Murder Freshly Baked (Amish Village Mystery Series #3)

Murder Freshly Baked (Amish Village Mystery Series #3)

by Vannetta Chapman


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ISBN-13: 9780310322177
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Series: Amish Village Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 234,747
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
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:, Twitter: @VannettaChapman, Facebook: VannettaChapmanBooks.

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Murder Freshly Baked 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely devoured this book. From the very beginning, I was hooked and I had a hard time putting it down. I think this is my favorite of the three books in the Amish Village Mystery Series because it has it all. Heartfelt romance, simple and sweet friendships, honest and humble faith, and loads of intrigue and mystery. I was guessing right along with Hannah, Amber, Preston, and Pam until the very end.  I especially loved getting a bigger glimpse into the friendship that Hannah and Amber share. It's interesting to me to see how the Amish and English interact, but I love how Vannetta Chapman writes her characters lives and friendships. Though each woman is different in dress, their faith, love, and loyalty are the same. Hannah and Jesse are the cutest couple. I'm so glad we got a glimpse into their future lives. I also loved hearing more from Hannah and Tate. Preston had me from his role in the second book, Murder Tightly Knit. I have a soft spot in my heart for soldiers. His suffering and the work the ICAN and other VA organizations was accurately portrayed, in my opinion.  Most of all, I loved the faith based message of the story. Hannah and Amber both worry about their friends and family. God is trying to teach them not to worry, but instead to cast their cares upon Him and worry no more. Simple in words, difficult in action. Vannetta Chapman has a way of writing in the message of the book, making it a part of the story, and fitting in the perfect ending. Overall, I was highly satisfied with the conclusion of the Amish Village Mystery series. I really cannot wait to read more from the amazing author. If you're looking for simple faith, heartwarming romance, and appetizing mystery, pick up this book today! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through the BookLook blogging program in exchange for my honest review.*
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
Author Vannetta Chapman gives us another fantastic book with Murder, Freshly Baked. The author is excellent in blending the Amish and English characters together, but also makes each one unique. I love the setting of the village. The setting may be small, but you still have mystery to the end of the book that kept me fascinated. I enjoyed reading this book with the mystery, romance, drama and a couple of surprises I was not expecting. Murder, Freshly Baked is Book Three in The Amish Village Mystery Series. I highly recommend this book and series. I'm anticipating what Author Vannetta Chapman will write for us next. I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for my honest review. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
An Amish Village Mystery. Book 3 This was another great book from Vannetta Chapman. As in every book that I have read which was written by her, I have been so impressed with her wonderful writing talents. This book is a continuation from book 2. Hannah and Amber again find themselves in a very strange situation as poetic "Poison Pen letters" are found with freshly baked pies. The poem indicates the pie has been laced with something that will poison the person that eats it. Who would warn people of such a strange thing? Amber finds mysterious emails and her cat is poisoned. But who is behind this? There is a little romance, mystery and lots of great reading to be found in this book. I enjoyed revisiting Vannetta's Amish village. I hope the series will continue! Author Vannetta Chapman has penned a great book here and I am sure you will enjoy it as well! I received the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. No monetary compensation was received.
PTucker More than 1 year ago
This Amish Village Mystery series has been a favorite of mine. Those in this community, both English and Amish, work together so well and I enjoy their bonds of friendship and faith. There are two mysteries, to solve, this time. First, someone is leaving pies around the village, along with poetic notes suggesting poison, donned the Poison Poet. Second, Ryan Duvall is shot dead as he crosses the finish line in a Race for the Cure. Whoever is leaving the pies seems especially intent on hurting Amber. Plus, does the Poison Poet have anything to do with Ryan's death? He has been dating three women, from the village, and the confrontation exposing him turns ugly. I especially enjoyed Preston receiving a service dog, Mocha, (for his PTSD) as he works his way through the trauma he experienced in Afghanistan. Since this is the last book, in the series, you will want to read how the story ends for these characters who have become like family. I will miss them. (I received an advance copy of the book.)
