MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE
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....
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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