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Isabella Alan is the pen name of American librarian and bestselling author of mystery novels, Amanda Flower.

Using the pen name, she has authored the national bestselling cozy mystery series, Amish Quilt Shop.

A native of Ohio, Isabella grew up visiting the state’s Amish country with her family.

As such, her lifelong interaction with Amish people has greatly influenced her fiction writing, including the Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Series.

Books written under her real name have also propelled her to becoming an Agatha Award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of mystery novels.

Isabella, who is agented by Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency, lives on a farm in Northeast Ohio with her beloved husband, and their two lovely cats.

They own a recording studio.

More about Isabella Alan

Genres: Cozy Mystery, Mystery

Born: 1980

United States

Pseudonym: Isabella Alan


Amish Quilt Shop Mystery

  1. Plainly Murder: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Novella (2013)
  2. Murder, Plain and Simple (2013)
  3. Murder, Simply Stitched (2014)
  4. Murder, Served Simply (2014)
  5. Murder, Plainly Read (2015)
  6. Murder, Handcrafted (2016)

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Amish Quilt Shop Mystery

Plainly Murder: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery Novella

Welcome to Rolling Brook, Ohio, a quaint Amish community where life is less tranquil than it seems. 

Angela Braddock has come to Rolling Brook to lend a hand at her Aunt Eleanor’s traditional Amish quilt shop. But when Eleanor’s quilting circle mourns the loss of their oldest member, Evelyn, they make a startling discovery about a tragic event in Evelyn’s past. More than a decade earlier, during a barn raising, Evelyn’s son Eric fell from the roof and died.

Evelyn had always insisted that Eric was pushed, and now a clue in an old quilt convinces Angie to dig up the truth…and discover one of Rolling Brook’s darkest secrets.

Author: Isabella Alan
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B009NY2S68
Publisher: Berkley
Murder, Plain and Simple

When Angela Braddock inherits her late aunt’s 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 doesn’t exactly fit in with the predominantly Amish community in Rolling Brook, but her aunt’s 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 store’s 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....

Author: Isabella Alan
First Release: 2013
Ebook: B00BDQ3B56
Publisher: Berkley
Murder, Simply Stitched

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 aunt’s 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 aunt’s most prized works. 

The quilts promise to be a hit—but 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 Miller’s bakery table. Now Angie’s closest friend is a murder suspect.

With Angie taking the lead, she and the other women of her aunt’s quilting circle set out to patch together the clues and stop a killer set on shredding the simple peace of Rolling Brook.

Author: Isabella Alan
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00GSBT34O
Publisher: Berkley
Murder, Served Simply

Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock has a lot on her plate this Christmas. But things only get worse after someone develops a taste for murder... 

Angie’s parents are visiting Rolling Brook for Christmas—but unfortunately, her ex is joining them. Luckily, Angie has no time to dwell on her romantic troubles as she prepares her store, Running Stitch, for the town’s traditional progressive dinner, featuring a sleigh ride stopping at each shop for a different course of the meal.

The meal ends with an Amish-themed Christmas play at the Swiss Valley Hotel and Barn. But the performance is cut short when an actress falls from the scaffolding to her death. After the sheriff suspects foul play, tensions between the Amish and Englisch heat up, as do rivalries among the acting troupe. Now Angie and her quilting circle must stitch together clues before they’re the ones running for cover...

Author: Isabella Alan
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00JJXUZM2
Publisher: Berkley
Murder, Plainly Read

An Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock’s got this mystery covered…

With so much to do between running her shop and spending time with her new boyfriend, it’s amazing Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library's annual book sale. Luckily she’s working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn’t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons—even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina.

And she certainly might be ruined after Belier is found dead in her bookmobile. Now Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle—as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver—if she hopes to prove Austina’s innocence before the real killer books it…

Author: Isabella Alan
First Release: 2015
Ebook: B00S75RYYU
Publisher: Berkley
Murder, Handcrafted

Amish quilt shop owner Angie Braddock crosses wires with a killer.

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 Englisch 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. . . .

Author: Isabella Alan
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B015DLUS4S
Publisher: Berkley