Who the Bishop Knows

Who the Bishop Knows

by Vannetta Chapman

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Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman

What You Don't See Might Hurt You

Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state's oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister?

Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he's seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn't see Jeremiah Schwartz's death.

With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn't see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he's honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case.

Who the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736966511
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: Amish Bishop Mystery Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 92,798
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(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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Who the Bishop Knows 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
auditor2 9 months ago
I have read all three of the books in this series and have liked each one. First, it is set in my state and I have learned a bit about the state that I did not know from the book. Somehow I never thought of us having a desert even though I knew we had sand dunes. I also have learned a lot about the Amish people from this series--a lot about what they accept and do not accept. I also found it interesting that the young ones do interact with the Englishers and that gives them a basis in what they choose for themselves. While the killer wasn't much of a surprise, the method used was a big time surprise. It was a big time surprise. I would never have thought of it. I certainly do like Ms. Chapman's creativity. It makes reading her books a delight. I received this book in exchange for a review and the comments are my very own.
ConR 10 months ago
Vannetta tells us that this is the last in the Bishop series, and I am so sad. I love Henry and Emma and their families. But Vannetta is still writing so I have hopes for whatever she is up to next. I so love her concise descriptions. She doesn't over-elaborate details but her action and story line just are so perfect. Of course, being the third mystery in this series, the reader knows to expect a quick hook and she just never disappoints in that regard. This third book was the charm. Loved it!!!!
joyful334209 10 months ago
Who The Bisop Knows Is one book that is full of Faith, which is what's I love about the series. It also toys with us with murder, mystery and most of all how the author involves the family. This author, you can tell she loves her characters because she leaves a piece of herself on each page of the book. The Bishop is so fascinating and if you don't know him you don't know what is his extraordinary gift he has that helps the police . I wish I had the gift that he has from GOD. The author leaves special touches and suprises just for you. So don't you think you should read it? I received the copy of the book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com - I look forward to seeing you there.
jacksonmomLV 10 months ago
"Messing with the Englisch police was one thing. Pushing an Amish grandmother to the end of her kapp strings was quite another." I had to smile over this line, knowing that another mysterious murder investigation was about to be wrapped up in the Plain community of Monte Vista, Colorado. I hate to see this series end - Vannetta Chapman has a knack for knitting together characters and conversations that just seem so real and welcoming. I will miss Bishop Henry Lapp and widow Emma Fisher (I should confess right now that finishing this third book sent me back to rereading #1 and #2!). Besides enjoying watching this duo solve another mystery, I was happy to see Henry finally accept his unusual savant art skill as a legitimate gift from God, to be treasured and used for His glory. That people can continue to learn and grow (and enjoy romance!) into their 60's was an encouragement to this reading grandma. I also appreciated that prayer and Scripture shape the decisions made by individuals and the Amish community as a whole as they seek to know and do "Gotte's wille." If you enjoy Amish fiction, and yearn for something deeper than the usual buggy and bonnet romances, open any series by Chapman and be prepared to give up your free time till you finish it!
Deana0326 11 months ago
This series has been so fun to read. The author has a gift for detail and makes her characters so easy to relate to. Henry Lapp has a unique gift that comes in handy . He can remember even the tiniest of details that he has seen. His ability to draw those details is a gift that I'm sure many police stations would love to have on their staff. I can't remember my own phone number sometimes, so this gift would be a treasure to have. As the annual rodeo in Monte Vista, Colorado gears up, an unexpected tragic event happens. Jeremiah has everything to look forward to. He is in the rodeo hoping for a career when he is shot. I would immediately be looking for Henry to help pinpoint who the killer is. Funny thing about gifts, though. Sometimes they aren't as good as you think they are. Henry is upset that he didn't see anything but maybe he can convince his Amish community to speak up. Amish aren't ones to get the police involved in their problems so Henry is going to have to be on his game to get the killer behind bars. The story is filled with intrigue and I loved how the author draws you in with emotional twists and turns. I have always like Henry and the love of his life, Emma. Will this case cause Emma to second think marrying Henry? His gift would be a challenge to have to live with, so Emma must really search her heart. Let's not forget about Jeremiah, our deceased in the story. What secrets did he have that could have caused him to be a target? I was surprised at who turned out to be the killer and why they did it. It just shows how creative the author is when you can keep readers guessing til the end. I'm sad to see the series end, but very pleased with the ending. It is a fitting send off for a series that captured the essence of unconditional love and forgiveness. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 11 months ago
