Happy Book Release Day! It is Mad Hatter Day as well! I think the Mad Hatter is my favorite character in the book! Did you get some wonderful, new books today? Just after midnight new books started showing up on my Kindle (yes, I was awake reading a book). Murder, Plainly Read by Isabella Alan, Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs, Streams of Mercy by Lauraine Snelling, The Skeleton Haunts a House by Leigh Perry, An Amish Christmas Gift (various authors), A Gala Event by Sheila Connolly, Looking for Mr. Good Witch by Jim and Joyce Lavene, Ghost of a Potion by Heather Blake, and The Big Chili by Julia Buckley are some of the books that came out today!
Murder, Plainly Read by Isabella Alan is the fourth book in An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series. Angela Braddock is the owner of Running Stitch a quilt shop in the town of Rolling Brook, Ohio. She inherited the shop from her Amish aunt about a year ago. Angie is also a town trustee. She is taking a quilt that her quilting circle made (customer order) to Austina Shaker, the librarian on the bookmobile. Angela gets roped into running the library sale that weekend (someone hurt themselves and cannot run it). When Angela shows up the next day, she finds Austina standing over the body of Bishop Bartholomew Beiler. Bishop Beiler was against the bookmobile and books in general. He felt that they would corrupt the people in his district. When Sheriff James Mitchell (and Angela’s boyfriend) shows up, he is not happy to see Angela at the scene of another murder (she does have a knack for finding dead bodies). Austina is the immediate suspect (she was standing over the body and no sign of forced entry).
Austina asks Angela to investigate the murder and clear her name (actually insists). Anna Graber (a feisty Amish friend of Angela’s in her 60’s) loves investigating and tells Austina that they will take the case. Angela sets out to clear Austina’s name and find out who killed Bishop Beiler. Along the way Angela will have to deal with her interfering and overbearing Mother who decides to help with the book sale (and push Angela towards the alter).
I found Murder, Plainly Read to be so much fun to read. There are times when you will be laughing out loud (especially from the antics of Angela’s mother). It was nice to revisit Rolling Brook, Angela, Anna, Mattie, Sheriff James Mitchell, and the rest of the characters. I found the mystery to be medium level (I solved it before I was halfway through the book) but the author did a good job leaving clues and trying to lead the reader down different paths. Murder, Plainly Read is well-written and is a pleasant way to while away a few hours. I give Murder, Plainly Read 4.75 out of 5 stars (since I was able to figure out the killer early in the book). I cannot wait for the next book in An Amish Quilt Shop series. Murder, Plainly Read came out today!
The next book in the Amish Quilt Shop Series is Murder, Handcrafted, and it will be out in June 2016 (I know that sounds far away but the time will just fly by)! The first three books in the series are: Murder, Plain and Simple, Murder, Simply Stitched, and Murder, Served Simply. For more information on Isabella Alan (aka Amanda Flowers) and her books visit www.AmandaFlower.com. You can also visit her on Facebook.
I received a complimentary copy of Murder, Plainly Read from NetGalley (and the author) in exchange for an honest review.
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy day to read my review. I am currently reading Pop Goes the Weasel by M. J. Arlidge. I hope you are having a spectacular week! Take care and Happy Reading!
The Avid Reader