Baranski1987 More than 1 year ago
Simply to die for! Murder Freshly Baked (An Amish Village Mystery Book 3), By: Vannetta Chapman If you love a good Mystery & Amish fiction then you are going to love Murder Freshly Baked, By: Vannetta Chapman. It is a refreshing book so well written that it will grab the attention of the reader right from the very start.This is a book that is not only exciting but also spine-tingling. She grabbed my attention right from the start with this marvelous Amish Mystery. There is such a wonderful array of characters in this captivating story. This is so much mystery, heartache, pain, regret, love, faith and devotion rolled into this true work of art. This book is a marvelous combination of Amish/Mystery all rolled into one spectacular story. I loved getting to read about beloved Middlebury, Indiana and the captivating characters that I have come to know and love. I can practically picture the quaint Amish village and the wonderful people there. Be sure to get your copy of this book today. 5 stars!
CookieER More than 1 year ago
The poison poet leaves notes with poison baked goods. Who would do such a thing and why? Amber and Hannah try to track down the culprit. This book will hold your attention from beginning to end. A wonderful story of Amish and English working together. If you enjoy a good mystery story, you will love this one. Book club discussion questions are included.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thank the person who made this book, My life depenes on reading!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Vanetta Chapman in her new book “Murder Freshly Baked” Book Three in the Amish Village Mystery series published by Zondervan gives us another adventure with Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer. From the back cover: When delicious baked goods become lethal, a trail of poetry leads to a sweet-toothed killer. Don’t taste it / Don’t share it /Just throw it away / If you try my bakery pie / You won’t live to see another day. The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the last place you would ever expect to find a murderer. But Amber has been managing the Village for decades and there’s nothing she hasn’t seen. Or so she thought. When poetic notes begin appearing around the bakery, warning that some of the pies have been poisoned, Amber is as confused as she is concerned. Who poisons pies? And more to the point, who leaves poems of warning after they’ve done it? When Amber decides to help the police track down the sweet-toothed saboteur, she enlists Hannah Troyer for another round of Amish-style detective work. Can Amber and Hannah help the police before the Poison Poet strikes? Both women will need to draw on their faith to preserve the peaceful community they’ve built in Middlebury . . . and to protect the girls who work in the Amish Artisan Village. Poison pies? Who would want to poison pies and why? Welcome back to the Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, a small community where Amish and English work hand in hand to serve numerous tourists throughout the year. There is a poet, who has access to the bakery, leaving poems about poison in the pies. Not only that this “Poison Poet” is aware of all the actions taken by both Amber and Hannah. This is a cozy mystery that, I believe, will keep you guessing. In addition there are other events that are challenging the women that will also keep you guessing. I think that this is the best of the three books by far. Ms. Chapman really has written great characters in Amber and Hannah and they draw us into the story and keep us there. Make yourself a big bowl of popcorn and settle in comfortably in your favorite chair as you are going to be there for a while as you are totally engrossed in this winning mystery from Vannetta Chapman. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. 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.”
