BookReview Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

BookReview Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman

Murder Simply Brewed, by Vannetta Chapman, follows amateur sleuths, Amber Wright and Hannah Troyer, as they search for the killer of a fellow employee of the Amish Artisan Village. This book will appeal to anyone who likes Amish fiction but especially those who are romance and cozy mystery lovers. I received a free copy of this book from
Zondervan and BookLook Bloggers in
exchange for my honest review.

Amber is the manager of the Amish Artisan Village, which has six specialty shops, an inn & conference center and a restaurant. She really cares about the employees and the Village. At forty-five she is still single and not really sure that she will ever find true friends or even love. When employee Ethan Gray dies, apparently of a heart attack, her life takes a turn, which seems for the worse with all the stress but is actually for the better. She befriends Hannah and has two possible love interests, one which she never expected.

Hannah is a twenty-two year old Amish woman. She is a sweet person who brightens the day for her customers. She wants to do God’s will and is not sure if she should be involved in discovering if Ethan actually died from foul play. She is also beginning to see her best friend Jesse Miller in a different light.

Tate has been Amber’s neighbor for more than twenty years. The death of his wife four years ago has left him unsociable and grouchy. He gets involved in solving the mystery of Ethan’s death when an act of vandalism occurs near on his property located near the Amish Artisan Village.

All the main characters were dealing with change in their relationships with each other and even in themselves. They were seeing how God was speaking to them through reading the Bible and prayer and even just listening to hear what he was showing them.

When Ethan dies in the beginning, the police believe it was from natural causes. But when vandalism continues Amber, Hannah and Tate think something more sinister has occurred. Many people are introduced that could have possibly been Ethan’s killer. I was half way through the book and still wasn’t one hundred percent sure who could have done it. The ending got quite exciting as the hunt for the truth intensified.

I liked reading Murder Simply Brewed. Murder mysteries without all the gore and blood are my type story. Chapman had me guessing who could have murdered Ethan. Was it his wife, sister, fellow employee, or someone else? All the characters seemed realistic, with some a little crazier than others. Another part of the story I liked is how Chapman handled the Amish following the Ordnung. She shed it in a positive light by showing that it is what makes them separate by the way they worship God, but it doesn’t make them be separate from anyone who is not Amish.

Murder Simply Brewed is the first book in the Amish Village Mystery Series. The ending was satisfying to me and it could be a standalone novel. But I’m looking forward to seeing how relationships that developed in the story continue on throughout the series. If you liked Chapman’s Shipshewana Amish Shop Mystery Series, you will enjoy Murder Simply Brewed. I even caught a mention of that series when a character said that there were murders every six months in Shipshewana.

Amish Village Mystery Series 
Murder Simply Brewed-read excerpt here, read review here
Murder Tightly Knit-read excerpt here, read review here
Murder Freshly Baked-read review here 

Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series    
Falling to Pieces-read review here
A Perfect Square-read review here 
Material Witness-review to be posted

tammycookblogsbooks book rating 5/5

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  1. Thanks so much for your review! I'm glad you enjoyed the story!

  2. I see that Murder Tightly Knit, the second book in the series is coming out in December - looking forward to seeing how relationships develop in that one!

  3. Hi Patty. Yes, we're editing Murder Tightly Knit now. We'll catch up with all the characters in MSB and meet someone new that I think you'll adore!