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First in a new series! 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 First in a new series! 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....  


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First in a new series! 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 First in a new series! 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....  

30 review for Murder, Plain and Simple

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dale Harcombe

    Three and a half stars. This is a cute read. Angie Braddock moves from Texas, when she inherits a quilt shop from her Amish aunt. Not everyone in Rolling Brook is happy that a non-Amish person has inherited Running Stitch. Not everyone agrees the shop belongs to Angie. Joseph Walker an Amish woodworker insists the shop is his. They need to find the deed to prove who owns the shop. But it seems to be missing. When the murder of Joseph Walker occurs one night after the shop is closed. Angie becomes Three and a half stars. This is a cute read. Angie Braddock moves from Texas, when she inherits a quilt shop from her Amish aunt. Not everyone in Rolling Brook is happy that a non-Amish person has inherited Running Stitch. Not everyone agrees the shop belongs to Angie. Joseph Walker an Amish woodworker insists the shop is his. They need to find the deed to prove who owns the shop. But it seems to be missing. When the murder of Joseph Walker occurs one night after the shop is closed. Angie becomes a prime suspect. I liked the character of Angie and I also liked Oliver, her French bulldog who is afraid of birds. That added an amusing touch to the story. The cast of characters are well drawn and interesting. There is a hint of a love interest which I suspect may develop in later books. As in any murder mystery, there are several red herrings designed to try and lead the reader away from the real culprit until the end. I wasn't totally convinced about the ending. Not being a quilter or a craft person at all, I ignored the Amish Quilting Tips at the end. I also avoided reading the preview of the next book in the series, not became I won’t read it but because I don’t like reading previews. I’d rather wait till I can get my hands on the book. This is the first book in a cosy mystery series and I think it is likely I will check out some others.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    2.5 stars In my everlasting effort to find a good - nay, a great - Amish love story...I find myself here. Sigh. On the heels of my broken engagement, I learned I'd inherited my Amish aunt's quilt shop, Running Stitch Angela Braddock is ready for a restart - so she leaves her career, her ex-fiance and her old home and sets off to Holmes County, Ohio to take over a quilt shop. The clientele are mostly Amish, and while some are welcoming...others? Not so much. "You'll be gone soon enough... 2.5 stars In my everlasting effort to find a good - nay, a great - Amish love story...I find myself here. Sigh. On the heels of my broken engagement, I learned I'd inherited my Amish aunt's quilt shop, Running Stitch Angela Braddock is ready for a restart - so she leaves her career, her ex-fiance and her old home and sets off to Holmes County, Ohio to take over a quilt shop. The clientele are mostly Amish, and while some are welcoming...others? Not so much. "You'll be gone soon enough..." People aside, Angela soon learns that she has a much, much bigger problem. "What do you mean, you can't find it?" The deed to her inherited shop is missing and then...the one person who loudly contests that...winds up dead. In her shop. With fingers pointing everywhere, Angela needs to do something (and fast!) to clear her name! First off - kudos to this book for being the only book that's ever seriously used this phrase: "She's not the only one with a watermelon motive." Second off - I have not met a more dense main character in a long, long time. The book started off decently enough. Angela Braddock and her cute little frenchie move into the new community and pick up the shop. But then...the murder happens. A cute police officer takes her statement and does a standard set of questioning to her. TO which, Angela interprets as him believing she's the murderer...and then the rest of the book consists of her trying to find the REAL murderer. It just got...really ridiculous...considering how hard Angela tried to "prove" her innocence and how all of her efforts just made her so dang suspicious. It got old...fast. And what does Angela do? YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leslye ♥

