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Murder, Simply Stitched

(Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,112 ratings  ·  151 reviews
When Angela Braddock enters her quilts in an Amish auction, she never expects one of her neighbors to end up going, going, gone....
Angie is finding her niche as the new owner of her late aunt’s Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch. But as the summer is winding down, so is business. To bolster support for the shop, Angie decides to sell her quilts in t
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by Obsidian (first published June 1st 2014)
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Follows cozy format but still fun.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Angie Bradock is at it again. There's another murder in Rolling Brook, and once again Angie is the one who stumbles across the body. She's an endearing busybody who just can't leave the investigations up to police, much to Sheriff Matthews chagrin.

My favorite character is back- Oliver, the timid, bird-phobic French bulldog. This time he adds two sidekicks: Dodger, "his" kitten and Petunia the Nubian goat. Their escapades kept me laughing. Adding to the mix, mischievous twin boys and a goth teen,
May 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
MURDER, SIMPLY STITCHED is the second book in Ms. Alan's Amish Quilt Mystery series. There are some references to the first book Murder, Plain and Simple, but I didn't find it necessary to have read the first book as it stands alone.

MURDER, SIMPLY STITCHED is written in first person, which might turn some readers off, but it didn't bother me. I enjoyed being "in Angie's head" as she tried to solve the mystery. Some of the events in the book are slap-stick comedy, some are just thrown in for sh
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2015
I liked this one, but not as much as the first one. Angie pulls stunts in this one that are absolutely unbelievable. Hard to think anyone could actually be that stupid about some of the things she does. Nevertheless, a good story dealing with the idea of how far you'd be willing to go to save someone you love.
This was surprisingly readable. I listened to it at 3 times normal speed, so that might have something to do with it. The low expectations I had about it might have something to do with it too. (I rated the first book 1 star). I don’t really buy these murderous small towns, but sometimes the characters make up for it. I didn’t connect to these in the first book, and we don’t get to know anyone much better in this one, but at least Angela is creeping up on me. I like the ornithophobic dog and the ...more
May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, cozy, amish
Angie is trying to make a success of her newly inherited quilt shop, and putting some quilts up for auction at the Amish market is hopefully a way to make money and promote her shop. But when her Amish friends become people of interest in a suspicious death, Angie is driven to find the truth and prove her friends innocent of the crime. Her shop almost takes a back seat to her desire to help. And yet she still manages to sell some quilts before she finds herself in hot water. This is a well-craft ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading about the simple things in an Amish community is refreshing. But murder, not so. Angie is obsessed with finding out who the murderer was, that she acts without thinking. Her dog Oliver and. a goat named Petunia keep me laughing. This series is a nice cozy mystery read..Enjoy.
Christine (KizzieReads)
There are some things that Angie does that drive me batty, but overall it was a good story. I love the writing and Oliver the dog is quite cute, and I'm not a dog person at all.
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
Angie runs her late aunt's Amish Quilt shop. As an Englisher, Angie has made several Amish friends in the area, though there are still those who are skeptical including Martha Yoder who cared for Angie's late aunt. Martha has since opened a 'true Amish' quilt shop right next door to Angie!

Angie decides to sell some of her aunts quilts in the local Amish auction to help make the quilt shop payments.As the first Englisher to sell at the auction, Angie wants to make sure everything goes smoothly so
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This story had me laughing out loud from almost page one. Let’s just say that thanks to a certain goat named Petunia Angie’s entrance to the auction grounds was quite eventful. Things get more serious when Petunia was back in her pen and Wanda’s body is found.

Alan again has given us Englischers a glimpse at Amish life. Holmes County is a place tourists visit to purchase Amish made goods and see their simpler lifestyle. There are Englischers in town as well but they are clearly
Denise Zendel
Apr 28, 2014 rated it liked it
In book 2 of this sweet series, Angie is finding her niche as the new owner of her late aunt’s Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch. To drum up some business, Angie decides to sell her quilts in the Rolling Brook Amish Auction, including some of her aunt’s most prized works.

While at the auction, Angie stumbles upon the body of township trustee Wanda Hunt behind a canning shed. She appears to have been killed by a poisoned blueberry fry pie from the table of Rachel Miller, Angie’s closest friend. An
❂ Murder by Death
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Isabella Alan writes great characters and some fantastic romantic tension but as much as I like Angie, I was left irritated by her over inflated view of her own importance in clearing her friend of the crime. In no version of fantasy or reality can I convince myself it is appropriate to interrogate strangers.

