councilwoman Wanda Hunt died after eating a poisoned homemade fry pie. Circumstantial evidence points to Angie's Amish friends bakers Rachel and Aaron Miller but she knows the couple wouldn't commit such a crime. Meddling on the behalf of the Amish is not always welcome, but Angie garners enough support from her quilting circle to figure out who was angry enough to want Wanda silenced. It doesn't hurt that handsome Sheriff James Mitchell finds her amateur sleuthing helpful. Mix in a couple of playful dogs, a determined goat, and an earnest kitten—who could resist? VERDICT Alan's second outing (after Murder, Plain and Simple) is at turns playful and engaging as the well-intentioned Englisher strives to rescue her Ohioan Amish friends from a bad fate. Using a familiar framework —handsome cop, wise older woman, eager helper—the author writes a satisfyingly complex cozy. Alan is a pseudonym for librarian-author Amanda Flower.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780451413642
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Series: Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 116,620
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2015

    Not Isabella Alan's best...

    I enjoyed the first two books in this series, and was looking forward to the third book, but I was very disappointed. There was very little in the story about quilting or the main character's growing friendships with the town's Amish citizens. I thought a book in "An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery" series would contain more on those two subjects, as the two previous books had. However, if you want to know more about the main character's relationship with her dog, and what everyone else in town thinks about her dog, that information is covered very thoroughly in this book. The actual "story" took up about a third of the book, and the rest of the book was about the dog. It was like the author didn't know how to develop the story so she put more in about the dog. Unless you are looking for a book to read about French bulldogs, don't waste your time reading this book.

    The book was also not very well edited. There is a part when the main character and her ex-boyfriend are meeting her parents at a restaurant, they arive "just as her parents are parking in front of the diner", however, when they leave the diner, the parents have to cross the street and go around a corner to get to their car. Also, they are sitting in the diner and the Mom and the main character are looking over their menus, trying to decide what to order, and then the waitress brought menus over to the table. Why, if they were already reading their menus, did she bring more? Then the main character and her ex-boyfriend are driving to a tree lot to pick out a Christmas tree. While they are driving, the ex "opens his car door". I'm not sure why, and there is no indication he closed the car door except, perhaps when they arive at the tree lot and get out of the vehicle. I thought it was very strange that these things did not get edited and corrected before the book was published. It just kind of took away from the flow of the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2014

    Sorry to say calling a book amish does not guarantee

    Either a well written story . the sub genre cozy amish quilts does not forgive very poor construction or writing. This is more like the endless chapters read at creative writing evening courses minus quaint clothes and reference to horses which by the way cause as much injury to the driver as they can by stepping on or running away tipping wagons and kicking and biting read your Budget amish national weekly newspaper which is not on line for the real word of amish

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2014

    Another fun and easy read from Isabella Alan

    Isabella Alan continues to keep me guessing throughout this quick-read Amish murder mystery - an unusual genre to say the least. Angela Braddock, who recently inherited her Amish aunt's quilt shop, has moved from Texas to Amish country in central Ohio to run the shop and brought with her the quirky little French bulldog she calls Oliver who is as much a part of the story as any of the human protagonists. Add to the mix the antics of Petunia the goat, a tiny kitten named Dodger, the goth nephew of a town trustee and assorted Amish and English characters and you have the makings of a funny and entertaining cozy mystery.

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

    Love this series. It just gets better and better. Cant wait for

    Love this series. It just gets better and better. Cant wait for the third book to come out! Super characters, well developed and great insight into their lives. Intriguing mystery that keeps you guessing. I love cozies and truly enjoy reading Amish fiction. Best of both of my favorites. Keeps you entertained for sure. Laughs, tears, mystery, what more could you ask for!!

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    Dollycas¿s Thoughts This story had me laughing out loud from a

    Dollycas’s Thoughts

    This story had me laughing out loud from almost page one. Let’s just say that thanks to a certain goat named Petunia Angie’s entrance to the auction grounds was quite eventful. Things get more serious when Petunia was back in her pen and Wanda’s body is found.

