Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery Series #1)

Murder Simply Brewed (Amish Village Mystery Series #1)

by Vannetta Chapman
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GingerS219 More than 1 year ago
This was a great romantic suspense. Vannetta Chapman outdid herself by giving us not one but two romances. I enjoyed reading about Amber and Hannah as they grow in their unusual friendship, as they solve the Village mystery, and as they each fall in love (not with each other LOL). You don't have to be a coffee drinker to enjoy the book. :)
dgottreu More than 1 year ago
Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman is a most enjoyable Amish story. Amber Wright is in charge of the Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, and is having a great day until she learns that one of the shop owners has been found dead. Hannah Troyer, a young Amish employee, finds Ethan Gray the owner of A simple Blend on the floor near the espresso machine and at first it appears that he died of a heart attack. Amber hires Hannah to take over the running of the coffee shop and the two become good friends while trying to solve the mystery of Ethan’s death for they are convinced that he was murdered. Amber and Hannah face several dangerous situations for someone does not want them to solve the mystery. Tate Bowman who owns the property next to the Village gets involved in trying to solve the mystery and he also finds himself drawn to Amber. Hannah is also learning that her friend Jesse Miler has feelings for her that are more than friendship. The author did an excellent job in the development of all parts of the story. One part that I personally did not like was when the boa constrictor came into the story for I have a great fear of snakes and that part of the story gave me the heebie jeebies. The way the Amish and Englischers worked together in this story was extremely well written and was a joy to read. Every character was very believable and every one of them came to life on the pages of the book. Scenes came to life and I could picture myself working right along with Amber and Hannah to solve the mystery of Ethan’s death. There were several twists and turns in the story and each one just added to my enjoyment of and interest in the story. I especially liked the way that God’s grace was evident throughout the entire story. This book has it all—Amish and Englischers working together, a murder mystery, and romance. I highly recommend this book to all lovers of Amish fiction for this story is an exceptionally good one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I figured out early the killer is, but I still enjoyed reading this book! It's not sickeningly romantic and it is a fun cozy mystery to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was a fun one to read. Not too long and a clean story. No swear words or filth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A charming story of love developing between two seperate couples. A young couple learning about love, and an older couple finding love later in life. Throw in a murder and what could be better!
Lindaklk More than 1 year ago
The story itself was good, however many times the author would mix up the characters, for instance in one chapter, Hannah lets the pastry man into the kafe shop, we read her thoughts and then suddenly its Amber in the kafe shop with him, and then back to Hannah, so it confuses the reader completely as to who is actually in the shop, when Amber is actually 2 miles away in her office. Also, in many scenes, we don't even know WHO the author is talking about, which character?? Whoever edited this book did a very poor job. Also, the ending was so incredibly stupid that I just stopped 10 pages before the end, it reminded me of something I would write as a 12 year old.
johjud More than 1 year ago
This book will not disappoint. Vannetta Chapman does it again with another winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good - i really enjoyed the storyline and look forward to the next book in the series
KayMKM More than 1 year ago
Very good cozy mystery with both “Englisch” and Amish characters. The setting is wonderful—a pleasant village constructed for the benefit of both locals and tourists in Middlebury, Indiana. The Amish Village includes a conference center, restaurant and several shops built adjacent to a pond on lovely grounds. Although romance is not the main focus of the novel, a couple of budding romances are featured—one “Englisch” and one Amish. This novel offers an interesting cast of characters and is very entertaining. If you like cozy mysteries, I think you will enjoy this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series. Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! Loved Hannah & Amber's characters - along with Tate, whom at first, I wasn't too sure of (he just seemed cranky). The story was great - I didn't have a sure idea of who it was until closer to the end which I liked, I'd had suspicions, but they were wrong ;) Just a great book - I loved the different dynamics with the characters, and seeing them fall in love, while trying to figure out whodunit. Just a great book. Loved it Vannetta! I'm excited to read the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably because it is my home stomping grounds.
Shay14 More than 1 year ago
I have been reading reviews on these books since they started coming out last year and have been eager to read them. I finally broke down and bought this book and I'm so glad I did! It was certainly worth the money. This was my first book by Vannetta Chapman, so aside from the reviews I'd read, I didn't know what to expect. While this wasn't a fast paced, action packed novel, I didn't expect it to be. It moved along at just the right speed for the subject. The characters were well written and developed. I could easily relate to their feelings and emotions throughout the story. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together with them was exciting. I enjoyed reading about Hannah and Jesse. Hannah's sweet innocence and adolescent confusion made for an interesting character. Amber is a great manager. She is kind, compassionate, organized, and caring. Her relationship with Tate was swift and sweet. I didn't like Tate at the beginning of the story, but quickly warmed up to him as his character developed. The message of the story is about learning to be comfortable in the situations we find ourselves in. Life isn't always easy. Sometimes we stop and question why God put us here. In the words of Hannah's Mamm, "Sometimes Gotte (God) has a way of putting us in situations where we're uncomfortable." He does it for our own good and growth. Overall, this was an exciting story and I look forward to reading more in the Amish Village Mystery Series. 