    This is the first in the Amish Quilt Mystery Series, and what a delightful, cozy read it was. Angie Bradock inherits her aunt's quilt shop in Ohio. After a failed marriage engagement in Texas, Angie believes this inheritance is a sign from God. This should be a happy time for Angie, but she soon finds that Joseph, the ornery Amish woodworker next door, claims ownership of the quilt shop and wants Angie out. The morning after the grand reopening, Angie finds Joseph has been murdered in her storer This is the first in the Amish Quilt Mystery Series, and what a delightful, cozy read it was. Angie Bradock inherits her aunt's quilt shop in Ohio. After a failed marriage engagement in Texas, Angie believes this inheritance is a sign from God. This should be a happy time for Angie, but she soon finds that Joseph, the ornery Amish woodworker next door, claims ownership of the quilt shop and wants Angie out. The morning after the grand reopening, Angie finds Joseph has been murdered in her storeroom. Angie decides she must clear her name and find the killer. The Amish culture is very interesting and unique. The author does a good job of mixing the Amish and Englisch ways of life in her story. The characters are entertaining and fun, and I enjoyed getting to know them. I especially loved Angie's companion, the bird-phobic French bulldog, Oliver. So funny! He truly was the star here. If you're a fan of Amish mysteries, or cozies, you will enjoy spending time with Angie and her friends. This was a quick, light read, and it kept me guessing until the end- which is how a cozy murder mystery should be.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tari

    I just knew I'd love this series as much as I do the Amish Candy Shop seeing how it's by the same author using a pen name. This is an older series that I'd been wanting to start for a long time now, and I'm so glad I did! It definitely didn't take long for me to get completely immersed in this small Amish town and its awesome characters. I just love little Oliver, Angie's French bulldog who was excited about getting a new little kitten as a sibling. Poor little guy was afraid of nearly everythin I just knew I'd love this series as much as I do the Amish Candy Shop seeing how it's by the same author using a pen name. This is an older series that I'd been wanting to start for a long time now, and I'm so glad I did! It definitely didn't take long for me to get completely immersed in this small Amish town and its awesome characters. I just love little Oliver, Angie's French bulldog who was excited about getting a new little kitten as a sibling. Poor little guy was afraid of nearly everything, but at least he liked cats. I hadn't quite guessed the killer, so I just read while it played out. The showdown was quick but effective. I know this was a limited series that's ended, but I can't wait to read the next book to see how things progress between Angie and the sheriff as well as how a new competitor works out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Angie moves from Dallas to Ohio's Amish country when she inherits her Amish aunt's quilt shop. The small Holmes County town where it is located consists mostly of Amish-owned businesses, and some people, including the woman who managed the shop while her aunt's health failed, want to keep it that way. When the man next door who tries to lay claim to shop's deed turns up dead in the shop's storeroom, Angie feels she needs to do a little investigating to keep herself out of jail. This first in the Angie moves from Dallas to Ohio's Amish country when she inherits her Amish aunt's quilt shop. The small Holmes County town where it is located consists mostly of Amish-owned businesses, and some people, including the woman who managed the shop while her aunt's health failed, want to keep it that way. When the man next door who tries to lay claim to shop's deed turns up dead in the shop's storeroom, Angie feels she needs to do a little investigating to keep herself out of jail. This first in the series is full of engaging characters who will keep readers coming back for more. Her dog, a "Frenchie," fears birds of all sorts, providing some amusing moments. I listened to the audio version of the book, and it's clear neither the narrator nor the producer thought to check the pronunciation of towns in Holmes County. They consistently mispronounced Berlin, and I corrected the narrator every time she mispronounced it. I hope listeners let Tantor Media know of the problem before the second book was narrated.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Mayda

