Monday, October 5, 2015

5-Star Review of "Murder Plainly Read"

Review of Murder Plainly Read

(An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #4)

by Isabella Alan


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…


My Review:   This book reminded me of something:  how much I love Isabella Alan's Amish mysteries!!!   I was not disappointed with the fourth book in her Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series.   Angie and Oliver provide a great deal of comic relief in an otherwise tense bid to find the killer of the Amish bishop.   Add Angie's cat, Dodger, to the mix and you have a real circus!   I just love how her little bulldog, Oliver, goes everywhere with her, even into Amish pieshops!   I have a small Pomeranian and I would love to have the nerve to just waltz in anyplace with her.   Oliver is so cute and lovable that he almost steals the show everywhere he goes too.  But not the show is actually a very series mishap, the death of the strict Old Order Amish bishop.    Did Austina kill him?  It does not look very good for her.   But Angie is asked to help and since murder and mayhem seem to follow her everywhere to the chagrin of her boyfriend, the Sheriff, she is quick to agree.    So Angie enlists the help of her quilting circle and the hunt is on!    
          This book was such fun to read.  I love to try to solve mysteries and this one had me stumped, I must admit.  I was sure that I had located the killer before Angie but it was not to be the truth of the matter.    Readers will thrill at watching Angie and her friends working to solve the mystery.    Who knows, the ending may surprise you as well!   And there is a bonus at the end with instructions on how to make the pumpkin that the quilting circle makes in the story.
          I rated this book 5 stars and highly recommend it along with the entire series.    
          I received an ebook of this novel from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

About the Author:
Isabella Alan
Isabella Alan is the pseudonym for Amanda Flower, an Agatha-nominated mystery author, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland.  Learn more about this talented young author at:

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