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Murder Simply Brewed | Vannetta Chapman



Today I am reviewing Murder Simply Brewed, the first novel in the Amish Village Mystery Series by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright can see profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead.

Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.

Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death to be a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t so easily convinced.

Old Testament clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery and bring peace to the Amish community.



Wow! It began so quietly… for a moment or two I thought it might not be as exciting and “mysterious” as Vannetta’s Shipshewana Amish Mystery series…

au contraire!

I have never, to my knowledge, finished a book, only to pick it up again almost immediately to read through again, but that is exactly what I did!

Murder Simply Brewed proved nearly impossible to put down… I can’t remember the last time I felt so anxious… so nervous… waiting for the killer to make their move!

The characters are amazing! Vannetta has captured so many different personalities. Putting them together to solve the mystery works perfectly. I love her idea of adding the “mystery package”. I laughed and laughed over the idea!

Honestly, I cannot say enough about how much I love Vannetta’s writing…

I have quickly learned that Vannetta’s books all belong on my “top shelf”.

A Simple Amish Christmas, the first Vannetta Chapman book is my favorite was my favorite since the day I read it… until now. Murder Simply Brewed has stolen 1st place!

Pick up your own copy today… don’t miss this fantastic read!

Happy Reading!!!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. Murder Simply Brewed
  2. Murder Tightly Knit
  3. Murder Freshly Baked



Who the Bishop Knows | Vannetta Chapman



Today I am reviewing Who the Bishop Knows, the first book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries series by Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

What You Don’t See Might Hurt You

Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state’s oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he’s seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn’t see Jason Scott’s death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn’t see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he’s honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

What the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.



Oh my goodness!  Another murder!

Will Bishop Henry Lapp and his lady friend, Emma Fisher, ever get the chance to go forward with their relationship? Of course, his special gift would be helpful… if only he had witnessed the murder. Unfortunately, he wasn’t in the stands where he might have seen something. Instead, he was at the hot dog counter, getting a snack for himself and Emma — and he missed the whole thing.

So then, why does he keep getting the feeling that he should use his special gift… to sit down and draw… whatever comes to mind. Even though he doesn’t think he saw anything, maybe there’ll be something that will help. At least, that’s the way his gift usually works.

I love this series by Vannetta Chapman! This is a series by Ms. Chapman that is going on my TOP SHELF! Don’t miss this exciting series… get your copies and read them for yourself.

Happy Reading!!!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. What the Bishop Saw
  2. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi
  3. Who the Bishop Knows


When the Bishop Needs an Alibi | Vannetta Chapman



Today I am reviewing When the Bishop Needs an Alibi, the second book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries series by Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes

Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God’s creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.

As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God’s calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry’s closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide.



Wow!  Bishop Henry Lapp gets into trouble no matter where he goes — or what he does!

With his friend Emma Fisher’s help, Henry is finally beginning to see his special gift as a blessing, instead of a curse. When a young woman is murdered, Henry and Emma decide to do whatever they can to help find out what happened to her.

Unfortunately, the killers find it easy to plant evidence at Henry’s home — and do everything they can to make the police believe Henry killed Sophia Brooks, the young woman who just recently began working at Maggie’s Diner. Will Henry be able to convince the judge and jury that he’s not guilty? Will the real killers ever be caught? Pick up a copy of When the Bishop Needs an Alibi and find out for yourself.

I can tell you that this series is just as exciting as I hoped it would be — and just as much fun, too.

Check back in a few days for a review of the last book in the series. . .

Happy Reading!!!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. What the Bishop Saw
  2. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi
  3. Who the Bishop Knows


What the Bishop Saw | Vannetta Chapman



Today I am reviewing What the Bishop Saw, the first book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries series by Vannetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth

A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englisch alike.

When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift—one he’s tried desperately to ignore all these years—to try and set the record straight. His close friend and neighbor, Emma, encourages Henry to follow God’s leading.

Could the clue to solving the case be locked somewhere deep in his memory? Will Henry find the courage to move forward in faith and put the right person behind bars? Is his friendship with Emma becoming something more?

