When the Bishop Needs an Alibi

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi

by Vannetta Chapman


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When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman

A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes

Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God's creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.

As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God's calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry's closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966498
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Series: Amish Bishop Mystery Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 120,104
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her novel Falling to Pieces was a 2012 ACFW Carol Award finalist. A Promise for Miriam earned a spot on the June 2012 Christian Retailing Top Ten Fiction list. Chapman was a teacher for 15 years and currently writes full time. She lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com

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When the Bishop Needs an Alibi 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
RGNHALL More than 1 year ago
Unlike psychics, who help in some murder cases, Bishop Henry Lapp uses his gift of photographic memory combined with drawing to aid in mysteries in his Amish community. His life as well as that of his dear friend, Emma, will be in danger because of his drawings. This 2nd book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries kept me guessing until the very end. I love reading about the Amish and I truly enjoy a good mystery, and this book is one of my favorites now. While part of a series, the book can be read as a standalone although it might prove more interesting to read the first book in the series as well. I am rating this book 5 ***** stars and highly recommend it to readers. I received a downloaded version of this book from netgalley and Harvest House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
ConR More than 1 year ago
Amish Bishop Henry Lapp is an unusual man. His stories as told through Vannetta Chapman's imagination are slightly unusual...great Amish elements, plenty of mystery and suspense, and there's a quality about Chapman's writing that makes her characters so real that you wish they could be your family members, or at least I do. I appreciate suspense writing that doesn't necessarily have to have all the blood and guts that I used to enjoy reading. I still have those authors that I love, but more and more I am drawn to novels like these that rely on their strong story lines and great character profiles to make the book grab your attention. The third book of the series is out soon, and I'm looking forward to it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is made by its people. The mystery is made even better by the bishop's special talent. Must read. Hope there is more!
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
WHEN THE BISHOP NEEDS AN ALIBI is the second book in Ms. Chapman's The Amish Bishop Series. The first book is What the Bishop Saw, but the mysteries are not intertwined and it is not necessary to read the first book to understand this one. Henry Lapp is a dear sweet man and obviously caring about Amish and English alike. He willingly reaches out to others who are hurting and listens to them. Emma loves Henry and tries to help him reach out to others, but as a result is drawn into his mysteries and in this book at least, ended up with her life in danger. A cozy mystery and one I didn't have figured out until it was revealed. Rare for me. If you like cozy mysteries or Amish stories, you'll want to read WHEN THE BISHOP NEEDS AN ALIBI. I bought my copy used. I was not required to write a review and all opinions are my own.
auditor2 More than 1 year ago
Normally I do not read Amish novels but about a year ago I read one of Vanetta Chapman’s book and liked it so much that now I am a big fan of her books. So, I was excited to receive a copy of this book to read. And it was a delightful read. The characters in the story were very likable and you couldn’t help but hope that the Bishop would indeed get an alibi. Ms. Chapman blends in some of the Amish words into her story but it isn’t too difficult to figure out what each one means. She very carefully blends some of the Amish customs into the story to help you understand their beliefs. I think it is important that after reading a book like this, I will have learned something in addition to just enjoying the story. And, while there is a romance built into the story, this book had action build in to keep it moving and me turning the pages. I received a copy of the book from NetGalley in exchange for a review which is my own.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is audacious, accomplished, brilliant, calculating, courageous, dangerous, deadly, and exciting, fascinating and full of faith in our LORD and SAVIOR. Poor Bishop, he keeps finding himself in a mess doesn't he? This time he steps right on into it. He is out looking at birds and his dog finds something in the weeds. Sickening. It breaks his heart and he cries. The poor man. He drew the scene from memory on his pad of paper exquisitely. What a fantastic gift from GOD he was given, and to be used in such a way. Will he be safe because of it? Will those around be safe? Or will the killer go after him and those around round him being safe because of the Killer? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman's newest release is based on an Amish community, but is so much more! The Amish featured in this book are warm and inviting, but not without troubles. The Bishop is wrongly accused of murder, and mystery becomes the focus of this book. Descriptive and deep, with a variety of characters, I was swept into this book without a clue as to who was behind the crimes that took over the story line. Exciting and detailed, I thoroughly enjoyed this story of close relationships and compassion for strangers as well as enemies. Well beyond the parameters of most Amish fiction, "When the Bishop Needs an Alibi" is very refreshing, and crime isn't buried beneath the surface. Anticipation grows as the plot thickens! I strongly recommend this book! Vannetta's writing only gets better! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own personal perspective.
