A Review of: Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman
An Amish Village Mystery
By: Vannetta Chapman
Genre: Christian Mystery
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
* I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via BookLook in exchange for an honest review.
What will happen when two amateur sleuths, one Amish and one English, combine forces to solve the string of crimes happening in the Amish Artisan Village? 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.
I thought the mystery started off a little slow but picked up fairly quickly. I'm a Christian and enjoy Christian fiction but felt the book got a little too preachy at times but I wasn't offended. Overall it's a good debut novel. The setting, mystery, and characters were all interesting. I plan on reading more from this author. So it's getting: