Vannetta Chapman's "Material Witness" proves to be as wonderful, if not more compelling than her two previous Shipshewana Series books. "Material Witness" combines friendship, the "plain" life, mystery and romance all in one. The friendships you have grown to love throughout the previous books continue and grow even more strong in this third book.
The book begins with a murder right outside Daisy's Quilt Shop that Callie continues to manage. The only material witness - the handicapped boy of Melinda Byer. But wait! There's a possible hidden treasure! A puzzle that will keep you guessing until the end how everything fits in its place. There are twists and turns and just when you think you have the mystery figured out, new information develops.
"Material Witness" is a truly compelling book and my favorite of the series. The great thing is that you don't have to have read the first two books to enjoy this one! Vannetta Chapman will keep you begging for more!
Mrs Knepp, the ornery owner of the one of the two quilt shops in Shipshewana, Indiana, is found dead outside Callie Harper's quilt shop, and the only witnesses are a dog and a disabled seven-year-old boy. Callie soon hears from the murderer, when he drugs her dog, tears up her apartment and threatens to harm the boy if she doesn't turn over the money. It is an obvious case of mistaken identity because she doesn't have 'the money', but can the police find the murderer before he makes good on his threats?
Meanwhile, Callie and her Amish friends, Deborah, Melinda, and Esther, have received a strange commission in the will of old Mrs Hochstetler: to restore and sell three antique quilts. The quilts are not in traditional Amish patterns, and they seem to present their own mystery to solve.
Material Witness was good, but not as good as the other two books in the series. Although I liked the way the plot lines all came together at the end, the last couple of chapters almost felt a little rushed, as if something had been cut out to make way for the required epilogue that ties up all the loose ends. I think I would rather have had more detail around the puzzle surrounding the quilts, and have left the relationship a little more vague. But the thing I really liked about this series was still present: a positive presentation of mature Amish women, as I am over the teenage Amish romances that have flooded the market in recent years.
Thanks to Zondervan and NetGalley for providing a free book for review.
I received book one as a gift, then raced to buy book two. I'm so glad book three is out now! I thoroughly enjoyed this mystery series set in Shipshewana, IN.
Callie, Deborah and their friends are characters I love spending time with. The mix of Englisch and Amish continues in this story with the added bonus that the kids play a larger role. Because the action centers around Daisy's quilt shop, quilts play a large role. From subplots to descriptions to literally saving the day. There's even a stronger dose of romance than appeared in the earlier novels.
Even if you haven't read the earlier two books (buy them, too!) , you will enjoy Material Witness. It's perfect for those who love highly relational casts with a fun setting, great supporting characters, and a strong mystery to solve.
My favorite author did it again! I just love all her books and this one is the best! So many twists and turns it just keeps you trying to figure out what's going to happen next!! Adventure + Romance + Mystery = Amazing book!
Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is
killed in the parking lot of Daisy's Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer's boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie.
This time it's a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he's looking for something or someone. If they can't figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie's close circle of friends may be next.
Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure ... this time it's nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.
My thoughts on Material Witness:
Wow! I love a good mystery and throw in a little romance and Amish life, and I am in reader's heaven!!! Vannetta Chapman has once again written a real winner of a novel. This book was so exciting. I was thrilled to learn even more about characters who have now become like old friends. This is the third installment in her Shipsewana Amish Mystery series and I feel like Callie, Deborah, Melinda, Esther, Gavin, Shane, Max, and the others are my best friends now.
I love the way the Amish community has accepted Callie, an Englischer, into their family circle. I love the way "the girls" work together to solve mysteries and quilt! I totally love that quilts are included in the series. I am learning to quilt myself and am learning many new things about quilting from the series. Vannetta has definitely put a great deal of time and effort into researching for her books.
Please read Material Witness. You can start with Falling to Pieces, then on to A Perfect Square, and end with Material Witness. I think you will also fall in love with the funny, sweet, endearing characters, and feel a true appreciation for the Amish and quilting when you finish reading these books.