Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Bishop Needs An Alibi by Vannetta Chapman [Review & Giveaway]

In a book I previously reviewed for author, Vannetta Chapman, the following quote really stood out to me...... and I came across it toward the end of When The Bishop Needs an Alibi when the Amish bishop and two others were in the midst of dire danger. It bears repeating.

"Courage is fear that has said it's prayers."
(pg. 129 A Wedding for Julia by Vannetta Chapman)

My thoughts: We met the Amish bishop, Henry Lapp recently in What the Bishop Saw and we learned that he is a gentle, kindly man who is the over shepherd and leader of the community of Amish. He also has quite an unusual talent of being able to subconsciously recall and draw in minute detail scenes he has visited or witnessed. This is because he is an "accidental savant."

Previously the Bishop was involved in solving a mystery using this unusual talent and now he is again embroiled in the terrible situation where a young woman loses her life.

The story locale is the beautiful Colorado San Luis Valley and Bishop Henry is an avid "birder" who loves watching the cranes that frequent the area that has marshes, mountains, and huge sand dunes. But all is not beautiful in this lovely place.

As the kindly and gentle Amish folk gather in the local diner for coffee or a meal or as they gather at the local bakery run by three Amish widow ladies, they pursue clues with their chatter, curiosity, and somewhat meddlesome way. But though fraught with danger, it's all good on their part and the outcome is good. You see, much is afoot in the world of evil and crime and these dear folk seem to get themselves stuck right in the middle of it.

You'll fall in love with the bishop because he is insightful, kind, and full of wisdom which he graciously shares with any and all. Even though falsely accused, he holds no animosity. Even though a pacifist, he knows when to act to protect. And dear Bishop Henry has a precious dog by his side, Lexi which we met in the first book about the Bishop.

I highly recommend this new book by Vannetta Chapman and you can always depend on her books to be clean reads that are "full of grace."

About the book: A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes

Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God's creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.

As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God's calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry's closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.
When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide.
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a Rafflecopter giveaway DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from the author and Harvest House Publishing to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and are freely given. Winner's copy is also provided courtesy of author and publisher.


  1. I know they believe in God. they have a strong faith. they live their faith. they are hard workers.

  2. The Amish are very humble people, they work hard and they take care of their own in time of need plus they have great faith in God and His Will

  3. I know they are very forgiving people.

  4. I know much about them and I know that they live a simple life.

  5. Somewhat familiar. Used to live close by to them in Pennsylvania. I always admired their beautiful farms and the women’s handiwork such as quilts.

  6. I am familiar with the Amish religion. They are a peaceful and God abiding religion.

  7. I don't know much about their doctrine, but they seem to value faith, family and community, living simply and modestly. I admire their hardworking agricultural centered lifestyle. Thanks for doing a giveaway. Nice review too. ��

    Karen R

  8. We toured the well known The Amish Farm and House in Lancaster and learned much about their lifestyle.

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  9. Thanks for sharing at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!

  10. Thanks for sharing about this book. Sounds like a great story to read.I like how Amish live such humble and simple lives.


  11. the Amish are Christians — they believe in Jesus and in the Holy Trinity. While the Amish share the belief of most Protestants that salvation is an unearned gift from God, they don't believe that faith automatically guarantees salvation. The Amish, who are well known for their horse-and-buggy lifestyle, live separately from the world and modern technology.

  12. I only know a little bit about the Amish way of life, mostly from books I've read -- which are fiction, so I don't know how much of it is truth! I think it's very noble that they live out their faith, though.

  13. We have a lot of mennonites where we live and they are friendly and run honest businesses. Nice neighbors

  14. Thanks for sharing at Party in Your Pjs. Nice, informative post!

  15. My dad (who is not Amish) has been visiting their farms for years. I've never met them, however, from the interactions he's had with them, they are some of the kindest & most generous people he has ever known.

  16. I'm somewhat familiar with the Amish beliefs. I've traveled quite a bit in areas where Amish live, and read a few fiction books about the Amish.

  17. Yes, I am familiar and always found it fascinating.

  18. I am not familiar with the Amish religious beliefs. However I assume like most religions they think they are the only true believers and their way is the best.

  19. I don't have any personal experience with the Amish but I believe they are hard working people who believe family and community are more important than themselves.

  20. I'm adding this to one to my book wishlist. I hope to find more next week through Literacy Musing Mondays.


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