Cozy Mystery Review: Murder Tightly Knit by Vanetta Chapman


Murder Tightly Knit by Vanetta Chapman

Age range: Adult (appropriate for teens, too)

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: An Amish Village Mystery #2

Paperback: 384 pages

Publisher: Zondervan (December 16, 2014)

Source: From Booklook Bloggers

My Rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the 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 . . . and before 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 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 killed Owen Esch.

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

Discussion Questions Included

Also by Vanetta Chapman:

When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery.

My Thoughts:

The Amish Artisan Village is stunned when Owen Esch is murdered on a popular walking trail.  With the police keeping their lips firmly sealed, Hannah and Amber team up to collect evidence and find the killer — someone who excels at hide and seek. It’s only a matter of time before pressure starts to build and the killer won’t let anything, or anyone, stand in the way of freedom.
This was my first Amish book and I really liked it!  Well written with strong characters and an interesting plot, it kept me turning pages.  There was nothing graphic or gory in it, which I appreciated, and it had some light Christian elements to it, but nothing preachy or over the top. Everything felt natural, like religion was part of the characters’ lives, not something the author was trying to push.  
Even though this book is the second in a series, it is a complete story and can be read on its own. But now that I’ve read it, I want to go back and read the first one, too.  I can’t wait for the third book, Murder Freshly Baked to come out.  This is a great series if you like cozy mystery and clean fiction. It’s appropriate for anyone age 15 and up.
Source: I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.


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