Monday, March 24, 2014

Murder Simply Brewed Vannetta Chapman ~ review

  • Series: An Amish Village Mystery
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (March 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310326168
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310326168

This book is also available as an e book.

Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright can see profits in sight for her collection of Amish artisan shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a single hole in the front window and Mr. Gray dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. Hannah Troyer takes over the shop’s duties, and she and Amber become fast friends as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death to be a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t so easily convinced.
Old Testament clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to solve a mystery and bring peace to the Amish community.

My take on this book:
Murder Simply Brewed takes the readers to the tiny town of Middlebury, Indiana. Hannah Troyer has just arrived for work at the quilt shop at the Amish Artisan Village, when she realizes that she doesn't smell any coffee brewing over at the Simple Blend coffee shop so she goes to see what might be wrong. What she finds is store manager Ethan Gray, slumped over dead, of what looks like a heart attack. When Amber Wright the general manager of The Village asks Hannah to take over the shops duties, the pair become friends, and it doesn't take long before some of the other workers at the various shops start getting odd messages. Amber starts believe that Ethan's death wasn't a simple heart attack, but what could have happened, and why?

Amish mysteries are one of my favorite genre's to read, and Vannetta Chapman has a great knack for weaving some great ones! Murder Simply Brewed has a nice romance, actually there are two romances going on with this one, we have Amber and Tate, along with Hannah and Jesse. It was nice to see romance develop with a young couple as well as a more mature couple.There were  several plot twists that really kept me guessing and interesting characters that become friends as I got to know them! I loved the setting of the story, and an Amish Artisan Village would be like a small slice of heaven for me to visit!  Fans of Amish fiction are going to love this story, but anyone who enjoys a well written, page turning mystery will also find this "cozy" mystery a delight to read. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

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