A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman**** Paper-back copy
It is nearing time for Esther and Tobias' wedding and there is much is to be done. But wedding plans are interrupted when a young Amish girl is found floating in the pond on cousins Tobias and Reuben's farm. Who is the young girl and how did she get there? They are shocked when Detective Shane Black arrests Reuben Fisher for her murder. Reuben is a quite, gentle man and could not have committed this murder his friends insist. Reuben does not help his case by not talking or answering any of the detectives questions. Deborah Yoder is sure he did not murder the girl and enlists her Englisher friend Callie-owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop, to find out what happened.
Callie is all for helping Deborah figure out what actually happened to the young girl and get Reuben out of jail. But she also finds herself in the middle of another mystery when she finds an elderly Amish man at her shops door early one morning. He is looking for his long lost daughter and asks Callie to help him find her. Adding more mystery to his request, his son says he does not have a sister. Does the man only think he has/had a daughter? After a little searching, Callie learns that the man's daughter actually has been missing since the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. Convinced that she must help try to reunite this father and daughter, Callie continues to search and uncovers some surprising information.
A Perfect Square is a murder mystery but it has another mystery woven into the story. There is much more in this story: mystery-of course, suspense, little romance, the bond of friendsâ€”even between the Amish and Englishers, forgiveness, strong faith, prayers and God's will, with characters that are true-to-life making this a story to read. I have been a long-time fan of Vannetta Chapman and know when I read one of her books it will drawl me into the story.
~~I received a copy of this book from the author for my review~~
Vannetta Chapman set the bar pretty high in her previous two Amish mysteries (Falling to Pieces and A Perfect Square), but Material Witness has no trouble measuring up. In fact, my only complaint about this book is that it's the last in this series. Once again, quilt shop owner Callie Harper and her Amish friends work together to unravel a mysterious death in quiet Shipshwana. But this time, it seems Callie herself is the target! Some good police work and a trio of brave and intelligent Amish children bring the perpetrator to justice while the women decipher clues from a set of vintage story-book quilts. I found my heart racing as I read through Chapman's signature twists and the dangers her characters - my friends! - faced. You won't be disappointed with the way this series ends, only that it does. As a beginning quilter, I LOVED the way Chapman used quilts to tie each book in the series together: every personality, every clue coming together to make a perfect whole.
I have read all three of these books in Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series and I think that Vannetta Chapman really did an awesome job. This story starts out with action and it don't let up till the end. The name "Material Witness" really fits this book good. This one is my favorite of the three. At the opening of the Fall Crafter's Fair a woman is killed right outside of Daisy's Quilt Shop. This really upsets Callie Harper, the owner. She can't believe this is happening again. Someone has been killed and she is right in the middle of it. This time there is an eye witness to the killing.There is Shane Black the office who is heading the killing and he does not want Callie hurt. He has feeling for Callie. We have the non Amish Callie, and the Amish ladies Deborah, Melinda, and Esther. These ladies are so close that they feel like sisters. Yes they will have to help and find who the killer is before the killer goes after one of them. We also have another mystery about some quilts that these ladies just has to find out the mystery about them. I don't want to leave out the children and Max in this story. They play a big part in this story. I laughed one minute and on the edge of my seat the next minute. If you love a good clean mystery and light romance, you will love "Material Witness." Just be prepared when you start reading , you will not want to put it down. This last book has really turned out good. I would hope there would be another one .
I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review and I have given it.
If you have not read this Shipshewanna Mystery Series you are missing 3 excellent books. I had not ordered them in the beginning because it mentioned a murder, however all 3 in this series are so great, I can or could hardly put them down. I am just finishing the last few chapers in Material Wittness and read until 4 a.m. Great books and I recommend all 3 in this series.