Thursday, July 2, 2015

Murder Freshly Baked (Book 3 in An Amish Village Mystery Series) by Vannetta Chapman [Review & Giveaway]

ISBN: 9780310322177  
About the book: When delicious baked goods become lethal, it's time to find a killer. Kindness is a virtue Meanness is a sin Better watch your bakery pies For poison I've slipped in

The Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, has been decorated with every color of balloon and flower for the Race for a Cure. As manager of the Village, Amber Bowman is thrilled to see the turnout--and relieved to have something to distract her from the "Poison Poet"--an individual who has been sending notes containing bad poetry to warn of poisoned baked goods.

Then Ryan Duvall crosses the finish line of the race--and falls down dead, murdered in broad daylight. But who did it? And why? The police suspect Preston Johnston, but Amber refuses to believe her employee could do such a thing.

Amber once again looks to her young Amish friend Hannah Troyer to help her find the killer--and to determine if it's the same person leaving the cryptic poems and pies. Can they help the police before the Poison Poet strikes again? Both Amber and Hannah will need to draw on their faith as they fight to preserve the peaceful community they've built at the Amish Artisan Village.

My thoughts: In this third book in the Amish Artisan Village series, Vannetta Chapman brings us back into the presence of the employees of the Village and their interactions as another unthinkable event occurs in this peaceful setting - murder.

The Amish are a peace loving and peaceful group who set themselves apart from the modern world by shunning many modern conveniences. They live by a strict code based on Biblical principles. In the Village, there is close mingling of regular folks and Amish as they work, visit, and shop the various stores and restaurants in the Village.

Two Amish couples are looking forward to their soon to occur wedding. A returned veteran struggles with PTSD. The Village manager becomes embroiled in threats seemingly directed at her. A complicated mixture of situations that need resolution.

To me the highlight of this book is how Preston, the veteran, deals with his traumatic experiences of flashbacks that are violent. The entrance of Mocha, a service dog that is provided to Preston is interesting and lovable.

This is a stand alone story, but it would be more interesting for the reader to have previously read books one and two since references to those stories occur. I always enjoy a Vannetta Chapman book and can heartily recommend it.
1 Copy of Murder Freshly Baked
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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by the author to facilitate this review. Opinions are just mine. I was not compensated for this review.


  1. I love Vannetta's books and can't wait to revisit Amber and Hannah and the Amish Artisan Village!! Thank you so much for the giveaway opportunity!

  2. I have not read any of Vannetta's books. To be honest, I didn't think I would be interested in Amish fiction and had stuck with other varying genres of Christian fiction. I only started reading Amish fiction a couple of months ago when Leslie Gould's "Amish Promises" came out. I was very interested in reading it after I had read the synopsis and loved it after I had. So, Amish Fiction has now been added to the list of genres that I enjoy reading and I have had so much fun seeking out new books.

  3. I have read "The Christmas Quilt" and her novella, "Where Healing Blooms," in the book, "An Amish Garden"!

  4. trosado, if you haven't read any of Vannetta's books, you've GOT to try one! I've read both Amish and contemporary by her and she's a great storyteller!

    1. Thank you, Gail! After reading the blog post, I immediately went to Vannetta'a Amazon page and started adding to my wishlist. :)

  5. I don't think I have read any of Vanetta's books but this sounds like a very interesting book (and series) that would hold my interest.

  6. I think I have but not remembering the title . would love to read this one!

  7. I haven't read any of Vanetta's books. I do like mysteries though so that's why I'm interested in Murder Freshly Baked.

  8. I read Falling to Pieces, A Perfect Square, and just finally got Material which I haven't read.
    I met her and she is very sweet. The only place I can share this is FB and it says other than that. And, I don't twitter or blog. Sorry. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  9. I haven't read any of her books but the mystery ones sound terrific.

  10. I haven't yet, but this sounds so good! I'm going to have to check out her stuff on Goodreads!

  11. Haven't yet, but would like to.

  12. I have read A Wedding For Julia and really liked it
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. I have not read any of her books. thanks for the review

  14. amy guillaume lindermanJuly 16, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    i haven't read any yet but i am so glad to have discovered them here

  15. I have not yet read any of her books. I love mysteries!

    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

  16. I have not but I would love to read this one

  17. I have never read anything by this author before.


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