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
I love Amish pie.  Who doesn't love delicious Amish pie?  Not when there is poison in the pie or when there is a threat of poison in the pie.  This third book in the Amish Village Mystery series is serving up pies that no one is eager to eat!   Amber is once again thrown into the midst of a huge and dangerous mystery and she is determined to solve it!    I love a good mystery.  I love a good Amish mystery.    Vannetta Chapman is a true expert at creating Amish mysteries.   This time she is serving up a mystery in an Amish pie....or two!   I get so caught up in the mystery and the lives of the main characters.  It has been great fun to get to return to the Amish village and to see the happenings in the lives of those who work there.   It also made me hungry for an Amish pie.  I might just have to head out to our local Amish store and find a strawberry-rhubarb pie!    This is a delightful and dangerous novel.   I rated it 5 stars and am thrilled to recommend it to readers who enjoy a good mystery. I received a free kindle version of this book from netgalley in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Murder Freshly Baked ( An Amish Village Mystery- Book 3 ) By, Vannetta Chapman Murder Freshly baked is book three in An Amish Village Mystery series, even though it is a series you can read  it as a stand alone. No problems following the story or the characters. If you love a good cozy mystery, then  Murder Freshly Baked is for you. Vannetta Chapman weaves us a story full of mystery, murder, poison poet ,  and poison pies. Who would want to poison pies and why? You will meet Amber and Hannah who are at it again with their own investigating. It is good to visit The Amish Artisan Village in Middleburg, Indiana again. There is  lots of action and mystery in Murder Freshly Baked and Chapman does not disappoint me. Love all of her books.  This story starts off grabbing you and holding on till the end. I love seeing the Amish and the English working together. I highly recommend Murder Freshly Baked, be sure and get your copy.  I was given a copy of this book by the author for my honest review, which i have given.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Don't eat the pie! In "Murder Freshly Baked," Vannetta Chapman takes us back to the Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, a small community where Amish and English work hand in hand to serve numerous tourists throughout the year. The characters we've come to know and love have been targeted by someone who is placing poetic notes throughout the village, threatening that pies are laced with poison. Village manager, Amber Bowman confides in Hannah Troyer, the young Amish woman who runs the coffee shop, and the two seek to do a bit of detective work. Comparable to the previous books in this series, the author creates a series of bone-chilling mysterious events as the poison poems continue to appear. Who threatens to poison people with pie for no explainable reason, and warns them in advance? Numerous questions arise as the poems continue, and strange and serious events prove quite possible deadly intent.  Though poison pies are a menace to peruse, it is the season to blossom,  and love is in the air. Not all is serious with Ms. Chapman's third book in this series. Wit and humor weave their way throughout this tale of poetic promises of poisoned pies and courting couples. Accuracy and detail regarding the geographical locale and customs of the community make this a very interesting and relatable story. Faith and forgiveness are strong themes that run throughout "Murder Freshly Baked." The blending of Amish and English is smooth and realistic as can be witnessed in the northern Indiana Amish community. The author's time spent in this part of the country is obvious through her authentic portrayal of the area and its people.  I felt as if I'd only been gone from the Amish Artisan Village for a brief amount of time, and picked up right where I had left off. I wasn't prepared for a "poison poet" and the threat of poisoned pie, however! I'll be visiting this well-known community again next month, and I may hesitate just a tad before relishing my next slice of Amish pie! Five thumbs up! Get yourself a copy and enjoy this fast-paced Amish mystery! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
DaliCastillo More than 1 year ago
A Great Ending to a Great Series! Let me just say that there are many things I enjoy about Vannetta Chapman’s writing.  But, one of the things I enjoy most is that her books in a series can be read as standalones.  And yet, each book in the series gives you just enough background information without overshadowing the current story.  As always, Ms. Chapman has done her homework and it shows in the details of the story.  She does a wonderful job describing the Amish ways.  She also does a wonderful job describing the setting, so much so, that the reader can easily visualize everything.  However, there was one thing that the author changed up in Murder Freshly Baked . Unlike the rest of the series, the story begins with the end and then flashes back to the events leading up to that point.  And it’s no surprise that this formula hooks you right off the bat and keeps you on the edge of your seat, turning pages as fast as you can to find out “whodunnit.” However, do not be fooled by the fact that Murder Simply Brewed is a mystery.  It is so much more than that.  It is also a story of redemption, forgiveness, faith, acceptance, and love.  The author weaves all of these elements together in such a way that they all blend beautifully with the main theme of the story.   As in true Chapman style, expect the unexpected where you will find yourself saying, “Didn’t see that coming.”  And best of all, you will be kept guessing “whodunnit” up to the very end.    Vannetta Chapman has once again done a flawless job of tying everything together as she brings this series to a close making Murder Freshly Baked a great finale to a great series.    *****I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions and viewpoints are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Time to settle in for another entertaining, cozy story in Vannetta Chapman’s latest installment of her Amish Village Mystery series. I really enjoyed Murder Freshly Baked. There are a couple of different mystery themes going on in the book. One revolves around a murder and the possible reasons that it occurred. And, of course, we all want to know who did the deed! But, there is also another strange set of events taking place around the Amish Artisan Village. Threats and disturbing emails have begun to appear and are wreaking havoc with the emotions of the manager of the community, Amber. I enjoyed the mysteries that needed to be solved, but my favorite parts of this book revolved around Preston Johnstone’s story. I loved learning more about him and getting to know him through the flashbacks he struggled with. His whole storyline captured me. The portions involving Hannah and Jesse also continued to be a favorite of mine. It was fun to return to this community that encompasses both Amish and Englisch. The characters feel very real and there is definitely a cozy vibe to these stories. I think the Amish Artisan Village would be a fun place to go visit…the only thing holding me back is that there seems to be an inordinately high number of murders for such a charming place. ;-) But I definitely recommend reading this fun book, and the entire series, if you enjoy mysteries. My thanks to the publisher and BookLook Bloggers for the complimentary copy of this book that I received in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This is a perfect book for when you just want to relax. It's an interesting story and well written, as usual, by Ms. Chapman.
