Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #5)

Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #5)

by Isabella Alan

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ISBN-13: 9780451475039
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series , #5
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 237,521
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Isabella Alan is the national bestselling author of the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, including Murder, Plainly Read; Murder, Served Simply; Murder, Simply Stitched; and Murder, Plain and Simple. An academic librarian for a small college in Ohio, she grew up visiting the state’s Amish country with her family. As Amanda Flower, she is the author of the Agatha Award–nominated Maid of Murder as well as the Magical Bookshop Mysteries, including Crime and Poetry.

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Murder, Handcrafted (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series #5) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
TeresaKander More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed this series from the beginning and am very sad that this will be the last book. I'm a big fan of any sort of Amish fiction and the townsfolk of Rolling Brook, Ohio have begun to feel like old friends. This time around, Angie is trying to solve a murder which took place in her backyard AND which has Jonah looking like the prime suspect. As if that weren't enough, the area is also being invaded by Bigfoot enthusiasts who are convinced the creature has been spotted in Holmes County--and Angie finds herself the center of their attention! I love all the animals in this series, as well. Angie has a French Bulldog named Oliver as well as a cat named Dodger, while Jim has his Boston terrier, Tux---and of course Petunia the goat is around quite often, creating havoc wherever she goes. Once again, the mystery was well-written and kept me guessing until the very end. And the solution to the Bigfoot situation was well presented also, even if it was a bit more predictable. The last few pages of the story DEFINITELY had me wishing for at least one more book, but I suppose I will just have to make due with my own imagination. ;) Be sure to read the excerpt of PROSE AND CONS, the next installment of Magical Bookshop Mysteries, which the author writes as Amanda Flower. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.**
RobynKFLNJ More than 1 year ago
Angie Braddock has a thriving business, a supportive family, great friends and a wonderful boyfriend. When a murder occurs that's too close for comfort, Angie knows she has to help figure out who the killer is. This is a great book that flows really well and immediately grabs your attention. I couldn't put this book down. This book is a must read. Isabella Alan is a fantastic author and I highly recommend this series. I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
MelinaM More than 1 year ago
This is a great series and it just keeps getting better and better. In this installment, Angie’s parents are remodeling their kitchen, well her dad is doing it till he hurts himself, so Angie enlists the help of her Amish friend Jonah to finish the job. He brings his Amish friend, Eban, to help. When Jonah finds out who the electrician for the job is, he is not happy. When that electrician is found dead on the jobsite, Angie has to work to prove that Jonah is innocent, on top of the murder, there are a couple of Bigfoot sightings and Bigfoot hunters descend on the Rolling Brook. This story is filled with the same cast of characters, and we get to know some of them a little better. The writing is excellent which makes the story flow so well. I was engrossed from the time I picked it up till put it down. If you are looking for a page-turner, that completely leaves you guessing and totally surprised by the ending, then this is the book for you. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
jlschutts More than 1 year ago
Murder, Handcrafted is the fifth book in the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series by Isabella Alan. This is the first book I've read in this series and I had no trouble getting into the story. The author does a good job of introducing the characters. I really enjoyed this book. I wondered how you could have a murder mystery with Bigfoot, a goat, and the Amish, but Isabella Alan did a great job. This was a very entertaining book. I'm looking forward to starting at the beginning of the series to see what other adventures Angie, Oliver, and Dodger had. I received this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
SewWrite More than 1 year ago
This is a fun series. I always enjoy seeing what kind of trouble Angie gets herself into. This time her mother is renovating the kitchen and needs Jacob's help when Angie's father gets injured. Unfortunately, this becomes an issue when the electrician on the job is murdered and all the evidence points to Jacob who blamed the electrician for a past death. As always it was a fun read following Angie as she followed the clues.
ethel55 More than 1 year ago
Angie Braddock has settled into community of Rolling Brook, Ohio, friendly with both Amish and English. When her transplanted parents start a home improvement project, things take a turn for the worse when someone is electrocuted. One of Angie's old friends is a suspect and the crime echoes one from the past. Several books in, this series has continued to shine. I really like how Alan intersperses humor along with facts about Amish life. Now that Angie's officially the girlfriend of the Sheriff, and since the murder happened at her parents, her intervention seems inevitable. I've been glad to see that local Nubian goat Petunia has managed to retain her position as an important secondary character.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts Another amazing read from Isabella Alan. Angie Braddock life is so good, you just know something is going to go wrong. That’s is just what happens when her dad starts a huge kitchen redo and injures himself. Angie asks her friend Jonah to take over the remodeling while her dad heals but the Amish man ends up in the middle of a murder investigation when the electrician for the job is found dead outside her parent’s home. Angie knows it is up to her to find the real killer and proving Jonah’s innocence sure sparks her resolve. Hopefully she can do it without making her boyfriend, Sheriff James Mitchell too upset or getting herself right in the killer’s sights. I love, love, love this series. I love the way Angie and James’ relationship is progressing even when getting a major push from her mom. I love Angie’s relationship with Jonah. Friends since childhood, their relationship could have gone several ways. But it has grown into a platonic true friendship and certain people just have to deal with it. I also love the way the author’s knowledge of Amish life is told in these stories. There are some conflicts between the Amish and the Englisch but Angie plays the perfect co-between so most things can be resolved. Where this story tops previous installments in the unexpected character the author introduces. BIGFOOT!! in Ohio!! Could it be??? No spoilers here! You are going to have to read the book yourself!! As always, Ms. Alan gives us a great mystery that kept me guessing right up to the end. It was filled with plenty of action too. An awesome story with fantastic characters, humans and their 4 legged friends. I am so upset this is the last book in the series. I definitely wanted more trips to Holmes County. Thank you to the author for leaving us with a happy ending.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Murder, Handcrafted by Isabella Alan is the fourth Amish Quilt Shop Mystery novel. Angela “Angie” Braddock owns Running Stitch in Rolling Brook, Ohio. Angie gets a call that her father hurt himself (his back) trying to take down cabinets in her parent’s kitchen (they are starting a renovation). Her father insisted he could do it (you watched some videos). Angie hurries over to her parents’ house with her dog, Oliver (she takes him everywhere with her). While Daphne (Angie’s mother) takes Kent (Angie’s father) to the hospital, Angie gets her best friend, Jonah Graber (they grew up together) to finish the kitchen. Jonah is getting assistance from Eban Hoch, a newcomer to Rolling Brook. But then Jonah finds out that the electrician is Griffin Bright. Jonah blames Griffin for the death of his cousin, Kamon. But the two agree to work together to complete the kitchen. Things proceed until Angie gets a call early one morning. She rushes over and finds out that Griffin Bright is dead (this kitchen project seems doomed). He was electrocuted. Jonah ends up being the number one suspect. Sheriff James Mitchell (and Angie’s boyfriend) knows that Jonah would not hurt anyone, but he has to follow the evidence (which points to Jonah). Angie blames herself since she got Jonah involved in the project and sets out to clear Jonah’s name. Miriam, Jonah’s wife, intensely dislikes Angie (I believe she dislikes Angie more than the goat, Petunia—did I mention Jonah’s goat mowing service). Angie does not understand why and this incident is not helping the situation. Maybe Anna, Jonah’s mother can shed some light on the situation. Angie will have to rely on her capable employee, Mattie Miller to take care of Running Stitch. But Mattie has been a little secretive lately. Something is up with her. Then there is the Bigfoot problem! Life is certainly not dull in Rolling Brook, Ohio. Join Angie in her investigation in Murder, Handcrafted. Murder, Handcrafted is just charming. I liked how the murder was committed (very clever), but I was quickly able to identify the killer. The Bigfoot subplot was funny and added some humor to the story (but was not too ridiculous). There was a lack of clues in the book. They did not seem to pop up until right before the reveal of the killer (not that you need them, but I like finding the clues in the story). The novel had a sweet, romantic ending that I enjoyed. I give Murder, Handcrafted 4 out of 5 stars. I did find that some information was repeated a couple of times. Overall, the novel is well-written and had a good flow (pace) which made for a pleasurable reading experience. I will definitely be reading more books by Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flower) in the future. There is a preview of Prose and Cons at the end of the book. I received a complimentary copy of Murder, Handcrafted from NetGalley (thanks to the author and her publisher) in exchange for an honest evaluation of the novel.
