During a six-hour road trip today, I had the pleasure of enjoying Vannetta Chapman's latest book. Murder Simply Brewed is not your typical Amish fiction. Instead, it is a "special blend" with a little something for everyone -- Amish, mystery, romance -- a "who-dun-it" that keeps you turning the page from beginning to end.
The characters, every bit as much as the suspense, move this story. The English (Amber, Tate, Elizabeth and others) and Amish (Hannah, Jesse, Eunice, and others) come to life in the pages of the story, all in their own unique ways. Because of the community in which they live and the artisan village in which many of them work, these people from different cultures blend their lives in a variety of ways, while still remaining true to their separateness.
Fans of great Christian fiction in a variety of genres should enjoy this five-star story.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of Murder Simply Brewed in exchange for my honest review.
About the Story
What will happen when two amateur sleuths, one Amish and one English,
combine forces to solve the string of crimes happening in the Amish
Artisan Village? 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.
About the Author
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish
Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian
family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers
of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for
Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while
researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.
Vannetta's website: www.vannettachapman.com Twitter: @VennettaChapman