• Murder, Plain and Simple

  • Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Isabella Alan
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Murder, Plain and Simple

By: Isabella Alan
Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
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Publisher's Summary

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....

©2013 Penguin Group (USA) (P)2015 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"The contrast between the simple life and a grisly murder play out nicely in this well-done cozy." ( RT Book Reviews)

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Pleasantly Surprised

I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are well written and believable. The mystery has enough twists and turns in the plot to enjoy the story and keep you interested. What I liked most is that the Amish characters in the story are blended in and there are not a lot of religious references. The Amish characters are also realistic in the actions and feelings. This is a very good story and I have already started on the next book.

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Hooked me...

I have finished the whole series. This is one of those reads where you feel as if the characters become your friends. Books can stand alone, but are much better when read in order.

A clean book, no foul language, my children listened with me.

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All the perfect elements of cozy!

In my cozy mystery binge, I have blown through a few that I really liked and a few that I can put on a back burner. This one, I will definitely continue. Written with humor, the story brings Angie to Amish country to assume ownership of her deceased aunts' quilt shop. Fresh off a broken engagement in Texas with a mother in denial, she and her cowboy boots find themselves in a town of secrets. A cute dog, a handsome sheriff, a gruesome death and an excellent narrator/story teller combine to make this book a fun listen. I want more!

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Cute

This audiobook is cute but, not the most intricate plot. It really is a lot more English than Amish. There were a few chuckles but it isn’t as relaxing which is why I like Amish fiction.

A little too cute for my taste, disappointing. I found it predictable and some of the characters annoying.

I really like Amish fiction and quilt stores, so I am tempted to give the series another try in hopes that the author worked out some beginner mistakes.

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great story

very well written, easy to listen to. highly recommend this and her other books if you are a mystery person or a quilter.

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Great quilty mystery

I really enjoyed this book. A typical hallmark mystery style.

The only negative is that some of the audio sounds choppy between voices. “He said”. “She said”.

Overall enjoyable.

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Loved, loved, loved this book!!!!!

I can't hardly wait to start book #2😉 Thank you Isabelle Alan. I felt like I was right there next to Oliver and Angie!

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ok beginning to a series. won't buy the next book

Would you be willing to try another book from Isabella Alan? Why or why not?

No. Isabella Alan is a good writer, but didn't do much research on the Amish or quilters. As the daughter of an avid quilter, knitter, and seamstress; it was very disappointing that the name of the main character's quilting shop was The Dropped Stitch. You drop a stitch in knitting, not quilting. I cringed every time the store name was mentioned. I also didn't feel that the character of Angie brought much new to the story. Several of the minor character's were much more interesting and intelligent. Angie was an outsider, she meedles in others lives, lied to the police and was indignant when caught, and was 100 times more worried about her business than the dead man who was found in her storeroom.

Do you think Murder, Plain and Simple needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There are several more books in the series. I won't be reading them.

Any additional comments?

It stuck to the tried and true formula of amateur detectives being able to solve the case. But I just didn't like Angie all that much. She has an overbearing mother intent on seeing Angie marry her ex fiance Ryan. The police chief is hot, with eyes like a clear day in Texas. Any seasoned mystery reader sees where future books are headed. By book 4, she's dating the sheriff and up pops the ex with mom and dad to return Angie to civilized Dallas.

This book was a light breezy read that didn't leave me wanting more of Angie and The Dropped Stitch.

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boring and predictable

It took me forever to finish this book. I would listen to a few chapters then not bother with it again for several weeks. I simply never cared what happened to the main character or her supposed male interest. Actually, he never seemed very interested in her either. Even the ending was boring. I won't be reading anything else by this author.

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Snowflake

Loved it, Keep me guessing, the reader did great showing the emotions of the characters and situations

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