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Jennifer Brown
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well another one got me. I thought it was one of the characters and it was the other. They didn't make it too obvious (at least not to me). With the descriptions of some of the stuff, it makes me want to visit an Amish town (not with the murder, or course). I love the small town feelings and the community "love". Will definitely continue with this series!
Niken Nastiti
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I thought it would be a serious-crime-slash-thriller-story with a slow pace and boring character. Boy was I wrong. I really enjoyed this one. Love the character, the Amish background (and the community!) and the story. Makes me want to have a quilt shop too in Rolling Brook haha!
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Angie owns an Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch, even though she's not Amish. It was left to her by her Amish aunt, and she's coming to be a part of the community, and making friends among the Amish. She's excited to be having a few of her aunt's quilts up for auction in the Rolling Brook Amish Auction. Her friend and business neighbor, Rachel Miller, is also selling baked goods from her bakery. Rachel's husband Aaron is planning to open a factory for the pies, but not everyone is happy about it. ...more
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
The second installment in the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries was as enjoyable as the first. This one started out with a hilarious romp with a goat who winds up stealing the show through much of the book. The continuing development of the characters in this series is enjoyable to watch, and I’m glad to see that Angie is settling nicely into the quilt shop and Rolling Brook itself. The action moves quickly and makes for an easy read, with several moments of humor thrown in for good measure. And once a ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's definitely love.

Murder, Simply Stitched, book 2 of the Amish Quilt Shop series, solidified my love of the characters of the Rolling Brook, Ohio. They are real people with foibles and honor who make these books a real community rather than mere characters on a printed page.
I am completely enamored with Angie and the ladies of Running Stitch. I want them to teach me to quilt (though Anna will certainly despair for my uneven stitching for a very long time), I want boxes of Rachel's bakery go
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Amish Fiction, fans of cozy mysteries.
I got this book from my dad who attended a library conference years ago and it's been on my TBR pile since then. I'm sad it took me so long to read it because it was a very enjoyable read.

It's fast-paced and hard to put down. I like the portrayal of the Amish community and the two twists at the end. I was a little off-put by Angie's character, but the rest of the characters were likable. The romance element was well done, too.

I hope that soon I'll get around to the others in the series.
Julie Trapp
Nov 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-books
3.5 Angie, new owner of quilt shop Running Stitch, decides to sell some of her aunt's beautiful quilts at the Amish Auction. When Angie stumbles upon the body of annoying/brash/arrogant township trustee Wanda, the finding is that she was poisoned. Unfortunately, a blueberry fry pie given to her by Rachel Miller held the poison. Now, Angie and the others in her aunt's quilting circle must find the killer. Interesting and enjoyable story, but lose the weird dog, Lots of quilting jargon. The goat w ...more
50 States and at least 50 Authors 2016 Reading Challenge. OHIO.

Angie has been permitted to enter some of her late Aunt's quilts in an Amish auction. Wanda is found dead just outside the auction and Rachel is implicated because she had given Wanda a blueberry fry pie. However, Angie is out to prove Rachel is not responsible for Wanda's death even though Wanda apposed the pie factory that Aaron and Rachel wanted to build in Rolling Brook.
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A visit to Running Stitch quilt shop is a recipe for a fun read. Angie, the shop owner, discovers a body at the Amish auction but refuses to accept that her Amish friend is the murderer. The ineraction of Angie with her dog Oliver and his friendship with her cat Dodger keep you smiling. Add a naughty goat called Petunia to the mix for extra fun. I liked that this time there was a twist to the plot at the end. Looking forward to the 3rd in the series.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, mystery
Murder set in Ohio Amish country. Angie, an Englischer, has inherited her Amish aunt's quilt shop. She is working to make it a success and has started selling quilts at the local auction house. Wanda, a town trustee, dies at the first auction Angie attends and Angie finds her. There is a tangled web to find who the murderer truly is and it involves fry pies with peanuts, sick animals and Wanda's accounting business.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was the second novel in a fun cozy mystery series where Angie Braddock, owner of Running Stitch and amateur sleuth, continues to be somewhat of a bridge between her Amish friends and her fellow "Englishers" who live, work, and occasionally butt heads in the town of Rolling Brook. Like the first novel in the series, Murder, Plain and Simple, it was fairly well written with interesting characters, and I am glad I continued with the series.
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Nice build up from the first book. So far the characters are keeping my interest. The sheriff and Angie bit is filling out nicely. You could see the ex boyfriend coming a mile away. That alone has me waiting to read the third installment.
Elizabeth Meadows
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a fun series so far. There could be a little more about quilting, but the mystery was good and the dog is adorable. I like the first person narrative of the main character.
At the end there is a fun set-up for the next book. I don't think I'll be able to wait for Christmas to read it!
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy this series. There is humor, mystery & the storylines are engaging. I'm happily going to continue reading. Hopefully, I won't detect a pattern. I hate it when a series starts to follow a formula. ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read it all at one sitting.
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun book to read. I love the quilting theme.
Regina Brown
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, easy read with a few twists

I enjoy reading about a different lifestyle from mine. The Amish background is well researched. The story is entertaining as are the characters.
Mary K.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
still enjoying the series
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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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