Today I am reviewing A Wedding For Julia, the first novel in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series by Vanetta Chapman.
Here is a brief synopsis from Goodreads:
In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre.
She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books faith, community, simplicity, family with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.
When two women one Amish, one English each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship.
As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town’s reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.
Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.
When I began reading this story, I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I did… and although I’ve been reading mysteries most of my life, I was caught off guard more than once and I went through the entire book not knowing who the murderer was (what a relief; that’s actually a good thing).
I loved getting to know Callie, Deborah, Esther and Melinda, as well as the others in the story. The interaction between Callie (an Englischer) and her Amish friends is highly entertaining. There’s enough controversy to keep the story hopping!
Callie soon gets herself arrested – or almost!
If I were Callie, I would never have the nerve to do some of the things she does… yet it is all very believable. Getting involved in the lives of her friends is just what she needs.
Most series are written so that you can pick up any of the books and catch up easily with what’s happened before. You can probably do this with the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, but you will miss so much if you do. Get all three books in the series and begin at book one – Falling to Pieces. You’ll be so glad you did.
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You can read more reviews and more about the book on Goodreads HERE
You can find more about Vanetta Chapman on her website… HERE
God bless you!
©Donna J. Mynatt 2014