    Angie has inherited a quilt shop from her Amish aunt, but there is a question about the actual ownership. A rather strong-minded Amish man claims that the shop belongs to him, which Angie disputes. The deed which would clear up everything can’t be found anywhere. There are arguments between the two but all that comes to a sudden stop when the Amish man is found murdered in Angie’s shop. This cozy has much to commend it. The characters are well thought out and the plot is intriguing. Even the sec Angie has inherited a quilt shop from her Amish aunt, but there is a question about the actual ownership. A rather strong-minded Amish man claims that the shop belongs to him, which Angie disputes. The deed which would clear up everything can’t be found anywhere. There are arguments between the two but all that comes to a sudden stop when the Amish man is found murdered in Angie’s shop. This cozy has much to commend it. The characters are well thought out and the plot is intriguing. Even the secondary characters, especially the dog who is afraid of birds, are quite interesting. This is a very good start for what is sure to be a great series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    It was a really good story and page turner as well. Most of the time, I felt like I was there. The descriptions were not overdone, yet were done very well so the reader could visualize everything. Poor Oliver the dog is scared of birds and the scenes with him and the birds were hilarious! The only downside was that you were always told about Angie's aunt getting sick and dying, but you never know why or what from. Can't wait to see what happens next. It was a really good story and page turner as well. Most of the time, I felt like I was there. The descriptions were not overdone, yet were done very well so the reader could visualize everything. Poor Oliver the dog is scared of birds and the scenes with him and the birds were hilarious! The only downside was that you were always told about Angie's aunt getting sick and dying, but you never know why or what from. Can't wait to see what happens next.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Digital Audio read by Cris Dukehart. From the book jacket: When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt’s beautiful Amish quilt shop, she is welcomed to Holmes County, Ohio. With her snazzy cowboy boots and her French bulldog, Angie doesn’t exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community, but her aunt’s quilting circle makes her feel at home as she prepares for the reopening of Running Stitch. On the big day, Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and tourists browse the store’s wares Digital Audio read by Cris Dukehart. From the book jacket: When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt’s beautiful Amish quilt shop, she is welcomed to Holmes County, Ohio. With her snazzy cowboy boots and her French bulldog, Angie doesn’t exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community, but her aunt’s quilting circle makes her feel at home as she prepares for the reopening of Running Stitch. On the big day, Angie gets a taste of success as the locals and 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 future of Running Stitch looks bleak. My reactions: I found this moderately entertaining as cozy mysteries go. There’s a decent premise, and I did like Oliver (her bulldog, who is afraid of birds). Alan gives the reader the beginnings of a possible love interest, which will likely develop in subsequent books in the series. And there’s a reasonable cast of supporting characters. Of course, our heroine believes she is the number one suspect in the murder and MUST investigate on her own to prove her innocence. I know this is a common thread in cozy mysteries, but frankly, it’s really not a very plausible plot device. Still, it held my interest and I was sufficiently entertained that I would read another in the series. Cris Dukehart did a fine job performing the audiobook. Clear diction and a decent pace.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    A wonderful start to a cozy series, Murder, Plain and Simple was a book that I devoured. I absolutely loved Angie, she was funny but at the same time realistic, in fact, all of the characters were well-written and realistic. Anna, Rachel, and Jonah were all very fun characters, that I hope we see again. There was hints of conflicting interests when it came to the MC's love life, but yet nothing that would turn out to be a love triangle. The mystery was good, but the killer was sorta out-there in t A wonderful start to a cozy series, Murder, Plain and Simple was a book that I devoured. I absolutely loved Angie, she was funny but at the same time realistic, in fact, all of the characters were well-written and realistic. Anna, Rachel, and Jonah were all very fun characters, that I hope we see again. There was hints of conflicting interests when it came to the MC's love life, but yet nothing that would turn out to be a love triangle. The mystery was good, but the killer was sorta out-there in the fact that their reasons were not really murder-worthy in my eyes. The MC is a little too blunt, when questioning suspects, but nothing that can't be overlooked, and definitely not the worst I've read. Overall not a bad book at all; a lot of semi-mysterious characters that served as suspects, and other funny, friendly characters, yet a mystery that wasn't the best leads me to give Murder, Plain and Simple 4/5 stars. I'll be looking for the next one!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Melodie

