by Sandra Murphy
Details at the end of this review on how to win a copy of this Christmas mystery, Murder, Served Simply, along with a link to purchase the book where a portion goes to help support KRL & an indie bookstore.
Angie Braddock has a lot going on what with her parents in town for a Christmas visit, a town-wide progressive dinner and a surprise guest. Too bad the surprise is her ex-fiancé! The folks would like Angie to forgive Ryan, forget how he done her wrong and resume their relationship. Not going to happen. Pretty sure anyway.
Mom is OCD, Dad more laid back like Angie. Ryan is, well, in a word, hot. Angie’s store, the Running Stitch, is a stop on the progressive dinner route so she has a good excuse to avoid Ryan for a couple of days. All good things come to an end though. In spite of her attraction for the sheriff, Mitchell, she shares a kiss with Ryan while tree shopping. Things are getting complicated!
The biggest distraction is the live theater production, called An Amish Christmas. The Amish are sure the play is disrespectful of their lifestyle while the English (non-Amish) are looking forward to an evening’s entertainment. The star of the play is a young woman from the area. Since she chose to be an actress, she is shunned by the Amish community.
Usually in a cozy mystery, the murder victim is the person most hated. In this case, it’s a woman well loved–the actress. Suspects include her rogue uncle who makes up his own religious rules, members of the cast including the understudy, a spurned lover and more. The mystery has a plot with enough twists to stay interesting and to deliver a satisfying solution.
In previous books, Angie has been coasting along as far as feelings go. She left Texas to assume ownership of the store, mostly to get away from Ryan. Now she realizes she’s made a life for herself. She has friends, a sense of community, kinship with the Amish and a good business she enjoys. With her attraction to Mitchell, there’s the possibility of romance. With her attraction to Ryan, there’s the possibility of not only a love triangle but big problems in the future. How she works everything out will make readers look forward to the next installment of her life.
Previous books include Murder Plain and Simple (reviewed for KRL) and Murder Simply Stitched. There are instructions for an Amish Quilted Snowman; something Angie considers a perfect holiday gift, at the rear of the book. An excerpt from the next book, Murder Plainly Read is also there but you’ll have to wait until October 2015 for the book to arrive in stores.
To enter to win a copy of Murder, Served Simply, simply email KRL at krlcontests@gmail[dot]com by replacing the [dot] with a period, and with the subject line “Murder,” or comment on this article. A winner will be chosen December 20, 2014. U.S. residents only. If entering via email please include your mailing address, and if via comment please include your email address.
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