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Murder, Plain and Simple Audiobook

Murder, Plain and Simple: Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, Book 1

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 07-14-15
    Beatrice Houston, TX, United States 07-14-15 Member Since 2014
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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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reading Teacher Washington, PA 09-18-15
    Reading Teacher Washington, PA 09-18-15 Member Since 2015

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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eddie Lynn 10-08-16
    Eddie Lynn 10-08-16 Member Since 2016

    No spoilers from me! Sexy, romantic stories, thrillers, mystery, relationship stories.. my library is a crazy mix.

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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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    Amazon Customer 11-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Very Enjoyable"

    The Amish community struggles to maintain its identity and authenticity in a small Ohio town where the English business owners believe the only true path to success is growth and profit. Into the midst of this cultural tug of war arrives a 30 someting young lady from Dallas, Texas who has inherited her Auntie's quilt shop. The Grand Opening goes off without a hitch but day 2 begins with a dead body. Things become more complicated as she deals with a missing deed, an arsonist, an aspiring reporter, rival business owners, local politicians and, oh yes, a hunky sheriff with electric blue eyes.
    This book is fun to read and it keeps you guessing who is friend, who is foe and which of a myriad of suspects is actually a murderer right to the very end.

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    Judy Sigrest 08-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    Loved it, Keep me guessing, the reader did great showing the emotions of the characters and situations

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    Susan Mesquite, Texas, United States 08-03-16
    Susan Mesquite, Texas, United States 08-03-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved this book. can't wait to read next one!"

    Good story, characters and narrator. enjoyed it very much. Love reading about Amish traditions.

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    Dobby "Pam" Idaho, United States 01-06-16
    Dobby "Pam" Idaho, United States 01-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent cozy mystery"

    This is a new author to me and I enjoyed her debut book. I've added the others to my wish list. I also liked the reader.

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    Leanne Holveck 09-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Really Enjoyed this book"
    What made the experience of listening to Murder, Plain and Simple the most enjoyable?

    Really enjoyable, there wasn't a boring part in the whole book


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I couldn't wait to listen to more of the story.


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    Susan Warren Brandon, FL United States 05-22-15
    Susan Warren Brandon, FL United States 05-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great"

    Excellent book with good plot and characters. The Amish influence is good , and the English influence makes it more interesting! I do hope the series continues.

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    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 07-30-15
    A. Moose Bristol, VA USA 07-30-15 Member Since 2013

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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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