Sunday, February 8, 2015

Murder Tightly Knit by Vannetta Chapman

Murder Tightly Knit (Amish Village Mystery #2) 

Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published December 6th 2014 by HarperCollins Publishing

From Goodreads:

"In a town where Amish and Englisch mingle every day, a grisly murder leads to mutual suspicion. Can Amber and Hannah find the killer before fear unravels the community . . . or he strikes again?

Even before she heard of Owen Esch’s death, Hannah Troyer knew something was amiss at The Cat’s Meow yarn shop. The store has been closing at odd times, the ever-dependable Mary isn’t always at her post . . . and an Englisch man h as been seen loitering around back.

Now, as leaves of brown, gold, and orange blanket Middlebury, Indiana, Owen lies dead on the Pumpkinvine Trail. The only clues to the murderer’s identity point in two very different directions—one of them leading right to The Cat’s Meow.

The police call in a federal investigator, but Hannah and Village manager Amber Bowman are in no mood to wait for them to figure out what they already know—that no one from the Amish Village could have killed Owen Esch.

Amber and Hannah will need to work quickly to solve the murder mystery and bring harmony back to the Amish community."

My thoughts: Even though my first love in reading is a good mystery, in the last few years I have become very enamored of Amish fiction. Mix the two together and you have a winner! One of the best writers of this genre is Vannetta Chapman. She does both equally well.

One mark of a good mystery writer is the inclusion of several viable suspects and Chapman is quite adept at this. Of her six mysteries I have read, all of them have enough red herrings and suspects to keep the reader guessing. Isn't this the fun of reading a whodunit?

Murder Tightly Knit is the second book in the series. Readers do not need to have read the first, although I would recommend it as it was a very enjoyable read. Either book can stand alone. A very enjoyable read earning the 4**** rating from me.

Vannetta Chapman is the author of numerous works of Christian fiction featuring members of the Amish community. For more information, visit her at or blog with her at She can also be found at

Disclosure: A review copy of the book was provided by HarperCollins/NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.


  1. I've never tried Amish fiction and didn't really know it was a genre. I'll have to give it a try.

  2. I didn't know of the series. Will be looking out for this.

  3. I think this cover is cute. Bright, cheerful, very sharp needles. Well, it is a mystery after all. How have you been Kaye? Don't think I've talked to you since I started back to blogging. I'll keep this one in mind. Hope you have a good week!

    1. Good to "see" you, Kay! Thanks for dropping by for a visit.

  4. Thank you so much for the kind review. I really appreciate it! Yes, mysteries are fun. For those interested--book 1 is Murder Simply Brewed and book 3 (due out this summer) is Murder Freshly Baked.


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