This series has been so fun to read. The author has a gift for detail and makes her characters so easy to relate to. Henry Lapp has a unique gift that comes in handy . He can remember even the tiniest of details that he has seen. His ability to draw those details is a gift that I'm sure many police stations would love to have on their staff. I can't remember my own phone number sometimes, so this gift would be a treasure to have. As the annual rodeo in Monte Vista, Colorado gears up, an unexpected tragic event happens. Jeremiah has everything to look forward to. He is in the rodeo hoping for a career when he is shot. I would immediately be looking for Henry to help pinpoint who the killer is. Funny thing about gifts, though. Sometimes they aren't as good as you think they are. Henry is upset that he didn't see anything but maybe he can convince his Amish community to speak up. Amish aren't ones to get the police involved in their problems so Henry is going to have to be on his game to get the killer behind bars. The story is filled with intrigue and I loved how the author draws you in with emotional twists and turns. I have always like Henry and the love of his life, Emma. Will this case cause Emma to second think marrying Henry? His gift would be a challenge to have to live with, so Emma must really search her heart. Let's not forget about Jeremiah, our deceased in the story. What secrets did he have that could have caused him to be a target? I was surprised at who turned out to be the killer and why they did it. It just shows how creative the author is when you can keep readers guessing til the end. I'm sad to see the series end, but very pleased with the ending. It is a fitting send off for a series that captured the essence of unconditional love and forgiveness. I received a copy of this book from the author. The review is my own opinion.
sh2rose More than 1 year ago
Book three of The Amish Bishop Mysteries, Who the Bishop Knows, created an enjoyable diversion in between projects I had procrastinated doing. The story opens with a death at the local rodeo. The bishop, who usually discovers the answers to crime through his photographic mind, wasn't there when the murder occurred. His vibrant, caring community trusts him and the longer the suspect is out there the more tension builds. He must rely on his drawings to see anything unusual. You will find this book delightful as well as the characters. I received a copy from Net Galley. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Book 3 of The Amish Bishop Mystery series is as captivating as its predecessors! Ms. Chapman has created another suspense filled mystery involving Bishop Henry and his Amish friends and family. This is an emotional drama of murder, kidnapping, and threats that turn Henry's life into chaos once again. I loved this segment of the series. Love is in the air, family ties are strong and caring, and life in the Amish community is realistic and charming. A fast paced mystery kept me on my toes as I enjoyed the beautiful scenic depictions and developing relationships throughout this wonderful book! Be sure to add this one to your collection! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
Another enjoyable story by Vannetta Chapman. She does a great job blending the Amish and English cultures allowing them to work together and learn from each other. This series does lean a little more to the Amish, but I love the interactions between Henry and the sheriff. This was a very good story. I was starting to get an idea of who the killer was, but didn’t completely understand the motive or the means. I found the means very creative and interesting as I looked at the story as a whole. I also enjoy learning more about Henry’s gift and the mixed reactions he gets from the different people. Although a book 3 you can read the books independently. I read book one but not book two. The author makes enough references back to the previous stories to understand why the characters feel and react to certain situations. But she doesn’t bog the current story down with those facts. If you enjoy Amish fiction this is a winner, well written and moves at a good pace. Disclaimer: I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.com, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
Book 3 of the Amish Bishop Series was highly engaging book. As with the other books of the series, I loved it and it kept me reading late into the night. Bishop Henry is again in the spotlight as his drawings of the crime scene appear on paper. Another murder mystery to cause deep concern and fears amongst the people in his Colorado Amish community... This Amish mystery is not one you want to pass by. Very good read and gets your attention within the first page or two. I enjoyed this book as well as the other books of this series and highly recommend it! I received an ebook copy from Netgalley. All thoughts are my own.
