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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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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 07-14-15

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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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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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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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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Snowflake

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

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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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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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.