Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Falling to Pieces: A Quilt Shop Murder - Vannetta Chapman

Summary from GoodReads: In this first book of a three-book series, author Vannetta Chapman brings a fresh twist to the popular Amish fiction genre. She blends the familiar components consumers love in Amish books—faith, community, simplicity, family—with an innovative who-done-it plot that keeps readers guessing right up to the last stitch in the quilt.

When two women—one Amish, one English—each with different motives, join forces to organize a successful on-line quilt auction, neither expects nor wants a friendship. As different as night and day, Deborah and Callie are uneasy partners who simply want to make the best of a temporary situation. But a murder, a surprising prime suspect, a stubborn detective, and the town's reaction throw the two women together, and they form an unlikely alliance to solve a mystery and catch a killer.

Set in the well-known Amish community of Shipshewana, Falling to Pieces will attract both devoted fans of the rapidly-growing Amish fiction genre, as well as those who are captivated by the Amish way of life.

Callie Harper comes to Shipshewana to settle her aunt's affairs by selling the quilt shop.  She did not want to be here, never mind getting the store ready to re-open.  In her mind, she was hoping to head back to Houston, Texas as soon as possible.  But the friendships that she is building in Shipshe help her realize that she has nothing to go home to since she has no job and no family to return to.

After a negative editorial in the local paper rages Callie, she decides to face the editor personally only to discover that he is dead.  She is being questioned as a person of interest as the investigation continues.  Other events then take place that question Callie's involvement.  But Deborah Yoder knows better but they have not connected the pieces.  Will Callie stay in Shipshe?  Will they figure out who killed the newspaper editor and why?

I really enjoyed this first book of this series by Vannetta Chapman!  I loved how the friendship developed between Callie and Deborah.  As a dog lover, I really wanted to hug her dog Max too!  The characters were very realistic to me as one the small Amish town of Shipshewana, Indiana.  I am looking to continue reading this series with A Perfect Square and Material Witness.  Thanks Vannetta for writing another great book! :)

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