Thursday, June 25, 2015

Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman

OverviewIn 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 . . . and before 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 Englischman has been 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 killed Owen Esch.

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

ISBN-13: 9780310325697 | Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 12/16/2014 | Series: Amish Village Mystery Series, #2
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My Review: I absolutely loved the second installment of the Amish Village Mystery Series. I was caught up in the story from page one. The mystery surrounding Owen Esch's death is well developed and tangled up as tight as a ball of yarn. I didn't unravel the mystery until almost the end of the book. The story revisits the beloved Amish Artisan Village and Hannah, Amber, Tate, and Jesse.

I loved delving deeper into the lives of Hannah and Jesse. Their relationship is sweet and sincere. I think that's one thing I really enjoy about the Amish novels. Both Hannah and Jesse develop a lot in this book. We get to read more into Jesse's life and feelings. His journey is encouraging, especially for those of us who struggle with anger and forgiveness. Of course, I really enjoyed seeing Amber and Tate together as a married couple, too.

Each character in the book, during the murder investigation, is faced with feelings of anger, uncertainty, and fear. Throughout our lives, we will all encounter situations that have feelings of uncertainty. As the book states, "sometimes Gotte (God) has a way of putting us in situations where we're uncomfortable." He does it to bring us to a place of trust and acceptance of God's will in our lives.

Overall, this was an excellent addition to the Amish Village Mystery series, and I look forward to the next book, Murder Freshly Baked.

About the Author: Vannetta Chapman holds a BA and MA degree in English and has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. She published a novel with Abingdon Press called A Simple Amish Christmas in October of 2010. Her first Quilt Shop Murder Mystery, Falling to Pieces (Zondervan) was released in September of 2011 and received the 2012 Carol Award for best mystery. She currently lives in the Texas hill country.

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