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Murder, Simply Stitched: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery    by Isabella Alan order for
Murder, Simply Stitched
by Isabella Alan
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Signet, 2014 (2014)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Angela Braddock inherited her late aunt's Amish Quilt Shop, a going concern. She's not sure whether she'll sell the shop or make it her life's work. She's leaning toward the latter.

For an influx of cash, she decides to put some of her aunt's handmade quilts up at auction. She also is opening classes in quilting. With the tourist season just starting, she is hoping to bring in enough cash to keep her going over the slow winter months.

It doesn't help that someone has opened a quilt shop next door to hers, claiming to sell authentic AMISH quilts. Angie's are authentic also. Her aunt became a Quaker when she married an Amishman. The owner of the new shop is upset that Angie inherited, as she expected the original shop would be left to her in the aunt's will.

Onward. At the auction, where BTW her aunt's quilts sell for a nice sum, the only jarring note is when Angie finds the corpse of a township trustee behind a canning shed. The woman was clutching one of Angie's best friend's blueberry fry pies! The friend is now under suspicion of poisoning the trustee. Even though, the trustee more or less deserved her fate, the law must be followed.

Angie sets about to clear her good friend of a charge of murder. She begins to feel uncomfortable, that someone is watching her! Could she be in danger?

Since I live near an Amish community, I felt right at home with the plot, which is well-written and portrays the Amish as they are. A peaceful people who can rise to the occasion if need be. Now I find I have a desire to travel up Route 30 and buy a blueberry fry pie.

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