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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.
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Amish Bishop Mysteries
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Amish and English work together to solve a mysteryOctober 18, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I rarely read novels in the saturated Amish genre but this mystery caught my interest. I'm glad I read the book as I really enjoyed it.
Chapman has crafted a novel that shows how Amish and "English" form friendships and work together. The plot is woven around a murder. The bishop of the local Amish community had tried to be a friend to a young woman, new in the nearby town. I liked his compassion for her, knowing she was troubled by something. But when he finds her body, he is accused of the murder. I liked how the community, both Amish and "English" friends, come to his aid, determined to find the real killer.
I really appreciate that Chapman has portrayed the Amish community in what seems to me to be a realistic way. I like that she has added some humor to the story too. Her research into the local scenery and the migratory birds was informative as well.
I recommend this mystery to readers who appreciate a well plotted one. You'll learn how people in a small Amish community relate to the "English" too.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Just Commonly5 Stars Out Of 5perfect for book lovers, filled with an entertaining plot, wonderful characters and encouraging messages.October 17, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"Some people you have to watch out for, but never forget every community has good people too." (33)
If you love suspense, Amish fiction or just a good story, you must read When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman. You know what? Start with the first book in this Amish Bishop Mysteries series, What the Bishop Saw, even though each of these can be read as a standalone, but they are each so good. And with this second installment, it quickly became my favorite of the author's for sure!
As with other books of the author's, When the Bishop Needs an Alibi filled its pages with intrigue, mystery, great characters, and a message of hope and grace. Then add in the little tidbits of Amish and life's wisdom, readers are in for a treat.
"When you're older, you'll learn to accept who and what you are. You'll be more comfortable with yourself. That's one of the best things about growing older." (53)
"Sometimes when you're in the trouble so deep, you don't see a way out, you feel as if you can't share it with anyone. You feel as if you have to deal with it yourself. And yet those times are when you need help the most." (57)
Henry Lapp's special gift had gotten him in some trouble in the past, but as others have reminded him, it's a gift from God, and using that gift can be a blessing. And as readers, we journey with Henry and friends how such a gift can be a blessing. I truly enjoyed the friendship that's built around faith and love. We can see how devoted this community is to each other, and the message through these interactions.
"Sometimes Gotte calms the storm, but sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child." (185)
"Courage is simply feat that has said its prayers." (288)
With a line like that, doesn't it just reminds you of God's grace? That's what we can expect in When the Bishop Needs an Alibi, messages that speaks to each of us individually. In all, this book reads smoothly, from beginning to end, and is perfect for book lovers, filled with an entertaining plot, wonderful characters and encouraging messages.
"Gotte's ways are not our ways . . . but we can trust Him nonetheless." (282)
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Lee King5 Stars Out Of 5When the bishop needs an AlibiSeptember 29, 2017Lee KingQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Vannetta Chapman did excellent job with When the bishop needs an Albi. As Amish Bishop Henry Lapp was waiting annual arrival of the sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley Colorado. Henry encounters with deceased body of young woman hidden in bulrushes and cattails. As authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God is calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. Emma has always encouraged his talent. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involement could put everyone in danger. Its story of faith, freindship, and finding courage only God can provide.
Karla5 Stars Out Of 5A Fantastic Read!September 26, 2017KarlaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An Amish bishop and a terrible secret!! Doesn't sound like a typical book in the Amish fiction genre does it?! AND it isn't!! Vannetta has used her unique talent to create Book Two in The Amish Bishops Mysteries. This follows the first in the series, "What the Bishop Saw". It can be read as a stand alone, however it has greater meaning and depth if you have read the first book.
The main character, Bishop Henry Lapp enters the scene in a quiet yet eager manner, waiting for the annual arrival of the cranes to the San Luiz Valley of Colorado. Although his aim is to enjoy the miracles of God's creations, much more is revealed in this Nature Reserve, shocking this poor man. He discovers the deceased body of a young woman.
As the local authorities strive to unravel the mystery, Henry feels that the Lord once again, desires him to use his most extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. This Plain man has an unusual ability to draw from memory in photographic detail and should be able to help solve this puzzling case.
Henry's closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always encouraged him to use this special gift, even when he is uncomfortable with this talent. As their relationship grows and develops, Henry comes to the realization that his involvement could put him and all those he loves, in the path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up his most brutal crime, including framing the innocent bishop.
It is no secret that Vannetta Chapman is a favorite author of mine. Her unique talent to create very unusual situations in such realistic ways, is one that grabs my attention as soon as I open each new book. This book was no exception!! I became part of this compelling story of faith , friendship and God's power providing courage in the toughest times on the first page . This is a book that will keep the reader engrossed from beginning to end.
The characters are lovable , somewhat quirky, and entirely realistic and believable. Henry and Emma became part of my life as I walked alongside them through the hard, frightening journeys of their lives. Feeling every terror and struggle had me on the edge of my seat. The world passed me by as I read this mystery.
The plot has so many twists and turns that the reader is in shock at each new event. The quick action and movement towards solving the mystery is mind boggling!! Reading this book in a day and a half clearly describes my feelings about this tale. I could NOT put this book down! Bad things happen to the best folks!! Are they deserving of their struggles??? No, indeed!! Does God get them through? You bet He does!! But I must end here!! No spoilers allowed!!
Don't miss this five star book!! Vannetta has done it once again!! A REAL WINNER!
This book was received as a gift. The opinions and thoughts expressed are honest and my own.
Laura Shuck5 Stars Out Of 5Bishop Henry Lapp Finds Trouble or Did Trouble Find Him?September 18, 2017Laura ShuckQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Amish 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?