Monday, October 3, 2011

An Amish “Who-Dun-It” -- Falling to Pieces

Falling to Pieces in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series is the first book I’ve read by Vannetta Chapman – and I look forward to more.

Deborah Yoder and a couple of her friends have enjoyed making quilts together for some time. Now there are special reasons for each of them to need to earn money from the sale of those quilts, and they are at a loss of what to do since Daisy’s Quilt Shop has been closed since the death of its owner.

Callie Harper has traveled from Houston to Shipshewana to take care of her Aunt Daisy’s affairs, get her quilt shop sold, and move on. She’s not sure, though, if going back to Houston is the best move for her, as she doesn’t believe she has anything or anyone to go back to.

When Deborah and her friends encourage Callie to continue her aunt’s business and help them sell their quilts online, she finds herself reluctantly agreeing to their ideas and staying in Shipshewana – if only temporarily. When the editor of the local newspaper is found dead under questionable circumstances, Callie appears to be an obvious suspect because of some very public threats she made against him. Deborah and Callie work together to clear Callie’s name and get to the bottom of other mysterious happenings.

This story is definitely a little off the beaten path of Amish fiction. While I’m not sure how realistic some of the actions of the Amish characters were, it was a fun read that I would recommend to fans of both Amish and "who-dun-it" books.

This book was provided free from Zondervan for my honest review.

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