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A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Series #2)

A Perfect Square (Shipshewana Amish Series #2)

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by Vannetta Chapman

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There’s more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is


There’s more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn’t commit. So, with her English friend, Callie—fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy’s Quilt Shop—Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie’s help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events—one that can bring unexpected touches of God’s grace and resolve the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community.

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Shipshewana Amish Series , #2
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5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
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18 Years

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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 website: www.vannettachapman.com Twitter: @Vannetta Chapman Facebook: Vannetta Chapman Books

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A Perfect Square 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Patricia51 More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Square is a must read for anyone who loves Amish fiction and murder mysteries. It is one book that I could not stop reading. Ms. Chapman has combined Amish Fiction and murder mystery in a wonderful and very interesting blend that keeps the reader on edge with each turn of the page, making it impossible to put the book down. As for Callie's relationship with Shane Black, there is just enough of a hint of romance without giving away the ending. Will there be another book to follow? And will Callie and Shane find true and lasting love? Only Ms. Chapman has that answer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of Chapman's that I have had the pleasure of reading. I received this book as a gift, not realizing it was the second in a series. (I prefer to read series books from the beginning to the end!) But let me say that I was only 3 chapters into the book when I stopped reading and went online to purchase the remaining two books of the series! Vanetta Chapman writes in an Amish setting, yet portrays her characters as individuals first and Amish second. She winds characters together in real friendships, Amish and non-Amish, in a natural way that makes you understand that she has experienced life in this way. There is nothing about her books that is not believable. The characters are real, possess flaws and quirks just like any of us, and deal with "real" life. One could read this book as a "single" and not purchase the others, as I did. But I think that once you have met Callie, Deborah, Esther, Faith and all the others, you will, like me, want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this series of books, Material Witness, Falling to Pieces and Perfect Square. They are a combination of murder mystery and quilt related. I have read all of Vannetta's books and all staying in my permanent library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am enjoying this series very much. Didn't want to put the book down
DJMynatt More than 1 year ago
I finished the first book, Falling to Pieces, and I couldn’t wait to begin the sequel, A Perfect Square. I have learned how impulsive Callie is and how she doesn’t exactly “tread softly”… she usually stumbles into messes easily! This second book is easily as wonderful and exciting as the first one was; I was shocked when Reuben refused to speak, refused to defend himself. What on earth could have happened? Vannetta Chapman has a special way of drawing you in and making it difficult, if not impossible, to put down the book until you read the last page! I lost a lot of sleep, but it was definitely worth every minute! Vannetta does a superb job of taking us through the book… wondering what is going on with Reuben… wondering who Samuel is… wondering what happened to the young girl. This is a wonderful Amish mystery and one you don’t want to miss! Now on to the third book of the series… Material Witness…
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman The Shipshewana series of cozy mysteries by Vannetta Chapman is a wonderful set of books that will enthrall any mystery readers.  The books are set in the charming Amish community of Shipshewana.  I read this book last, although it was actually book 2 of the series.  It read well as a stand-alone book, as well.  It continues with some of the main characters of the previous book, but engages you right away and if you didn't know anything about them, you would still easily be caught up in the tale. A dead Amish girl is found in the pond of Reuben Fisher, a local Amish man.  After all the evidence is gathered, it would appear that Reuben is the culprit that caused this event.  But is he?  As in the previous book, Callie Harper and her Amish friend Deborah and others of the community find themselves trying to figure out what happened and who is really to blame for what has happened. An older Amish gentleman with Alzheimer's also engages Callie into looking for a daughter who he claims disappeared in the towns worst tornado experiences back in the year 1965.   But no one seems to believe him, but Callie seems to have a warm spot in her heart and tries to find the daughter who would now be in her 50's.  After all this time, is it even possible? I enjoy how the book has moments that make you feel just plain good.   The character, Esther, who says, "I do believe the Lord's Word, but when my heart hurts, as it does today, I have to wonder if his plan doesn't include a bit more refining and learning than I would have chosen.   I have to wonder if there couldn't have been an easier way.  I wonder why."  I really liked that because each of us probably needs more refining and learning, probably more than any of us would want, because the refining is usually not easy but therefore, makes each of us a bit stronger than we might have been before. This was a great book, and I highly recommend it to others who enjoy the Amish genre, and a good mystery. I received this book from the publisher for my honest review which I have given.  