    I liked this one...a LOT! I liked that it took place in Holmes County, Ohio, rather than Pennsylvania Dutch country like almost all the other Amish stories do. Good and very believable characters and a well plotted story. I didn't catch on to who the killer was until near the end of the book! Have the next one in The Pile and will be moving it up very soon! RECOMMEND! I liked this one...a LOT! I liked that it took place in Holmes County, Ohio, rather than Pennsylvania Dutch country like almost all the other Amish stories do. Good and very believable characters and a well plotted story. I didn't catch on to who the killer was until near the end of the book! Have the next one in The Pile and will be moving it up very soon! RECOMMEND!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    What a pleasant little surprise this book was. In the beginning I was not to sure but it got better as it went along I thought. A solid 3.5 stars, that is if I could give half stars but since I cannot I will round up to 4 stars. Well continue on with this series.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This was a cozy murder mystery - with the emphasis on the cozy. I loved Oliver, the French bulldog, but the story, and some of the writing in general, was a little weak. It’s the first in a series, but I’m not sure that I’m interested enough to continue with the others.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Rollen

    Really enjoyed this book...a great mystery. Bits of humor here and there...I found myself laughing out loud.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jammin Jenny

    I really enjoyed this first installment in the Amish Shop Quilt Mystery. I loved the small town feel, and how the English woman was kind of shunned by some of the Amish in the town. I didn't figure out who the killer was either until the end. I loved the dog too - Oliver, afraid of birds. I plan on reading more in this series. I really enjoyed this first installment in the Amish Shop Quilt Mystery. I loved the small town feel, and how the English woman was kind of shunned by some of the Amish in the town. I didn't figure out who the killer was either until the end. I loved the dog too - Oliver, afraid of birds. I plan on reading more in this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    LORI (Dollycas) CASWELL

    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 Eng 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 and Isabella Allen will be her for Cozy Wednesday on June 18.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jeannie and Louis Rigod

    We have a new sleuth, Angela Braddock, who has inherited a Amish quilt store, Running Stitch, in Holmes County, Ohio. The town, Rolling Brook, has long been the home of Angela's Aenti (Aunt.) However, there are those in the neighborhood that are not in favor of another Englischer owning a store in the predominantly Amish Community. Specifically, woodworker, Joseph Walker. In fact he is contesting the ownership of the store. Joseph insists that he is the new owner. It all comes down to a missing We have a new sleuth, Angela Braddock, who has inherited a Amish quilt store, Running Stitch, in Holmes County, Ohio. The town, Rolling Brook, has long been the home of Angela's Aenti (Aunt.) However, there are those in the neighborhood that are not in favor of another Englischer owning a store in the predominantly Amish Community. Specifically, woodworker, Joseph Walker. In fact he is contesting the ownership of the store. Joseph insists that he is the new owner. It all comes down to a missing deed. Angela, herself, is a mid-thirties, single(recently un-engaged), woman raised in Texas. She has the fancy boots to prove it. Angela had visited her Aenti for many summers after her family had moved to Dallas. Coming back to Rolling Brook is a healing time she hopes. Angela does find comfort in some of the quilting ladies that were good friends of her Aenti. The community itself is a mixture of unique and comforting personalities. There are the gossipers, the out for themselves, the friendly and the supporting. There is even a recently released person from prison. For humor there is Angela's French Bulldog, Oliver, who is an ornithophobic (fear of birds.) The missing deed is a serious issue. It all comes to a dramatic stop when Joseph is found slain in Running Stitch's storeroom. What was he doing in the closed store? Amish men are home in their houses with their families after sundown. Angela had left at midnight...so? How did he get in? Who killed him. Clearly, Angela is at the top of the sheriff's list of suspects. Is she also at the top of his romantic interests? Angela knows she must get herself off his list quickly. This book felt familiar and yet, had many new elements to the story plot. The humor added to the scenes with Oliver were wonderful. There are many others humorous moments with other characters. This will be a great series to follow in the upcoming volumes. I look forward to this gentle cozy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Isabella Alan asked via Facebook, if anyone wanted an advance reader Netgalley copy of Murder, Plain and Simple and of course I jumped at the chance. Anytime you can you experience one of your favorite authors for free, why wouldn't you? Murder, Plain and Simple introduces us to Angie and her dog Ollie. Angie is taking over her aunt's quilt shop because her aunt has recently passed away. Thinking that her life would be less chaotic and simple, Angie tries to settle into Rolling Brook. Before lon Isabella Alan asked via Facebook, if anyone wanted an advance reader Netgalley copy of Murder, Plain and Simple and of course I jumped at the chance. Anytime you can you experience one of your favorite authors for free, why wouldn't you? Murder, Plain and Simple introduces us to Angie and her dog Ollie. Angie is taking over her aunt's quilt shop because her aunt has recently passed away. Thinking that her life would be less chaotic and simple, Angie tries to settle into Rolling Brook. Before long though, it becomes apparent that there are many that do not welcome Angie's presence. Joseph, the Amish woodworker next door to her shop, claims that his family owns Angie's shop and vows to get it back. Before long, Joseph winds up dead in Angie's stockroom and Angie is almost accused of murder by the local sheriff. Angie sets out on her own investigation because she doesn't trust that the sheriff will explore all options when it comes to figuring out the killer. What a great start to a new Amish series! Unlike Alan's other series, written under her name Amanda Flower, this one does not have religion woven into it. I love Rolling Brook and Angie is an interesting character. She does lose a few cliches and can be over the top with her exclamations but overall, she's a character that you can definitely relate to. Her poor little doggy is afraid of birds and causes some crazy antics of his own. The other characters in town are well-written and I can't wait to get to know them more!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Morin

