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In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.

When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor ...

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Overview

In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.

When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.

Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

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A quilting shop is the setting for this mystery with an Amish woman as amateur detective. Deborah Yoder solves a series of crimes that have embroiled her non-Amish friend, Callie. Unfortunately, Chapman (A Simple Amish Christmas) strains credulity with plot and characters: the villains lack subtlety; a county coroner has usurped the duties of police and district attorney; journalists blithely engage in behavior that would get real ones fired, sued, or boycotted. Although this novel is published by an evangelical Christian publisher, law-abiding characters cheerfully engage in unethical practices, such as a cop seeking to date a murder suspect. Yoder is generally well drawn, but there’s a moral disconnect when she devises a plan to have a newspaper print lies in order to catch the bad guy. Lying is a far more serious offense for the Amish than the novel’s chosen problem of doing business over the Internet. The Amish also don’t use weapons to attack others, even if the weapons are quilting implements. This is the first book of a planned trilogy that could be vastly improved with better research. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611732764
  • Publisher: Center Point
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Series: Shipshewana Amish Series , #1
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet 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: @Vannetta Chapman Facebook: Vannetta Chapman Books

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Fun combination

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, a fun combination of murder mystery and Amish fiction. I won't go into the synopsis, since you can find several of those already in the reviews. I'll just tell you that the author did a great job setting up the mystery, and I really liked the way the main Amish character and the main "Englisher" became close friends over the course of the book. You don't have to be a fan of Amish fiction to enjoy the story, but if you are, I definitely think you'll enjoy the interesting twist on the genre found in this book.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

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    Worlds Collide in this wonderful story

    Deborah and Callie are from two different worlds. One is an "Englisher" from Texas, the other an Amish woman. Together they work to bring a quilt shop back to life, something that will touch each woman involved differently. Next, add to the business arrangement adding eBay and see what the Bishop says. Each woman will teach something to the other, each will enrich the other's life without knowing it. Callie is quick tempered and restless, while Deborah is calmer and settled.

    When the editor of the town paper writes a story he hasn't checked out, sparks fly. But, when he turns up dead and Callie is there, will she see the value of having a cool head? Is she guilty or will they discover the real culprit? How will the others in town, both Amish and English, react to the death? The story that unfolds between the pages of this book is truly remarkable and will keep readers thinking for a long time.

    This was a truly enjoyable book. I love reading books about the Amish way of life, and this combined my world with theirs. The characters were real to me and the story well-written. I look forward to reading more by this author. This book will make a great gift for your reader friends, and book clubs will enjoy discussing the women and their differences, as well as the murder mystery.
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2013

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    I enjoyed reading this book. Can't wait to start the next book in the series.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

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    Wonderful Mystery

    Publisher: Zondervan (September 27, 2011)
    Pages: 366
    Source: Netgalley
    Genre: Amish Mystery/Suspense

    From Goodreads:
    In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books---faith, community, simplicity, family---with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt. When two women---one Amish, one English---each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer. Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

    My Thoughts:
    Combine my love of all things Amish, quilting and fabric, add in a great mystery, and that is what you have in this book. Vannetta Chapman has written a story that makes the reader feel like they are in Shipshewana, Indiana. She has crafted very believable characters and placed them in an unlikely scenario.

    Deborah Yoder is a local Amish woman who sold her quilts through the local quilt shop. When Daisy, the quilt shop owner dies her niece, Callie Harper inherits the quilt shop and Daisy's Labrador, Max. She comes to Shipshewana with the intention of selling the shop and moving on. It is as if she is always trying to run away from her pain. The year before, she lost her husband to cancer, and now an aunt she had not seen in several years is dead. When Deborah brings some quilts into the shop in the hope that Callie will re-open she is disappointed to hear Callie say she plans to be there only long enough to sell the place. Deborah leaves the quilts with Callie while she shops hoping Callie will begin to view their beauty and change her mind. It works. This is an unlikely partnership between an Amish woman and an English woman.