PTucker More than 1 year ago
Second, in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. I love Vannetta's writing style! Many of the characters, from book one, are back, including Deborah and Callie...but you don't have to have read the first book, to enjoy this one. A young woman is found floating in the pond of an Amish man, Reuben Fisher. He refuses to speak about what he knows. Deborah and Callie work to clear him. A second mystery, of an old man who lost his daughter years before and Callie decides to help, will help solve the mystery of the dead girl. The most difficult part, for me, was trying to figure out Samuel. (You must read the book, to understand.) Vannetta brought it all together, in a way only she can.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman**** It is nearing time for Esther and Tobias' wedding and there is much is to be done. But wedding plans are interrupted when a young Amish girl is found floating in the pond on cousins Tobias and Reuben's farm. Who is the young girl and how did she get there? They are shocked when Detective Shane Black arrests Reuben Fisher for her murder. Reuben is a quite, gentle man and could not have committed this murder his friends insist. Reuben does not help his case by not talking or answering any of the detectives questions. Deborah Yoder is sure he did not murder the girl and enlists her Englisher friend Callie-owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop, to find out what happened. Callie is all for helping Deborah figure out what actually happened to the young girl and get Reuben out of jail. But she also finds herself in the middle of another mystery when she finds an elderly Amish man at her shops door early one morning. He is looking for his long lost daughter and asks Callie to help him find her. Adding more mystery to his request, his son says he does not have a sister. Does the man only think he has/had a daughter? After a little searching, Callie learns that the man's daughter actually has been missing since the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. Convinced that she must help try to reunite this father and daughter, Callie continues to search and uncovers some surprising information. A Perfect Square is a murder mystery but it has another mystery woven into the story. There is much more in this story: mystery-of course, suspense, little romance, the bond of friends—even between the Amish and Englishers, forgiveness, strong faith, prayers and God's will, with characters that are true-to-life making this a story to read. I have been a long-time fan of Vannetta Chapman and know when I read one of her books it will drawl me into the story. ~~I received a copy of this book from the author for my review~~
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
"A Perfect Square" is a perfect delight - that uniquely different twist that Vannetta Chapman brings to the genre of Amish fiction. This sequel to "Falling to Pieces" is another mystery set in Shipshewana, Indiana, and once again we find Callie and her Amish friends Deborah, Esther and Melinda putting their heads and hearts together to solve a curious death. Three romances wind through this "whodunit": the growing attraction between Callie and Sheriff Shane Black, the wedding plans for Tobias and widow Esther, and the sadly short-lived marriage of young Katie and Samuel. Chapman's use of flashbacks give us insight into the hearts of this young Amish couple, and also paints an interesting contrast to the heart of the man accused of Katie's death. I won't spoil your pleasure in reading this book by giving away any more details, but I will promise this page-turner is well worth your time. Pull up a chair and spend some time in Shipshewana!
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Square ) A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Book 2) By: Vannetta Chapman This is the second book, A Perfect Square, in this series and it was really good. Vannetta Chapman has did it again. She has weaved a story of mystery and love that when you start reading you do not want to put it down. If you read book one Falling To Pieces you will again meet up with the same characters. The story starts off really fast and it grabs you till the end. In Shipshewana , Indiana a dead girl was found floating in a local pond. Reuben Fisher is accused and taken into custody for the girls death. Reuben and Tobias are cousins and living on the property where the girl was found. No one believes that Reuben could do such a thing, but he remains silence and will not say anything. Tobias and Deborah is to get married. What will happen to them now, it is only two weeks till their wedding. We have Callie the non Amish and her dog Max, who owns Daisy's Quilt Shop and she is friends with Deborah, Esther, and Melinda who are Amish. Now if you have read book one how Callie and Deborah takes things into their hands and try to solve the mystery. They are determined to find out about the dead girl found floating in the pond. Deborah does not believe Reuben could have did anything to the girl and she is going to find out what happened to her. We have two mysteries in our story to solve. Iva Bontrager hunts and finds Callie. He wants her to find his long lost daughter that has been missing since 1965 when Palm Sunday tornadoes went through. Now no one remembers him having a daughter . Did he have a daughter or is it in his mind?  If he had a daughter would his son not remember her? I was not disappointed in A Perfect Square and I an looking forward to reading book three Material Witness. I have it and will start it next.  I was given a copy of this book for my honest review and I have given it .