LJShuck More than 1 year ago
Amish bishop Henry Lapp really tried to stay out of trouble, but somehow trouble found him, again. On a visit to the Monta Vista National Wildlife Refuge in San Luis Valley, Colorado, the bishop finds more than the cranes he went to watch. Bishop Henry likes to the watch the cranes as they arrive in the refuge, bear their young raise them and return year after to year. Except this year, he finds more than cranes, he finds a dead body. Shocked and momentarily stunned, the bishop finally decides to check to see if the woman is indeed, dead. Rolling her over, the bishop realized the young woman is not only deceased, but he knows her! What is a bishop to do? Someone is in trouble and Henry is compelled to reach out, to help if he can; after all, isn't a bishop called to lead, to counsel, to support those God calls him to? Sophia Brooks is young and new in town; she's been working at Maggie's Diner for about a month. Henry notices that she seems to be frightened somehow, acting like a skittish colt. When Emma, Henry's best friend, meets the pretty young woman, she agrees with Henry, Sophia is afraid. Both Henry and Emma reach out only to be rebuffed by Sophia. After finding her walking down a country road on a rather blustery, cool evening, Emma gets Sophia to agree to spend the night at her home, with her family. Sophia agrees, but only until morning. Before leaving the next morning, Sophia again rebuffs Emma's efforts to reach out to her but not before revealing there is one more thing she must do before leaving town. Now she is dead. The FBI shows up and takes over the investigation. And Bishop Henry Lapp is arrested for the murder of Sophia Brooks. Something is not right and the bishop is most definitely not guilty. Released on bond, after all Henry is Amish-it is not like he is going to try to escape by horse and buggy-Henry is remanded to his farm, with a bracelet on his leg, a nod from the judge to the prosecution. Emma and her family determine they must learn why Sophia Brooks is dead and why the bishop has been framed. And about that best friend part, something is stirring in the hearts of both Henry Lapp and Emma Fisher; is it friendship or is it love?
owliegirl1016 More than 1 year ago
A long time fan of author, Vannetta Chapman, I was eagerly anticipating the release of this book - the second book in the Amish Bishop Series and it did not disappoint! Bishop Henry Lapp is back and finds himself in a scary situation when he finds the corpse of a young girl he knows while bird watching in a Wildlife Refuge. But the story gets more suspenseful when Henry is framed for the murder. Something more sinister is going on than just a simple accident. Henry leans more and more on his good friend, Emma Fisher, who has always encouraged him to use his special savant skill in trying to identify who is really behind this brutal murder. Henry will have to rely on her help if he hopes to figure out who actually murdered the waitress, Sophia. This book is so suspenseful that I literally could not put it down! I read this in two sittings! Chapman had me guessing right up to the very end what was actually going on! I really enjoy the friendship between Bishop Henry and Emma, two older widowers who realize that their friendship might actually be something more. I honestly with that I could meet Henry and Emma in real life! They seem exactly like the kind of Amish friends this "Englisher" would love to know! I am eagerly anticipating the conclusion of this series when "Who the Bishop Knows" comes out next spring.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
Bishop Henry Lapp stumbles over a body and recognizes the young woman. She’d been fearful and convinced someone was watching her. Her fears were realized, but why? Almost immediately, Henry is the only suspect. A boorish FBI agent acts smug, convinced in Henry’s guilt. His friend, the sheriff, disappears. Henry’s very good friend Emma, a widowed grandmother, meets Sophia and agrees something is troubling her. She tries to help, but Sophia refuses to confide. She does give Emma a device in case anything happens to her. When Sophia is proved right and Henry is arrested, the Amish community rallies in his support. He is released with a tracking anklet, which is a good thing when he and Emma help Sophia’s sister search for the killer. The first chapter shows Henry finding the body while bird watching. The book then backs up to the previous week. Knowing what’s coming takes some of the suspense out of the story. This also is a sequel, with frequent references to an arsonist. Reading the first book first would be better. Once the story moves past the murder, it becomes a real pager-turner. Contains several nuggets of truth, like “We might not know what Sophia’s troubles are, but Gotte does.” I received a free copy in exchange for my honest review.