    After a heated argument with the local newspaper editor over an unfavorable review of her shop, the editor is found murdered. Of course Callie becomes the prime suspect. Then there are several break-in around the area. Callie and Deborah decide they can figure out who is behind the crimes. This almost costs them their lives as they walk in on someone in the quilt shop. They are saved by Max. This makes them all the more determined to solve this crime.

    This is not your typical Amish romance. I think I liked that better. I love mysteries. The story lines demonstrate the importance of friendship and how true friendship can have a healing effect. I am definitely looking forward to reading the next book in this series. Since this was read as an e-book I must buy the physical copy when it comes out. My mother won't read e-books because she likes to pass them around to those in her Sunday School class and she can't wait to get her hands on this one. I know anyone who loves quilting, the Amish or just a good mystery will love this book. This is an author we need to watch out for.


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    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    I love this series of books, Material Witness, Falling to Pieces

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    Awesome Amish Mystery

    Description: When two women-one Amish, one English-each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.

    What a great read this book was. I had to keep going in order to find out who the killer was and why! Two completely different worlds collide with Callie, all English, and Deborah, a very Amish woman.

    Deborah turns out to be a very calming and good influence on Callie, who arrives in Shipshewana IN to close her Aunt Daisy's estate. Callie has had a hard past few years, and Deborah can feel in her a need to be at peace. She doesn't take "No" for an answer, and Callie agrees to keep Daisy's Quilt Shop open, at least until she can find a buyer?

    When the Editor of the paper is found dead, Callie becomes a suspect. Here she will maybe find some friends?

    Love the descriptions of the Amish family life, and I can hardly wait for the other two books in this series.

    A must read for Amish book lovers and a good mystery to boot!
    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

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    Might have been good, but too many plot spoilers ruined it with their uber long synopsis, and bragging over getting the book for free for their'unbiased' review. That tells me the review is tainted. Please ppl. Be considerate of others. We would like to read a book and be surprised by what happens, not have you tell every detail. I wish bn would start fining plot spoilers. Maybe then you would think twice before revealing the plotline.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2013

    It Business man working

    He work hard

    1 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 3, 2012

    Amazing Amish cozy mystery

    Vannetta Chapman perfectly blends the Amish and Englisch worlds in FALLING TO PIECES. This is one of my favorite Amish books ever! I loved the shared point of view between Callie and Deborah, each of whom is an admirable woman. Each of the characters is credible and well characterized. Framkly, I can hardly wait until the next books in the series are released. Vannnetta is a new author to me, and this is the first of her books I've read. I will be reading her other books while I await the release of her next in this series. I believe she must be a very nice person to create such admirable work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Do I recommend this book? ABSOLUTELY!

    Geez...Editorial Reviews,Publishers Weekly. This book is fiction,after all,the characters don't have to be perfect people-the behaviors of the Amish lady, the cop, the journalist- because people are not perfect.
    I think this a wonderful book that brings across the message of how true friendship can have a healing effect, whether the friends are Amish or non-Amish. And how a person like Callie who has no family left, and has withdrawn into herself,slowly begins to blossom like a flower,due to the caring of Amish friends who don't give up on her. Callie learns to reach out to people, even to Max, her dog. At the time, that this transformation is taking place, a mystery begins to unfold where many become involved..yes,even Max.
    I would read other books by this author based on my experience with this one. And I would recommend this book for book club discussions- there are questions on the back of the book that are great for discussion.
    Amish1949

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

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    When I began reading this story, I had no idea I would enjoy it

