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Murder Freshly Baked | Vannetta Chapman

 

 

Today I am reviewing Murder Freshly Baked, the third novel in the Amish Village Mystery Series by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

When delicious baked goods become lethal, it’s time to find a killer.

Kindness is a virtue
Meanness is a sin
Better watch your bakery pies
For poison I’ve slipped in

The Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, has been decorated with every color of balloon and flower for the Race for a Cure.

As manager of the Village, Amber Bowman is thrilled to see the turnout — and relieved to have something to distract her from the “Poison Poet” — an individual who has been sending notes containing bad poetry to warn of poisoned baked goods.

Then Ryan Duvall crosses the finish line of the race — and falls down dead, murdered in broad daylight. But who did it? And why? The police suspect Preston Johnston, but Amber refuses to believe her employee could do such a thing.

Amber once again looks to her young Amish friend Hannah Troyer to help her find the killer — and to determine if it’s the same person leaving the cryptic poems and pies.

Can they help the police before the Poison Poet strikes again? Both Amber and Hannah will need to draw on their faith as they fight to preserve the peaceful community they’ve built at the Amish Artisan Village.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

One word… AWESOME!

After reading Murder Freshly Baked, my first thought was… “I have got to read this again.”

My next thought was… “I have got to read all three books in the series again… one right after another!”

They’re that good – they’re really that good!

The characters in this series are amazing! Vannetta captures so many different personalities and puts them together in the village — including English and Amish folk working side by side — and it’s perfect!

Amber and Tate, Hannah and Jesse, Pam, and Preston — who is a particularly interesting person (ahem, I mean character). Along with a few others, they make up a good part of the characters at Amish Artisan Village. Of course, you wouldn’t think putting them together to solve a mystery would work, but it does.

This sequel is especially exciting to me… it seems to be all about “forbidden love” among an English man and several ladies — including Amish ladies. Well, things aren’t always the way they seem, but sometimes trouble just seems to follow some people — and it certainly seems like trouble, in the form of murder, seems to follow the village!

I cannot say anything more that might give something away — you’ll have to read the story for yourself. I refuse to ruin it for you! And don’t be put off because much of the action is in the first of the book — that just makes you pay attention. Believe me, it just keeps getting better and better!

If you read and enjoyed Murder Simply Brewed and Murder Tightly Knit, you’re really going to love Murder Freshly Baked.

Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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

 

Murder Tightly Knit | Vannetta Chapman

 

 

Today I am reviewing Murder Tightly Knit, the second novel in the Amish Village Mystery series by Vanetta Chapman.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In a town where Amish and Englisch mingle every day, a grisly murder leads to mutual suspicion. Can Amber and Hannah find the killer before fear unravels the community . . . or he strikes again?

Even before she heard of Owen Esch’s death, Hannah Troyer knew something was amiss at The Cat’s Meow yarn shop. The store has been closing at odd times, the ever-dependable Mary isn’t always at her post . . . and an Englisch man has been seen loitering around back.

Now, as leaves of brown, gold, and orange blanket Middlebury, Indiana, Owen lies dead on the Pumpkinvine Trail. The only clues to the murderer’s identity point in two very different directions—one of them leading right to The Cat’s Meow.

The police call in a federal investigator, but Hannah and Village manager Amber Bowman are in no mood to wait for them to figure out what they already know — that no one from the Amish Village could have killed Owen Esch.

Amber and Hannah will need to work quickly to solve the murder mystery and bring harmony back to the Amish community.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

One word… AWESOME!

I don’t know how Vannetta writes such a terrific mystery, with Amish and Englisch individuals all running around, getting in each other’s way. She creates so many interesting characters, somehow making each one look suspect at one time or another!

By the second chapter, I began guessing who the murderer might be…

But this is no simple who-dun-it… oh no! The synopsis might state that Amber and Hannah believe that no one from the Amish Village could have killed Owen Esch; but the fact remains that he was murdered and as new characters are introduced, each one seems to have an agenda, perhaps even a reason to kill poor Owen.

Chapter after chapter, I studied the individuals, watching them (well, technically I was reading the story, but I tend to get caught up in the story and it’s easy to find myself smack dab in the heart of Amish territory, which in this case means Middlebury, Indiana.

Obviously, I’m not going to spill any more beans than the synopsis already has… and I’m sure you don’t want me give anything away… but believe me, this story is amazing!

If you read and enjoyed Murder Simply Brewed, you’re really gonna love Murder Tightly Knit!

WOO HOO – another Amish Village Mystery!

Happy Reading!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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

 

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.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!!!

 

Blessings!

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.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!!!

 

Blessings!

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.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!!!

 

Blessings!

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.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

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!!!

 

Blessings!

Review © 2019 DJ Mynatt

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

 

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