    I love anything that has to do with murder and crafts. Whether it's knitting, crocheting, needlepoint or quilting, I'm going to read it. What caught my eye was the cover. I love bright & vibrant covers. I enjoy really looking at them and seeing the details. This book had everything I love so I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Angie Braddock is getting over a broken engagement and what better way but to inherit am Amish quilt shop. Angie and her dog Oliver return to Holmes County, Ohio to I love anything that has to do with murder and crafts. Whether it's knitting, crocheting, needlepoint or quilting, I'm going to read it. What caught my eye was the cover. I love bright & vibrant covers. I enjoy really looking at them and seeing the details. This book had everything I love so I had to read it. I was not disappointed. Angie Braddock is getting over a broken engagement and what better way but to inherit am Amish quilt shop. Angie and her dog Oliver return to Holmes County, Ohio to take over Running Stitch. Unfortunately, not everyone is happy with an Englisher taking over an Amish shop, especially Martha, who had been running the shop and was certain she would inherit. If that isn't enough to upset Angie, here comes Joseph Walker who insists he still owns the building. Angie Braddock needs to find the deed to prove her Aunt did own the building and Angie is now the rightful owner. When Angie goes into the shop early one morning, she finds the body of Joseph Walker, dead in her store. This story is interesting and intriguing, a definite must read.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Angie is the new owner of the Amish quilt shop despite not being Amish. She walks b/w the 2 worlds. Similar to the Amish candy shop series, this is an Englischer gal w/a close relative whose Amish so she takes over the shop & walks b/w the 2 worlds. mystery was ok, lots of clues/suspects but another entertaining listen of a series. the negative-lots of characters, i forgot who was who. The pet in this one is a dog but of course, it's one that has quirks. On a side note-Seriously, what is up w/the cut Angie is the new owner of the Amish quilt shop despite not being Amish. She walks b/w the 2 worlds. Similar to the Amish candy shop series, this is an Englischer gal w/a close relative whose Amish so she takes over the shop & walks b/w the 2 worlds. mystery was ok, lots of clues/suspects but another entertaining listen of a series. the negative-lots of characters, i forgot who was who. The pet in this one is a dog but of course, it's one that has quirks. On a side note-Seriously, what is up w/the cute cops & these business owners turned amateur detectives? Ok, so yeah...they "accidentally" find dead bodies...but how coincidental is that?

