Murder, Plain and Simple – Isabella Alan

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4/5 Amish Quilt Shops

On The Back:

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 Englischtourists 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:

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!

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