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
In book two of the Shipshewana Amish mysteries, A PERFECT SQUARE is not only quilted by the Amish women in this community, but it becomes the guidance for God's perfect leading in one's life, even in the painful and difficult times for God's people. When a young girl is found dead in a local pond, all the evidence points to one man, but the ladies of Callie's quilt shop are sure that the wrong man has been arrested.  The biggest problem in proving his innocence, is his determination to say nothing in his defense. At the same time, an elderly Amish man shows up in Callie's garden, wanting Callie to find his daughter, but his dementia makes his request seem a bit unbelievable, as the man's grown son says that he doesn't have a sister. Once again the "Englisher",  Callie, and her new Amish friends, are drawn into both of these mysteries.  Through many situations of family life, romantic strife, thrilling situations, and the love of God and his people, everything fantastically, comes into perfect alignment for everyone's lives in the long run.  Though everything does not necessarily turn out as the characters would have hoped for, they all see God's leading in their lives. Lovely story of friendships and belief in God, once again produces a winning book in this fun and beautiful series.  There is just enough tension to keep the reader thoroughly interested in what will happen next.  And just enough comic relief to keep the story from becoming maudlin.  Looking forward to reading the next book in this very enjoyable series!
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Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! So many twists of who did what, and not, that I kept wanting to read on, until I found out who did it-kept me up til' the early morning hours! I loved all the characters, and can't believe Officer Shane has actually mellowed a little. I so enjoyed especially-Max, the dog, and that he played a bigger role in the story. It sure made me smile every time he was mentioned in the book!
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
A Perfect Square Vannetta Chapman Book Summary: There's more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms, and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben Fisher is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn't commit. So, with her English friend Callie-fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop-Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie's help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events-one that can bring unexpected touches of God's grace and resolve to the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community. Review: This was a great book. I enjoyed this story tremendously and thought that the characters were great every last one and the story line was engrossing all the way around. I never wanted it to end. I have not read the first story and was thankful that there were no spoilers as to who did it. I am looking forward to the next book. I found the story to be seamless and the characters to be so well written that I felt like this was the 5th or 6th story in this series. They words flowed and pages flew by. I can honestly say that it has been a while since I read a book this good. I enjoyed the 2 main characters and found that they were friends and yet still getting to know each other. The one character is new to the area and this made learning this town and the people fun like through the eyes of the other newcomer. The peripheral characters were enjoyable. I had a tear in my eye at the end, I was sad for the outcome and yet the ending was so realistic. I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan Publishing for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Shipshewana, Indiana is about to be involved once more in a mystery that will rock the entire town and change people's lives forever. When Deborah and Esther along with their younger children, stop just outside of the Fisher farm to pick some flowers, they find a body of a young girl floating face down in the pond. Not knowing who she is, Deborah runs to call for help. As they wait for the police to show up, Reuben Fisher and Deborah wonder just who the girl is. It seems as though she isn't from around here based on the details in her Amish attire. When the county sheriff, Shane Black arrives on scene, Deborah and Esther cringe based on their previous encounters with the sheriff involving other murders involving them both. Seems like murder just follows them around. However when the sheriff begins to question Reuben, he maintains his silence and refuses to answer. Is it possible he knows more than he's willing to say and that leads Shane Black to believe that Reuben might be the murderer. When a search reveals blood inside the Fisher's family home, Shane has no other choice but to arrest Reuben. Esther Zook believed that God finally was blessing her life with a new future until her fiance's cousin, Reuben is arrested. Just two weeks from her wedding she now feels that Tobias will put it on hold while he attempts to figure out what happened at the farm and why Reuben refuses to talk. Unless he does, he will be sentenced for murder and spend the rest of his life in jail. Deborah believes that there is more to this story that just what the evidence is pointing to, so she begins to investigate alongside the local reporter from the Gazette, Trent McCallister to show the town that Reuben is innocent and for her best friend, Esther to finally have the happiness she truly deserves after the death of her husband, two years earlier. I received A Perfect Square by Vannetta Chapman compliments of Zondervan Publishers and Net Galley for my honest review. This is a different take on your standard Amish novels and deals with both the English and Amish working together to figure out just who murdered the girl in the pond and who she is. It appeals to lovers of both Amish Fiction and Crime/Mystery genres and involves a couple of different plots buried withing the pages of this book. I would rate this one a 4 out of 5 stars and it does have a great moral lesson to be gleaned by the end.