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    When Englisher Angela Braddock inherits her Amish aunt's quilting shop, she has several clashes with her Amish neighbors, some serious and some humorous, as she tries to settle into her new role as shopkeeper and make friends in her new community. But her biggest problem happens when the Amish man with whom she had a serious disagreement shows up murdered in her shop, so what can she do to ensure the handsome local sheriff doesn't consider her his prime suspect except find other suspects for him When Englisher Angela Braddock inherits her Amish aunt's quilting shop, she has several clashes with her Amish neighbors, some serious and some humorous, as she tries to settle into her new role as shopkeeper and make friends in her new community. But her biggest problem happens when the Amish man with whom she had a serious disagreement shows up murdered in her shop, so what can she do to ensure the handsome local sheriff doesn't consider her his prime suspect except find other suspects for him to investigate? This cozy mystery was a fun and fast read; it was written well and had several interesting characters. I really enjoyed it and plan to read more of the series.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Knight

    Interesting setting and characters. I would have liked it better if the main character didn't keep snooping around and jumping to conclusions. At one point, I skipped ahead, just to see if it was worth continuing to read. (view spoiler)[Angie's mother is over the top annoying and dismissive of Angie's life. I don't like stories that have Fires, and this one has two. (hide spoiler)] Interesting setting and characters. I would have liked it better if the main character didn't keep snooping around and jumping to conclusions. At one point, I skipped ahead, just to see if it was worth continuing to read. (view spoiler)[Angie's mother is over the top annoying and dismissive of Angie's life. I don't like stories that have Fires, and this one has two. (hide spoiler)]

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dallass

    Sorry, but this is so not in my wheelhouse. Murder, Palin and Simple is the 4th or 5th Amish cosy mystery/romance I’ve tried and I’m sorry to say, but as a sub genre, it just does not appeal to me. 1 star (because I enjoy quilting).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gale Wilkinson

    Great read, got me hooked right away. Love the characters. Great plot. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    A nice cozy read. This is a book that you enjoy reading, and the ending was interesting. Some how Angie seems to think people should just tell her what she wants to know. She does have a good heart.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Needed more quilting. The French Bulldog was cute.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chaitra

    This wasn't bad, exactly, but not good either. The people weren't anyone I wanted to spend time with, the main character was just a step below downright rude, the mystery itself was ridiculous. The one star is for the ornithophobic dog and the birds that harassed him. With an author name like Isabella Alan, I'm sure to read the next one at least, but I'm not hoping for anything. This wasn't bad, exactly, but not good either. The people weren't anyone I wanted to spend time with, the main character was just a step below downright rude, the mystery itself was ridiculous. The one star is for the ornithophobic dog and the birds that harassed him. With an author name like Isabella Alan, I'm sure to read the next one at least, but I'm not hoping for anything.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Judie