sgreene01 More than 1 year ago
This has been a most interesting series written by the author about a Colorado settlement of Amish. The characters from the previous books are also in this one, so you feel like you’re meeting up with old friends. The Bishop, Henry Lapp, is a very devoted man who has a real heart for his people. He also has a special talent that resulted from a head injury he received as a child. He is able to recreate scenes of happenings that he consciously doesn’t remember, but once starts drawing, his mind takes over and “remembers” and creates those scenes with extreme detail. He has always felt this was a curse, but has found that it has been most helpful in tracking down murderers of people in the previous books. In this book, he doesn’t actually “see” the murder happen, but is in the vicinity at a rodeo. An Amish cowboy riding in the rodeo is killed and no one has seen it happen. A shot came from within the stadium, but no one has any idea who killed the rider. As Henry, Emma, his fiancé, and others work with the Sheriff to try to catch the killer, he wonders if maybe he did actually “see” something and decides to try drawing again. This time, however, after many pages of drawings, there are still no clues. This book is filled with suspense as someone continues to target the Amish community. It is decided that the person know of the Bishop’s ability and is trying to stop him, not realizing that this time, it’s not what he “sees”, but “who he knows” and may know who is the murderer. I have enjoyed reading this series so much and highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read Amish and mystery genres. I received a copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley and was not required to give a positive review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was another very well-written and suspenseful read. The characters are very well delineated and the plot is original.
ASimplyEnchantedLife More than 1 year ago
The Amish Bishop Mysteries have been an enjoyable Amish/Cozy mystery series. Years ago I used to read cozy mysteries and then one day I just stopped. I'm not even sure why. This series reawakened the interest that I'd had in cozy mysteries years ago. Bishop Henry makes this entire series. The unique talent that allows him to draw anything with perfect photographic memory makes him feel like he's cursed. Over the course of this series, we see Henry accept his talent as a gift from God. His story is one of love and acceptance. One of my favorite things about this series is the sweet love story between Henry and Emma. It is rare to find any story (Amish or otherwise) where a man and woman in their 60-70's fall in love. It's just not done. Which is a shame! I appreciate that the author shows that Henry and Emma are still valid members of their home and community. Overall, this book flowed at a nice, easy pace. I had suspicions of who had committed the crime and a certain incident sealed their guilt in my mind. Solving the crime didn't ruin the story for me as the author managed to keep an air of mystery on how the crime was committed. My only real complaint is that there is one character that has no resolution. I won't say who this character is as it would subtract one of the suspects. I would have liked to have known what happened to him/her after the mystery was resolved though as a secondary character, it doesn't detract from the star rating for me. Though the series wraps up nicely, I'm sad to say goodbye to these characters. I'm not sure if I'm ready for the series to be over. Still, I look forward to future cozy mysteries by this author in the future. This book was provided to me by the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I need to have a moment of sadness that we are leaving Henry Lapp and Emma Fisher behind. We’ve gotten to know them, and Henry’s gift in ‘What the Bishop Saw’. We saw the kind of man he is, the concern for his community, and the compassion for those hurting around him. In ‘When the Bishop Needs an Alibi’ we are drawn more into the faith of Henry. His compassion for others is still strong, his concern for his community is still strong. I knew coming into this last book that Henry and Emma had chosen to forge a future together in their golden years. I knew coming into ‘Who the Bishop Knows’ that it would be heart rending and emotional. It would be seeing them start their future together while also saying goodbye to this community. And of course, it would be a murder. When I finished the second book in this series I had this thought that hid in the back of my mind. I couldn’t really make it into words until I started reading about Jeremiah and his murder. It came on like a light bulb! Imagine investing so much development and life into one small character who is only going to die in the first little bit of the book. The characters in this series are all so very well developed with amazing personalities and backstories and life, even the ones who are sacrificed for the story. I was stuck in the emotion of that, creating such a developed person only to eliminate them. Shh, yes sometimes I get mushy … let’s keep that between us m’kay? Yes, Jeremiah was sorta, or really, a toad nugget. He didn’t really draw out feelings of compassion. I didn’t know him yet when he was murdered but the picture that came out about him through the story was very much shades of gray, he wasn’t necessarily a good guy but he wasn’t all bad either. Vannetta kinda kept me guessing a tidbit through the book. I was fairly confident pretty early on with who the killer was. I was certain(ish) about two thirds of the way in. The how though? Blew me away! This story had layers of different depths and potential outcomes and a few little surprises thrown in for good measure. I’m cautious to say too much and accidentally include spoilers. Let’s just say that I think this was my favorite book in the series (I know, I saw that every time). It kept me so much in the dark about a few things to the very end. I remain a firm believer that everyone needs a Henry in their lives. His faith, his patience, his wisdom, his encouraging spirit, and his compassion. All are traits that we need in our lives. Need in our friends, our family and even within ourselves. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Harvest House, NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
WildflowerMom More than 1 year ago