PattiABond More than 1 year ago
WHEN THE BISHOP NEEDS AN ALIBI ( THE AMISH BISHOP MYSTERIES #2) VANNETTA CHAPMAN When The Bishop Needs an Alibi is the second book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries written by Vannetta Chapman . The first book is What The Bishop Saw. Once again, Henry Lapp, the bishop of the Amish community of the San Luis Valley, finds himself in the middle of another mysterious death. While watching the Sanhill Cranes in Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Henry stumbles upon the body of a deceased young woman. As local and federal law enforcement tries to solve the murder, Henry once again uses his "God given gift" to help in the investigation. Henry learns that his involvement to help solving this crime will put himself and his friends, including Emma Fisher, in very grave danger. This killer will stop at nothing cover his crime up. When Henry is "framed" for the murder of this young woman, will he be able to prove his innocence with the help of his friends. For a book that is full of suspense, friendship, faith and being able to face grave danger, I suggest that you get yourself a copy of When The Bishop Needs an Alibi. Vannetta Chapman's story will keep you turning page after page to find out all that is involved in this great mystery. I also suggest that yo pick yourself up a copy of What The Bishop Saw, the first book in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. It is full of suspense also. PS At the back of the book Ms Chapman has included several recipes to try like Cheese Soup, Breakfast Casserole, and Mashed Potato Rolls , to name just a few. I was provided with copy of When The Bishop Needs an Alibi by Harvest House Publishing.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I have been a long-time fan of author Vannetta Chapman. She writes Amish books and mysteries so well! Combine the two genres and you have an amazing book! And so it is. This mystery is one that keeps you wondering what is happening through out-a real page turner. It's book 2 of her Amish Bishop Mysteries series. So I am going to have a hard time waiting for the next installment. I love the interaction between the Amish and the "Englishers" and the kind and helpful nature of Henry and his many artistic talents. I feel that anyone who enjoys Amish mysteries will find this book a great work. I received a copy of this book from the author for my review. All thoughts are my own.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
When the Bishop Needs an Alibi by Vannetta Chapman is the second installment in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. Henry Lapp is the bishop of the small Amish community in San Luis Valley, Colorado. Henry is out birdwatching with his beagle, Lexi at the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge when he discovers the body of Sophia Brooks. Sophia had been in town for about five weeks where she worked at Maggie’s Diner (Henry eats several meals a week at the diner). Henry could tell that something was troubling Sophia by her nervous and furtive behavior. Henry and Emma Fisher tried to help the woman, but she would not let them assist her. When Henry ends up being the police’s prime suspect in Sophia’s death, he can tell someone is setting him up. It is up to Henry’s friends to follow the clues and clear his name. Henry had done some drawings of Sophia at the diner that aids the group in their investigation. But the killer is willing to go to great lengths to keep his activities under wraps. When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is well-written and has a great main character. Ms. Chapman’s word imagery brings the scenes alive. I like Henry Lapp with his unwavering convictions, strong faith, love of animals, his gentle nature and his unique ability. Emma Fisher is the perfect companion/counterpart for Henry. They nicely complement each other. I