lauraofharvestlanecottage More than 1 year ago
Callie the Englischer and Deborah, her Amish friend, are back in a new mystery. Perhaps you remember them from Falling to Pieces, Vannetta Chapman's first book in the Shipshewana Mystery Series. A few months ago, I was delighted when my friend Charity from Michigan told me that Shipshewana is a real place with a real weekend market. I only wish I were closer to visit! Picking wildflowers turns to tragedy when Esther and Deborah, Callie's Amish friends, find a young woman floating in the pond. Reuben, Esther's future brother-in-law and the owner of the land, and the authorities are called in. Reuben refuses to cooperate with police. His silence leads to his arrest. Is he just a quiet man or is he hiding something? Can Callie, Deborah, and Esther find the true killer? As tensions rise, an elderly Amish man comes to the quilt shop and begs help from Callie to help him find his dochder (daughter). He seems disoriented; Callie calls his son to pick him up and is told that there is no daughter. This seems like a disruption in the plot. How does this fit into the story? Wondering if it's your style? You can read the first couple of chapters here to help you decide. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. You can be sure I'm looking forward to the next book in the series, Material Witness. Disclaimer: I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for an honest review.
CBH More than 1 year ago
An excellent story including Amish and English as they mix together in mystery, love, religion, and find their social differences and how to blend all of these together in areas possible. I have read quite a few Amish stories over the past year and I have enjoyed them all, possibly because of the peaceful, but mostly private, lives the Amish live. This story is set in Shipshewana, Indiana, a city that is factual but while the characters are fictional, they represent a cross section of an Amish-English community when the English generally come to the Amish community for mainly business purposes and blend in as well as possible. A wedding is coming up soon to unite Esther and Tobias in marriage and Esther, along with her friend, Deborah and her two children, are riding in their horse-drawn buggy through the area taking in the so well described scenery, all the time discussing the many details of the wedding. Their conversation topic changed abruptly when they found a young girl floating dead in the pond of the property owned by Tobias and his cousin, Reuben. Something had told them to stop their ride and get out and stretch while observing the wonderful nature in the area. The news of the dead girl got to town requesting the police to come to the pond and investigate. The women that found the body left it in the same position so the police could take it from there. Another person, Trent, a photographer for the local news, also heard the news and of course he had to rush to the scene. Callie, an Englisher, had taken over the Daisy Quilt Shop in town and it was a local gathering place for the women. The news spread. The police arrested Reuben when they found some evidence that implicated him and Rueben would not tell anything about the entire situation. He was in jail until hearings could be held. This sort of infuriated the locals as they knew Rueben would not kill anything or anyone, but the police had no choice since Reuben would do nothing to help himself. When an older gentleman from a nearby city searched for his missing daughter, the police and the people from Shipshewana started to connect their dead girl to this mans search. This sets the story for you to enjoy. The descriptive phrasing is fantastic throughout the entire book. The characters are very real, both the Amish and the English, as is the blending of their lives together. You will meet many characters, both Amish and English, and into their lives you will go. You will go through an Amish wedding, an English trial of an Amish man, hunts for evidence, chase for some people needed for the trial, learn of the details of a tornado that went through this area years before, use your judgment as to who should marry who, and enjoy the best character in the entire book, Max, Callie’s yellow Labrador. Near the end of the book, you will share a running search in a brutal cold rainstorm Enjoy this wonderful story. I sure did!
