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Murder, Plain and Simple

(Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,422 ratings  ·  193 reviews
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
Paperback, 347 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by NAL
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Dale Harcombe
Jan 08, 2016 rated it liked it
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
Miranda Reads
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook, amish
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..."
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
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
Jul 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amish, mystery, cozy
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 ...more
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.
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
Jun 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
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!
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Teresa Rollen
Feb 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book...a great mystery. Bits of humor here and there...I found myself laughing out loud.
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2014
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
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa Morin
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this on the kindle

I enjoyed this Murder Mystery in this one when Joseph an Amish Man is found dead in the storeroom of the Quilting Shop Running Stitches Which Angie has just Inherited from her late Aunt who was Amish
Joseph had argued with Angie saying that he owned the shop as he had a 50 year old deed, but the deeds which her aunt would have had is missing

Joseph also is very vocal about trying to stop the Watermelon Fest so a good few who had argued with Joseph

I had a few suspects
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
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)
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).
Gale Wilkinson
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read, got me hooked right away. Love the characters. Great plot. I am anxious to read the next book in the series.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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.
Oct 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
Needed more quilting.
The French Bulldog was cute.
Oct 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
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.
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
A little too long to be a cozy, and the sense of place isn't quite there - yes, this is Amish country, but surely that's more than a few German words, less use of technology and disapproval of English ways?

Angela wasn't raised Amish, but her visits to her aunt gave her some familiarity with the culture (as well as a former friend, JoJo, now a happily married man). So why there's little curiosity about the culture as an adult, and her inappropriate boundary crossing with JoJo, is a little
Oct 24, 2013 rated it liked it
When I started reading the book I kept thinking it seemed very familiar, like I had already read it. I realized that it was reminding me of another series that I had read by a different author. Same scenario for the the beginning, main character inherits an Amish quilt shop from their aunt, both owned dogs, both get involved in a murder. Even some of the characters names seemed vaguely familiar. Once I got past that part, the story did go in a different direction.

Overall it was an okay read.
Murder Plain and Simple is first in a new series and introduces us to Angie Braddock, and her dog Oliver.Angie who has left her life in Texas after being jilted by her fiance Ryan to run an Amish quilt shop, left to her by her Aunt, in Holmes County Ohio. And Oliver an adorable french bulldog with an irrational fear of birds.
Angie hopes to start over and make a new life for herself but on her first night there she finds herself entangled in the murder of an Amish man, herself being the main
A Missing Deed

The first in a new excellent cozy set in an Amish community. Angela aka Angie. She flees to Rolling Brook, Ohio, a small Amish town where Angie has inherited her Aunt Eleanor's quilt shop. Arriving there she learns there is a controversy over the shop. The deed to the shop is missing. Later she discovers her neighbor who claims he owns the shop MURDER in her store room. Angie must learn what happened to the deed and the find the Murderer before the sheriff arrest her. The
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Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower, 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 ...more

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