Friday, 16 May 2014

Review - Murder Simply Brewed

Murder Simply Brewed
An Amish Village Mystery
by Vannetta Chapman
Publisher: Zondervan
Pub. Date: March 25, 2014
ISBN: 978-0310326168
Pages: 368


As many of you already know, I do love my morning (or nightly) cup of coffee and one of my favorite book genres is Amish fiction; therefore it is a no-brainier why I wanted to review Murder Simply Brewed: An Amish-Murder Mystery written by Vannetta Chapman.

Set in Middlebury, Indiana, Simply Brewed centers on Amber Wright, the owner of several stores/shops (Cat's Meow, Simple Toys, Katie's Mercantile, Village Fashions, Quilting Bee and Simply Brewed) in the Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village. Her life, as well as her businesses, are going well, that is until the manager of Simply Brewed, Ethan Gray, is found dead in the coffee shop, Simply Brewed.

The cash register still has money in it, so a robbery gone wrong is quickly ruled out, so basically everyone believes he died of a simple heart attack. Well, everyone except for Amber, who smells foul play is at hand.

Along with an Amish employee, Hannah Troyer, at her side, Amber is determined to find the clues and solve the mystery behind Ethan's murder.

Murder Simply Brewed is fast-paced mystery that is a blend of a Murder She Wrote episode and a Cat Who novel. All the characters, including the minor ones, are well written. This is the first book I have read by the author and I'll have to look for other her books in the near future. Overall, I thought Murder Simply Brewed is an intriguing, likeable mystery with an Amish touch.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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