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by Caro, June 16, 2016



Murder Handcrafted

Amish Quilt Shop Mystery, Book #5

By Isabella Alan

ISBN13: 9780451475039

Author website: and


Murder HandcraftedBrought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt


Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock crosses wires with a killer in the latest from the national bestselling author of Murder, Plainly Read…

Spring has arrived in Holmes County and Angie couldn’t be happier. She’s got great friends, a thriving business, and is in the perfect relationship with Sheriff James Mitchell. The only thing raining on her parade is her mother drafting her into a massive home renovation project—and using their sudden mother/daughter bonding time to comment on Angie’s ticking biological clock.

The house’s repairs and upgrades between the Amish craftsmen and their English counterparts are proceeding well until a tremendous shock comes to the workers when the electrician is found dead on site. With the sheriff suspecting foul play, it falls to Angie to root a killer out of the woodwork. . . .


I love every chance I get to visit with Angie Braddock and her friends and family. Getting to spend time in Rolling Brook, OH in Holmes County and at Angie’s store Running Stitch is pure Heaven. Murder Handcrafted is a journey to a wonderful place populated by Amish and English alike. The Amish Quilt Shop Mystery series is such an absolute pleasure to read. The characters are lively and diverse. A perfect mix of mystery and humor. Isabella Alan’s writing style is without a doubt always a hit. The vivid descriptions of life in Rolling Brook mix with an excellent and intriguing mystery and make the 5th in the series a stellar read.

Angie gets an emergency call from her mother that her dad is hurt and getting X-Rays. Who knew do-it-yourself could be so dangerous? Her dad ends up needing a walker and her parents end up needing someone to tear out their kitchen and redo it. Angie’s childhood Amish friend, Jonah ends up being the perfect person for both jobs. There’s only one problem. The electrician her mother hired, Griffin Bright is not well liked by Jonah and for good reason. Angie receives a second emergency call from her parents’ house, but she is shocked when it is Jonah on the other end. Worse yet, he tells her Griff is dead at her mother’s house. He has been electrocuted and it is not an accident. It is murder. What is even more shocking, the beast like creature Angie sees across from her folks’ house when she is at the scene.

As Bigfoot rumors run rampant in the small town, Angie sets out to find who killed the electrician. Since Jonah found the body and disliked the man so much he is of course a suspect. Even though her boyfriend, Sheriff James Mitchell, wants her to stay out of it, Angie has to prove Jonah’s innocence. She not only has to deal with Jonah’s hesitance to reveal his whereabouts for the time of the murder and his wife’s hatred of her, but also the influx of Bigfoot hunters. All the while trying to help her father get better. With her trusted Frenchie Oliver at her side, Angie investigates and tries to get to the bottom of the murder.

Each book in this series is better than the last and that is saying a lot. They are all great. You could read Murder Handcrafted without reading the others first, but plan on getting to them afterwards. You will have to as they are all that good. Whether the author is writing under Amanda Flower or was with this book, Isabella Alan, her writing style is infectious. The humor and love of neighbors in all of her work is so entertaining and heartwarming, it leaves the reader with such a feeling of happiness. The mystery is well plotted and kept this reader guessing. I had no clue as to who the killer might be until the same time Angie knew. It was such a joy and a journey of intrigue to read Murder Handcrafted. I love visiting with Angie, Mitchell, her folks, Mattie, Annie and especially Oliver and Dodger. And with the wonderful ending, I cannot wait for the next installment of this fantastic series.

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review

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