A well-written murder mystery set in the heart of the Amish community of Monte Vista, Colorado. This faith filled community rallies together to aid the local sheriff in solving the perplexing murder of a young man who is shot during a rodeo event, in front of a crowd. The young people get involved to assist when asked, giving this a bit of a 'Nancy Drew' feel at times. A steady paced tale with an action-packed conclusion to the investigation, it kept me guessing with some interesting twists along the way. This is the final book of the series, but easily reads as a standalone, and the author carefully leaves out spoilers from the first two mysteries, with just enough detail to tie them together. I loved the kindhearted, wise, patient Bishop Henry and his mature friendship turned romance with the widow Emma. Their relationship is a lovely example to others and the ending was a perfect way to wrap up the series; they reminded me of Father Tim and Cynthia from the Mitford series. Their bravery and love for their friends shows their faith in action. The Bible passages quoted and bits of Amish wisdom are naturally woven into the story. I like how Henry realizes the unusual gift he has been given to draw from a photographic memory is from God, and he need not be ashamed of it. We are all unique and can help each other when we come together as believers. A well-written story that should appeal to any reader who enjoys Christian mysteries. (An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mysteries are great, the people are loving and warm. Just superb stories
Reeceeangel More than 1 year ago
A perfect ending to a great series. In book 3 of The Amish Bishop Mystery series, a young Amish boy is murdered during the rodeo. Bishop Henry is attending the rodeo with his fiancé and family and was outside the grandstands when the murder occurred so he did not see it take place. As he works with Sheriff Grayson he learns the deceased and many of the Amish youth were involved in betting. A huge no-no for the Amish. Will Henry still be able to use his drawing talent to help solve the crime? Can the murder be solved before more murders occur? Jon Henry and his community in this final installment to find out. Each book in the series can be read as a stand alone but you get the maximum effect if you read in order. Book One: What the Bishop Saw Book Two: When the Bishop Needs an Alibi Book Three: Who the Bishop Knows Each book will keep you awake past your bedtime. You will be saying “just one more chapter” repeatedly. I cannot pick a favorite. In Who the Bishop Knows you will get answers to many questions and many romances are finalized. I will miss my time with Lexi, Bishop Henry’s dog and Katie Ann. I am longing to visit the Monte Vista community. Thank you to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for an advanced copy to read and review based on my own thoughts and opinions.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
Vannetta Chapman is one of my very favorite authors. I’ve read many of her novels and her mystery/suspense stories are my favorite. “ The Bishop” series is at the top of my list. “Who the Bishop Knows” is the perfect conclusion to this three-book series. I’ve loved the characters of Henry, Emma, and the setting in the Amish community of Monte Vista. Both Henry and Emma are strong characters that complement each other. Henry’s ability to draw and detail exactly what he sees is one of the most unusual talents that’s ever been given to the main character of a mystery series and contributes to an intriguing storyline. Henry and Emma’s love story is a sweet one, but it’s the mystery surrounding the murder that is the showcase of this book. My attention was captured from the opening page of the book, and I did not want to stop reading until I finished the book. It’s a pleasure to read a mystery that is both entertaining because of the likable characters as well as suspenseful because of the twists and turns in the story. There’s a encouraging theme of faith in God during times of crisis. This is a sweet, clean book. No bad language or embarrassing scenes. I would have no problem giving this book to a middle school student to read.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Who the Bishop Knows by Vannetta Chapman is the third story in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. Bishop Henry Lapp is attending the Ski Hi Stampede in Monte Vista, Colorado with his fiancé, Emma Fisher. Jeremiah Schwartz comes out of the chute to wrangle a steer and a shot rings out. Henry, who was obtaining refreshments, runs to check on Emma and notices Jeremiah on the ground. Unfortunately, Jeremiah does not survive the bullet wound. Jeremiah was visiting his grandmother, Ruth Schwartz for the summer to help her with farm chores, and he competes at local rodeo’s as an amateur steer wrangler. Who would want to harm Jeremiah? In the past, Henry has used his unique gift to draw scenes to help solve crimes. This time, though, Henry did not witness the shooting. Sheriff Roy Grayson will still need Henry’s help in speaking with Jeremiah’s friends and family as well as utilizing his observation skills and ability to judge a person’s character. They soon discover that Jeremiah had secrets and one of them could have gotten him killed. Can they catch the culprit before he harms someone else? Henry would like the crime solved before his wedding to Emma in three weeks. Come to Monte Vista one last time to help Bishop Henry Lapp solve Jeremiah’s murder and see the nuptials of this adorable couple. Who the Bishop Knows is the final installment in The Amish Bishop Mysteries. It can be read as a standalone since the author provides details on Henry’s ability, his relationship with Emma, and the mysteries from the previous two books. I do not feel, though, that the author had to keep mentioning the prior mysteries (the details were repeated several times). Who the Bishop Knows contains good writing and fluid transitions. I found the pace a little slow in the first half of the book. The story was not moving forward. The pacing does pick up later in the book. The mystery was interesting, but the culprit can be easily identified. How Jeremiah was murdered was unique (modern and out-of-box). I have not encountered it in a book previously. I do wish there had been more action. The investigation, for the most part, consists of questioning and speculation. The one thing I did not like was the transcript sections (a transcript of police interviews). They disrupt the flow of the story. Those sections remind me of reading a script (static is the word that comes to mind). There is a significant amount of scripture in Who the Bishop Knows. I like how the author tied each verse into what was occurring at the time. It was lovely to visit Monte Vista and catch up with Henry and Emma. They are such a sweet couple. I have enjoyed watching their relationship develop over the course of the series. I am glad that Henry has learned to accept his gift. The ending of Who the Bishop Knows was just lovely and heartfelt.
