Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Material Witness Book Review

A Shipshewana Amish Mystery
Book #3

SUMMARY:  Buggies, quilts ...  and a cold-blooded killer!  It's just another day in Shipshewana.
     Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters' Fair when a woman is killed in the parking lot of Daisy's Quilt Shop, and the only witness is one of Melinda Byer's boys.  The investigation takes a bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie Harper.
     This time it's a madman loose in the town's largest crowd of the year, and he's looking for something or someone.  If they can't figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie's close circle of friends may be next.
     Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure ... it's nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance as our group embarks on a journey of faith deep into the heart of God's grace.

REVIEW:  Material Witness is the third book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and it does not disappoint.  The author does a great job weaving together all the different pieces of the story to keep the reader waiting for and wanting more.   Now, to fully understand the connection between Callie and Shane, you will need to read the second book.  It will help their relationship fall into place.
     While the bulk of the book takes place in the span of four days, the story doesn't seem drawn out but develops at a decent speed.  There were a few parts that were a little confusing but, when I went back and reread a page or two, everything seems to fall back into place.
      I like how no matter the situation or the differences between their cultures, Callie, Deborah, Melinda and Esther stick by each other through difficult times and are there for each other, no matter the cost.  When Callie's life is threatened, Shane, the local detective, goes over and beyond the call of duty to make sure she is kept safe and works diligently to find who is disrupting the peace in this small town and the lives of these four families.
     This is a great book with lots of twists and turns.  I highly recommend it.

This book was provided by Zondervan for review without compensation.

Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.  Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller.  The other books in her Shipshewana Amish Mystery series are Falling to Pieces and A Perfect Square.  Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.

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