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

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

by Isabella Alan

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ISBN-13: 9780451413635
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Series: Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 168,567
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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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"Isabella Alan captures Holmes County and the Amish life in a mystery that is nothing close to plain and simple, all stitched together with heart." –Avery Aames, Agatha Award-Winning author of the Cheese Shop mysteries

“Who can best run a quilt shop in Holmes County’s Amish country – an English outsider, or only the Amish themselves? With its vast cast of English and Amish characters in fictional Rolling Brook, Ohio, Isabella Alan’s Murder, Plain and Simple will be a dead certain hit with devotees of cozy mysteries.” –P.L. Gaus, author of the Amish Country mysteries 

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Murder, Plain and Simple (Amish Quilt Shop Series #1) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Homesteading More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heart warming, detail without losing the suspense
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hrld my attemtion... very enjoyabr highly revommend.
PamBo56 More than 1 year ago
I loved the writing in this book, but was a bit disappointed that there weren't more detail about the quilts and quilting. I'm a quilter (still a newbie at it), and would have loved to read more about that part of the Amish Quilting life. But, I'm sure I'll continue to read further in the series, just because it is a good series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt’s beautiful Amish quilt shop, she leaves behind her career and broken engagement for a fresh start in Holmes County, Ohio. With her snazzy cowboy boots and her ornithophobic French bulldog, Angie doesn’t exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community in Rolling Brook, but her aunt’s quilting circle tries to make her feel welcome as she prepares for the reopening of Running Stitch. On the big day, Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and Englisch tourists browse the store’s wares while the quilters stitch away. But when Angie finds the body of ornery Amish woodworker Joseph in her storeroom the next morning, everything starts falling apart. With evidence mounting against her, Angie is determined to find the culprit before the local sheriff can arrest her. Rolling Brook always appeared to be a simple place, but the closer Angie gets to the killer, the more she realizes that nothing in the small Amish community is as plain as it seems…. Dollycas’s Thoughts I really enjoyed this debut from Isabella Alan. One of the things I miss most since my accident is not being able to create all the quilt designs in my head. It is books like this that make things a bit easier. I quilt vicariously through the characters in the book. While our protagonist visited her Aenti often she is still an outside and an Englischer. It would take time for everyone to adjust under normal circumstances but with the question of the shop’s true ownership hanging over her head and the man questioning it dead in the store room things are far from normal. Her Aunt’s friends rally around her but there are others in the community both Amish and English that believe she really killed the man. Alan has surrounded Angie with some great supporting characters including her dog, Ollie, who happens to be deathly afraid of birds. There are also the friends she made on those summer visits who are now all grown up and these friends really add depth to the story and maybe a bit of romance in the future. Then again her mother hopes Angie will sell the store and come back to Texas and marry the man she broke up with. We just have to wait and see what happens :) The author has patched together quite a mystery too. There are several threads to follow before the real murder is caught and everything is all sewn up. She kept me guessing all the way. I am very excited to read Murder, Simply Stitched. It comes out June 3.
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annie9 More than 1 year ago
Great first book. Can't wait for the next one. Very well written.
mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, learning about Amish customs and way of life threaded into the mystery. Can't wait for the next one in this series. A really good first book. Highly recommended.
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
Like The Appleseed Creek Mysteries this book makes me want to learn more about the Amish way of life. I liked the setting,thought Angela was a spunky protagonist, and the other characters interested me as well. The plot flowed well and kept me interested. I also liked the fact that Angela is the owner of a quilt shop because I love handmade quilts. A great debut mystery! * I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
Murder, Plain And Simple is the first in the An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series. Angie Braddock has recently broken off her wedding engagement, so when her aunt dies and leaves her her quilt shop in Rolling Brook, OH, she packs herself and Oliver, her French Bulldog, and moves to Ohio. this should be a happy time for Angie, but she soon finds out that Joseph, the Amish man who has the store next door claims that he owns the quilt shop and wants her out. On the morning of the grand reopening, Angie finds Joseph dead in her storeroom. A victim of murder. Not being sure if she is the primary person of interest, Angie sets out with the help of her Amish Quilting Circle sets out to clear her name. The victims brother in law, Elijah, who has spent time in prison for arson, seems to have motive to be the murderer. The real question is how did he get in the shop, as Angie and Martha who has been running the shop for a couple years, are the only ones who have keys. I really enjoyed this book, with it's well developed characters and story line. The author provides the reader with just enough information as to just how the Amish and Englischer coexist in a small community. And for me being a dog lover, I really enjoyed reading the antics of Oliver. Oliver has a fear of anything with wings. Alan must be dog lover too, as she dead on with Oliver actions. Looking forward to the next book, as some things that took place in this book will probably continue on in future books.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Murder, Plain and Simple After a rough break up with her fiancee, Angie moves from Dallas to an Amish community in Ohio, where she has inherited a quilt shop from her Aunt Eleanor. Upon arrival she is met by her aunt's attorney Harvey Lemontop and Martha Yoder, an Amish woman who worked for her aunt. Things seem to go bad pretty quickly after that. Angie finds herself caught up in the murder of Joseph Walker, owner of the wood working shop next door. Joseph had laid claim to Aunt Eleanor's shop, but no one could find a deed to it. If it weren't for Joseph's murder, Angie would find herself very welcome in the community. With characters like Willow Moon, owner of the tea shop, Farley Jung town trustee, Danny Nicolson who works for the county tourism , Sheriff Mitchell, and Oliver, Angie's sweet little French bulldog,(who happens to be terrified of birds), Isabella Alan has a sure fire win!I look forward to the next book in this fun new series. 
debforb56 More than 1 year ago
Patchwork of Mystery Murder Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan Review Murder Plain and Simple by Isabella Alan When Angie's wedding is called off she is glad to move back to Amish Country in Ohio where her Aunt has left her Amish Quilt Shop to Angie. What she doesn't expect is to be in the middle of a murder and for it to happen in her quilt shop which makes her a suspect. Angie thinks she has to help Sheriff Mitchell find other suspects and the murderer to clear her name. She has to piece together the clues before he arrests her for the murder. I love the book. Angie is smart, stubborn, inquisitive, and strong. Angie is starting a new chapter in her life by moving to Ohio and taking over her Aunt's Quilt Shop which takes strength and courage. She tries to shed light on other people who could be suspects in the murder of Joseph, who was murdered in her store and puts herself and her dog Oliver in danger. The Author gives you several people who could have been the murderers which keeps you guessing. She has some really unique characters in the town that adds to the story. Who doesn't know someone like Willow, the teashop owner, who is a flamboyant whirlwind that never realizes how ridiculous she is at times. The book is a great read for those who love to read about the Amish, the Amish culture and community as well as those who enjoy a good mystery with twists and turns. I love the setting in a small Amish community and the author paints a picture with her words so that you feel like you are standing on the sidewalk on main street with all the Amish shops and buggies. I would give this book 5 stars and I can not wait to read more in this series. Besides we have to find out if there is romance in store between Angie and Sheriff Mitchell. The quilting hints and how to at the end of the book was a big plus. Overall I think this was a great, enjoyable read and hope that you will read it when it is released Sep 3, 2013. Thanks to NetGalley and PENGUIN GROUP for sending me a copy of this book to review and give my honest opinion and review
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