cathyc1 More than 1 year ago
Isabella Alan has quickly become one of my favorite authors. She crafts characters that I love. Not only in this book but throughout the entire series. Angie Braddock and Sheriff James Mitchell have been two of my favorites in the town of Rolling Brook, Ohio. Angie and her sleuthing pose a bit of a challenge for her boyfriend, Sheriff Mitchell. Of course that never stops her! Especially, not when there's been a murder on her parent’s property. Definitely not when the main suspect is her Amish friend, Jonah! The appearance of Petunia the goat always signals potential problems and several laugh out loud moments. She’s harmless, but she's a hungry little thing that wreaks havoc wherever she goes. It's always fun to catch up with characters that seem like old friends. No matter if they're at Angie's Stitch in Time Quilt shop, Miller's Amish Bakery or any of the other quaint shops in town where you'll encounter lots of love and laughter. Not to mention Oliver, the bulldog and Dodger the cat. This is Cozy Mystery at its finest. I was very surprised when it was revealed who committed the crime! As an added bonus at the end of this book, you'll find directions to make a Quilted Tulip Potholder. Happy reading and happy quilting! Don't forget to check out the sneak peak of Prose and Cons, A Magical Bookshop Mystery written by Amanda Flower/AKA Isabella Allen. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. Murder Handcrafted is book five in An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series. It is a page turning, who dunit from start to finish and of course, Oliver,Dodger, and Petunia steal the show. I can't say enough about the characters and the plot in each of Isabella Alan's books. They are all thought out and full of twists and turns for her readers. Angie Braddock, the owner of Running Stitch in Rolling Brook, Ohio is in the heart of Amish country. She loves it here along with her handsome boyfriend, Sheriff James Mitchell. But all things quiet must come to an end when her dad ends up hurting his back trying to do a DIY kitchen remodel. Angie's mom Daphne is not happy! She is worried about her husband and now her electrician is down for good! He is found dead in the backyard! Tons of secrets start coming out of the wood work about not only Grif the electrician but her best friend Jonah. Why would anyone in this small Amish town want to kill someone??? And how in the world is James going to keep Angie out of this investigation so close to home? Somethings should be left in the past or more people in the future may end up six feet under. I recieved this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Isabella Alan has stitched together a wonderfully crafty mystery! MURDER, HANDCRAFTED, the fifth installment of the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, is one of the best of this series so far. It’s a mystery that will really hold your attention. I’m loving the many Amish mysteries on the market these days, and this series is just one example why. With so many likeable characters, and a delightful setting, readers will find themselves want to move to Holmes Country, Rolling Brook, Ohio. I know I’m ready to pack my bags! A perfect combination of mayhem, and mystery, with some great action, MURDER, HANDCRAFTED is a fast moving story that kept getting better with every chapter! Simply a fantastic whodunit. Check out the back of the book for great quilting tips, and an excerpt from PROS AND CONS, the newest book in the Magical Bookshop Mysteries by Isabella Alan writing as Amanda Flower!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
In this book, Angie is still working hard at her quilt shop, she is still in her relationship with Sheriff James Mitchell, and she is still getting involved in murder investigations! When Angie's father injures his back during a major kitchen renovation, Angie reaches out to Jonah, her childhood Amish best friend, to help with the repairs. The electrician working on the renovations is someone Jonah does not want to deal with, and in true Amish fashion, Jonah refuses to talk about his reasons why. When the electrician is found dead, Jonah becomes the prime suspect and it's up to Angie to prove his innocence. Unfortunately, Angie & Jonah have seen an odd person/animal, and as weird as it sounds, Bigfoot is the only thing it resembles. Before long, gossip is spreading, Jonah's wife Miriam is heated over his & Angie's friendship, and of course, Petunia the goat is eating her way through everyone's flowers! This story was fantastic! The author weaves a tale so believable, I could picture myself walking down the street and looking in all the different shops. The town is so real and the characters feel like genuine friends. Even though this is the last in this wonderful series, I will continue to look for other books from this amazingly talented author! I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Kuzlin More than 1 year ago
While in the middle of a home renovation, Angie's dad hurts himself trying to do the kitchen demolition himself. Angie's Amish friend, Jonah, comes to her rescue and helps clean up the debris and repair the damage. But when he learns who was hired as the electrical contractor, he becomes visibly upset. He would only tell her that this man was responsible for the death of his friend years ago. So when the contractor's dead body is found on her parent's property, electrocuted in a fashion similar to Jonah's friend, he becomes the prime suspect. With no alibi, Angie realizes she has to investigate this murder and clear his name. She soon discovers there were several others with equally valid reasons to see the victim dead, including his own brother. Complicating her investigation are the reported Bigfoot sightings, one of which she actually witnessed. I enjoy this series and appreciate the growing relationship between Angie and her boyfriend, Mitchell, as well as her childhood friendship with Jonah. I also love the animal antics of her dog and cat, and even the goat, Petunia. I look forward to the next book in this series. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.