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
This has been a great series and I have enjoyed getting a peek in the lives of the people of the Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado and how they get along with the Englischers. I know that this is probably the last book in the series but it would be fun to see other books taking place in the community. After all, there are many youngies coming along with the promise of some getting together. Bishop Henry Lapp has a special gift of being able to draw a scene like a photograph capturing emotions and actions without consciously remembering the details. This is a gift that occurred after being hit in the head by a baseball as a child. He hasn't always considered it a gift but it has helped solve some mysteries. When a young Amish man is shot and killed while participating in a rodeo, he doesn't think he can help find the killer because he wasn't in the arena when it happened but was in line at a concession stand. But the killer doesn't know that he might not have seen anything. His soon to be bride, Emma Fisher, is tired of crime solving that she and Henry have been involved in and wants nothing to do with it. However, events happen to involve them and other loved ones against their wishes. This is a great addition/finale to the series and has lots of suspense with surprises along the way. It is recommended to read this series in order to get the best picture of the events that are taking place. Thanks to NetGalley and Harvest House Publishers for an ARC of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series and I am rather sad to see it end, I loved being with Henry, the Amish Bishop, and Emma, his soon to be wife, and would love to continue on with their lives. In this book, the author has an Amish man competing in a Rodeo, and then he is murdered, in front of everyone, but no one seems to know where the shot came from. As the story unfolds, surprises abound, and we learn of a dark side of this Rodeo Amish man, and who is responsible, and when you think you know the answers, things begin to spiral. While I guessed early on who the perpetrator was, the story still kept me page turning, and when you learn how the shot was fired was mind boggling. As I said I will miss this bishop and the people around him, and really hope for more. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harvest House, and was not required to give a positive review.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Who The Bishop Knows ( The Amish Bishop Mysteries-Book 3 ) By: Vannetta Chapman Who The Bishop Knows is book there and the last in The Amish Bishop Mysteries Series. I want to say that I truly have enjoyed this series and hate to see it end. I believe it has been one of my favorites. The author has a way of bringing the story and the characters to life. I was grabbed at the start and did not want to put it down. We are carried back to the residents and small community of monte Vista, Colorado. Everyone is looking forward to the rodeo. There is a dead that was not expected. There is a mystery to solve and romance is in the air. Henry and Emma make a great team. Henry and his special talent, but is he able to help out this time? I was given a complimentary copy by NetGalley and the publisher, but was not told that I had to give a positive review.
Ellen-oceanside More than 1 year ago
WHO THE BISHOP KNOWS by Vannetta Chapman. The Amish Bishop Mysteries book 3 Having read and loved the first two in this series, looking forward to this one. Local amature event, a shot fired, a boy 19 laid on the grounds. Henry goes to be with the grandmother, it was her grandson. Emma, if she was to be a bishop wife, was needed, also. Henry had a gift, a blessing he see's now, to draw what he can't remember. They contained the people but, no one recalls anything. Jeremiah had a phone, a world, unknown to the Amish, what would that reveal. He was leaving to go where, did Katie Ann have any idea, and now the girls were missing. A good plot, of how an event effects a community. They come together to help and heal. Readers will love this story as well as the series. All of Vannetta books are good, and looking for the next new series. Given ARC by Net Galley for my voluntary review and my honest opinion.