    After Angela Braddock’s fiancé broke their engagement, Angela decided to move from Dallas, where she had grown up, to Rolling Brook, Ohio, in the Amish area of Holmes County. Her mother had been born there and left but her Aenti Eleanor married an Amish man, joined the order, and owned a quilt shop. The Running Stitch. Angela visited there every year until her teen years. When she died, Eleanor left her shop to Angela. The timing was perfect. Rolling Brook had been an Amish community for a long After Angela Braddock’s fiancé broke their engagement, Angela decided to move from Dallas, where she had grown up, to Rolling Brook, Ohio, in the Amish area of Holmes County. Her mother had been born there and left but her Aenti Eleanor married an Amish man, joined the order, and owned a quilt shop. The Running Stitch. Angela visited there every year until her teen years. When she died, Eleanor left her shop to Angela. The timing was perfect. Rolling Brook had been an Amish community for a long time but in recent years, non-Amish people, called Englisch, had moved in. Some of the Amish residents accepted the changes and continued to live happily in the community, welcoming both the new residents and tourists who were drawn to learn a bit about the Amish way of life and purchase some of the foods and goods the Amish people produced. Others feared that Rolling Brook would become a mockery of itself with a faux Amish facade to draw in profits. Some of the Englischers, on the other hand, accused the more traditional Amish people of being stubborn. “But what can you expect from a people who haven’t changed for hundreds of years?” One of the most traditional was Joseph Walker, a woodworker whose shop was next to The Running Stitch. Not only did he not want any Englisch living in the community, he also claimed that he owned The Running Stitch and was going to take it over. As any regular reader of cozy murder mysteries will quickly guess, Joseph is murdered and Angela is a prime suspect especially since his body was found in her shop and he had been killed with a device she had there. The plot describes Angela’s efforts to find out who killed Joseph in order to clear her own name. It also discusses her efforts to reopen The Running Stitch and relationships between the Amish and Englisch communities. Some characters seem stereotyped and their actions don’t seem plausible. Those include Elijah, an Amish man who had been imprisoned for arson; Martha, the Amish woman who helped Eleanor during her illness and worked at The Running Stitch; Sarah, the Amish gossip; and Danny, who wanted to make his name as a journalist and was looking for a big story. The relationship between Angela and Sheriff Mitchell copies similar involvements in so many books. After reading about Angela’s mother, a stereotype, it’s a good thing that they live so far apart. At the end of the story is a concise chapter on “Amish Quilting Tips for Beginners.” The book was well-written Amish people are treated very respectfully. The conflict between the Englisch and their ideas for growing the community and the Amish who want to preserve it is well presented especially regarding the Watermelon Fest that is a new attraction promoted by some of the Englisch and both supported and attacked by the Amish.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    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 se 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 wasn’t 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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    What a great way to start off a new series, you have murder,mayhem, mystery and a french bulldog, named Oliver, who almost steals the story. Characters are fascinating, even the evil ones. There suspicions in every direction. Amanda Flower has hit it out of the ballpark with this new series. I read alot of books, I could not put this down, I read it in one day. Angie Braddock has come to Rolling Brook as she inherited her Aunt Eleanor's shop, Running Stitch, she also came here to get over the fa What a great way to start off a new series, you have murder,mayhem, mystery and a french bulldog, named Oliver, who almost steals the story. Characters are fascinating, even the evil ones. There suspicions in every direction. Amanda Flower has hit it out of the ballpark with this new series. I read alot of books, I could not put this down, I read it in one day. Angie Braddock has come to Rolling Brook as she inherited her Aunt Eleanor's shop, Running Stitch, she also came here to get over the fact the man she was going to marry called off the wedding, she needed some space from that and from her Mother, to let the wounds heal. When the local woodworker is found dead in her supply closet, Angie is wondering if it would have been safer to stay in Texas. She needs to get to the bottom of this situation before she herself is harmed, but the Sheriff does not seem to want her help or her interference with this case. Can something good come out of this whole situation or will Angie be headed back to Texas with her tail between her legs. Patsy Glans

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    Thrilled to have discovered this new Amish series. Doubly so to discover that Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower who writes Amish mysteries for the Christian market. So, while not strictly Christian fiction, Murder, Plain and Simple is a clean read with some gentle faith messages concerning forgiveness courtesy of the Amish characters. Completely captivating read. Loved the humour that Alan instills throughout the story -- especially when it comes to Angie's bird phobic dog, Oliver Thrilled to have discovered this new Amish series. Doubly so to discover that Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower who writes Amish mysteries for the Christian market. So, while not strictly Christian fiction, Murder, Plain and Simple is a clean read with some gentle faith messages concerning forgiveness courtesy of the Amish characters. Completely captivating read. Loved the humour that Alan instills throughout the story -- especially when it comes to Angie's bird phobic dog, Oliver. Hysterical. He stole every scene he was in. The mystery is...mysterious...lots of suspects, including poor Angie so she decides to take things into her own hands. She's not a subtle investigator by any means and steps on the sheriff's toes more than a few times. A handsome, intriguing Sheriff, by the way. There's just the hint of a budding romance in their future and I'm looking forward to watching that pan out in future books. A superb specimen of the cozy mystery genre -- and the Amish setting makes the read all the more sublime in my book (pun intended.)

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