    When I began reading this story, I had no idea I would enjoy it as much as I did… and although I’ve been reading mysteries most of my life, I was caught off guard more than once and I went through the entire book not knowing who the murderer was (what a relief; that’s actually a good thing).
    I loved getting to know Callie, Deborah, Esther and Melinda, as well as the others in the story. The interaction between Callie (an Englischer) and her Amish friends is highly entertaining. There’s enough controversy to keep the story hopping!
    Callie soon gets herself arrested – or almost!
    If I were Callie, I would never have the nerve to do some of the things she does… yet it is all very believable. Getting involved in the lives of her friends is just what she needs.
    Most series are written so that you can pick up any of the books and catch up easily with what’s happened before. You can probably do this with the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, but you will miss so much if you do. Get all three books in the series and begin at book one – Falling to Pieces. You’ll be so glad you did.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2014

    Great Book

    This first book in the Shipshewana series was a great read. My first time with Ms Chapman. I loved it so much I just bought book 2 and 3.

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  • Posted May 21, 2014

    This is a fun whodunit mystery taking place in the Amish town of

    This is a fun whodunit mystery taking place in the Amish town of Shipshewana. After Callie's aunt passes, she arrives from Texas with the intent of selling her aunt's quilt shop. After a little coaxing the Amish ladies that provided quilts for the shop, convince her to re-open the now forlorn looking shop. Deborah's family comes to help Callie restore the shop and clean the grounds.

    Deborah, one of the Amish women quilters and Callie work together to sell some of the quilts on EBay. The editor of the local newspaper finds this as a good story to sell a few more of his papers and embellishes the story with incorrect information which gives Callie a bad start in her new business.

    Callie becomes friends with the Amish women and gains their trust.

    The editor is found dead in his office and Callie finds him and somehow becomes entangled legally with this apparent crime. More incidents happen in town and the police are looking to capture the person responsible. Callie and Deborah play detectives, plotting together to figure out how to find the person responsible for the crimes and find themselves in a scary situation.

    The story is one of trust and friendship among women of different backgrounds and how they can bond together and work together even though they have many differences. I enjoyed the story very much and it was a fun read.

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    Falling To Pieces by Vannetta Chapman, A Shipshewana Amish Myste

    Falling To Pieces by Vannetta Chapman, A Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, book 1*****
    by Vannetta Chapman

    Callie Harper is in Shipshewana staying in her Aunt Daisy's apartment above the Daisy's Quilt Shop her aunt owned and loved. Callie had not seen her aunt in years but when she unexpectedly dies Callie finds she has inherited the shop. Since she doesn't know anything about running a quilt shop, she plans to sell it as quickly as possible and return to Texas. She also inherited Max, Aunt Daisy's Labrador. When Callie takes Max out to do his “morning business”, she sees an Amish women getting out of a buggy parked by the shop. The woman approaches Callie with her arms full of beautiful quilts and introduces herself. She learns that Deborah Yoder was not only a friend of her aunt's but brought Amish quilts for her to sell. Callie informs Deborah that she plans to sell the shop. Callie soon learns she may sell the quilt shop quicker if she would re-open it. With Deborah and her family's help, along with Melinda and Esther, two Amish women who sew with Deborah, the shop is soon clean, orderly and ready to open again.

    One day Deborah comes into the shop and shows Callie an article in the Shipshewana Gazette about Daisy's Quilt Shop's new owner, Callie Harper. The article was written by the editor, Mr. Steakhorn and was anything but truthful—“New Shop Owner Robs Amish”. Barely containing her anger she storms out to see the editor. But Mr. Steakhorn has left for the day so Callie must wait til the next day to confront him and demand a retraction to the article. She doesn't know that it is Mr. Steakhorn's policy to never retract an article. Her first meeting with him does not go well. Later while waiting for her usual to-go order at the deli she hears Mr. Steakhorn's name called for his order. They end up arguing and Callie says he will regret making her an enemy. That same night Mr. Steakhorn is found dead in his office by—Callie. When it is determined that it was not a heart attack but murder, Callie is top on the list of suspects.