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
I love a murder mystery, especially if it has been taken up a notch by placing it in an Amish setting. Callie and her friends are once again trying to solve a mystery. Reuben has been locked up in jail as a suspect in the death of an Amish girl. No one in the community believes Reuben could or would have done such a thing. While Callie has her hands full with one mystery, an old Amish gentleman comes to her seeking her help. His daughter had disappeared during the 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes. I remember those tornadoes and the feel of our house being lifted off of its foundation. Now Callie must try to make the connection between the two mysteries to solve them. I love reading books by Vannetta Chapman. It is a great blend of Amish and English, Romance and Mystery. The Christian aspects are not preachy. I can’t wait until the third book in this series, Material Witness, comes out this fall. If you want to see what Vannetta is up to go to her Facebook page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is nearing the time for Tobias and Esther's wedding. BUT Esther is with her good friend Deborah and stops to pick some flowers with her little girl Leah. Esther spots someone laying dead in the creek on Reuben's (Tobias brothers) land. Reuben clams up and wont say anything-and Tobias cant understand why Reuben wont say anything to defend himself!!! The local owner of Daisy's Quilt Shop - Callie couples with Deborah and Esther to figure out the pieces to the puzzle. An (old man) Ira Bontrager also comes to Callie and asks her to help him find his daughter who had been missing since 1965!! Does Ira Bontrager find his long lost daughter?? Who is the person found dead in the pond??? Why is Reuben not saying anything despite being in jail??? Callie and Deborah and Esther have solved mysteries before can they solve this one??? Tis is the second book in the series- the first Falling to Pieces!!! Nothing has intrigued me quite as much as this story has to keep me reading to find out all the missing pieces to the puzzle!!!! Vannetta Chapman has a way of writing a story that leaves you feeling as if you are right in the midst of things- where the story is happening- very fascinating writer!!!! Definetly a 5 star book in my opinion!!!!
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
I have just finished my second visit with these great people, the second book in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series. Felt myself traveling in the buggy with Callie and Deborah. This book opens with the discovery of the body of a young Amish woman, floating in Tobias and Rubben's pond. How could this horrible thing have happened in this peaceful setting. Callie is still running her late Aunt Daisy's Quilt shop, which inherited along with Max, her loveable Lab. We revisit with Esther and Deborah and their families. You will love the Amish Wedding we are going to, and I adored Jonas' comment to Callie! Such fun! We will reunited with Trent, and Shane and wonder which will make Callie's heart beat faster. When one of their own is arrested for the murder of the Amish woman, we will take a journey with embracing God's will and following your own heart. I would love to be friends with these wonderful woman....I for one am hoping for a return visit! I received this book from the publisher Zondervan, and was not required to give a positive review.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Will Callie and Deborah solve another Amish mystery? The adventures begin once again in the small town of Shipshewana, Indiana. Esther and Deborah are on their way to take food to Reuben and Tobias. While driving down the lane Esther spots some wildflowers growing near the pond and asked Deborah to stop the buggy so she can pick some. They are meeting Callie at Daisy’s Quilt Shop in an hour and Esther wants to take some flowers to her. As Esther nears the wildflowers she sees the body of an Amish girl face down in the pond. All of a sudden Deborah hears a loud scream from Esther. This book was a real page turner for me and reeled me in from page one. I loved how the author includes mystery, suspense, some romance, the power of prayer and following God’s will into this great read. Not only is this a murder mystery but this book also includes another mystery woven in. I found this to be a very pleasant surprise and loved how this situation was handled. This book is filled with a variety of characters in all walks of life. I found myself really caught up in the lives of these characters. Of course we can’t forget Max. He is definitely one of my favorites! For those who have read “Falling to Pieces” and liked the book I am here to tell you that you will love “a Perfect Square” just as much if not more. I can’t wait for book 3 in this series to be published. Thanks to Vannetta Chapman for some great reads. Keep them coming!
Barbyabb More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman has given us another page-turner that is both gripping and heart-warming. For those of you who have already met the Shipshewana Amish friends of Callie, an Englishwoman who finds great fulfilment in her life working in her quilt shop and becoming part of the community around heer, you will be delighted to visit with old friends. If you are new to the Shipshewana series, you will enrich your knowledge of the Amish community and their interaction with Callie. When Deborah and Esther, Amish women who are Callie's special friends, discover the body of a young Amish woman floating in Reuben's farm pond, it's just the beginning of a very hard time in the Amish community as suspicions swirl. Reuben's unexplained refusal to cooperate in talking with Officer Taylor lands him in a lot of trouble. A second mystery is woven into the story when an elderly Amish man visits Callie to ask her help in locating his daughter who has been missing for many years. Vannetta has also given us a surprise twist ending -- caught me totally off guard because I thought I knew what the ending was going to be. Great job, Vannetta! You had me up reading at 3:30 A.M.! Thanks for sharing another adventure with these wonderful people who really become part of our lives as we read.