Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Review: Murder Tightly Knit by:Vannetta Chapman

 Murder Tightly Knit (Amish Village Mystery #2)
About the Book:
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 has 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.

About the Author:
Vannetta Chapman is author of the best-selling novel A Simple Amish Christmas. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. In 2012 she was awarded a Carol Award for Falling to Pieces. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania.  Visit Vannetta's webiste: www.vannettachapman.com  Twitter: @VannettaChapman  Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks

My Review:
 As with all of Vannetta Chapman's previous murder mysteries, we are eased into suspense and intrigue somewhat slowly after the murder takes place. The concentration being on getting down to the business of locating the killer and figuring out the motive.  In Murder Tightly Knit, we are once again drawn into this community. In the beginning, you really sense the true spirit of love and friendship. The Amish and the English alike work side by side, usually in a good, amicable fashion. But what is astounding, is that even in a very close knit community such as this one there is still evil lurking about around every corner.

 It seemed like a somewhat average day, the day that Owen Esch decided to go on a hunting excursion just before work, but unbeknownst to him, today he would draw his last breathe. The death scene in my opinion was quite sad in this addition to the series. I was hoping that Owen wouldn't die, so I wasn't so thrilled with him being the victim. But I read on and as always with all of Vannetta's books she transports you to somewhere unknown and before long you are family as well, when you read of the lives of the characters she creates. I love how she is able to take you right to the heart of the story and involve the reader in the lives of her characters. It takes real talent as a writer to accomplish this.

 There is also some other strange happenings that we are soon made aware of as Mary keeps meeting with a strange man and noone knows him or knows why she is so secretive lately.  But just like always we have two ladies that don't want to sit around and wait for the police to get on board, so Amber and Hannah set to work to solve this mystery.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author and through my participation on Vannetta Chapman's Street Team.