    Alan again has given us Englischers a glimpse at Amish life. Holmes County is a place tourists visit to purchase Amish made goods and see their simpler lifestyle. There are Englischers in town as well but they are clearly outnumbered. While Angie is not Amish her aunt married an Amish man so she knows both ways of life and she has many Amish friends. When one of those friends is in trouble she will do absolutely anything to help them. These friendships really make these stories shine. The four legged characters are fantastic too and their antics will absolutely make you smile.

    The author has written a strong mystery that had me guessing the whole way and when I started to see where that final twist was taking me I realized it made perfect sense. In addition to solving the mystery she left us with a little cliffhanger. All I can say is that we only have to wait until December for Murder, Served Simply so I will forgive her this time :)

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  • Posted June 19, 2014

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    Well, she has gone and done it again. Angela Braddock found ano

    Well, she has gone and done it again. Angela Braddock found another dead body. Poor girl. It’s like a mystery is always knocking at her door. This time around Angela was having a good time at the local Amish auction and bam…she stumbles upon Wanda Hunt who has met an untimely demise. Wanda had just got into a major confrontation with Rachel Miller, who is Angie’s good friend and now she is a goner. And well, she was still holding the blueberry fry pie that she purchased from Rachel. Rachel’s husband has been embroiled in a battle over a land zoning issue with Wanda and things were not going good for him. Possible motive for murder? Could a tainted fry pie be to blame? Was Wanda’s death an accident or something more sinister? And so it begins…

    Sounds funny to say that I laughed throughout a book that’s called Murder, Simply Stitched but I did. There are so many scenes that will make you laugh, smile, and have you hailing Isabella Alan as the Queen of Cozy Mysteries. Her characters are so darn charming and loveable especially the pets. I fell head over heels in love with Oliver, the French bulldog in book one and he is even more adorable in this book. This story has everything we readers enjoy. Mystery, romance, suspense, and a feisty goat. Feisty goat you ask? Yes, Petunia the goat is a real scene stealer and quite the character. I really can’t say enough wonderful things about this book. All I can say for sure is that I know you will fall just as in love with the characters as I did and maybe even solve a mystery along the way.

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  • Posted June 8, 2014

    Witty Amish Suspense! Angie's new business venture operating

    Witty Amish Suspense!

    Angie's new business venture operating her late aunt's Amish quilt shop has been a success throughout the tourist season. Angie sets up a booth at Rolling Brook Amish Auction in order to sell some of her quilts and a few of her aunt's prized quilts to keep her afloat throughout the looming winter months. The sudden death of township trustee Wanda Hunt is considered a homicide, and Angie's dear Amish friend is accused of poisoning her. Angie and her Amish quilting circle brainstorm to disprove that theory! 

    Throughout this tale of mystery and intrigue Angie finds herself in the most bizarre situations, lending a comical element to this Amish mystery. Her "city"dog Oliver takes cover at the sight of a bird, yet is overprotective of her kitten, watching over him like a mother hen. Mischievous twins and a goat named Petunia add to the shenanigans, and provide wacky entertainment throughout the story. Sheriff Mitchell doesn't appreciate Angie's presence at the crime scene or her unsolicited appearances throughout the investigation of Wanda's death, but his gorgeous eyes appear to convey more than irritation. As you might have already gathered, this Amish mystery covers numerous elements that prove to entertain, intrigue, and keep you turning pages to transport you to the next development!

    Isabella Alan pens a story that is filled with adventure, wit and colorful characters that will keep your interest until the last page. "Murder, Simply Brewed" is a delightful blending of all the great characteristics that will keep your interest and curiosity piqued throughout the entire story. Never a dull moment is to be found in this captivating read! The author has written this book in the first person and does a fantastic job of it. I enjoyed this book so much I'll undoubtedly read it again. The author develops a descriptive, fast-paced adventure of activities that are creative and penned in a unique style. I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of this book and settle in for a long evening of entertainment!

    Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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