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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.  Visit Vannetta's website: www.vannettachapman.com  Twitter: @VannettaChapman  Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks

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Product Details

  • Series: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310330440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310330448
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (198 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I started this book I knew I would not be disappointed. I was immediately pulled back to Shipshewana, Indiana, where I was greeted by my favorite characters Callie, Deborah, Esther and Melinda. This time around the ladies are faced with a murder mystery involving their dear friend Reuben Fisher. Ester is engaged to marry Tobias, Reuben's cousin. A young Amish girl is found dead on Reuben and Tobias's land. Reuben is implicated in the girl's death and hauled off to jail. They are determined to help prove Reuben's innocence, but find that it is very difficult because Reuben has decided to not speak in his own defense. Characters from book one make appearances once again: Detective Shane Black, Officer Andrew Gavin, and the ever camera ready Trent McCallister, all trying to solve this mystery. Meanwhile Callie is working on solving another mystery of sorts. She is approached by an ailing Amish man seeking her help in finding his long lost daughter. Whew! Sounds like a lot of "mystery" right? Rest assured all the pieces will fall into place. This book will keep you engaged to the very last page. Enjoy the ride because you will want to book a return trip to Shipshewana! Wonderfully written and equally compelling, Vannetta Chapman has really out done herself. Simply delightful!

This book was provided to me from Zondervan via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Amish-woman Deborah and her non-Amish friend Callie (who lives in the area since she inherited a quilt shop from her aunt) are about to discover a new mystery. Deborah and fellow Amish-woman Leah discover a young woman floating, dead, in a pond. Their "Englisch" (non-Amish) friend Callie joins the search to solve the crime, a search that becomes more important when Esther's fiancée's cousin Reuben is accused of being the perpetrator. Meanwhile, Callie is approached by a man named Ira who seemingly has dementia. He's claiming to have lost his daughter. Could these two mysteries be connected? But wouldn't his lost daughter now be quite old?

It took weeks for me to inch through the first half of this book. It was creative for the author to combine two popular genres (Amish and suspense), and as someone who has been to Shipshewana, I was really interested in reading it. Despite that, I was surprised that for a suspenseful novel, this one didn't keep my interest as much as it could have. I refused to move on to reading any other book before finishing this one, and that was the biggest impetus to finish. The suspense just wasn't there as much as it could have been. At first, I couldn't quite place my finger on what kept stalling my reading. But then I realized there were two reasons. The first was that many characters were focused on (especially Esther and Deborah), while Callie's storyline, at least in this book in the series, was the most interesting and important. A lot of the sections from these two other characters' points of view could likely have been left out without hurting the book's plot. The second issue for me was that Reuben absolutely refused to speak in response to the charges against him.
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It is nearing the time for Tobias and Esther's wedding. BUT Esther is with her good friend Deborah and stops to pick some flowers with her little girl Leah. Esther spots someone laying dead in the creek on Reuben's (Tobias brothers) land. Reuben clams up and wont say anything-and Tobias cant understand why Reuben wont say anything to defend himself!!! The local owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop - Callie couples with Deborah and Esther to figure out the pieces to the puzzle. An (old man) Ira Bontrager also comes to Callie and asks her to help him find his daughter who had been missing since 1965!!

Does Ira Bontrager find his long lost daughter?? Who is the person found dead in the pond??? Why is Reuben not saying anything despite being in jail??? Callie and Deborah and Esther have solved mysteries before can they solve this one???

Tis is the second book in the series- the first Falling to Pieces!!! Nothing has intrigued me quite as much as this story has to keep me reading to find out all the missing pieces to the puzzle!!!! Vannetta Chapman has a way of writing a story that leaves you feeling as if you are right in the midst of things- where the story is happening- very fascinating writer!!!! Definetly a 5 star book in my opinion!!!!
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Vannetta Chapman once again delivers a truly gripping, heart warming, intriguing story that includes family, a possible murder and the complicated lives of everyone involved. Would you go to jail for someone else, especially if you didn't know the facts? That is one theme in this great story. Samuel, Katie, Reuben, Deborah, Faith, Callie and others find their lives closely connected, each in it's own way. I could not put this book down, as each page beckoned me to the next page to find out just what really happened to each character. Great story.
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Second, in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I love Vannetta's writing style!

Many of the characters, from book one, are back, including Deborah and Callie...but you don't have to have read the first book, to enjoy this one.

A young woman is found floating in the pond of an Amish man, Reuben Fisher. He refuses to speak about what he knows. Deborah and Callie work to clear him.

A second mystery, of an old man who lost his daughter years before and Callie decides to help, will help solve the mystery of the dead girl.

The most difficult part, for me, was trying to figure out Samuel. (You must read the book, to understand.) Vannetta brought it all together, in a way only she can.

I look forward to moving on to book three, Material Witness.
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