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While on a bird watching event at a National Wildlife Refuge, God is once again calling on Bishop Henry Lapp to use his ability to draw from memory in photographic detail to aid in an investigation.  The body of Sophia Johnson a local waitress is found. Now the killer is trying to cover up the crime and Henry just might be in danger. 

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736966498
ISBN-13: 9780736966498
Series: Amish Bishop Mysteries

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  1. Laura Shuck
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Bishop Henry Lapp Finds Trouble or Did Trouble Find Him?
    September 18, 2017
    Laura Shuck
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Amish bishop Henry Lapp really tried to stay out of trouble, but somehow trouble found him, again.

    On a visit to the Monta Vista National Wildlife Refuge in San Luis Valley, Colorado, the bishop finds more than the cranes he went to watch. Bishop Henry likes to the watch the cranes as they arrive in the refuge, bear their young raise them and return year after to year. Except this year, he finds more than cranes, he finds a dead body. Shocked and momentarily stunned, the bishop finally decides to check to see if the woman is indeed, dead. Rolling her over, the bishop realized the young woman is not only deceased, but he knows her!

    What is a bishop to do? Someone is in trouble and Henry is compelled to reach out, to help if he can; after all, isn't a bishop called to lead, to counsel, to support those God calls him to? Sophia Brooks is young and new in town; she's been working at Maggie's Diner for about a month. Henry notices that she seems to be frightened somehow, acting like a skittish colt. When Emma, Henry's best friend, meets the pretty young woman, she agrees with Henry, Sophia is afraid. Both Henry and Emma reach out only to be rebuffed by Sophia. After finding her walking down a country road on a rather blustery, cool evening, Emma gets Sophia to agree to spend the night at her home, with her family. Sophia agrees, but only until morning.

    Before leaving the next morning, Sophia again rebuffs Emma's efforts to reach out to her but not before revealing there is one more thing she must do before leaving town.

    Now she is dead. The FBI shows up and takes over the investigation. And Bishop Henry Lapp is arrested for the murder of Sophia Brooks. Something is not right and the bishop is most definitely not guilty. Released on bond, after all Henry is Amish-it is not like he is going to try to escape by horse and buggy-Henry is remanded to his farm, with a bracelet on his leg, a nod from the judge to the prosecution. Emma and her family determine they must learn why Sophia Brooks is dead and why the bishop has been framed.

    And about that best friend part, something is stirring in the hearts of both Henry Lapp and Emma Fisher; is it friendship or is it love?





  2. Owliegirl1016
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Suspenseful Amish Fiction You Can Not Put Down!
    September 16, 2017
    Owliegirl1016
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A long time fan of author, Vannetta Chapman, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book - the second book in the Amish Bishop Series and it did not disappoint! Bishop Henry Lapp is back and finds himself in a scary situation when he finds the corpse of a young girl he knows while bird watching in a Wildlife Refuge. But the story gets more suspenseful when Henry is framed for the murder. Something more sinister is going on than just a simple accident. Henry leans more and more on his good friend, Emma Fisher, who has always encouraged him to use his special savant skill in trying to identify who is really behind this brutal murder. Henry will have to rely on her help if he hopes to figure out who actually murdered the waitress, Sophia. This book is so suspenseful that I literally could not put it down! I read this in two sittings! Chapman had me guessing right up to the very end what was actually going on! I really enjoy the friendship between Bishop Henry and Emma, two older widowers who realize that their friendship might actually be something more. I honestly with that I could meet Henry and Emma in real life! They seem exactly like the kind of Amish friends this "Englisher" would love to know! I am eagerly anticipating the conclusion of this series when "Who the Bishop Knows" comes out next spring.
  3. PattiAB
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WHEN THE BISHOP NEEDS AN ALIBI BOOK 2 THE AMISH BISHOP MYSTERIES !
    September 14, 2017
    PattiAB
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is the second book in Vannetta Chapman's The Amish Bishop Mysteries

    The first book in this series is What the Bishop Saw.

    Once again, Henry Lapp, the bishop of the Amish community of San Luis Valley , finds himself in the middle of another mysterious death. While watching the Sanhill Cranes, in Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Henry stumbles across the body of a deceased young woman.