    After the murder of Mr. Steakhorn someone looks through his office apparently looking for something. Other shops are broken into and searched, even injuring the deli's owner. Callie's shop is broken into and Max is shot. Callie and her new Amish friends decide to find who is responsible for the murder and break-ins. They enlist the help of the new Gazette owner, Mr. Trent McCallister and some of the police officers offer to assist too. They come up with a plan to trap the burglaries/murderer.

    I love the way Vannetta weaves a story stitching the threads of the characters lives together to make a lovely quilt of friendship along with: hope, forgiveness, family, love and faith. Added to this is a mystery that keeps you guessing to the end. I am looking forward to reading book 2 in the series:
    Perfect Square.

    ~I received a copy of the book from the author for my review~

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  • Posted February 22, 2014

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    Falling To Pieces ( Shipshewana Amish Mystery #1 ) By: Vannetta

    Falling To Pieces ( Shipshewana Amish Mystery #1 )
    By: Vannetta Chapman
    I really enjoyed Falling to Pieces and before I started reading it , I was thinking Amish, English, and cozy mystery all together!! Well let me tell you this is not your regular Amish book. I think Ms Chapman has did an excellent job of weaving her characters into a story about Amish and English working together. We have Callie Harper who inherited her aunt's Quilt store, Daisy's Quilt Shop, and then Deborah who is Amish and needs to sell her quilts. These two becomes good friends .This cozy mystery , Amish, and an English has it's twists and turns including a dead body. You might say a dead body in Shipshewana, IN. ? This story will make you laugh and keep you guessing till the end. Now I just have to read Book #2 .

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    If you're looking for a read good book to read, this is the book

    If you're looking for a read good book to read, this is the book to purchase. Excellent story and well written. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.

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  • Posted January 27, 2014

    The first in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. The main char

    The first in the Shipshewana Amish Mystery series. The main characters are Deborah (Amish) and Callie (an Englisher), brought together by the quilt shop Callie has inherited, from her aunt. New to town, suffering from recent losses, Callie doesn't know how to move on with her life. Deborah befriends her and introduces her to others, in the town. Callie soon becomes a murder suspect and they must solve the mystery and prove her innocence. Great characters, strong Amish faith and a mystery, not solved until the very end.

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  • Posted January 12, 2014

    This was the first book I read by Vannetta Chapman, and I have t

    This was the first book I read by Vannetta Chapman, and I have to warn you, it's a gateway drug that may lead you to hand over a good chunk of your free time and book budget! One of the things I really liked about this book is that not everyone is Amish, or trying to be. The growing relationships between characters, both Amish and "Englisch, " feel authentic, and made me look forward to the future books in this series (which I have since devoured). And best of all, the ending was unpredictable. Plenty of reviews will give you an outline of this book's plot; the purpose of my review is to convince you to open this book, and let yourself get to know the down-to-earth folks in Shipshe as they come together to solve a murder in their small town. You just may find yourself thinking of "Amish fiction" in a whole new way.

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  • Posted December 23, 2013

    What a very enjoyable, cozy mystery! This book is full of intere

    What a very enjoyable, cozy mystery! This book is full of interesting characters, misunderstandings, light hints at possible future romance and a mystery that doesn’t fully play out until the very end.

    Falling to Pieces kept me interested right through to the end and I am very happy to say that I have the next two books in the series sitting on my bookshelf. I have grown fond of the many characters in this book and look forward to seeing how things progress with them in the next two books in the series. Fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this foray into a small Amish town. The author has done a great job of explaining Amish wordings and customs in this book as well. I am hoping that there will be some romance developing between a couple of the characters, as Vannetta Chapman writes romantic attraction splendidly. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

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  • Posted October 29, 2013

    Good read

    If you are looking for a good mystery, a little romance and no sex, then you have found it. The story stood on its own without the crude behavior that is the backbone of many books. I tend to read more well known authors and this was really enjoyable. I did not guess "who dun it." I also enjoyed learning more about the culture.

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