Book Review: Murder, Plain, and Simple

Murder, Plain, and Simple
(Amish Shop Quilt Mysteries #1)
By: Isabella Alan
Genre: Cozy Mystery
368 pages
Publisher: Signet
Publication Date: September 3, 2013

* I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.

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.

My Thoughts:
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!'s gonna be a four tea-cupper.



About the Author:
Isabella Alan is the alter ego of Amanda Flower. Amanda, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.


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  1. Thanks for a great review. I read the book and enjoyed it as well.


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