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KayMKM More than 1 year ago
This is the last book in the charming Amish Village series, which I really enjoyed. It was fun to meet old friends, especially, and check in with what was happening in their lives and in the village. My favorite character is this book is Preston, who’d we’d met before, but it was great to see the progress he was able to make in rejoining society, while dealing with PTSD from his years in Afghanistan. If you enjoy cozy mysteries, I’m sure you will enjoy Murder Freshly Baked, even if you don’t usually read Amish books. I wish there were going to be more books in the series. I recommend the whole series and it would be the most enjoyable, if you read them in order.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
So, the other day I finished this book about sometime after I should have been to sleep. Hold onto that while I take you on a detour that totally makes sense to me. As a rule I do not ever remember my dreams. However, here lately I've been having some very vivid dreams that carry over to my waking hours. That's a thing that kinda weirds me out. So, anyway I finished this book too close to after bedtime and characters and dialogue wove its way into my dreams. The next night I came home from work and found myself to tired (spell that l-a-z-y) to write the review. So this morning I had to pack the computer and pray that sketchy internet at the Old Folks Home would cooperate. It's been touch and go but toes are crossed (pa-leese you know toes count for more as they are harder to cross than fingers!). All things being equal just remember pie. Crusty, fruity, sweet, poisonous (?!?) pie. Oh and tacky poetry. Those two things totally go together, just so you know. I mean there is other stuffs and things but questionable poetry and potentially poisoned pies. I feel like I am participating in a bad alliteration experiment. Just putting that out there. I have to almost think about apologizing. I'm not feeling very serious about this review. I think because pie. That and we are saying goodbye to Amber and Hannah and the rest of the gang from the Amish Village. We've survived poisons, snakes, crossbows and preppers. And now poison pie and poor poetry. We have watched Hannah mature and grow into herself, her relationship, and her faith. We have watch Amber find love and find balance. We have watched Preston find himself, find a home, and find love. We have come through so much together and I feel like these are my people. All that gushy emotional out of the way I have one little complaint. What in all the tomatoes in all the gardens is the deal with a persons body type and/or weight being so very important to their descriptions? It's been peppered (and I don't even do pepper) throughout this entire series. I mean Pam is probably the worst offender of the bunch as she is not one and done. For the love of gravy, well perhaps that's the problem. . . I get that she embraces being not a small woman but it felt like their was a need to validate her worth in her size. It was a little much. That's it. That's all I got. Well I mean we could talk about poor poetry but it's better than anything I could have thrown at you. And for all the nefarious intent it was sorta tease-y too. The truth is I don't feel like I can take this book too seriously. These are my people. We have grown together, adventured together, and bonded over attempted murder and murder and murder plots and well let's just say I'm not ready to let them go. I mean I will, because I have too. But I'm not ready. This was the perfect end to this series and in all seriousness all three books were amazing!
PollyBennett More than 1 year ago
Great book, very well written, and a great ending to the series.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Murder Freshly Baked Vanetta Chapman Book Summary: 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. Review: Fantastic end to a great series!!! I will miss Amber & Hannah! What a fun combo along with Pam, Preston, Tate and all the other characters that makes this a fantastic series!!!! The suspense of from the start made me rush to get to the grand finale! It was not surprise that Ryan was the victim since the book starts with that event. The rewind made for a puzzling that was fun to put together. I Loved how the series ended with all strings tied up. The transformation from the first to last book was great. I especially like that despite it being part of a series it was a stand alone book. Yes, much had changed, but it does not ruin the mysteries that take place in the previous books. It is almost sad to say goodbye to these characters. I would like to thank Net Galley and Zondervan 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. 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.