thought When the Bishop Needs an Alibi to have a nice, steady pace and full of suspense. I kept reading to see what would happen next. The mystery is complicated, but only a small part can be solved before the reveal. The mystery is one that plays out and we must read to find out how it will turn out (that was disappointing). As most of you know, I prefer a mystery that I can solve. While When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is the second novel in this series, it can be a stand-alone. Everything a reader needs to know is included in this story (about the community, Henry’s ability, what happened to Henry in the past, his relationship with Emma). However, I do recommend reading What the Bishop Saw as it is a wonderful story. My rating for When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The ending is heartwarming and so sweet (it will make you smile). There are discussion questions, recipes, and a glossary at the end of the book. I will definitely be reading Who the Bishop Knows when it comes out next spring.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
WHEN BISHOP NEEDS ALIBI by Vannetta Chapman. Series Amish Bishop Mystery book 2 Having read the first one, which I thought was very good, interesting plot, and showed the bishop as someone human, approachable. His gift helped solved a murder. Henry is once again, drawing, most the time unaware of what he is capturing. He's trying to embrace this gift from God, and with encouragement from Emma, his friend. The waitress, wants to know why, did someone tell him to do this, its not a drawing, the detail, is like a photo, she says. The community is trying to keep Sophia safe. Her thoughts are of doubts and fears, didn't trust her instincts anymore. They give her a place to stay, without a phone, internet, maybe they can't find her, she thinks. While at the reserve Henry stumbles upon a body, that leads to his arrest. Will the community and his drawing, give the details needed to free him. Another good plot, intriguing to the end, the characters are well defined. Readers will enjoy this new series.Looking forward to the next one, in this series. Given ARC by Net Galley for my honest opinion and my voluntary review.
jacksonmomLV More than 1 year ago
Like the initial book in the Amish Bishop Mysteries series, this second one is a real page-turner. Chapman has done something nearly impossible - starting her story in the middle, yet keeping her readers' interest and empathy for a character they know will die. Wow! Part of the success of these stories is built on the winsomeness of Bishop Henry Lapp and his "special friend" Emma Fisher. "For sure and for certain" their deepening relationship will put put you at ease, even as the tension builds in this Amish mystery. Once again their lives are in danger as they work together to solve a murder they can't understand, to stop another crime they can't yet identify. Chapman does a wonderful job painting the beauties of the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge where this who-dunit takes place. I always finish her books wanting to visit the settings of her stories because she describes them so vividly. Another ingredient of her success is her ability to construct believable relationships between the Amish and "Englisch." Every character is realistic and adds to the depth of her compelling mysteries. Does the Bishop ever get the alibi he needs to avoid a murder trial? It won't take you long to answer this question once you start reading, because you won't want to put this book down!
kayteerufus More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read! Even better than the first. Author Vannetta Chapman's writing style is so comforting that when there is action and suspense it hits you even harder. A true delight to read. Wonderful characters and storyline and a super read. If you haven't bought this yet, do it now. You will love it!
