Murder Freshly Baked: An Amish Village Mystery

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked: An Amish Village Mystery by Vannetta Chapman

Age range: adult (appropriate for teens, too)

Genre: cozy mystery

Series: An Amish Village Mystery #3

Paperback: 352 pages

Publisher: Zondervan (June 9, 2015)

Source: From publisher

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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About the Book:

When delicious baked goods become lethal, a trail of poetry leads to a sweet-toothed killer.
Don’t taste it / Don’t share it /Just throw it away / If you try my bakery pie / You won’t live to see another day.

The Amish Artisan Village of Middlebury, Indiana, might be the last place you would ever expect to find a murderer. But Amber has been managing the Village for decades and there’s nothing she hasn’t seen. Or so she thought.

When poetic notes begin appearing around the bakery, warning that some of the pies have been poisoned, Amber is as confused as she is concerned. Who poisons pies? And more to the point, who leaves poems of warning after they’ve done it? When Amber decides to help the police track down the sweet-toothed saboteur, she enlists Hannah Troyer for another round of Amish-style detective work.

Can Amber and Hannah help the police before the Poison Poet strikes? Both women will need to draw on their faith to preserve the peaceful community they’ve built in Middlebury . . . and to protect the girls who work in the Amish Artisan Village.

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My Thoughts:

I really like this series! I was really excited when I got the opportunity to review this book. I’m not usually a big reader of mystery novels or Amish novels, so this is a different read for me all around, but maybe that’s why I like it so much. This is the final book in the Amish Village Mystery series and while some aspects build on the previous books, you can enjoy this book without having read the other two.

One of the things I like about this book is that it doesn’t follow the same plot as the previous book. The mystery is built up differently, but still has its moments of suspense. Another bonus — I wasn’t able to figure out who the killer was before the author wanted me to. I usually have it figured out after the first few chapters, but not this time.

Based on the cover, you might expect this book to contain only Amish characters, but there is a nice mix of Amish and non-Amish characters.

If you like cozy mystery, small towns, and happy endings, pick up this series. It’s a delightful way to spend an afternoon.

Content: brief violence

4 STARS

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2 Comments

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    Vannetta Chapman
    June 26, 2015 at 2:06 am

    Thank you for your review, Dena! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

  • Reply
    Pat
    June 29, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    I agree with you Dena. Love Vannetta's books. Gave this one 5 stars.

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