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I can't believe I stayed up until the early morning hours to finish reading this book. This story has over 300 pages and is not the typical Amish story. By that I mean it has many Englischers intertwined with Amish characters continually with deep friendships between many of them. And yet, it flows along so well. This is the first time I have read anything from the Amish Village Mystery Series and would not hesitate to read others. The story has something for everyone -- friendships; young love; one couple finding love in their 40's, gambling; a returning soldier fighting his inner demons (ptsd); and murder. But, every step of the way the characters have a deep faith that God will protect them and see them through the difficult time when they receive notes that poison has been added to their bakery pies.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Murder Freshly Baked is another delicious tale of mystery and romance! Vannetta Chapman welcomes readers back to the Amish Artisan Village where murder seems to be the most popular dish on the menu. “When delicious baked goods become lethal, a trail of poetry leads to a sweet-toothed killer.” I loved the suspense of this entertaining tale! Once again, Amber and Hannah join forces to help find the person terrorizing their tight-knit community. Although suspicions abounded, twists and turns kept me guessing until the very end. Murder Freshly Baked boasts all the charm I’ve come to know and love about Vannetta’s cozy mysteries! The books in this series easily stand alone, but I encourage you to read them in order. In doing so, you will come to know these special characters and understand their stories.
wfnren More than 1 year ago
So sorry to see this series end! Oh my, it has come to an end! Unless Vannetta has some surprises in the future. This was a great story with threats, poisoning, and a 'surprise' murder even. This was a very enjoyable series and Vannetta shows how each person, at least those in the 'inner circle' so to speak, depend on their faith and are loyal to each other, willing to help. Even though they are Amish and Englisch, they are like family. Sorry to see this series end!
mackenzie_carol More than 1 year ago
Murder Freshly Baked is the third book in Vannetta Chapman’s Amish Village Mystery series, coming after Murder Simply Brewed and Murder Tightly Knit, both of which I read and reviewed just a couple of months ago. I enjoyed all three of them pretty equally since I love mysteries, and the way Vannetta tied the Amish and Englisch worlds together. As was the case with Murder Simply Brewed, I wasn’t sure of the murderer’s identity until the very end, although I did have my suspicions. The rest of the book, however, left me completely puzzled, because the “poison poet” made for an absolutely baffling mystery. For the life of me, I couldn’t figure out his/her motives or plans, possibly because I had no idea who he/she was! Since Hannah and Amber were the main sleuths in both of the previous novels, I already knew and loved them before I opened this book. Preston, however, was another story. He had been introduced as a minor character earlier, so I was well aware of him and his role in Amber’s life, but I hadn’t been able to fully grasp what a great man he is. Believe me when I say I became well aware of it after I had read just a few chapters. Despite all the hardships and pain he faced leading up to his job at Amber’s Amish Village—and even what he faced while he worked there—he remained strong and proved himself to be worthy of all of my admiration. And his dog Mocha, oh my goodness, must be the smartest dog on the whole entire planet. I already love dogs anyway, so I couldn’t help but fall in love with her. Why can’t my dog be that smart? Anyway, I absolutely loved how, despite the differences in their ways of life—and ages—Amber, Tate, Hannah, Jesse, Pam, and Preston all were the closest of friends, and how they rallied together to try to catch the poet. I couldn’t help but be captivated by the story, since it was so completely mysterious and I never knew what would happen next. I really had no idea who the culprit was or where they would strike next, and many events had me gasping in surprise. Although, now that I’ve had time to dwell on it, the whole plot was genius, really. Both the culprit’s plot and Vannetta’s. Since I really enjoyed this novel, I gave it all five bookshelves, and I highly recommend it as a wonderful mystery to cozy up with on a rainy day (or any day). (This review is from my blog,