Mar-J More than 1 year ago
Needs an Alibi wowed me from the opening sentence of this amazing story set in San Luis Valley of Colorado by Vannetta Chapman. This book is filled with strong characters, vivid descriptive words and an astonishing storyline. Bishop Lapp’s God given talent of a photographic memory once again plays a vital role in this fantastic Amish mystery filled with action, persistence, compassion, faith and love for God, and perhaps even a budding romance. My emotions and senses were on alert throughout this page turner story. I was in the moment of each conversation, action with visualization of the scenes, whether it was a scary high alert moment or a tender moment between the remarkable characters. Bishop Henry is a lovable, compassionate bishop who wants only the best for his families as well as others in the community. When he is sitting in the diner he draws a picture of a young waitress that seems to be on the lookout to see who is entering the diner each time the door opened. He captured her emotions with an older lady and so much more. Bishop Henry enjoyed going to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge to observe the Sandhill Cranes as they passed through the area, thus he was shocked when he discovered a body of someone he was acquainted with. No time lapsed before the FBI moved in and had Bishop Henry arrested for the crime, even though the sheriff believed he was innocent. Who’s going to unearth the real suspects? How will the drawings Henry created before his arrest provide possible answers? I was kept guessing till the dramatic ending as to who was behind the crime in Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge. Vannetta Chapman never fails to deliver a clear message of God’s faithfulness even in a mystery plot. I look forward to reading the next book in her Amish Bishop Mysteries series. I received a complimentary copy of When the Bishop Needs an Alibi from the author as a winner on her blog post. I was not required to write a positive review but have expressed my honest thoughts.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
When The Bishop Needs an Alibi ( The Amish Bishop Mysteries - #2) By: Vannetta Chapman When The Bishop Needs an Alibi is book two in The Amish Bishop Mysteries series by Vannetta Chapman. Wow, I absolutely love it . Chapman has herself another winning series. She captured me right at the start and I was hooked. She did not disappoint. I really love Amish Bishop Henry Lapp. I don’t think that I have ever read of a bishop like him. He is kind and loving and wants to help everyone. Bishop Henry goes to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge planning to see the Sandhill Cranes, but instead he stumbled over a dead body of a young woman he knew. This was not what the bishop was looking to find. Who would want to kill this woman? If you read the first book you know about Bishop Henry’s special talent, God’s gift. Henry has gotten close to Emma Fisher and she urges him to use his gift. I love the friendship between these two. Who would want to frame the bishop? Will Bishop Henry’s friends help to free him? Bishop Henry is a suspect, did he do it? When I started reading When The Bishop Needs an Alibi I did not want to put it down for nothing. Looking forward to reading book three in this series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers and NetGalley, But I was not told that I had to give a positive review.
pattiagal More than 1 year ago
The second book in Vannetta Chapman's Amish Bishop Mystery Series will be released on or about September 1, 2017. The book is titled When the Bishop Needs an Alibi. It is an intricately written tale of mystery and suspense. The story takes place in the San Luis Valley of Colorado in the foothills surrounding the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The setting plays an important role in this mystery. Chapman has included a handful of viable suspects with motives of their own. The plot keeps you guessing until the very end! Bishop Henry Lapp is busy being a shepherd to his small Amish community. He is drawn into a friendship with a loner who appears to be hiding something. He tries to be a good and honest friend only to have his whole world turned upside down when he becomes the focal suspect in a murder. Henry's Amish church members and friends gather together to try to piece together evidence to prove the bishop's innocence. They become swept up in their investigation and find their own lives are now in danger! Who is the killer, what are they after, and when will they strike again? You must pick up a copy and find out the answers for yourself! Through very detailed plot writing and researching the flora and fauna of the area, Vannetta Chapman has another 5 star novel on her hands. I am a huge fan of Henry's and I will admit to being very nervous and worried about him when reading the book. I had to keep reminding myself that he was a character and not a real person. That gives you an idea of what powerful writing will do to your imagination! I highly recommend you get a copy when it is released, you will be happy you did! I received an ARC ebook from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The second book in this series is just as good as the first one, and I could not put it down once I turned the first page. We see this beautiful, majestic country through the eyes of Henry, the Amish Bishop, and Emma, a long time friend of Henry’s, and we travel around this Amish Community, which takes place in the San Luis Valley of Colorado in the foothills surrounding the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. As with the first book, Henry’s gift of being able to draw with a rather photographic memory helps with the solving of a horrendous crime. When we first start reading we are soon aware of a crime, but it is so much deeper than we realize, and there is so much evil. The author has us walking in Henry’s shoes, and with our hearts in our throat, waiting for the other shoe to drop. You will keep guessing what is going on, and who is responsible right to the very end, and we can only hope that those we care about will survive. I would love to be able to go to a church meeting in Henry’s district, oh if only it weren’t fiction, and of course it would help if I were Amish. Thank you Vannetta, I loved this time I spent in Colorado, and I want to go and see the cranes. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review. 3 likes