Murder Simply Brewed, Amish Village Mystery Series #1Vannetta ChapmanZondervan / 2014 / Trade Paperback$8.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 44 Reviews
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KatyTennesseeGender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Very good cozy mysteryOctober 11, 2016KatyTennesseeGender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Very good cozy mystery with both Englisch and Amish characters. The setting is wonderfula pleasant village constructed for the benefit of both locals and tourists in Middlebury, Indiana. The Amish Village includes a conference center, restaurant and several shops built adjacent to a pond on lovely grounds.
Although romance is not the main focus of the novel, a couple of budding romances are featuredone Englisch and one Amish. This novel offers an interesting cast of characters and is very entertaining. If you like cozy mysteries, I think you will enjoy this one.
Phyllis W5 Stars Out Of 5Great start to seriesFebruary 4, 2016Phyllis WQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I really enjoyed reading this book. It had good character development, several twists and turns, and the snake really caught me by surprise. Didn't see that coming. By the end of the book, I felt I knew the people in this town, and couldn't wait to come back for a visit.
ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Exciting Story!June 8, 2015ShannahAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I have been reading reviews on these books since they started coming out last year and have been eager to read them. I finally broke down and bought this book and I'm so glad I did! It was certainly worth the money. This was my first book by Vannetta Chapman, so aside from the reviews I'd read, I didn't know what to expect. While this wasn't a fast paced, action packed novel, I didn't expect it to be. It moved along at just the right speed for the subject.
The characters were well written and developed. I could easily relate to their feelings and emotions throughout the story. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together with them was exciting. I enjoyed reading about Hannah and Jesse. Hannah's sweet innocence and adolescent confusion made for an interesting character. Amber is a great manager. She is kind, compassionate, organized, and caring. Her relationship with Tate was swift and sweet. I didn't like Tate at the beginning of the story, but quickly warmed up to him as his character developed.
The message of the story is about learning to be comfortable in the situations we find ourselves in. Life isn't always easy. Sometimes we stop and question why God put us here. In the words of Hannah's Mamm, "Sometimes Gotte (God) has a way of putting us in situations where we're uncomfortable." He does it for our own good and growth.
Overall, this was an exciting story and I look forward to reading more in the Amish Village Mystery Series.
VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Murder, Vandals, Mystery Hunters Mystery Suspense ThrillerMay 11, 2015VicsMediaRoomIrvine, CAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vannetta Chapman in her new book, Murder Simply Brewed Book One in the Amish Village Mystery series published by Zondervan introduces us to Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer.
From the back cover: When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middleburys Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery.
Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shopsuntil she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register.
When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shops duties, the two women become fast friendsas well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Grays death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah arent convinced.
Clues that dont add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romanceall will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them.
Now this is what a murder mystery is all about. First we have Amber Wright, an English woman, who has some Amish Village shops one of which is A Simple Blend, a coffee shop. Then we have Hannah Troyer, who is Amish, that Amber hired to take over A Simply Blend after the death of Ethan. Nobody liked Ethan and when these two women set out to find his murderer they have a huge mystery with a large set of suspects with very little to go on. This is going to keep you flipping pages as you get involved with mystery hunters and a vandal. Ms. Chapman has done an outstanding job in giving us a first class mystery. Amber and Hannah are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends that we do not want to leave when the book is finished. The good news is Ms. Chapman has written a second book in this series so we can reunite with them soon.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Good mystery by Vannetta ChapmanDecember 20, 2014wfnrenSt Cloud, FLAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vannetta did a good job on this mystery and I like that she has the English and Amish working together. I enjoy a mystery with sleuthing by amateurs, it seems they can dig up better clues than the authorities and I really enjoy it when they prove the experienced authorities wrong. This is the first in the series, I'm already reading the second, "Murder Tightly Knit" and will be watching for the third, "Murder Freshly Baked" to come out in June of 2015. This is looking like it will be a good series for Amish or mystery/cozy mystery book lovers.
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