Falling to Pieces (Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series #1)

Falling to Pieces (Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series #1)

by Vannetta Chapman

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310415855
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Series: Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 51,297
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of sixteen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series, and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and has also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for fifteen years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. Visit Vannetta online: VannettaChapman.com, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.

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Falling to Pieces 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 95 reviews.
GraceDancer More than 1 year ago
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.
DSaff More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. Can't wait to start the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
johjud More than 1 year ago
An excellent mystery. Really keeps you guessing. You won't be sorry you chose this book.
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
Great
Mamapow More than 1 year ago
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.
CClemmons More than 1 year ago
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.
Amish1949 More than 1 year ago
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
skstiles612 More than 1 year ago
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. Disclosure of Material Connection: I rec
MelanieSki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Falling to PiecesVannetta ChapmanA Shipshewana Amish MysteryWhen I first saw the cover of this book, and read its description I just had to contact the author for a copy to review! Amish mystery in Shipshewana sounded like such a great story, and a new Amish Fiction writer to spotlight. Vannetta¿s first novel A Simple Amish Christmas was a bestseller and this series is well on its way to joining it!Daisy¿s Quilt Shop is a hub for not only the tourists in Shipshewana during market days, but for the Amish ladies who gather to quilt and fellowship with one another. When Daisy is found deceased out in the garden she loved, Niece Callie inherits the shop. Having no desire or knowhow to run a shop, Callie hopes for a quick sale and to get back to her so called life in TX. She soon realizes that nothing is beckoning her back to TX and to sell her aunts shop may be easier if the shop reopens. Along with new found Amish friend Deborah, Callie reopens the store and makes some changes and upgrades by putting some of the Amish quilts on ebay for a higher selling price, much to the chagrin of the Amish Bishop. Local newspaper editor Mr. Stakehorn slanders Callie and her attempts to help sell the Amish quilts making for an uprising in the small community. Callie doesn¿t take it standing down, insults Mr. Stakehorn and threatens to get back at him. Later that night Mr. Stakehorn is found dead¿. Of course Callie is a prime suspect!!Along with her Amish friends, new newspaper editor Trent, and the officers of the local police force, Callie seeks to find out the mystery behind Mr. Stakehorn¿s death and the recent burglaries. I loved the combination of the quilt shop, Amish and a good mystery. I have been to Shipshewana during market days when the town swells to 30,000 people and it was so fun to be brought back there to the small town setting and the friendships that developed between the English and Amish. Despite difference in living style, clothing, religion, Callie and her Amish friends came together with a mission in mind, and that helped to grow their relationship with each other, and within themselves. Deborah¿s influence on Callie was a blessing to her working through some past issues that needed resolved.So excited that this was just the first in a 3 part series! Excited to join Callie back in Shipshewana for the next book A Perfect Square.
skstiles612 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Publisher: Zondervan (September 27, 2011)Pages: 366Source: NetgalleyGenre: Amish Mystery/SuspenseFrom 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.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received an e-book copy from Netgalley for review. 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.
bookaholicmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Callie Harper is still getting over the loss of her husband when her Aunt Daisy dies. Daisy owned a quilt store in Shipshewana, an Amish community. Callie comes to wrap up her aunt's affairs only to find herself running her aunt's quilt store until it can be sold. She meets Deborah Yoder, an Amish woman who wants Callie to help sell her quilts in the store to help out two of Deborah's friends who have fallen on hard times. Callie accepts the challenge of selling the quilts while she waits for the store to sell. Some of Callie's decisions concerning the sale of the quilts leads to controversy in the community which attracts the local newspaper editor, who doesn't exactly get the facts straight. When he is murdered, Callie becomes a prime suspect. The journey to solving the murder is quite suspenseful that will keep you guessing.This is a fun, cozy mystery. Deborah and her friends, Melinda and Esther are the kind of friends a new gal in town like Callie needs. There is even Max, Aunt Daisy's dog who is quite entertaining. Of course there are a few hunky characters who also make the story interesting. I have been to Shipshewana and could easily imagine the quilt shop and the community. I enjoyed this cozy. It is a quick read for a lazy summer day. If you enjoy cozy mysteries or Amish fiction, pick this up. You will enjoy the time you spend with Callie and her friends. This is published by Zondervan but I didn't find it to be preachy at all.I received this ARC E-book courtesy of Zondervan and Netgalley. This in no way influenced my review.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
I am really going to enjoy this series. I have had this book for a while, as well as the second one, as I love Vannetta's books I thought I had already read them, but NOPE, I hadn't!!! Well I am sorry I waited so long to get around to them, better yet I thought I'd already posted my review, but NOPE to that too! This was a great example of the Englisch and Amish living together and becoming great friends and able to work together whether it be in normal everyday life or when things pop up to bring a little 'thrill' into life. Thrill as in solving a very serious, as in deadly, mystery. Yep, another winner for Vannetta.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
Oh Vannetta, Vannetta, Vannetta. You have yet to disappointment me. And because I can’t dig up even a twitch of disappointment I’ve having a hard time settling into this review. Have you ever noticed that I only have a hard time writing the review if I’ve read the book? I feel like I frequently find myself in this situation, and complaining about it. But only like 99% of my reviews. Well, that’s not true. The truth is I really only struggle when I truly loved a book because how do I put all those feels into actual words. Words are hard people. And words with depth and emotion are harder, especially when you don’t want to give anything spoilerish away. The other time I truly struggle is when I didn’t care for a book but there’s no real obvious ‘aha’ reason. More just a meh moment. This book is obviously reason A from above. That’s right. I have nothing to complain about. Vannetta builds rich characters that exhale off the pages. She builds communities, not just ‘settings’, that are vibrant and somewhere I’d love to visit or even relocate to. Into these amazing people in this amazing characters she weaves in suspense and mystery that is captivating and keeps me on the edge until the bitter end. Not that the end is bitter, it’s usually sweet and encompassing and grounded in the faith that is seamlessly woven throughout the entire story. Set in the real community of Shipshewana, Indiana with a community that probably mirrors so many communities throughout the country Deborah and Callie show what real friendship has the potential to become. They didn’t know each other when they met but they had a connection that drew them deeper. I’ve had those friendships. This is what it’s like when you meet a bestie and know you are tethered for life. Guys, I’m struggling here. I envy this community. The closeness of the residents and the truth of the friendships. I love that I get such an abiding richness of faith without feeling as though I was preached at. . .Vannetta is amazing at this by the way. Words are hard here. Reviews are hard. This book though? That’s easy. It’s amazingly well written with amazing characters and a solid story line. That alone is worth the read. M’kay?
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I really loved ready it. It was hard to put down and go to sleep.
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cdp283 More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable.
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REal page turner!. Couldn't put it down.
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I was captivated by this book ,i could not put it down.
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