Murder Simply Brewed

An Amish Village Mystery, Book 1
Narrated by: Renee Ertl
Series: An Amish Village Mystery, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join forces to solve the mystery.

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops - until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.

When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends - as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced.Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance - all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Oasis Audio

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definitely worth the time

I was looking for a book that would not stimulate me greatly that would just allow me to listen calmly without the high drama. This book fill that bill it was interesting enough, but I was never truly on the edge of my seat. I just wanted to be able to relax at night before I went to bed, perfect.

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Excellent storytelling

Loved the storyline and want more stories about these people. Reader pronounced some words incorrectly, but still worth a listen.

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A cheese filled romance with a little mystery

I didn't realize that this was going to be so heavy on the romance, I don't really prefer that in my murder mystery. Also the murderer didn't seem to be grounded in reality. This was not my cup of tea...er coffee.

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Secrets, Simple Ways, and a Lonely Man

I’m a huge fan of Vanetta Chapman’s Shipshewana Amish Mysteries, so I was anxious to listen to this series. When Amber Wright learns that Ethan Gray, manager of the Amish coffee shop, A Simple Blend is dead on the floor of the shop, she is rightfully upset and flabbergasted. Amber, an Englisher, who runs the village of Amish shops, has never had anything suspicious happen before. She assigns Hannah Troyer, another young Amish woman, who usually works in the quilt shop to take over the coffee shop while the investigation into Ethan’s death continues, and the two young women become friends. But soon it becomes obvious to everyone EXCEPT the police that Ethan Gray did not die of natural causes. When ominous old testament warnings begin to show up at other places in the village that are both threatening and strange, Amber has no choice but to begin to look into things herself. Her long-time neighbor, Tate Bowman, who lives at the edge of Amber’s property, has been critical of the Amish village, but when he finds a warning near his property line, he has no choice but to tell Amber. A cautious friendship begins to form between the widowed Tate and Amber, who is also single. The simple ways of the Amish, the mystery of the death of the manager of the coffee shop and the budding romance between Amber and Tate make for a wonderful story. Clean, refreshing, while still keeping you on your toes as to who the murderer may be, you will no doubt enjoy this Amish mystery, just as I did!

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This book keep on your toes

This is very good book that has a lots of turn thourgh out the book and will keep on toes to try find what happens. I can not wait to start book2

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Good villain

I have to admit that I figured out who the murderer was long before it was revealed, but the strange, odd depth of the character grew in great proportions by the official reveal.

Clean read. Two different romantic subplots. One young romance and one older couple, that was an enjoyable twist.

I will continue the series.

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Excellent "first of series"

Excellent plot, great balance between suspense and romance, delightful narrator. I'm so glad narrator didn't attempt to assume the accent of the Amish dialect. Very pleasant "read" and "first of the series." Highly recommend to readers of cozy mysteries.

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Not impressed with this one

Eh. Wasn't 100% impressed. Her Shipshewana mysteries are MUCH better. This story line, while I do understand is Christian faith based, is loaded with God references and I will say I skipped ahead a lot. The narrator? Horrible. I enjoy Amish based stories and this woman's pronunciation of the Pennsylvania Dutch was TERRIBLE! I've heard a lot better. 100x better than this narrator. I may give the second book a try but not the Audible version if it's the same narrator.

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Amish Murder She Wrote

A nice gentle murder mystery that you could listen to again. No great detective literature but if you want something in the vein of Murder She Wrote then I would recommend Murder Simply Brewed. The references to the Pennsylvania Dutch adds a touch of the exotic - although I was surprised when the main heroine is an Amish girl working in a store and not at home. Also running around with a man on a Sunday I imagine is verboten. The voice is gentle and soothing and reads well. Good for a long journey. Would recommend.