Murder Tightly Knit (An Amish Village Mystery Book 2) – Review and Give Away

About this Book

In a town where Amish and Englisch mingle every day, a grisly murder leads to mutual suspicion. Can Amber and Hannah find the killer before fear unravels the community . . . or he strikes again?

Even before she heard of Owen Esch’s death, Hannah Troyer knew something was amiss at The Cat’s Meow yarn shop. The store has been closing at odd times, the ever-dependable Mary isn’t always at her post . . . and an Englisch man has been seen loitering around back.

Now, as leaves of brown, gold, and orange blanket Middlebury, Indiana, Owen lies dead on the Pumpkinvine Trail. The only clues to the murderer’s identity point in two very different directions—one of them leading right to The Cat’s Meow.

The police call in a federal investigator, but Hannah and Village manager Amber Bowman are in no mood to wait for them to figure out what they already know—that no one from the Amish Village could have killed Owen Esch.

Amber and Hannah will need to work quickly to solve the murder mystery and bring harmony back to the Amish community.

About the Author

From Vannetta Chapman’s website:

The first thing you need to know about me is that I write Fiction full of GRACE.  Every plot is different. The characters change. Some of my books are mysteries, others are novellas, and some are romances. But they all are stories of light, hope, and truth. Stories that at least for a moment touch the deepest places in our heart.

Tales that whisper hope. That speak of family and community. That remind us of God and His love.

What do I write? If I had to reduce it to four words, I suppose I’d say I write Fiction full of GRACE.


I hold a BA and MA degree in English, and I am proud to be represented by Mary Sue Seymour, AAR. I have published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, and have received over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  I am honored to be a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, and Faith Hope and Love.

I live and teach in the Texas hill country with my husband, cats, and a rather large herd of deer. Our four children have flown the nest; however, we are fortunate that they all live close enough to visit.

I have always felt that my faith was at the very center of who and what I am, and I am thrilled beyond words to be able to now write about something that is so near to my heart. At various times I have served as a pianist, teacher, church secretary, and worship team member. While living in the Dallas area, I served as an adjunct professor of English Literature at Dallas Baptist University. When we moved to a small town in Central Texas, I continued teaching for a few years, but I now write full-time and I play the keyboard in our church’s praise band.

My grandfather was born in Albion, Pennsylvania, and I am currently researching whether I might have Amish roots.

My Review

There are so many good things I can say about this book. The characters are wonderful. If you read the first book you met Amber, Hannah, Jesse, and Tate and probably fell in love with all of them. They are all back in this story as they put their heads to gather to solve another murder. In addition to these wonderful characters the author introduces some new characters that are simply delightful. I especially enjoyed Andrew and Mary. And there is at least one character for readers to dislike and hope you never encounter again.

The story opens at a quick pace with the murder happening within the first pages. The author allows you to be inside the thoughts of the murderer without revealing who it is. Readers will probably figure out the why of the murder before the who. I really enjoyed that aspect. Though personally I enjoy having all the players revealed and trying to figure out who among them is the killer. I also enjoy how the author blends the two cultures between the Amish and the Englisch.

The author did bring another interesting aspect into the story with the survivalist group and the FBI agent. I am curious to see if the author revisits that story line later.

I’m not a hardcore Amish fan, I prefer books like this one that blends the two cultures. This book is well written and well thought out and should be enjoyed by those who like Amish and those who like mysteries.

Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this inaccordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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14 Responses to Murder Tightly Knit (An Amish Village Mystery Book 2) – Review and Give Away

  1. Oh goodie! LOL! Let’s see I just finished Secret of Pembrooke Park, and I’m reading right now Becoming Bea mainly, and I’m in the middles of Sanctuary for a Lady, Swept Away, and Where Treetops Glisten at the moment!

    😉 Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

  2. KayM says:

    I am reading Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney.

  3. Laura Pol says:

    I just finished Truth Seekers: The Machine! It was a pretty good middle school read! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  4. Amyc says:

    Currently reading Return to Exile by Lynne Gentry.

  5. Janet Estridge says:

    I am reading about 4 different titles by 4 different authors. I can tell you that I love to read mystery/suspense books so winning “Murder Tightly Knit” would be right up my alley.

  6. Carol Wong says:

    I am reading Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand and The Honey Thief by Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman.

  7. Barbara Thompson says:

    I finished reading A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings. Thank you for the opportunity of this giveaway.

  8. Merry S. says:

    I just finished reading Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer and now I will start A Christmas Gift for Rose by Tricia Goyer

  9. Karen G. says:

    The Postcard by Laura Hilton and Torn Asunder by Alana Terry

  10. I am reading Christmas Lessons by Patty Smith Hall. I would love to win this mystery book. Thanks for a chance. Maxie

  11. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews. #biblical #fiction

  12. Thanks so much for your review, and for giving away a copy of MTK. I love hearing what everyone is reading!

  13. Jeanie Dannheim says:

    Wow – what a great review; this book sounds great! I recently finished Fur Elise by PeggySue Wells, and am now reading a cozy mystery (All Fudged Up, a fudge-shop/ hotel mystery). I love mysteries and Christian fiction, including Amish fiction/ mysteries. Blessings!

  14. Deanne Patterson says:

    Wow, what a great review. I have really enjoyed the interview today of Vannetta Chapman.
    I am currently reading The Snow Globe (Amish of Jamesport): Laura V. Hilton . I have enjoyed Vannetta Chapman’s Amish books alot and would love to give one of her mystery books a try as well. I know it will be great.

Welcome! I appreciate your thoughts!