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Murder, Plainly Read

An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, #4

When Ohio quilt shop owner Angie Braddock agrees to help with her local library’s annual book sale, she ends up working alongside outspoken librarian, Austina Shaker. After an Amish bishop who clashed with Austina ends up dead, Angie searches for clues to solve the mystery and clear the librarian’s name.

MURDER, PLAINLY READ is the fourth book in Isabella Alan’s Amish Quilt Shop Mysteries, though it’s the first one that I’ve read. It certainly won’t be the last. Alan does a wonderful job on every level of storytelling. The setting of Holmes County, Ohio provides a charming small town environment that’s so appealing I’m ready for a trip to the Midwest. Each of her characters is well developed, and amateur sleuth and quilt shop owner, Angie Braddock, is a fun, interesting main character. I loved Angie’s relationship with her sheriff boyfriend, James Mitchell, as much as I enjoyed her interactions with her adorable French bulldog, Oliver, and her strong-willed cat, Dodger.

My favorite part of the story was the insight it offered into the Amish community in Ohio. Since Angie’s aunt was Amish and owned the quilt shop she inherits, she is accepted by and interacts with members of the Amish community more than many Englisch would. This particular mystery revolves around the local library’s annual book sale, and the feisty librarian who becomes entangled in the death of an Amish bishop who opposed her bookmobile. The story’s combination of quirky small town characters, books, quilts, an endearing sleuth, adorable pets, and the puzzle of an unsolved murder that held my interest until the end were the perfect blend for a satisfying cozy mystery. Although this is one of those series where I’ve come in at the fourth book, I totally enjoyed every bit of it. Now I can’t wait to go back and read the rest of the books in the series.

Book Blurb for Murder, Plainly Read

In the latest from the author of Murder, Served Simply, an Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock’s got this mystery covered…

With so much to do between running her shop and spending time with her new boyfriend, it’s amazing Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library's annual book sale. Luckily she’s working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn’t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons—even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina.

And she certainly might be ruined after Belier is found dead in her bookmobile. Now Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle—as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver—if she hopes to prove Austina’s innocence before the real killer books it…


Night Owl Reviews Nov, 2015 4.00