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December 11, 2014

MURDER, SERVED SIMPLY by Isabella Alan




MURDER, SERVED SIMPLY
An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery
by
Isabella Alan

INTRO
Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock has a lot on her plate this Christmas. But things only get worse after someone develops a taste for murder…

Angie’s parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas—but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town’s traditional progressive dinner, featuring a sleigh ride stopping at each shop for a different course of the meal.
The meal ends with an Amish-themed Christmas play at the Swiss Valley Hotel and Barn. But the performance is cut short when an actress falls from the scaffolding to her death. After the sheriff suspects foul play, tensions between the Amish and Englisch heat up, as do rivalries among the acting troupe. Now Angie and her quilting circle must stitch together clues before they’re the ones running for cover…

INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS!

  • Series: Amish Quilt Shop Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (December 2, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451413652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451413659
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1 x 6.8 inches

Editorial Reviews

Review

Praise for the Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries

“A dead certain hit with devotees of cozy mysteries.”—P. L. Gaus, author of the Amish-Country Mysteries

“Isabella Alan captures Holmes County and the Amish life in a mystery that is nothing close to plain and simple, all stitched together with heart.”—Avery Aames, author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries


AUTHOR
Isabella Alan is the author of Murder, Simply Stitched and Murder, Plain and Simple. An academic librarian for a small college in Ohio, she grew up visiting the state’s Amish country with her family. Her 2010 debut, Maid of Murder, written under the name Amanda Flower, received an Agatha Award nomination for Best First Novel. 


REVIEW
The Amish Quilt Shop mystery series books are fun and easy to read.  This is the third book in this wonderful series and comes out to be everything you could possibly want.
Her cover art draws you right in from the start. Then you read on through the book to the very last page and you still haven't had enough.  You want to go on to the next book as soon as it is read, if it isn't already. This book can be read alone just like the others.  I, myself like to start on book one and continue on through the books.  I don't want to miss a thing, not one ting.
There is a quilt shop called RUNNING STITCH that Angie Braddock owns.  It used to belong to her late Aunt Eleanor.   Oliver, the bulldog and "his" kitten, Dodger are the owners of Angie and the quilt shop. This is her first Christmas at Holmes County, Ohio, where she has been welcomed with open arms even by some of the townspeople that didn't know her or her aunt.
She has recently become town Trustee and is volunteered to help with some of the local functions.
At Christmas, Angie's parents and her former fiance, Ryan Dickinson also.  Ryan has been kept a secret and her beau in Ohio doesn't have a clue that he is coming too.  Uncomfortable for sure.
I don't want to tell any more.  I'd like for the reader to find out what all is going on.
The author wrote some great character developments, with emotions and actions that only get better with each book in the series.
The author wrote the book so that you can almost picture that you were in  Holmes County with Angie and her dog, Oliver and Cat, Dodger and all her friends, both Amish and Englisch.
You will find a bit of all kinds of emotions in this book,  The book is fast paced.  Scenes that are sweet, humorous, scary, heartwarming and sometimes even dark and brooding.
There are twists and turns all over the place which keeps the book interesting.
I can't wait for the next book.

I was given a complimentary copy of MURDER SERVED SIMPLY from the author, Isabella Alan and Night Owl Reviews for my view of the book.  No  other compensation took place.

I would give this book 4 STARS.

 






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