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.



Vannetta Chapman has a gift for writing amazing Amish stories!

Bishop Henry Lapp has a special gift, although he never saw it as a gift. After Vernon Frey, an elderly Amish bachelor dies in a fire, Henry learns that the fire was not an accident… and his friend Emma Fisher encourages him to use his special gift to try and find a clue as to who is responsible.

I loved meeting Bishop Henry and his friend Emma… and the possibility of a future courtship! Of course, if they decide to just remain friends, that’s all right, too. It was such a joy getting to know the friends and neighbors in the small town of Monte Vista.

Vannetta created an awesome series… with lots of excitement and the action never seems to stop!

Be sure to pick up a copy of What the Bishop Saw and check out this series.

Check back in a few days for a review of the next book in the series. . .

Happy Reading!!!



Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

  1. What the Bishop Saw
  2. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi
  3. Who the Bishop Knows


March 2019 | Vannetta Chapman Feature


I am excited to feature two series by the wonderful

Vannetta Chapman

on my bookshelf blog this month





These are two of my favorite series by Vannetta Chapman
and I want to share them with you…

AND… I have a surprise to send to one of my readers…


    For a chance to win this special treat,

leave a comment on one of the posts for this month.



Donna’s BookShelf is featuring Vannetta Chapman this month – Tweet this!



Feature © 2019 DJ Mynatt



Top 25 Authors of 2018





This was a VERY difficult list to create… first, I began gathering the names of all my favorite authors. After re-checking my bookcases and bookshelf blog, I found that I have well over 100 names! Now, this might not sound like a lot to some of you, but I was astounded that I had that many favorite authors – those whom I refuse to part with their books!

I began paring down… whew, that was rough! What I really wanted to do was to name them all — but that seemed to defeat the purpose of listing the TOP chosen few.

I tried — I really did — and I still didn’t get everyone on the list that I hoped to!

So… without further adieu.

Here’s my personal list of the TOP TWENTY-FIVE AUTHORS for 2019:

   Jennifer Beckstrand    Vannetta Chapman    Valerie Comer    Rachel L. Miller

   Dana Mentink    JC Morrows    Macy Morrows    Tricia Goyer    Ruth Logan Herne

   Jean C. Gordon    Barbara Cameron    Suzanne Woods Fisher    Charlotte Hubbard 

   Ruth Reid    Shelley Shepard Gray    Molly Jebber    Kathy Fuller    Kelly Irvin

   Lilian Jackson Braun    Emma Miller   Amos Wyse    Laura J. Marshall    

   Grace Livingston Hill    Philip Gulley    Jan Karon


God bless you!


Blogpost © Donna J. Mynatt 2018


The Christmas Quilt | Vannetta Chapman



Today I am posting my review of The Christmas Quilt by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches.

She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs.

She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam.

Annie s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the “boppli” arrives.

With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan.

Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.



A Simple Amish Christmas and The Christmas Quilt have been two of my favorite books to read… not to say that nothing bad happens and all is happy and well, but my faith was restored when Annie, without question or hesitation, returned home when she received word that she was needed. And once home, she knew she was there to stay!

It was fun to read about Annie and Samuel again…

The Christmas Quilt is the sequel to A Simple Amish Christmas (where the story of Samuel and Annie first begins) and this novel picks it up at the perfect time…

In A Simple Amish Christmas, Samuel proposes to Annie at the end… and The Christmas Quilt begins with their wedding… Annie and Samuel marry on the same day as Adam and Leah… then they share a few other surprises!

I laughed and cried with them as they struggled through the joys and sorrows of life.

And it’s easy to get to know the characters; you soon think of them as people, friends, family. And the everyday happenings are so “real” it’s a joy to read… but when you reach the end of the book, you’re not ready to let them go!

If you get the chance, buy both of the books and read A Simple Amish Christmas first, then jump right into The Christmas Quilt! I am certain you will enjoy every minute!

Happy Reading!

And Merry Christmas!


God bless you!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt


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