Synopses & Reviews
When Angela Braddock enters her quilts in an Amish auction, she never expects one of her neighbors to end up going, going, gone....
Angie is finding her niche as the new owner of her late aunts Amish quilt shop, Running Stitch. But as the summer is winding down, so is business. To bolster support for the shop, Angie decides to sell her quilts in the Rolling Brook Amish Auction, including some of her aunts most prized works.
The quilts promise to be a hitbut the gavel comes down on the lively event when Angie stumbles upon the body of township trustee Wanda Hunt behind a canning shed. The cause of death: a poisoned blueberry fry pie from Rachel Millers bakery table. Now Angies closest friend is a murder suspect. With Angie taking the lead, she and the other women of her aunts quilting circle set out to patch together the clues and stop a killer set on shredding the simple peace of Rolling Brook.
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“The best cozy mystery debut I’ve read this year.”
Praise for Hearse and Buggy
andldquo;The best cozy mystery debut Iandrsquo;ve read this year.andrdquo;andmdash;#1andnbsp;New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
andldquo;Bradfordandrsquo;s characters are some of the best developed, most interesting ones Iandrsquo;ve come across in a cozy mystery.andrdquo;andmdash;Lesaandrsquo;s Book Critiques
PRAISE FOR MURDER, PLAIN AND SIMPLE
“A mystery…stitched together with heart.”—Avery Aames, Agatha Award-Winning Author of the Cheese Shop Mysteries
“A dead certain hit with devotees of cozy mysteries.”—P. L. Gaus, Author of the Amish-Country Mysteries
“This series starter set in Amish country will delight readers with its details of the communitys culture and lifestyle. The contrast between the simple life and a grisly murder play out nicely in this well-done cozy.”—Romantic Times (4 stars)
"Isabella Alan captures Holmes County and the Amish life in a mystery that is nothing close to plain and simple, all stitched together with heart." -Avery Aames, Agatha Award-Winning author of the Cheese Shop mysteries
“Who can best run a quilt shop in Holmes Countys Amish country - an English outsider, or only the Amish themselves? With its vast cast of English and Amish characters in fictional Rolling Brook, Ohio, Isabella Alans Murder, Plain and Simple will be a dead certain hit with devotees of cozy mysteries.” -P.L. Gaus, author of the Amish Country mysteries
Praise for the Amish Mysteries
“The best cozy mystery debut Ive read this year.”—#1 New York Times bestselling author Harlan Coben
“Delightful…Well-portrayed characters and authentic Amish lore make this a memorable read.”—Publishers Weekly
"Bradford concocts a clever whodunit...Her characters possess depth, and her mastery of the Amish culture adds a dimension to her work that readers likely will find fascinating." —Richmond Times-Dispatch
“A fascinating cozy that showcases the culture of the people.”—Gumshoe Review
“Bradfords characters are some of the best developed, most interesting ones Ive come across in a cozy mystery.”—Lesas Book Critiques
Fallen Snow Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace—in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop. So when the store’s former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved. Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly—and his Amish upbringing—as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between. As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk . . .
Claire Weatherly found the simple life she always wanted when she opened a gift shop in Heavenly, Pennsylvaniaandmdash;a small town in the heart of Amish country. But when murder disrupts her Heavenly home, itandrsquo;s up to Claire and Detective Jakob Fisher to find the not-so-simple truth.and#160;The quiet town of Heavenly is buzzing with excitement over the latest guests at the local inn, Sleep Heavenly. Toy manufacturer Rob Karble is in town to meet the members of the Amish community who will soon be crafting a new toy line for his company.and#160;But when word gets out that Karble intends toand#160;use the Amish designs without employing the Amish to make them,and#160;someone sends the interloper to his final reward.and#160;No one wants to believe anyone from the Amish community could commit such an act, but as Claire and Detective Fisher have learned, no one is above sinandmdash;or suspicion.
First in a new series!
When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunts beautiful Amish quilt shop, she leaves behind her career and broken engagement for a fresh start in Holmes County, Ohio.
With her snazzy cowboy boots and her ornithophobic French bulldog, Angie doesnt exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community in Rolling Brook, but her aunts 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 stores 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....
The national bestselling author of Shunned and Dangerous returns to the Amish community of Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly has come to appreciate a simpler, more peaceful way of life. But dark secrets are about to complicate thingsand lead to murder
After the Stoltzfus barn catches fire, Claire is awed by the response of the community. Hundreds of Amish men gather together to raise a new barn for the family in a matter of days. But in the midst of the work, a human skeleton is unearthed. Found with the remains is half of a friendship bracelet last seen on Sadie Lehman, an Amish teen long believed to have left her strict upbringing for the allure of English ways.
Now Detective Jakob Fisheronce a member of the Amish community himselfis determined to solve the young womans murder. With Claires help, he must dig into the past and bring to light long-buried secretssecrets that someone is willing to kill to protect
About the Author
While spending a rainy afternoon at a friends house more than thirty years ago, Laura Bradford fell in love with writing over a stack of blank paper, a box of crayons, and a freshly sharpened number two pencil. From that moment forward, she never wanted to do or be anything else. Today, Laura is a national bestselling mystery and award-winning romance author. Her national bestselling Amish Mystery series includes Hearse and Buggy, Assaulted Pretzel, and Shunned and Dangerous. She lives in Yorktown Heights, New York, with her husband and their blended brood.