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When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries) Paperback – September 1, 2017
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Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com
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First of all, I am in love with the gentleness of these particular people Chapman has presented. This is one unusual bishop in an Amish community. He truly loves his people and loves helping them with their burdens. Indeed, it is this compassion that draws him to Sophia Brooks.
I enjoyed the physical setting of the book as well. The San Luis Valley of Colorado sits between mountains and has (at least, in this story) a nature preserve. How awesome it sounded!
Chapman enjoys including relevant Amish proverbs, a few English proverbs, and many well-placed Bible verses. These enhance the story so much.
One thing I like, though, is that the Amish and Englischers have found a way to live and work together. Every community could take lessons in compatibility from this area.
Unfortunately, good as this book was, it reminded me at the end of a phone call with a loved one that can't quite end. The book reached its climax, then seemed to have an afterthought. Then that chapter finished, and there would be another seeming afterthought. Then another. The book could have wrapped up neatly a little earlier.
All in all, though, a story not to be missed. It can be a stand alone, but is much better read as the second book in the series. Waiting to see if there will be a third.
Henry is also an avid birdwatcher and goes to a federal nature refuge to watch cranes. On one of his treks, he discovers a dead body. Since the body was discovered on federal land, the FBI is involved. Henry is the number one suspect in the crime from the get-go according to the agent in charge. Of course, anyone who knows Henry finds the idea of him as a murderer ludicrous, but he has no alibi for the time of the murder. He was at home alone. His good friend, Emma, teams up with the decedent’s sister to clear Henry’s name and bring justice to the victim’s killer. However, the closer they get to unraveling the mystery, the more danger to Emma. Henry realizes he feels more than friendship for Emma and is going to protect her. Does Emma feel the same for him?
Henry Lapp is an example for all believers. In the midst of his own personal trials, he kneels to pray. His prayer includes supplication for his friends, community, even an ambitious FBI agent who is trying to hurry up and close the case to spur on his career. He doesn’t pray, “Lord, get me out of this! Amen.” He encourages others to depend on God no matter what and he lives out that example. He reminds his flock of appropriate Scripture at times when they need it most. He is not afraid to share his faith with others outside the Amish community. It was nice to read about a romance for Henry, a man in his mid-sixties. I thought the mystery portion of the story was very original. I hope there are many more mysteries to come in this series!
A day out doing what Henry loves more than anything at the Monte Vist National Wildlife Refuge watching the cranes bring him face to face with another mystery,Henry can’t understand why or how someone would want to take a life and he also realizes he again is in the middle of yet another case where his special God given talent may come into use.
This thrill packed mystery will take you on an adventure with many twists and turns where at times your sure this is it, now is the time you will find out who did it then another turn and nope off again.
Henry and Emma grow closer in this second book while they work together to solve this mystery, God leads Henry through his gift and protects all along the way, you could read this book by itself but I suggest reading the series. This is a wonderful book and you won’t want to miss the opportunity to read it. I highly recommend it
I enjoyed seeing Henry and Emma's relationship deepen as the story unfolds. The mystery kept me guessing, even as we get glimpses of the texts that the killer sends. Without giving out spoilers, there was a scene toward the end of the book that I couldn't put down...and I wasn't sure who was going to make it out! This story can be read on its own, even though there are references to the first book, What the Bishop Saw. I am looking forward to the final book in the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a mystery.