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman in her new book, “Murder Simply Brewed” Book One in the Amish Village Mystery series published by Zondervan introduces us to Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer. From the back cover: When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery. Spring has arrived in Middlebury, Indiana, and Amber Wright is optimistic about the growing profit from her collection of Amish shops—until she receives a call that Ethan Gray is dead. Hurrying over to A Simple Blend, she finds a solitary hole in the front window and the store manager lying next to the espresso machine, dead from an apparent heart attack. All the money is still in his register. When Amber hires a young Amish woman, Hannah Troyer, to take over the shop’s duties, the two women become fast friends—as well as amateur sleuths. The police believe Gray’s death is a by-product of vandalism, but Amber and Hannah aren’t convinced. Clues that don’t add up, a neighbor who is pulled into the midst of the investigation, a town with secrets to hide, and a blossoming romance—all will combine to push Amber and Hannah into unfamiliar roles in order to reveal answers to the mysteries around them. Now this is what a murder mystery is all about. First we have Amber Wright, an English woman, who has some Amish Village shops one of which is A Simple Blend, a coffee shop. Then we have Hannah Troyer, who is Amish, that Amber hired to take over A Simply Blend after the death of Ethan. Nobody liked Ethan and when these two women set out to find his murderer they have a huge mystery with a large set of suspects with very little to go on. This is going to keep you flipping pages as you get involved with mystery hunters and a vandal. Ms. Chapman has done an outstanding job in giving us a first class mystery. Amber and Hannah are really great characters that we fall in love with and feel as though they are friends that we do not want to leave when the book is finished. The good news is Ms. Chapman has written a second book in this series so we can reunite with them soon. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan for this 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.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book i read from this author. I reallybenjoyed the mystery and character story line great Read
TheAvidReader_KA More than 1 year ago
Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman is a delightful Amish cozy mystery. It is the first book in the Amish Village Mystery series. Amber Wright is the manager of the Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana. She lives in a Dawdy Haus (a small house for grandparents or that the parents move into when they pass the property/house on to a son or daughter) on the property with her cat, Leo. At the beginning of a new day she gets a call that Ethan Gray, manager of A Simple Blend, has been found dead in the shop. The windows were also shot with a BB gun. It is ruled a heart attack, but Amber has a feeling that there is more to it than meets the eye! She receives a call at the end of the day of a threatening message left on a trail near the property line. Tate Bowman, who owns a farm adjacent to the Amish Artisan Village, spotted the message. It is written in red paint. Unfortunately, this is just the beginning. Hannah Troyer is twenty-two and has been working at Quilting Bee. Amber asks her to take over A Simple Blend. Amber and Hannah start talking about Ethan’s death and the damage being done around The Village. Hannah talks things over with her friend, Jesse Miller. Jesse works on the grounds crew in The Village. They keep looking for clues to help solve the crimes. After a threat at Amber’s home, Tate starts keeping a closer eye. Amber and Tate also get to know each other better. Tate lost his wife four years ago and has never been a fan of The Village. But, as he gets to know Amber, he sees things a little differently. Tate, Amber, Hannah, and Jesse work to see who is behind the threats and damage to The Village. Amber also thinks that Ethan was murdered and hopes to find proof. I give Murder Simply Brewed 5 out of 5 stars. Enjoyable and relatable characters, interesting setting, well-written, and an entertaining mystery. I have wanted to read this book since it came out, but I have not had the opportunity. I finally pushed it to the top of my list and I am very glad. I cannot wait to read the next book in this engaging series.
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Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. I liked the characters. I liked the setting. The mystery was mysterious. The drawback for me was that the pacing was just so slow. There doesn't seem to be any urgency to the investigation which I'm not used to in a murder mystery. Each clue that moved the story forward came between leisurely description and details from three different points of view- Amber's, Hannah's, and the neighboring farmer Tate. The three perspectives do give variety to the story and show how the Amish and English communities interact and form friendships. The romance between Amber and Tate is especially enjoyable to see develop.
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Gee0415 More than 1 year ago
This is the very first book I have read of Vannetta Chapman's. It is also the very first Amish story I have read along with it being a mystery  in the Christian genre. A Village that seems to run smoothly until there is a death. Is it a natural cause death or is it a murder?  This story is full of twist and turns and love along with having faith and trust in God. Very Suspenseful!
Stampcrafter More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was a roller coaster of events and a real page turner. I just bought Book 2 and can't wait for this story to continue. I highly recommend this book.