    As local law and federal law enforcement tries to solve the murder, Henry once again finds himself using his "God given gift" to help in the investigation.

    Henry learns that his involvement in helping to solve the murder will put himself and his friends, including Emma Miller, in very grave danger. This killer will stop at nothing to cove his crime up. When Henry is "framed" for the murder of this young woman, will he be able to prove his innocence with the help of his friends.

    For a book that is full of suspense, friendship, faith, and being able to face grave danger, I suggest that you get a copy of When The Bishop Needs an Alibi. Vannetta Champman's story will keep you turning page after page to find out all that is involved in this great mystery.

    In the back of the book are several recipes such as, Breakfast Casserole, Mashed Potato Rolls, to name a few.

    I also suggest that you pick yourself up a copy of the first book in this series What the Bishop Saw. It is full of page turning suspense also.

    I was provided a copy of When The Bishop Needs an Alibi by Harvest House Publishers.
  4. The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Second novel in The Amish Bishop Mysteries!
    September 1, 2017
    The Avid Reader
    Dunedin, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for When the Bishop Needs an Alibi - eBook.
    When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman is the second installment in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. Henry Lapp is the bishop of the small Amish community in San Luis Valley, Colorado. Henry is out birdwatching with his beagle, Lexi at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge when he discovers the body of Sophia Brooks. Sophia had been in town for about five weeks where she worked at Maggies Diner (Henry eats several meals a week at the diner). Henry could tell that something was troubling Sophia by her nervous and furtive behavior. Henry and Emma Fisher tried to help the woman, but she would not let them assist her. When Henry ends up being the polices prime suspect in Sophias death, he can tell someone is setting him up. It is up to Henrys friends to follow the clues and clear his name. Henry had done some drawings of Sophia at the diner that aids the group in their investigation. But the killer is willing to go to great lengths to keep his activities under wraps.

    When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is well-written and has a great main character. Ms. Chapmans word imagery brings the scenes alive. I like Henry Lapp with his unwavering convictions, strong faith, love of animals, his gentle nature and his unique ability. Emma Fisher is the perfect companion/counterpart for Henry. They nicely complement each other. I thought When the Bishop Needs an Alibi to have a nice, steady pace and full of suspense. I kept reading to see what would happen next. The mystery is complicated, but only a small part can be solved before the reveal. The mystery is one that plays out and we must read to find out how it will turn out (that was disappointing). As most of you know, I prefer a mystery that I can solve. While When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is the second novel in this series, it can be a stand-alone. Everything a reader needs to know is included in this story (about the community, Henrys ability, what happened to Henry in the past, his relationship with Emma). However, I do recommend reading What the Bishop Saw as it is a wonderful story. My rating for When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The ending is heartwarming and so sweet (it will make you smile). There are discussion questions, recipes, and a glossary at the end of the book. I will definitely be reading Who the Bishop Knows when it comes out next spring.
  5. Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another Faith-filled Mystery in Monte Vista
    August 31, 2017
    Magister
    Michigan
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Like the initial book in the Amish Bishop Mysteries series, this second one is a real page-turner. Chapman has done something nearly impossible - starting her story in the middle, yet keeping her readers' interest and empathy for a character they know will die. Wow!

    Part of the success of these stories is built on the winsomeness of Bishop Henry Lapp and his "special friend" Emma Fisher. "For sure and for certain" their deepening relationship will put put you at ease, even as the tension builds in this Amish mystery. Once again their lives are in danger as they work together to solve a murder they can't understand, to stop another crime they can't yet identify.

    Chapman does a wonderful job painting the beauties of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge where this who-dunit takes place. I always finish her books wanting to visit the settings of her stories because she describes them so vividly. Another ingredient of her success is her ability to construct believable relationships between the Amish and "Englisch." Every character is realistic and adds to the depth of her compelling mysteries. And everyone must come to terms with the role of faith and God's will - for their life and their community.

    Does the Bishop ever get the alibi he needs to avoid a murder trial? It won't take you long to answer this question once you start reading, because you won't want to put this book down!
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